What's New In The Hudson Valley?

Posted by Coldwell Banker Village Green on Tuesday, June 7th, 2022 at 4:22pm

Whether you’re new to the Hudson Valley/Catskills region or have been here all your life, there’s frequently a surprise around the bend in the road. New businesses pop up amid the local favorites we’ve come to appreciate and depend on for a daily dose of coffee, a dinner with friends, the perfect sweater for the weather (whatever it is), and just the tool we need for a project we're working on. Humans are strange creatures! We both love the comfort of the expected and delight in the new. Let the delight begin because there is a large crop of new businesses launching across the region!

Here at Coldwell Banker Village Green Realty, we love introducing our clients and friends—categories that happily overlap—to the new and old places we patronize, the places where we hang out, and to the awesome people who run those places. We’ve asked our agents and staff to share with us some of the newcomers that they're loving. Here are recommendations from The Local Experts. Tell them we sent you!


Accord, NY

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Eric Bean from our Woodstock office is enthused about Inness: “The new restaurant, hotel and golf course at Inness (845-377-0030) in Accord is amazing! I've eaten at the restaurant 20+ times, and it's a real draw for the area. I love taking my special clients there!” The editors of Travel + Leisure recently chose it as one of the best new hotels in the world and we've noticed that it's a favorite of Hudson Valley/Catskills Instagrammers. Go get some incredible food and the perfect shot.


Bearsville, NY

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You won't find Filipino food around every corner of Upstate NY. That's why it's such a surprise and pleasure to find it in the Bearsville hamlet of Woodstock. Emily Kragness from our Kingston office really loves Harana Market (845-684-5835) in Bearsville, which sells home-style Filipino food and Asian groceries. It’s also something of a gathering spot, with community events such as meet-and-mingle and a 2022 summer season kick-off. It's the perfect place to get a bite on your way from Woodstock to Phoenicia or after a few hours in Kenneth L Wilson Day Use Area.


Carmel Hamlet, NY

Leonore Garvey of our new Carmel office loves the little antique shop that opened up down the street. Aptly named Antiques Near Me Leonore says, "It's so beautifully decorated in there; so many things to look at! And the people who run it couldn't be nicer!". They carry everything from jewelry to furniture to vases. If you need to do some home staging, stop in! 505 NY-52, Carmel Hamlet.

Catskill, NY

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Upstate, but want some southern Manhattan deli meat? Christine Hinz from our Kinderhook office raves about “a great little bagel/sandwich shop in Catskill called Goodies Bagels & Bites (518-719-0411), where the bagels are amazing,” she says. “I recently had their pastrami—try to find that in these parts!—and it was wonderful.” Get your reuben fix!


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Angela Lanuto likes Spike’s Record Rack (917-653-2453) in Catskill. “They have a huge selection of CDs and vinyl records,” says Angela. “Spike’s brings a vintage spin on how we listen to music. In these days of digital music streaming, it’s hard to really enjoy that classic song you listened to growing up and appreciate it the same way you did when you heard the crackling of the vinyl record on your turntable. What I love about Spike’s Records is that no matter what genre and what year the record was made, you can almost guarantee you can find it at this old-school-vibe record shop. They found our Marketing Team's Amy Wallace the same holiday album set her grandparents used to play every Christmas! She almost kissed Spike! 

“Catskill Chocolate Company is new,” says Mary Spinelli. “Their chocolate is amazing!!!” Visit them for handmade chocolates, espresso, desserts and gelato, all made with ethically sourced local ingredients. The whole crowd at our Catskill office is psyched to have somewhere to go for an afternoon treat. If we buy them for each other it's cool right? If you see us kickboxing with our fearless leader Candida Ellis through the windows of our Catskill office you'll know we overindulged. 

Speaking of Catskill - we just have to share our contribution to the Cat'n Around Catskill cats of 2022. Ta-da! Come see our cheshire kitty and all the cats of the Heart of Catskill Association this summer!


Coxsackie, NY

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Angela Lanuto also says, “Mahalo Gifts in Catskill (518-943-7467) and their sister store, Mahalo Toyshop (518-731-7467), in Coxsackie are a true presence in our community. Tara Templeton is the owner of both locations, and she provides a terrific array of gifts for all ages with most everything made in the USA by independent artists/small companies and a lot of women-owned businesses.” Tara is our neighbor in Catskill. We all adore her and her shops. 


Highland, NY


Broker/owner Candida Ellis wants everyone to know about a Filipino restaurant, Hapag Kainan (845-834-2379), recently opened at 58 Vineyard Avenue, Highland. Alvin Balbastro, the chef and owner there, dishes up Filipino comfort food classics like pancit (noodles), lumpia (eggrolls) and several types of seafood. More Filipino food! YAAASSSSSS!


Hudson, NY


Christine Hinz and Angela Lanuto both shared that Savona's Trattoria (845-339-6800) is opening another restaurant on Hudson’s Warren Street. According to Savona’s Director of Business, Jessica Lopez, “It will be at 136 Warren Street, at the corner of 2nd. Hudson is putting a lot of time and money into promoting walking up Warren Street from the train station, so we’ll have those people passing us. We’re shooting for a June 1 opening. There’s a huge outdoor patio, so it’s the perfect time to launch in the nice weather.”


Kinderhook, NY

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Doe Mallory of our new Kinderhook office shared, “two new and very exciting businesses in Kinderhook, Morningbird restaurant and event space and OK Pantry (518-610-8041). Morningbird has an incredible chef, Hannah Chording Wong, who moved from NYC to open the restaurant with artist Darren Waterston. It has been written up in Vogue with rave reviews as Hudson Valley’s most exciting new restaurant. OK Pantry, next door, is a woman-owned business offering exceptional local goods and amazing coffee. Saissonier (518-610-8100) is another restaurant in Kinderhook offering local foods from surrounding farms paired with a huge array of beers. Completely revitalizing Kinderhook!!” We've got our own opening coming up in Kinderhook. Join us on June 23rd as we open our new location at 5 Hudson Street. We'll be serving up music, small-bites and some great real estate market data!


Kingston, NY


According to Amy Crossfield of our Kingston office, “There just aren’t enough donuts in this area! (Right?) I’d love to give this little spot in Kingston, Half Moon Rondout Café (845-481-5419), some attention.” The donuts are fresh and hot—made right there in the shop—and not weighed down with heavy glaze or icing. They come plain, dusted with sugar or with a cinnamon/sugar mix only. They also throw in some saucy weekly specials with flair to keep it interesting.

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Tim Hurley and Marcia Zwilling both recommend Hill Valley Candles (845-706-8484) in Uptown Kingston. Tim says, “Paul, the owner, is part of a biking/running club I belong to. Some of the home-made candles he sells are seasonal, like in April he does an Easter Egg collection of designs. A really cool thing about the shop is they also offer group candle-making classes, perfect for friends or the office!” What makes it special to Marcia is that “it is located in what was once my father and grandfather's antique shop since the 1940s at 55 North Front Street. When I stopped by shortly after they opened, I was amazed to see that they actually make the candles there." 

Jenna Papageorgantis from our Marketing Team shared that Greene County’s West Kill Brewing (518-989-6001) will open a taproom in Midtown Kingston this summer, where you’ll be able to sample their beers as well as draft wine and New York State cider.

Amber Rodriguez our Administrative Manager says to look out for Tilda’s Kitchen and Market (845-663-2286) on Broadway in Kingston. “They have a great system where you can buy lunch for other locals who may be in need, and they are even creating their own monetary system within the community called the Hudson Valley Current,” to keep money local. Tilda’s provides a volunteering opportunity and a menu featuring 90% locally sourced products.

This just in: Black-Eyed Suzie’s (845-383-1755), after seven years in Saugerties, recently reopened in Kingston as a “food shop”—there’s seating but no wait-service—offering a variety of organic foods. You can also order catering and family-style take-away meals for two to 12 people.


New Paltz, NY

Suzanne Biggan from our New Paltz office points out that “New Paltz has a new free food fridge by town hall that is regularly stocked by community members and is supported by occasional donations from local small businesses.” 

“In New Paltz Zaytune Mediterranean Cafe (845-255-6000) is fairly new,” says Jeanine Stoddard. “It’s a cute spot with friendly service and really good food.” They lean toward Greek specialties, with appetizers like hummus and tabbouli and entrees such as shish kebabs and grilled shrimp. You know, summer food!


Palenville, NY

From Bernard Babilonia from our Catskill office we hear, “Catskill Mountain Lodge (518-212-7491) is our local spot when the weather is warm in Palenville. Outdoor bar, fire pit and some outdoor games.” Or visit the Lodge’s Bronson Bar & Arcade for drinks, snacks and OTB. 


Red Hook, NY

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Martin Reilingh recommends i2Evolve (917-757-6095) in Red Hook. “It’s an art studio/meditation center,” says Marty, “that opened during or just before the pandemic, that's now moving to a larger space in the village. They have become a great resource for families to help cope with these stressful times.”

“Hudson Valley Vintage (845-758-6006) just opened around the corner from our office in Red Hook,” adds Marty. “And a new Greek restaurant is opening just north of Stewart’s on Route 9 by Taso Giannoulis, the chef/owner at Enzo’s (845-383-3696) in Kingston. I hope it’s as good as Enzo’s, which I’ve known for years because I used to work near there.”


Saugerties, NY

Andrea Turco-Levin tells us construction has begun on Dream Dogs Training Center, her 17,000-square-foot state-of-the-art training facility in Saugerties. “I’ve been competing and training in agility since 2014, which started as a hobby and became a passion. I’m developing four acres; we’ve got 12 spaces for RVs and more than 50 parking spaces. We don’t have anything like this around here. We’ll do something for every level, training in agility, obedience, puppy classes and hold competitions. We hope to be open this fall.”

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Eric Amaral’s sister-in-law, Jane Amaral, “just opened up a shop within the last year in Saugerties right on Route 32. The Loafing Bench (845-247-3669),” says Eric, “is a mixed store with recycled furniture and house and garden goodies, a wonderful gift shop. She has worked so hard and does a lot of the work on furniture herself.”


Sara Gorman Maliha from our Kingston office has quite a Saugerties list. “There’s a new distillery, Catskill Mountain Moonshine (845-217-5500), on Market Street. Upstate Films is open and going strong at Saugerties’ Orpheum Theatre (845-876-2515), over 100 years young. The first Cornhole Tournament of Champions, a Special Olympics fundraising event, took place Sunday, May 22, at Cantine Field. We hope it's back next year! Cornhole is CBVGR's yard-game of choice!

“Each summer that goes by,” says Sara, “Saugerties street art has become more and more popular. In 2022, figures of Rocky the Owl will decorate Saugerties streets through Labor Day. The sculptures are typically auctioned off at a big event in September.” (If you don't know the story of Rocky the Owl, visit this post by Gus Pedersen.) For more info, visit the Saugerties Chamber of Commerce website beginning in late May 2022. 

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Sara also doesn’t want us to forget about “the 1727 Kiersted House, home of the Saugerties Historical Society, which features band concerts on the lawn under the shade of centuries-old locust trees. The festival season includes a free series of ‘Sunset Concerts’ on the first Fridays June through September, the Sawyer Motors Car Show in July and, the ultimate festival around these parts, the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival, in October.”

Amy Lonas has found “a wonderful business called the Rug Shop in Saugerties. They carry beautiful, handmade vintage and recycled Moroccan wool rugs in amazing colors. The lovely owners are Kristina and Jamal.” Email hello@therugshop.co for an appointment if you can’t get there during regular hours.


Tivoli, NY

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From Jenna Papageorgantis we heard about Lasting Joy Brewery (845-757-2337) opening on a 31-acre farm in Tivoli in early May. Not only will they feature 12 taps, indoor seating for 60 and picnic tables, food trucks and fire pits outside, they’re also hosting electric charging stations.


Warwick, NY

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Debra Daleo says we should check out two businesses in Warwick, Dream Donuts (845-986-4881) and Warwick Chocolate (718-916-0019). She says their goods are “homemade, local, trendy, delicious, convenient and make great gifts.” 


West Park, NY

Jeanine Stoddard shared, “I recently went to The Hudson House distillery (845-834-6007), a new event space in one of the old monasteries on Route 9W in West Park, and it was really nice. I took a tour and then listened to a good band. I had a great Old Fashioned made with rye—I believe it is distilled right there!—and the small plates were yummy and nicely presented. The wait staff was very attentive, and the house was full; this was Sunday late-afternoon! It is getting a redo bottom-to-top. There is a 4,000-square-foot deck overlooking the Hudson River, and in the future they will have a hotel.”


Windham, NY 

Lisa Jaeger tells us, “One of Windham's well-known resorts, family-owned for 40 years, the Thompson House, was sold last year. It is undergoing a major renovation, and they are hoping to be open in August. Also, on Main Street, the Community Center (518-734-4168), which just opened about six months ago, has wonderful classes for kids and adults. It's a great resource!”

We hear from Susan Krom that Gianna’s Creations Bakery (518-750-8020) just opened not far east of Windham village. Sue says, “Gianna's Creations has plenty of parking and indoor/outdoor seating to sit and enjoy all the delicious items made by CIA-graduate Gianna Levine. Gianna's baked goods are beautiful and scrumptious. She puts her heart into every creation, and it shows. She is extremely talented and hard-working. At a young age she knew what she wanted to do in life, so she worked hard and followed her dreams to get her to where she is today.” 

“I’m super-excited and also a little nervous,” says Gianna, who before opening the bakery ran her business via a facebook page “but I know my locals will support me. Business has spread so much through word-of-mouth. At the new bakery I’ll have everything I already offer on my Facebook page plus new things like muffins, bagels, croissants, danish, challah and specialty Italian breads.” Call the bakery or Gianna’s cell (518-947-8734) for more info or to place a special order. 


Woodstock, NY


Aisha Hilton from our Woodstock office shared a new shop in Woodstock: “The site of the Tinker Street Cafe, which more recently was the Center for Photography, is a new shop and gallery called HappyLife Productions (845-679-6689). It’s run by a local, Mike DuBois.” They produce high-quality graphics, artwork, clothing and gifts as well as custom design work, all with a hippie twist. Peace, love and t-shirts!

Laurie Ylvisaker has lots of Woodstock tips for us: “The Bearsville Theater has completed its transformation and is now running multiple concerts. Thursday night jazz dinners and Sunday jazz brunches are a favorite of mine. For the first time in many years jazz is being actively promoted on a weekly basis in Woodstock. The jazz dinners and brunches have met with success, and they’re growing a strong visitor and artist attendance.


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“Next door, in front of the fireplace at Nancy’s of Woodstock Artisanal Creamery, there are book signings and readings by published national authors, in conjunction with the Golden Notebook. The Bear restaurant is about to open in the old Chinese restaurant after a complete renovation, with indoor dining facing the stream and outdoor dining on the terrace.”

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Laurie also noted, “A fabulous five-star restaurant, Good Night, has opened in Woodstock on Rock City Road, specializing in Asian fusion cuisine. With the warm weather coming there is plenty of outdoor dining there.” 

Just All Over NY!

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The Empire State Trail opened back in 2020, but it's being named the top rail trail in the U.S. by Outside Magazine happened this spring. It's 750 miles long (750!) and 75% of the trail is off-road. People are making a pilgrimage of it with good cause. We've been using the Walkill Valley Rail Trail and Hudson Valley Rail Trail sections for years. Now we have a path to Buffalo if we feel like taking it!

Please let us know what your favorite places are in the Hudson Valley and Catskills! We love to hear from our readers! Xoxo



Amy Wallace - Marketing Director

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