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Best Leaf-Peeping in the Hudson Valley 2017

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What’s the best part of a Hudson Valley autumn? 

It has to be the incredible colors of the changing leaves. If you’re planning a visit to the beautiful Hudson Valley in the fall, finding the perfect view of the foliage is an absolute must.

We’ve assembled some of our favorite places to get the ultimate view of of a fall color palette as far as the eye can see. Here you’ll find incredible perspectives of these vibrantly colored trees and since chilly weather is coming late this year, there’s still plenty of opportunities to soak in the scenery before it’s time to welcome winter.

Walkway Over the Hudson

There’s no better view of the river valley quite like the one you’ll find on the Walkway. The Walkway gives spectators a bird’s eye view of the trees winding along each side of the river and as far as the eye can see.

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The ride to Hudson is dotted with some of the most incredible fall trees you can think of. It’s a short drive away from the Inn and is home to an amazing restaurant and boutique scene. On you way you’ll pass through rolling hills with farms, open fields and more.

Shawangunk Mountains 

New Paltz is a Hudson Valley fall fan favorite and it doesn’t get more breathtaking than the Shawangunk ridge. Start in New Paltz and then head west on Route 299 toward the Shawangunk Mountains. Turn right onto Routes 44/55 and climb into the ‘Gunks. As you ascend, after the hairpin turn, gaze east and you can take in a glorious, expansive view of the Hudson Valley, in all its autumn glory, that has been drawing visitors to Ulster County for generations.

Bear Mountain 

When it comes to river views and fall foliage, views from the Bear Mountain bridge are absolutely gorgeous. The scenery is so breathtaking, there’s scenic parking areas along the winding, bear mountain road so you can get the perfect photo.

Letchworth State Park

Known as the “Grand Canyon of the East,” Letchworth State Park is home to waterfalls and plunging gorges. Walk the Gorge Trail to see how it earned its nickname, and if you’re feeling adventurous, go whitewater rafting on the Genesee River where you’ll go through the heart of the canyon.

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Whatever location you choose to get your fall fix, the Hudson Valley has you covered. 

While enjoying a warm, cozy fall weekend at the Inn at Stony Creek, you can be sure you’re always experiencing the best of Upstate New York.

Top Hudson Valley Wineries With Incredible Fall Views

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If the Hudson Valley is known for anything, it’s definitely their amazing autumn scenery. 

It’s no mistake that visitors flock to the Hudson Valley to see the rolling hills in the valley transform into their fall colors. The whole landscape seems to ignite with bright yellow, orange and red, making these beautiful views a little extra special.

Some of the wineries in our area are famous for their vineyard views and if you’re planning a weekend getaway with us this fall, a tour or tasting at one of these vineyards should definitely make your list.

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Benmarl 

In nearby Marlboro, Benmarl Winery has a view of the river valley that will leave you breathless. Not only are there plenty of autumn trees to see on the property as you sip your way through a fleet of delicious wines, the main attraction is the river view and is home to wedding ceremonies, proposals and more. Benmarl also features a variety of events festivals through the season that are a must for an autumn weekend getaway. 

Robibero

With their modern tasting room and impressive flight of wines to sample, Robibero is always a fan favorite. What makes their winery truly a fall destination is their huge covered porch overlooking the winery below. The view is outstanding and with comfy tables and chairs, the porch is the perfect place to enjoy that brand new bottle.

Whitecliff 

Whitecliff is a beautiful winery nestled in the foothills of Gardiner. The property is stunning and it’s absolutely surrounded by changing leaves and plenty of space to sprawl out for a picnic lunch. This is also a pet friendly winery if you are traveling with your pup in tow.

Millbrook

Millbrook Vineyards is a unique landscape with vines and trees as far as the eye can see. For the ultimate fall winery experience, you won’t want to miss Millbrook’s annual Harvest party. Take a tour through the winery, enjoy a tasting and lay back and enjoy a crisp autumn day away.

So grab your cozy fall sweaters and your picnic basket and get yourself ready for some unforgettable autumn wine tasting. 

 

Autumn Events in the Hudson Valley

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When it comes to the time of year, no season burns brighter than fall in the incredible Hudson Valley. 

As the leaves begin to change and the weather gets cooler and crisp, there’s no place warmer and more cozy than the Inn at Stony Creek. With so much to see and do during the autumn season, the Hudson Valley is a premier destination for travelers across the country.

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Before you join us as we welcome the fall season, we’ve put together some of our favorite local events that are all within driving distance of the Inn.

Apple Fest

Warwick is the unofficial “apple country” of New York and each year we host a massive AppleFest that draws visitors from all over. There’s over 200 different food and craft vendors to enjoy as well as a carnival for kids, live music and more.

Taste of Warwick

There’s no better way to immerse yourself in the culture of the Hudson Valley quite like a local festival. The Taste of Warwick festival is an incredible assortment of different vendors, craftsmen and artists that draw their inspiration from the beautiful Warwick area. Sample treats and drinks that are 100% delicious and 100% local. The Taste of Warwick Festival simply can’t be missed.

Hudson Valley Harvest Festival

If you’re setting out for an authentic autumn New York experience, the Harvest Festival should make your list. Enjoy local produce, treats and snacks from different vendors and the opportunity to select that perfect pumpkin for your front step. This quaint festival continues to grow and it supports a great community initiative to preserve our local agricultural efforts. 

 O+ Festival

This collection of 20+ installation murals and performing artists gather each year to raise funds for traveling performers and artists to gain access to lower cost healthcare. The Kingston festival is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the nonproft O+, which empowers communities to take control of their collective well being through the exchange of “the art of medicine for the medicine of art.” From music to food specials, Kingston comes alive each year with an outstanding collection of talent.

Autumn will be here before we know it.

When you visit us this fall to soak in the autumn sunshine and gorgeous New York landscape, the Hudson Valley has so much more to offer. There’s music performances and local festivals that offer our visitors a cross section of our rich heritage and traditions steeped in community and art.

Best Breweries in the Hudson Valley

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 One of the Valley’s most prominent missions is the dedication to all things local.

To keep with the Hudson Valley’s affinity for nurturing local ingredients and talents to create something outstanding, there has been a boom of craft breweries to pop up on the scene. Many of these may be new, but they’re anything but up and coming.

Some of the Northeast’s most celebrated brew-masters live, work and play in the Hudson Valley, making our area a celebrated destination for hand crafted beer.

Here’s our top picks for the craft beer aficionados and enthusiasts alike to enjoy an afternoon touring our area’s craft and micro breweries.

Keegan Ales, Kingston

Since it opened it’s doors in 2003, Keegan Ales has created a state-wide reputation for great beer, food and atmosphere. Their selections are available at countless bars and restaurants, making the Keegan Ales brand a household name. Whether you’re looking for a laid back dinner amongst friends or a tour of their full brewery, this is one local favorite that can’t be missed. On some days you can even catch some live music or special events hosted in the restaurant main room or patio. “Keegan’s” as it has become affectionately named by the locals, is nestled in the heart of Kingston’s shops and attractions, making it a perfect way to close a weekend touring everything this historic town has to offer.

Mill House Brewing Company, Poughkeepsie

One of Poughkeepsie’s newest hotspots for local beer, Mill House Brewing Company has an impressive fleet of craft beers for every palette. Here, you can find an inviting, yet sophisticated interior as it mimics the industrial glimpse of the beer making process. They offer a full menu that incorporates and compliments all of their 14 beers, with an impressive brunch on Sunday mornings that draws huge crowds each week. Mill House is a great option if you’re looking to sit back and enjoy a beer with lunch or dinner and sample a flight of their most popular drafts.

Plan Bee Farm Brewery, Poughkeepsie

If you’re looking for a genuine, local experience, Plan Bee is bottling up the best buzz around. This husband and wife team utilizes 100% local ingredients for what they call their “ground to glass” approach. Here, they use yeast cultivated from the honeycomb produced by the family of bees that call this micro brewery home and some grains from some neighboring farms. While they’re still growing, the farm is open Saturdays at noon and they welcome picnics as their customers enjoy a selection of their beautifully packaged beers. The Watsons are truly taking a passion for local sustainability and transforming it into a world-class product with a whole lot of love.

Craft beers are a labor of love here in the Valley.

If you’re looking to tour our area’s incredible breweries or simply settling in to enjoy some small batch craft sips, the Hudson Valley is the place to be.

Must See Hudson Valley Wineries

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The Hudson Valley has become an epicenter of food, wine and spirits that draws countless visitors  from near and far, each season. 

The Inn at Stony Creek is nestled between several premier wineries that offer a unique experience for wine enthusiasts and aficionados alike. A visit to the Inn places you in perfect driving distance from these great wine tours and tastings for a much-needed romantic getaway. 

If you’re planning a visit to join us this summer for a visit, we put together a list of our favorite local wineries that make up a fantastic afternoon where you’re free to unwind and uncork.

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Brotherhood 

As America’s oldest winery, Brotherhood features an incredible tour of it’s history and a generous sampling of their award winning wine selection. Tour guides here are incredibly knowledgeable and take you back in time through the classic wines that carried Brotherhood through the financial squeeze of the Great Depression, to the rise and fall of the tourism boom of the early 1960s. With wines ranging from classic Chardonnay to full bodied Merlot and even some playful specialties like sangria and mead, there’s a wine on their flight that appeals to every palette.

Benmarl 

One of our bed and breakfast friends in the Hudson Valley, Benmarl hosts a luxurious property to explore and a long list of seasonal events that wine lovers won’t want to miss. They marry the charm of a family farm with the sophistication of a world class winery. Their events have live music to enjoy and plenty of views that will absolutely take your breath away. Don’t miss the Sheep Shearing Festival on Memorial Day weekend and The Sangria Festival happening mid July and again in August. Join their wine club online and save 15% on your winery purchases too!

Warwick Valley 

Located a stone’s throw away from the Inn at Stony Creek, Warwick Valley Winery is a beautiful afternoon of sampling that we can’t recommend enough. They have a moderate selection of whites and reds and an incredible collection of hard ciders inspired by the crisp, fruit flavors of summer. Grab lunch at the cafe or check out the live music performances going on every weekend. Season permitting they also have an amazing pear and apple picking experience with 60 plus varieties available on their beautiful grounds.

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All a short drive away, these wineries are the perfect escape to put the finishing touches on your getaway with us at the Inn at Stony Creek. 

Sprawl out and soak up the vista views of Benmarl or pop a celebratory cork of Brotherhood’s special reserve and enjoy the outstanding beauty of the Hudson Valley. A visit to these wineries offer a romantic backdrop for sipping some of the wines that have made a huge splash in the small batch and large production wine community.

Cheers to your next romantic vacation with us!

Located in Warwick, New York

Located in Warwick, New York

April Recap

Located in Warwick, New York

April showers really do bring may flowers. 

As a rainy April comes to a close at the Inn, our gardens are blooming and you can hear spring coming alive while spending the misty mornings on the porch. We can hardly think of a better way to enjoy our morning coffee.

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Our chickens are happily enjoying this transition to warm, sunny spring weather and happy chickens always give us better eggs. Farm fresh eggs are always on the menu for our famous breakfast and here, every day is Sunday.

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We were excited to spend the Easter holiday with our friends and family. Good food, big laughs and great company is always just what the doctor ordered.

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As the weather begins to warm and we get out for some fresh air and to stretch our legs after a long winter. There’s no shortage of small town events to visit and if you’re a yard sale aficionado, the village wide yard sale of Montgomery is right around the corner and only a short drive from the Inn! You never know what treasures or pieces of history you might stumble across.

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If yard sale visits don’t strike your fancy, the local wineries and craft breweries in the area are coming alive for warm weather and their sunny tours and tastings can’t be beat. Brotherhood Winery is a short drive from the Inn and has an impressive historical tour of their winery and a 5 glass sampling fleet for a modest $10 per person.

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You can even keep the Brotherhood glass as a souvenir. Pack a picnic lunch and head over to Brotherhood to see how America’s oldest winery beat prohibition and became one of the Hudson Valley’s iconic wineries.

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If rainy days have you down, come take a few days to recharge and refuel with us in the beautiful Hudson Valley.

You’d be surprised how wonderful you feel when you get the chance to genuinely relax. Whether you’re enjoying a solo retreat from the hustle and bustle of work and responsibilities or just a romantic getaway with your sweetheart, the beauty of spring is calling and a visit with us is the perfect way to answer.

Check out Chef Joe’s Recipe of the month below!

Scotch Shortbread
1/2 lb. butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 to 2 1/2 cups of flour
Cream butter and sugar.
Add flour and mix well until dough pulls away from bowl.
Press flat into an 8 1/2 by 11 pan.
Prick dough with fork tines all up and down dough.
Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes.  Turn pan around in oven and bake for another 20 minutes.
Before the pan cools sprinkle with granulated sugar.
Cut into squares.
(If you like you can drizzle with melted chocolate or dip 11/2 into melted chocolate.)
Enjoy!!!

Sips of Spring

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Nothing says welcome spring quite like a weekend away with some fresh air and great friends.

We’re fortunate to live in such a beautiful area with access to some of the region’s premier destinations for wine, craft beer and spirits. The Hudson Valley is known for it’s diverse food and wine culture, and The Inn is nestled right in the middle of the action.

Whether you’re spending a relaxing weekend snuggled up at The Inn or an exciting day of food and drink sampling across the valley, there’s plenty of ways to ring in spring in beautiful upstate New York.

We put together a list of our favorite spring destinations to adventure, have a drink, or a bite to eat with friends and family that are only a short drive from The Inn at Stony Creek. 

Angry Orchard

Think apple season is for fall? Think again!

The Angry Orchard features a sampling tour and a journey around the brewery that’s bottling up the nation’s best selling hard cider. Get the opportunity to sample rare ciders and limited edition batches that can only be found in their Walden brewery. This location is brand new and made it’s Hudson Valley debut last apple season, making it one of our area’s most popular new locations on the food and wine scene for 2017.

Pennings Cidery 

Pennings is a fantastic family owned cidery in Warwick that’s less than 15 minutes from The Inn. This orchard presses out some of the area’s most innovative cider flavors and a rotation of the area’s top quality cider brands. They also feature a farm to table restaurant, garden center and ice cream parlor all rolled up into one great weekend visit.

Pine Island Brewing

If you’re looking for some quality craft beers, Pine Island Brewing is a great choice for a day adventure in the Walkill area. Wind through their production line and sample some of their seasonal exclusives in this warm and welcoming brewery. The atmosphere is friendly and inviting where you’ll arrive a stranger and leave a friend.

Magnanini Winery 

This beautiful winery is in our own backyard and one of the best places to soak up some spring sunshine. This winery has a full service restaurant that pairs meals with their signature wines flawlessly. Stroll through the vineyard on a beautiful spring day and sample some of the area’s best without wandering far from The Inn.

There’s so many incredible wineries, breweries and cideries in our area and many are only a stone’s throw away. 

Make your stay with us unforgettable with a weekend adventure through winding orchards to celebrate warmer weather and the incredible New York spring florals.  

February Recap

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February is the month of love and there’s no shortage of warm hospitality and romantic retreats at the Inn this month. 

We welcomed couples and guests from all over, to spend their sweet getaways with us.

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We had significant accumulation of snow this month and our guests were able to take advantage of the beautiful Warwick landscape for snow shoeing and cuddling up to cocktails and hot cocoa inside.

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Snowy weather is absolutely breathtaking in upstate New York and there’s always plenty to do. 

It might be snowy, but it’s an incredibly beautiful view to enjoy over breakfast or an afternoon inside with some music to help you unwind.

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Our guests got acquainted with the Inn’s favorite feathered employee of the month.

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When snow falls, Bill and Joe flock to warmer weather for their annual vacation. 

70 degrees and sunny in Savannah, Georgia Joe enjoys his first authentic beignet at the beautiful Huey’s on the waterfront. Just a pit stop along the way, they continue on to Jupiter in Florida for a few weeks of fun in the sun.

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Hopefully Joe will bring up a delicious beignet recipe for some sweet desserts at the Inn. 

We might have gotten some snowy weather, but we know the lovely blooms in our garden are about to wake up for the spring.

We’re excited to welcome March and some of the beautiful spring days to come at the Inn where we can sip our morning coffee on the porch to the sights and sounds of Warwick spring mornings.

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January Recap

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After a beautiful few months of celebrating with family, we continued our January in the same spirit. We welcomed the new year with warm hospitality and the gathering of friends and family. 

Even though New York was barely dusted this winter so far, we made sure to take advantage of some time together.

This month we headed over to Mountain Creek for some skiing and snowboarding. Mountain Creek is only a short drive from the Inn, making it a perfect winter time excursion for guests to adventure.

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The Inn at Stony Creek family gave it our all on the trails before finally turning in for the day with some cocoa and toasty warm pajamas and relaxed with some video games.

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Whether you’re a pro on the slopes or finding your snow legs on the bunny hills, it’s a whole lot of fun and definitely a workout.

Mountain Creek Activity Resort is a four season resort that has activities from snowboarding and skiing to water activities and ziplining in the summer months. There’s always something to keep you up and going and close to plenty of charming lunch and dinner destinations.

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We got a chance to reconnect with our friends Jack and Lou for an awesome local dinner and some cocktails.

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Dean and Jennifer celebrated their 10 year anniversary with us this month, in the same place that Dean popped the question. There’s no shortage of romance here at the Inn.

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This is a photo of Jennifer and Dean on the day of their engagement over 10 years ago! Time may fly but sweet memories are timeless. Thank you for spending this important day with us!

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Joe had a heartwarming visit this month with his beautiful cousin Kathy and the always lovely Lori. They did so much to brighten his day with their surprise visit, it was such a treat to have them.

There’s always people to see and something to do at the Inn, and one of the guest favorites is our English Movie Night! We gather together with homemade sweets to wind down after a long day and watch a classic movie.

One of our most popular desserts being asked for by name is Joe’s famous chocolate cake. If you have a sweet tooth, this is to die for. He decided to share the top secret recipe for the cake fans that are craving some chocolate. 

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Cinema Celebration Chocolate Cake

                  1 (18.25 ounce) package dark chocolate cake mix

           1 (3.9 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix

           1 (16 ounce) container sour cream

           3 eggs

           1/3 cup vegetable oil

           1/2 cup coffee flavored liqueur

           2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10 inch Bundt pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, pudding mix, sour cream, eggs, oil and coffee liqueur. Beat until ingredients are well blended. Fold in chocolate chips. Batter will be thick. Spoon into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 50 min. to 1 hour, or until cake springs back when lightly tapped. Cool 10 minutes in pan, then turn out and cool completely on wire rack.

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We’re saying goodbye to January and fortunate to have our health and such amazing family and friends as we welcome February. Every year we look forward to all the Valentines spending their holiday with us, with the romantic charm of the Inn at Stony Creek as their backdrop.

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Who’s planning on popping the big question this Valentines Day at the Inn and stunning Warwick Valley?

Give us a call, we might just know the perfect place.

 

November Recap

2016 Gave the Inn at Stony Creek family so much to be thankful for.

We celebrated the end of fall and the beginning of the beautiful holiday season surrounded by new and old friends and family at the Inn during upstate New York’s most beautiful season.

Here was some of Joe’s highly anticipated Thanksgiving dessert buffet, his favorite course for a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner. We’re lucky we saved some room.

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We even experienced a little snowfall, the first of the season!

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The landscape of the Inn is always so magical when dusted with a little snowfall. However, the chickens woke up a little confused that day!

With some our chilly days, we welcomed guests with a cozy breakfast in our dining room. Our breakfast menu featured plenty of local produce and products that gave us some bright fall flavors to incorporate.

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We had some unseasonably warm evenings, calling guests to watch the evening’s sunset from our relaxing porch.

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November welcomes the changing of the seasons, slowly removing the old to welcome the new once spring arrives. The Inn is nestled in historic Warwick, with plenty of antique shops to discover on chilly fall days.

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As we welcome winter, we invite guests from all over to experience the extraordinary serenity of upstate New York and all the beautiful nature surrounding the Inn. There’s always something to see and the pace is always your own.

We warmly welcome the holiday season and all the family, togetherness and joy it will surely bring.

Take a step back from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and take the opportunity to reconnect with family and friends in a comfortable and inviting space. Celebrate with us and let our home be yours as you relax this season and ring in the new year.