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Photo by Yumiko Izu

Melt away winter’s chill at Casana T House (pictured above), where you can sip a specialty artisan tea like low-caffeine White Peony or Imperial Black Tip poured from a personal pot. Nibble on scones or lunch on salmon brioche, prosciutto baguette, or fried Japanese soba noodles. When you’re sated, head to the Casana Designs boutique area to try on cozy wraps and scarves. (2633 State Route 23, Hillsdale; 518.325.6105; www.casanatea.com)

From the owners of a slew of Dutchess and Putnam eateries comes Végétalien, a 15-seat vegan café on Beacon’s main drag serving Post Yoga Green Juice and grapefruit cleanser with kale, as well as an ever-changing menu of local-produce-inspired fare. (504 Main St; 845.838.1943; www.vegetalien.life).

Just across the street, Trax Espresso is a mellow new coffee spot featuring in-house roasted beans, smoothies, and snacks. (1 East Main St; 845.765.8400; www.traxespresso.com)

Photo by Eric Medsker

An Ulster County classic, The Egg’s Nest has been rehatched after having been shuttered for over a year due to retirement. New owners whipped up a menu featuring eggs, burgers (pictured above), empanadas, house-made carrot cake, and more. (1300 State Route 213, High Falls; 845.687.7255; www.theeggsnest.com)

This year’s Albany Chefs’ Food & Wine Festival: Wine & Dine for the Arts has an intriguing twist: a Grand Gala dinner that features the foods and wine of Indonesia. Over the three-day event, now in its ninth year, you can graze on fare from dozens of local restaurants, try out New York State brews, and enjoy the ever-popular Slider Slam. (Jan 11–13, Hilton Albany, 40 Lodge St; www.albanywinefest.com)

Mark your calendars and wear your woollies for the 3rd Annual Schenectady Soup Stroll. Visit at least 25 restaurants and indulge in $1 bowl samples. Creative combos range from vegetarian to vegan and gluten-free. (January 27, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.; 518.377.9430; www.downtownschenectady.org)

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