Amenia is a sleepy small town where Santa comes to the library every Christmas, antique-shop-lined streets resound to summer parades and folks come out to cheer for the local team. You’ve got horse farms, broad fields and rolling hills; the town name originates from a word meaning “pleasant to the eye.” But Amenia also hosts a railroad station serving New York City, and that makes a bit of a difference. Wall Street brokers and museum directors who want to enjoy country life are waiting for the train on Monday mornings.
On the Town of Amenia website it says, “From baseball to cricket, farming to horticulture, fly fishing to enjoying our local aquaponically raised trout while dining out, you'll find something that speaks to you here in the Town of Amenia.” The small-town aura comes through in the list of community clubs on the website: Amenia Fish and Game, chess, seniors, 4H, Little League, co-ed softball, basketball camp, martial arts, golf clubs, soccer, swimming, tennis, volleyball. The Amenia.net website leads to nearly everything in town, links including businesses, town contacts, history, the library, firehouse, restaurants, provisions and more. Amenia Free Library was founded in 1938 and has a collection of rare historical books.
Amenia’s outdoor activities take place in a number of spots. In 1974, the land that makes up Beekman Park was sold by Walter Beekman to the town for $1; through volunteer construction efforts, the park officially opened in 1983 and now has three baseball and two softball fields. The Harlem Valley Rail Trail starts at the Wassaic Train Station and runs through town for walking and biking enthusiasts. The Wassaic Multiple Use Area is a 488-acre state forest entirely open to non-motorized recreation.
Looking for culture? Music, art, dance and film cavort at The Wassaic Project, where they present intimate festivals, monthly open studios, artist talks and donor events in a historic grain elevator turned exhibition space and auction barn turned studio and workshop. They mount three or more exhibitions per year in over 8,000 square feet of gallery space and call themselves “a residency of and for Wassaic, not just in it.”
Enjoy a Catskills panorama from Wethersfield gardens. Train your binoculars on birds at Miles Wildlife Audubon Sanctuary or contemplate Amenia’s history at Indian Rock Schoolhouse!
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The Four Brothers Drive-In Theater isn’t just movies but also a hotel, camp site and restaurant. There aren’t many drive-in theaters operating year-round; if you get cramped from sitting too long bundled up in your car, you can stretch your legs by the fire pit or hang out in the dining room.
The 1,200-acre park at Wethersfield was left by Chauncey Devereux Stillman (1907-89), after whose death it was opened to the public. The site comprises the main house, carriage house, gardens and farm, all at an elevation of 1,200 feet, providing panoramic views of the Catskills to the west and the Berkshires to the north. “With a passion for nature, beauty, and proper stewardship of the land, Mr. Stillman was an accomplished equestrian, an avid conservationist and a lover of the arts and the intellectual life.” His legacy lives on. On the other end of the scale is Heather Metal Parking Lot, a celebration of heavy metal culture inspired by the 1988 film Heathers and the 1986 documentary Heavy Metal Parking Lot. It’s held at Luther Barn Field in Wassaic, “a night of pickup truck pig roasts, beer pong, free tattoos, macabre films, DJs, art installations, death portraits and truckloads of firewood and alcohol.”
As for more quotidian nightlife, there aren’t a lot of spots in town, but there are a few restaurants including, in the old wooden building where the lamented Monte’s Kitchen used to be, the Great Cape Baking Company, for breakfast and lunch with nice breads, home-made salads, fresh donuts and other pastries.
The dining room at the 250-acre Troutbeck hotel serves a small but creative menu; among other tempting breakfast items is French toast with crème fraiche and roasted apple. The granola is home-made at Back in the Kitchen, a well-known local spot for breakfast and lunch.
Not just ales and wines but house-made pasta, wood-fired pizza, salads, wings and ramen can be had at Lantern Inn, where you dine with cool music by the stream in summer or in a rustic room in winter. Very nice!
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One option in Amenia real estate for those with well-lined pockets is Silo Ridge. Centered around a members-only golf club, Silo Ridge is a turnkey real estate development where one must be a homeowner to join the club. You can buy a plot of land and build your own structure or choose one from a menu. Custom-built houses have to be approved by not only the board but also by the town of Amenia. Considering the condos go for more than $2.5 million, you’re looking at a very narrow section of the population living at Silo Ridge.
In the same category would be an 880-acre farm with regulation polo field and stabling for 35 horses plus 10,000 feet of frontage on the trout-stocked Wassaic Creek. Next door is the circa-1855 Sherman House on 10 fenced acres, surrounded by protected land; this 7-bedroom, 3-bath, 4,600-square-foot gabled clapboard and shake-shingle Victorian has 12-foot ceilings, three working bluestone fireplaces, two sets of pocket doors, a new roof, all new plumbing and a wraparound porch.
Despite the lavish estates in town, the average home price is between $300,000 and $400,000. Minutes to the Wassaic train station is a privately sited 3-bedroom, 2-bath split-level ranch with great outdoor living space in its enclosed porch, open deck and patio, an in-ground pool with new liner and pool shed and a panoramic view of the neighboring pastures and mountains.
Also very affordable is a 4-bedroom, 2-bath, 2,625-square-foot sun-filled 1900 Victorian with original woodwork, wraparound porch, private patio, potting barn and well-maintained gardens; or a well-maintained 1940 1,404-square-foot cottage on 18+ wooded acres with stone walls and lake views.
Amenia is a welcoming place for everyone. Let a Coldwell Banker Village Green agent introduce you to your next home.
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