One of the best things about living in NYC is getting to leave. When I say this, I draw your attention to the natural beauty that can be found throughout our beautiful state. Vacations in upstate New York offers so much for the stressed out NYCer. From farms, to wineries, to antique stores and beyond. I recently had the pleasure of spending a long weekend in Millerton, NY (and a few of its neighboring towns).
Millerton, NY is a village located in the town of North East, which is part of Dutchess County. It’s close to Connecticut and Massachusetts, and approximately 2.5 hours from the Upper West Side. Read on to learn about some of the wonderful things you can find in this enchanting town.
An Adventure in Millerton, NY
I can’t give any honest reviews on anywhere outside of the place I actually stayed. But the place I stayed was amazing. My girlfriend and I located a charming Airbnb with views, a private pond and a black bear named Leslie (who we unfortunately didn’t see, but we heard stories).
Pancakes from Round Tuit Cafe.
The owner, who was also the waiter and I think the chef, was awesome. He gave us a list of things to do in the area. They are most known for their apple pancakes, which we also ate, but too quickly to get a photo. Pictured below are the raspberry pancakes.
French Onion Soup from Les Baux
This French restaurant was located in the neighboring town of Millbrook, NY. Zagat rated this place the #1 French Bistro in Dutchess and Westchester Counties!
This is an easy hike, though the entire path spans 15 miles. It’s a path many choose to take by bike. Beautiful and so, so green. With bubbling brooks along the way.
One of the coolest shops we stumbled into was Millbrook Antiques Mall, a two-level store in an old house with wide plank wooden floors and delightfully creeky stairs. They had small separate rooms filled with all kinds of old and weird trinkets and chotchkies, plus really cool larger pieces like vintage signs and furniture.
There are wineries everywhere. We went to the Cascade Mountain Winery in Amenia, NY, to enjoy a few glasses, charcuterie and live jazz.
You’ll see horses, cows and farmers markets pretty much everywhere you look. Take a discovery tour at McEnroe Organic Farm, and then buy some organic poultry. This place is really popular; it was really the only crowded place we went to during our trip!
And, This Sea of Sunflowers..
Yeah, I don’t know exactly where this was. But it was on our way home, and we had to stop. There were soo many! These photos can’t do the scene justice.