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Hudson Valley restaurant suggestions?

Hi, my wife and I will be taking a day trip from Manhattan this Saturday visiting the Millbrook and Rivendell Wineries (I think these are rated high in the area?).

If anyone has suggestions on breakfast/brunch suggestions near Millbrook vineyards, since we'll be visiting there first or on the way North that would be great!

Also, if anyone has recommendations for romantic waterside dining for dinner it would be greatly appreciated. I have a few in mind, but not sure how good they are....just based on what i could find online....

Newburgh - Torches on the Hudson, Blue Martini, Cena 2000

Valley at the Garisson

Harvest on the Hudson

I'm not too familiar with the area, since this is is our first time travelling north.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Hi,
    I've never been to Millbrook, but on the map it looks like it's farther north than New Paltz where the Rivendell winery is and on the other side of Hudson river. There is a whole network of wineries around New Paltz, why not make that side of the river your day trip and save Millbrook for later? Here is the site for the wineries and a map: http://www.shawangunkwinetrail.com/

    New Paltz (or neighboring communities) is a great place to start your day with breakfast/brunch - there are a lot of recs on this board, just search for New Paltz here.

    Also, if you want to finish day with romantic dinner in a spectacular setting, try Mohonk mountain house (haven't eaten there but the scenery is breath-taking). here is their site mohonk.com

    1. Harvest on Hudson is in Hastings and nowhere near the area you are tallking about, in saying that I'm not exactly sure what is near Millbrook, is that in Dutchess County? Valley at Garrison is in Putnam County (definitely call first because they seem to open on a limited basis), the ones in Newburg are in Orange County but it's a nice area to visit down by the waterfront. OK I just looked it up and Millbrook is in Dutchess County, north of Poughkeepsie and none of those restaurants are particularly close to that area. But someone mentioned Aroma Osteria in Wappinger Falls on a thread I started http://www.chowhound.com/topics/421306 and actually I have been to this restaurant and it is very good and right on Rt. 9 south of Poughkeepsie.

      1. Thanks so much for the suggestions so far! We were planning to drive to Millbrook first, then drive over to Woodstock, have some lunch walk around. Then travel back south to New Paltz and visit Rivendell wineries. Then continue south and have some dinner either at the waterfront restaurants in Newburgh, Valley at Garrison or Harvest on the Hudson and then make our way back to Manhattan.

        Welle, I think I might take up your suggestion and stay around New Paltz and visit a few wineries there, instead of travelling to the other side of the river to Millbrook. Again, I'm not too familiar with the area, any other wineries you suggest nearby Rivendell?

        Thanks again!!

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        1. re: gchhada

          I've only been to Rivendell (they seem to be the largest in that area), but I'm sure others are nice too. There are tons of farms, farmstands in the area and with apples and peaches in season - I'm sure you'll have a full day on your hands. The area has beautiful, but very accessible hiking in Minnewaska park and Mohonk lake preserve. Trust me you will have a full day. I would save Woodstock for a later full day trip as well - you can drive to nearby communities in Catskills, do some hiking, nature-walking, visit the original Woodstock site (it's not in Woodstock), and then get to Woodstock downtown in the afternoon for shop/gallery walking and people-watching. To stay on topic, Joshua Cafe seem to be widely popular on these boards and on weekends very hard to get a table.

        2. I'm not familiar very much with the area you're talking about. But I have been to Torches on the Hudson (in Newburgh). As a nyc-er, I thought the food was barely so-so. But the views were lovely. We strolled outside for a while after our lunch and thoroughly enjoyed that part (the food notwithstanding). If others recommend something better, take their suggestions.

          1. you guys are great! thanks so much for all the feedback, you've been really helpful. i think the final plan is to take the day and spend it on the SWT wine trail, and then head to one of the places nearby for dinner. Based on how tired we are....hehe.

            Thanks again!

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            1. re: gchhada

              a little late...

              first - millbrook winery - i didn't care for it much (prefer dessert or sweeter wines), and a friend of mine who is the opposite of me (rioja, reds, and others like that) didn't either...thought the wines were too dry and some other stuff. great views, no desire to go back. but if you DO go there, go to clinton vineyards which is right near there and has great dessert wines.

              however...if you go to the other side of the river...rivendell is a nice winery, i'd suggest going to baldwin in pine bush. they have dessert wines, the strawberry one has won awards and their new apple one is packed with apple flavors. it's NOT high end wines, but i like 'em. and they're having little chocolate/dessert samplings with the wines...it's $10, or free if you buy 6 bottles i think. (bottles are about 12 each). they have a website...

              if you're planning as stated, i would offer up this suggestion...

              go to new world home cooking for lunch in woodstock, walk around the town, take the back roads down to new paltz, check out rivendell, baldwin and one of the other vineyards in that area (new paltz or pine bush). before going to baldwin, go to village market and bakery (in gardiner, http://www.villagemarketandbakery.com/) and get one of the cream cheesecakes to bring home (bring a small cooler, too?) - original stuff which i don't think anyone in nyc is making. pop out on route 84, cross the river, and go to beacon to tonique (right off 84, maybe 1/2 mile off, i think first exit once you cross the hudson). walk down to beacon creamery and grab some jane's ice cream for dessert, wander to the train station for a view of the hudson. then, take 84 over to whichever way you want to go back to the city.

              hope that helps...just my views...

              1. re: gchhada

                Gchhada, would love to hear your trip report! thanks.