Living in Hillsdale means shopping not only at the farmers market, which runs from the end of May through just before Thanksgiving, but also at all the old and new businesses that give the town its character: One such is Rodgers Book Barn. You have to go looking for it, but it’s worth the trip north of town through the beautiful landscape to get there. In business for nearly 40 years, Maureen Rodgers has a lovely and rustic shop full of carefully categorized used books and CDs. It’s one of those book shops that you go in for books but stay because of the atmosphere and the charismatic owner.
Another special place in Hillsdale NY is LABSpace, “more than an art gallery.” Aside from the art, which is always surprising and appealing, LABSpace is a great community hangout for music, conversation and artist talks, indoors and out. They’re right below CrossRoads Food Shop, so grab something delicious and a drink to go with it and sit downstairs in the LABSpace courtyard for a chat with Julie and Ellen. Other restaurants bringing people to town are the classic 1797 Hillsdale House and Roe Jan Brewing Co.
Besides the weekly visit to their favorite restaurant, old and new residents love the Hillsdale NY region for the outdoors! From Hamlet Park and Roeliff Jansen Park in town to Taconic State Park, Catamount Ski Resort, Harlem Valley Rail Trail, Rheinstrom Hill Audubon Center and Sanctuary, Copake Lake, Blue Rider Stables, Mt. Washington State Forest and Bash Bill Falls State Park, Hillsdale folks have their choice of every kind of recreational activity on the map. Add it all up and you’ll find Hillsdale NY a beautiful place to live!