Savor the delicious farm-to-table fare of this major food growing and food producing region. Plan on a minimum of 4 days to truly taste your way around the Hudson Valley. Topnotch restaurants, inventive farmer’s markets, wineries and scenic farms blend the sophisticated with the pastoral. It’s a gourmet delight. Come taste the bounty.
Hudson Valley Bounty: Delicious Farm-to-Table Fare
Start your tour at the renowned Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, a unique farm, dining and educational center in Sleepy Hollow celebrating community-based food production and enjoyment. Stone Barns includes gardens, greenhouses, café, walking trails and the upscale Blue Hill Restaurant, bringing field and pasture to the plate. (914) 366-6200
Vegans and meat eaters alike will delight in the organic, wholesome menu at the green-certified Aroma Thyme Bistro in Ellenville. Their locally sourced, creative cuisine has earned top ratings from Zagat. They also feature locally produced wines, beer and spirits and have been recognized by Wine Spectator for their extensive wine list. (845) 647-3000
Back across the river, The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park has provided chefs to restaurants throughout the Hudson Valley for decades. Five student-staffed restaurants and a café offer extraordinary dining experiences at the beautiful riverside campus. Novice or even experienced cooks will enjoy taking one of the many “Boot Camp” or Saturday courses from a CIA chef-instructor. (845)471-6608
Artisan cheeses made with milk from their own grass fed cows and goats are the stars at nearby, Sprout Creek Farm in La Grange. In addition to the cheese store and cheese-making workshops, this working farm offers year-round educational programs and a rental cottage on the premises for authentic Hudson Valley farm experiences. (845) 485-8438
Just a little bit north, taste the award-winning vintage at Hudson-Chatham Winery while enjoying spectacular mountain views from the Catskills to the Berkshires. They also produce their own line of maple syrups and promote a wide range of Hudson Valley artisianl cheeses and products. (518) 392-WINE
In neighboring Chatham, visit the famous Old Chatham Sheepherding Company, a nationally-known producer of handcrafted sheep’s milk cheeses and yogurt. After viewing the farm and sheep, you can stock up on their cheeses at the Shaker Barn down the farm lane. (888) 743-3760
Not far away in Purling, sample the wonderful cuisine and old world charm at the Bavarian Manor Country Inn & Restaurant. The restaurant, an extern teaching kitchen for the Culinary Arts of America, is open to the public from Thursday through Sunday. (518) 622-3261
A bit farther north, find a great one-stop-shopping destination for a wide selection of local products at the Harmony House Marketplace in historic, downtown Cohoes. Irresistible fresh breads, muffins, cookies as well as homemade soups and spreads will tempt you in the Bake Shop. Downstairs, the Wine Seller features the best of New York State wines. (518) 238-2232
As you explore Albany, make sure you try the contemporary American market fresh cuisine at Marché. The use of regional seasonal ingredients is a top priority at this award-winning restaurant at 74 State Street just minutes from the State Capitol, this property also houses a boutique hotel. (518) 434-7410
Take one more jaunt across the river for the freshest of the fresh at the year round Troy Waterfront Farmers Market on the banks of the Hudson. Over 50 local farmers and food producers come together to provide the region with their homegrown bounty every Saturday from 9am to 1pm. (518) 708-4216
Holmes & Watson, Ltd.
Complete your regional culinary tour with a “world tour” at Holmes & Watson, Ltd., a classic pub and eatery in historic downtown Troy that offers over 60 beers from around the world. This restaurant is known far and wide for its generous portions. (518) 273-8526