25 More Things Every Hudson Valleyite Must Do!
Back in 2007, we told you about 20 local activities — from dining at the CIA to taking a swim in the Hudson — that help separate true Valleyites from the out-of-town tourists and weekend wannabes. But — we now realize — that list wasn’t half long enough. Here are 25 more can’t-miss Valley pursuits to spice up your late summer/early fall weekends
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17. Taste Tuthilltown Whiskey
For more than two centuries, the Tuthilltown Gristmill in Gardiner — a National Historic Site — used water from a nearby creek to turn local grains into flour. Ten years ago, Ralph Erenzo purchased the mill, and — along with partner Brian Lee — proceeded to convert one of its granaries into a distillery. The result: the first (legal) production of hard liquor in New York State since Prohibition. The partners now turn out small batches of vodka, whiskey, rum, and other spirits, using grains and fruits grown on nearby farms. Especially noteworthy is their Hudson Baby Bourbon: Made from New York-grown corn, it has been getting lots of online ink for its smooth, caramel-and-vanilla-tinged taste.
845-633-8734 or www.tuthilltown.com
14 Gristmill Lane, Gardiner
18. Explore Uptown Kingston
Known to Kingstonians as the Stockade District, this eight-block section of the city — first settled by the Dutch in 1658 — is crammed full of historic buildings. A few highlights: the Senate House (built in 1676), where the senators of the newly formed State of New York held their first meeting in 1777; the Minard Lafever-designed Old Dutch Church (1852), a National Historic Landmark; and the junction of Crown and John streets, the only intersection in the country that has an early Dutch stone house on each of its four corners. The Friends of Historic Kingston offer guided walking tours of the district on the first Saturday of every month through October.