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Best Breweries in the Hudson Valley


 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


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.)

Sips of Spring


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


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.


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.


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


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.


January Recap


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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!


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. 


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


  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.



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.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.

October Monthly Recap

Aside from our recent snow flurries, we enjoyed some amazing autumn weather at the Inn at Stony Creek this October!

It’s not too late to visit for the weekend, soaking in some fall foliage in beautiful upstate New York.

Come up and sip some wine by the fire, visit some of the area’s premier farmers markets, enjoy a home cooked breakfast and some outstanding hospitality before autumn is over!


Guests enjoying some time in the backyard around the fire.
The Inn at Stony Creek always uses farm fresh eggs every morning.
A whole new meaning to ‘girls night’. The Inn at Stony Creek is the perfect weekend adventure for you and your girlfriends!
Two satisfied guests.
Chef Joe and sou chef Bill!
Some friends stopped by for Joe’s famous Italian Sunday dinner!
Mykonos found a new best friend in one of our guests this month!
Bill and the Inn’s Mascot “Mykonos”

Join us for an autumn weekend getaway. A pot of hot tea awaits you on the patio underneath the beautiful upstate New York fall foliage.

Falling for Fall in Upstate New York


Fall is officially upon us! 

As a historical bed and breakfast, we are passionate about all things local and upstate New York just happens to be the epicenter of autumn adventures.

During a cozy fall stay at The Inn at Stony Creek, apple and pumpkin picking are nearby!

Some of our favorite orchards have a little extra something to do including live music, activities for kids and home made baked goods fresh from the farm.

Apple Ridge Orchards 

Warwick, NY

Known as the Hudson Valley’s most scenic orchard experience, this is the perfect local stop for a weekend away soaking in the full experience of the upstate NY fall season. Bring your camera and get some awesome shots of changing leaves and the field of pumpkins for some sweet autumn memories. When going to pick pumpkins, there’s a flat rate so you’ll never overpay for that great pumpkin Charlie Brown!

Masker Orchards

Warwick, NY

If you’re looking for a great big bag of hand picked new york apples, look no further than Masker Orchards right here in Warwick. They have homemade apple cider donuts and fresh baked apple pie you won’t want to pass up. Visit Masker’s country store and pick up some quality local products like jams, sauces and honeys to take back to the inn to go with your morning breakfast.

Och’s Orchard

Warwick, NY

Och’s Orchard has a great selection of “pick your own” seasonal produce and a fully stocked farmer’s market open seven days a week. They have an amazing selection of local and farm-made products. Their dedication to freshness and variety have made Och’s a Warwick family tradition. Pick some apples and pumpkins, enjoy some fresh cider and check out their livestock roaming the farm. Och’s is a must see for the Hudson Valley fall season. 

Pennings Orchard

Warwick, NY

Pennings Orchard is open seven days a week through the autumn picking season, giving everyone an opportunity to get to the farm for a day of fresh produce and some family fun. Pennings is a hit with the kids once they see the hayrides, activities and kiddie maze to play in. They have a stunning view of the valley and you can even book “Hoedown” packages with them featuring the panoramic view and several menus to choose from. This is a fun stop for any age, with plenty of rustic charm.

There’s plenty of fall adventures to be had during your stay at the Inn this fall. 

We invite the cool crisp weather and the vibrant beautiful colors of this amazing place to live, stay and play in Upstate New York.

Warwick’s local hospitality will have you feeling cozy and ready to start this year’s holiday season.

August to Autumn

Located in Warwick, New York

This August, the Inn At Stony Creek enjoyed some beautiful rest and relaxation. We welcomed new and old friends to stay and spent the sunny days in the gardens and soaking in the sunshine on the patio.

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All this beautiful sunshine has produced quite the tomato crop!

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We’re proud of our garden and the tomato crop this season was nothing short of amazing! Bill and Joe brought in an impressive basket of tomatoes that will be a delicious addition to some home cooked meals at the inn.

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Although our tomatoes will be a welcome staple in our family style dinners, we looked back at some of the stunning breakfasts to leave the Stony Creek kitchen.

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We have visitors dreaming of our homestyle breakfast that is nothing short of famous.

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“I loved staying in the Lexington Room. Sitting out there in the private patio after the delicious breakfast, just reading and sitting with my husband. Listening to the geese, ducks and water. No place to rush to, just a perfect getaway.” -Audrey Hirsch

Thank you Audrey for your heartfelt review, it really captures the charm and spirit of a visit to the Inn At Stony Creek.

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The gardens were in full bloom and some of our resident animals couldn’t be happier to soak in some sunshine. There’s something soothing about the relaxed ambient sound of the gardens to make you forget the hustle and bustle of the work week.

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We are happy to introduce more beautiful photos by That Werks Photography of the Inn At Stony Creek. Christopher always does an amazing job capturing the simple joys of our historic property and some of those famous breakfasts that have our guests counting down the days to return. It is always an honor to work with such a great photographer.

Follow Christopher Sztybel on Instagram @thatwerksphotography

With fall just around the corner, we are excited for the cool nights ahead and the beautiful autumn colors of upstate New York to appear. We aren’t in a rush to say goodbye to summer and it’s not too late to enjoy a summer stay with us as the nights become cool and comfortable.

A special thank you to all our summer guests and we look forward to meeting new faces to welcome a New York autumn season.