One Way to Spend a Day in Kingston

If you're in search of a spectacular day in New York's first capital, look no further than this comprehensive itinerary.


10 a.m. – Binge on brunch at PAKT


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PAKT proudly dubs itself as a “whistle-stop meets Wi-Fi” on its website, and honestly, we can’t think of a better way to describe it. This southern joint is amped up with eccentricity, making it a fun choice for a first-stop-of-the-day feast. Its menu offers down-home tastes of the country with twists that are truly OMG-worthy. If you go, try the B.L.T. Benedict with peach habanero bacon, a fried green tomato, and melted leeks (available weekends only), or the brunch burger (above), topped with bourbon bacon jam, tomato, and a fried egg — all sandwiched between two crispy hash browns.  

Area alternatives: The kimchi omelet at DMZ Kingston is alone worth the trip to Kingston. And if you’re debating on getting it with goat cheese, trust us, you won’t regret it.


11 a.m. – Scope out the scene at Smorgasburg Upstate

Update 4/5/18 - Smorgasburg Upstate is closed.


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Forget Williamsburg’s crowds and chaos and head Hudson-bound to Hutton Brickyards. The Insta-famous foodie festival is about half the size of its Brooklyn counterparts, making it easily manageable to navigate through local culinary vendors, handmade crafts, vintage finds, and more.

Area alternatives: Smorgasburg Upstate runs monthly (May through October), so in case you happen to visit during the interim, spend an afternoon browsing through Zaborski Emporium’s warehouse full of collectibles, or visit Kingston’s year-round Saturday farmer’s market (open every other weekend during winter months).


1 p.m. – Head to the Hudson River Maritime Museum

See boats big and small as you dig into the history of the Hudson River. Take a peek at the exhibits devoted to the man himself, Henry Hudson, lighthouses of the past and present, and even century-old tugboats  that have been dry-docked outside. Then, get hands-on at a boat-building and woodworking workshop.

Area alternatives: View historic trolleys from around the world at The Trolley Museum of New York, then give your feet a rest and hop on a scenic trolley ride through the city.


3 p.m. – Stop by Outdated Café for coffee, a smoothie, or a snack

This isn’t exactly a coffee shop (you seriously should consider stopping by for breakfast or lunch), but real talk, their organic and fair trade coffee will give you life. And if you’re not in the mood for a caffeine jolt, Outdated’s selection of pressed juices, vegan smoothies, and infused sodas (try the salted plum with mint) will hit the spot. Pick up a house-made donut or scone and browse through their vast for-sale antique selection.

Area alternatives: Monkey Joe Roasting Company and Clove & Creek will also aptly satiate any caffeine cravings.


3:30 p.m. – Take a walking tour of Kingston’s unreal street art

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Though Kingston is home to many great galleries, the sweetest art in the area is the most easily accessible. All thanks to the annual O+ Fest, where artists trade their talents for healthcare services (more on that here), Kingston is rich in permanent public murals and street art installations. If you’re looking to see as much as you possibly can, peep at this guide to all of the city’s sanctioned street art, and use the map above to navigate the trail by foot.

Area alternatives: Book a walking tour of the city’s four historic districts through Friends of Historic Kingston, or download the Arrivals: Kingston app, an audio tour of Kingston’s Rondout Creek.


5 p.m. – Grab a drink at Brunette Wine Bar


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You’ve probably spotted this trendy drink destination on Instagram, or maybe even in your dreams (yeah, it’s literally that cute). The aesthetic is millennial pink meets marble, making for a fresh vibe that doesn’t distract from the menu. Down for some rosé all day? Their selection is pretty great, though we highly encourage you to try the orange wine, too. Didn’t know that was a thing? Read more about it here.

Area alternatives: In case you’re not into wine, hit up Stockade Tavern for a mean craft cocktail (spring for an Old Fashioned), or Keegan Ales for the ultimate brewery experience. 


6 p.m. – Dine at Redwood Bar + Restaurant

Update 4/5/18 - Redwood is closed.

Nestled within a brick-and-stone building on North Front Street, this Stockade District standout combines hip SoCal flair with local sensibilities. Redwood’s fall dinner menu offers something for everyone, like a classic autumn roast pork with chestnuts, cauliflower Madras curry, and not one, but two types of ramen (above). And if the weather permits, opt for a seat at the rooftop bar for a side of sunset views.

Area alternatives: Snag some cheap eats from Diego’s Taqueria, or dine within a historic colonial-era landmark, The Hoffman House.


7:30 p.m. – Catch a show at BSP Kingston


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You may know BSP as a modern-day hipster hangout spot – and well, it kind of is – but it’s so much more than that. The building was built in the 1900s as a vaudeville movie house, then known as Reade’s Kingston Theatre. Today, the name still sits atop the proscenium arch, welcoming indie names like Grizzly Bear, Decora, and Escaper.

Area alternatives: Check out The Anchor for live performances practically every night of the week.




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Make yourself at home at cozy-chic B&B, The Forsyth, the waterside Rondout Inn, or Church des Artistes, a former church (above), complete with original stained-glass windows.

If you’re looking for a cheaper option, check out this Airbnb apartment in the heart of the Stockade District, or this rustic spot that’s close to pretty much everything

Love the Hudsn Valley? Day-trip through our region with additional guides to Beacon and Cold Spring. And if you have your own ideas for spending a day in Kingston, let us know at

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