Cooper's Daughter at Olde York Farm Distillery and Cooperage is part of the 1805 Jacob Rusten Van Rensselaer House and mill complex; the restored carriage house is where they make everything from Smoked Maple Bourbon, Rose and Lilac liqueurs and Ramp Vodka to the barrels in which bourbon, whiskey and brandy are aged. On the weekends you’ll find your friends hanging out in their cocktail garden enjoying some grub from a food truck.
If you are a rider or own horses, you’ll have plenty of company in Claverack: Equestrian centers for riding, boarding and training in or close to Claverack are Friendship Equestrian Center, Whispering Meadows, Thor Icelandics, Apple Hill Dressage and High & Mighty Therapeutic Riding & Driving Center.
If you just plain love the outdoors, aside from perfect walks and biking down country lanes, enjoy High Falls Conservation Area, home to eight miles of hiking trails and Columbia County’s highest waterfall. The Columbia Golf & Country Club is right in Claverack; the New York Golf Park is in Hudson. For swimming in summer and skating in winter, the Claverack Creek has its source here, and there’s Summit Lake in Philmont (called “the reservoir” by the locals). Town amenities include Claverack Town Park, Memorial Field and Philmont Park. For pool swimming the Taconic Hills Aquatic Center is just eight miles away. Skiing is 12 miles east at Catamount in Hillsdale. The county’s many boat launch sites are listed here.
Town of Claverack community services include food pantries in Philmont and Mellenville; two libraries, the Claverack Free Library and Philmont Public Library; post offices in Claverack, Mellenville, Hollowville and Philmont; the Claverack Seniors Club and the Claverack Youth Program in summer and winter. Of course, living in Claverack gives you access to Hudson's many delightful, not to mention practical, opportunities.
Claverack is a few minutes to the southeast of popular Hudson, and State Route 23 runs right through Claverack, which means easy access to main roads like State Route 9, the Taconic Parkway and, just over the Catskill-to-Hudson Rip Van Winkle Bridge, the NY State Thruway. Clearly, living in the peace and quiet of Claverack does not mean you’ll have to trek far for the necessities of life.