Local Tips

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Local Tips

Local Things to Do
A two-minute drive or a ten-minute walk just up the street. Live music on the weekends, ice cream and burgers, a bar, apple/pumpkin/berry picking, a corn maze, and a petting zoo. Depends on the season. Great for kids and adults!
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Barton Orchards
63 Apple Tree Lane
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A two-minute drive or a ten-minute walk just up the street. Live music on the weekends, ice cream and burgers, a bar, apple/pumpkin/berry picking, a corn maze, and a petting zoo. Depends on the season. Great for kids and adults!
Bring the littles to this adorable zoo, attached to the Millbrook School. My favorite is watching the red pandas. Perfect for kids 10 and under. Have lunch in one of the fabulous Millbrook restaurants and cafes when you're finished! Or grab a coffee and a snack at Babette's Coffee Shop.
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Trevor Zoo at Millbrook School
282 Millbrook School Road
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Bring the littles to this adorable zoo, attached to the Millbrook School. My favorite is watching the red pandas. Perfect for kids 10 and under. Have lunch in one of the fabulous Millbrook restaurants and cafes when you're finished! Or grab a coffee and a snack at Babette's Coffee Shop.
This runs one weekend a month, from April through October. Fabulous bargains, great food trucks, and fun atmosphere. Less than 5 minutes away!
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Stormville Airport Antique Show & Flea Market
428 New York 216
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This runs one weekend a month, from April through October. Fabulous bargains, great food trucks, and fun atmosphere. Less than 5 minutes away!
Local park with a playground, swimming pool (for a fee), easy hiking trails, volleyball, and several pavilions. My favorite place when I was a child!
Tymor Park
8 Tymor Park Rd
Local park with a playground, swimming pool (for a fee), easy hiking trails, volleyball, and several pavilions. My favorite place when I was a child!
5 minutes to indoor tennis courts! They even rent a ball machine.
Taconic Sport & Racquet
190 Old Sylvan Lake Rd
5 minutes to indoor tennis courts! They even rent a ball machine.
Walk across the Hudson River and have some ice cream!
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Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
87 Haviland Rd
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Walk across the Hudson River and have some ice cream!
Hiking and Nature
Spectacular Hike to Cat Rock on the Appalachian Trail. Yes, the parking spot's GPS is an oak tree! Hike the trail on the opposite side of the tree to the cliff overlooking Pawling, NY. This 45-minute hike has some strenuous parts, but the view is worth it. You also pass (on an offshoot to your left near the creek) one of the few lean-to shelters on the trail.
The Dover Oak
Spectacular Hike to Cat Rock on the Appalachian Trail. Yes, the parking spot's GPS is an oak tree! Hike the trail on the opposite side of the tree to the cliff overlooking Pawling, NY. This 45-minute hike has some strenuous parts, but the view is worth it. You also pass (on an offshoot to your left near the creek) one of the few lean-to shelters on the trail.
Don't be afraid of the name! In the 1970s, there was a nuclear facility here. It's gone now, and this easy-to-moderate hike is about 90 minutes round trip and takes you to a gorgeous lake (no swimming, though). It's about 5 minutes from the house, by car.
Nuclear Lake Appalachian Trail
3215 State Route 55
Don't be afraid of the name! In the 1970s, there was a nuclear facility here. It's gone now, and this easy-to-moderate hike is about 90 minutes round trip and takes you to a gorgeous lake (no swimming, though). It's about 5 minutes from the house, by car.
This newly-opened section of the Empire State Rail Trail, which runs from NYC TO Canada, is a paved, flat path that is great for cycling, strollers, walking, or rollerblading. No motorized vehicles. Head east for about an hour to get to Whaley Lake, with great views. Head west to walk behind Green Haven Prison, a NYS Maximum Security facility often featured on Law and Order! If you're really ambitious and you have a bicycle, you could head east all the way to the Poughkeepsie Walkway over the Hudson, a spectacular view from a restored railroad bridge. Round Trip from Stormville to Poughkeepsie would take a few hours.
Empire State Trail - Stormville Parking
559 County Highway 8
This newly-opened section of the Empire State Rail Trail, which runs from NYC TO Canada, is a paved, flat path that is great for cycling, strollers, walking, or rollerblading. No motorized vehicles. Head east for about an hour to get to Whaley Lake, with great views. Head west to walk behind Green Haven Prison, a NYS Maximum Security facility often featured on Law and Order! If you're really ambitious and you have a bicycle, you could head east all the way to the Poughkeepsie Walkway over the Hudson, a spectacular view from a restored railroad bridge. Round Trip from Stormville to Poughkeepsie would take a few hours.
A peaceful hike without the crowds!
West Mountain State Forest
586 Gardner Hollow Road
A peaceful hike without the crowds!
A natural wonder you have to see to believe! Great for kids or adults.
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Dover Stone Church
3128 NY-22
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A natural wonder you have to see to believe! Great for kids or adults.
City/town information
15 minutes to this adorable town with cute shops, several great restaurants, and a lovely town park. Also check out the Millbrook winery!
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Millbrook
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15 minutes to this adorable town with cute shops, several great restaurants, and a lovely town park. Also check out the Millbrook winery!
Feels like a Norman Rockwell Painting! This quaint village is less than 10 minutes away. Several coffee shops (I love Sunflour!), tacos, pubs, restaurants, gift shops, ice cream... I taught in the local high school for over a decade. It's a very homey and lovely place.
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Pawling
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Feels like a Norman Rockwell Painting! This quaint village is less than 10 minutes away. Several coffee shops (I love Sunflour!), tacos, pubs, restaurants, gift shops, ice cream... I taught in the local high school for over a decade. It's a very homey and lovely place.
Affectionately known as Little Brooklyn, come to Beacon for the great restaurants, cute shops, and the art!
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Beacon
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Affectionately known as Little Brooklyn, come to Beacon for the great restaurants, cute shops, and the art!
Some Restaurant Favorites
Culinary trained chefs! Gorgous local spot, delicious food. 10 minutes away.
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McKinney & Doyle Fine Foods Cafe
10 Charles Colman Boulevard
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Culinary trained chefs! Gorgous local spot, delicious food. 10 minutes away.
Beautiful scenery, delicious local wine! 20 minutes away.
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Millbrook Vineyards & Winery
26 Wing Road
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Beautiful scenery, delicious local wine! 20 minutes away.
15 minutes to a local brew pub. Great food and beer. Yes, it's in a former IBM building, so the scenery is so-so. But I still like it a lot!
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Sloop Brewing Co. @ the Factory
755 East Drive
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15 minutes to a local brew pub. Great food and beer. Yes, it's in a former IBM building, so the scenery is so-so. But I still like it a lot!
Adorable brunch/lunch spot at a local airport. Have a meal while watching the planes take off! 15 minutes.
Hangars Cafe
32 Airway Drive
Adorable brunch/lunch spot at a local airport. Have a meal while watching the planes take off! 15 minutes.
Fabulours lunch or brunch at the golf course! 15 minutes.
The Links at Union Vale
153 N Parliman Rd
Fabulours lunch or brunch at the golf course! 15 minutes.
Gorgous views of the Hudson River while you dine! And a Sunday Brunch Buffet that's to die for. You'll need reservations for brunch.
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Shadows on the Hudson
176 Rinaldi Boulevard
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Gorgous views of the Hudson River while you dine! And a Sunday Brunch Buffet that's to die for. You'll need reservations for brunch.
Family-owned restaurant and bar serving locally-sourced food. Say hi to the bartender, Maura. She's my sister! 15 minutes away.
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The Iron Furnace
3399 NY-82
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Family-owned restaurant and bar serving locally-sourced food. Say hi to the bartender, Maura. She's my sister! 15 minutes away.
Dine where the world's greatest chefs train! Reservations recommended. Less than 30 minutes away.
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The Culinary Institute of America
1946 Campus Drive
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Dine where the world's greatest chefs train! Reservations recommended. Less than 30 minutes away.
Golfing
Beautiful course, great restaurant after! Less than 10 minutes away.
Links at union Vale
Beautiful course, great restaurant after! Less than 10 minutes away.
A 5-minute ride to a great course!
Beekman Golf Course
11 Country Club Rd
A 5-minute ride to a great course!
Play 9 holes and stroll the cute village of Pawling after! 10 minutes away.
Dutcher Golf Course
135 E Main St
Play 9 holes and stroll the cute village of Pawling after! 10 minutes away.
Play a round on the college course! Beautifully kept.
Vassar Golf Course
124 Raymond Avenue
Play a round on the college course! Beautifully kept.
Local History
Visit the home of the former president! Gorgeous views of the Hudson River.
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Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site
4097 Albany Post Road
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Visit the home of the former president! Gorgeous views of the Hudson River.
See the home of Mrs. Roosevelt too!
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Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
106 Valkill Park Rd
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See the home of Mrs. Roosevelt too!
Beautiful grounds. Bring a picnic with Hudson River views, or tour the house. Don't miss the Rose Gardens.
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Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site
119 Vanderbilt Park Road
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Beautiful grounds. Bring a picnic with Hudson River views, or tour the house. Don't miss the Rose Gardens.
This lovely historic home also has lovely river views. The holiday decorations and tours are out of this world!
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Mills Mansion
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This lovely historic home also has lovely river views. The holiday decorations and tours are out of this world!
A historic house and an outdoor Shakespeare play? Yes please!
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Boscobel House and Gardens
1601 NY-9D
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A historic house and an outdoor Shakespeare play? Yes please!
Neighborhoods
2 miles away: Stop and Shop Groceries, Dunkin Donuts, Cumberland Farms, Pleasant Ridge Pizza, Brothers Trattoria, Beekman Square Diner, The Beekman Pharmacy, The Poughquag Post Office, The Great Wall Chinese food, Key Bank, TEG Federal Credit Union, Greens Auto (good friends, if you need your car repaired while you're in town!), and Cheers Liquor Store.
Poughquag
2 miles away: Stop and Shop Groceries, Dunkin Donuts, Cumberland Farms, Pleasant Ridge Pizza, Brothers Trattoria, Beekman Square Diner, The Beekman Pharmacy, The Poughquag Post Office, The Great Wall Chinese food, Key Bank, TEG Federal Credit Union, Greens Auto (good friends, if you need your car repaired while you're in town!), and Cheers Liquor Store.