In the midst of Stanfordville's gorgeous countryside, Big Rock Market has become a central gathering spot for locals and lots of other folks who come a long way to sit on the rocking-chair porch, buy carefully curated groceries or take part in the town's various festivals and fairs on the lawn. You’ll find two antique shops right in the hamlet, Bulls Head Treasures and Bowen Barn Antiques, as well as two wine stores, Le Caviste and John Given Wines, and a liquor store. For local eats there’s Peyo’s Café and Coyote Flaco Mexican bistro. Get in early to the CSA for fresh veggies all through the growing season at Sisters Hill Farm. Along with a 24-hour laundromat, gas station and a vet, Stanfordville is full of useful amenities.
For outdoor fun, on the banks of the Wappingers Creek is Stanford Wildlife Preserve, a lovely park with trails and bird-watching opportunities. The Audubon’s Buttercup Farm Sanctuary is in Stanfordville, too, another haven for birds of all sorts—80 species have been noted—and six miles of trails from which to watch them. Millbrook Vineyards and Winery is nearby for wine-tastings, hanging out in the taproom or on the terrace or just to pick up a bottle or two; they even have picnic tables that visitors can use as if it was a public park. It's nice!
Right in the hamlet, Stanford Rec Park has baseball diamonds, tennis and basketball courts and even a little beach. Nearby are several riding stables—this is equestrian country, after all—Misfit Farm and Rivendell Riding Academy among them. Another great place you’ll want to visit more than once is the Wethersfield estate for their gardens, hikes and horse shows.
Stanfordville is a lovely place to live. It’s a really pretty Dutchess County hamlet that knows how to take care of its own!