What to Do in Millbrook: Spend a Peaceful Weekend in This Hidden Gem
This quaint country getaway has a strong sense of community that draws visitors to its weekend activities and locally owned restaurants.
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Located only an hour and 20 minutes north of New York City, Millbrook has long been a destination for city residents to migrate to in order to enjoy a peaceful weekend or a summer in the country. Surrounded by farms galore and rolling hills, Millbrook was also home to Timothy Leary when he lived on the Hitchcock Estate during the psychedelic age and Bennett College when it was up and running. The one-stoplight town is a hidden gem full of history.
On warmer days, Millbrook comes to life as locals and city residents relax and unwind at the stores and restaurants that line Franklin Avenue. Take a peek at our guide to the town, then get started on a plan of your own.
8:30 a.m. – Start your morning right with a big coffee and tasty treats at Babette’s Kitchen
From the time the doors open to the time they close, customers stream in and out of this tiny café on the main street of the village, grabbing their regular orders of coffee and refreshing beverages. Babette’s prides itself on using local, seasonal ingredients in its treats and offers gluten free and vegan options for breakfast and lunch. Be sure to grab one of the lemon cookies – they’re a delight for kids and adults alike.
3293 Franklin Ave
Mon 7 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wed-Sat 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
9:30 a.m. – Check out local vendors at the Farmers’ Market
Don't forget to bring a bag with you because you will want to take home lots of local produce and products from your excursion. Located in a municipal parking lot across from the Millbrook Bank, the market hosts more than 20 vendors who offer everything from granola to goat cheese to pickles on a stick. Enjoy live music and raffles as you peruse the stands. If you’re a repeat visitor, you will more than likely see some familiar faces, as local attendees look forward to the market each week. The market has even influenced some locals to open up their own booths to sell their signature creations.
3263 Franklin Ave
Sat 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. from May 25 – October 26
11 a.m. - Attend a drop-in yoga class
The outside of Millbrook Yoga looks just as serene as you will feel once your class begins. Titled embodyoga™, this gentle-to-moderate session is just one of many classes offered throughout the week by various instructors. Drop-ins are always welcome and available for $20, but session packages can be purchased if you turn into a regular.
5 Merritt Ave
Open daily, class times vary
12:30 p.m. – Grab lunch on the porch of Slammin’ Salmon
Gourmet is the way to go at Slammin’ Salmon. Whatever you order, it will be fresh and filling. Thanks to a recent change in management, a number of new additions to the menu join old favorites. As always, the exemplary use of fresh ingredients creates a high demand for lunches, especially among those who work in the village daily.
3267 Franklin Ave
Tues-Thurs 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fri-Sat 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
1:45 p.m. – Window shop along Franklin Avenue
If you are an antique lover, you’re in luck. The main street of the village is home to multiple antique shops. The Millbrook Antiques Mall is perhaps the most well known of the antique shops, and boasts three stories worth of antiques at all price points. Walk down the street toward the entrance to the village and you will find Juniper, a newly opened boutique. Run by a local photographer, Juniper offers home decorations, accessories, children’s toys, and even the opportunity to book a photography session with the owner.
3:45 p.m. – Take a stroll through Tribute Gardens
Whichever path you choose once you walk through the gates at the entrance, you will eventually end up at the top area of the park that overlooks the village below. The playground is a favorite for children, but the park also houses two war memorials and a quiet green in the back with picnic tables for people of all ages. The paths and gazebos offer quiet spots to take in the beautiful landscaping that is regularly maintained.
21 St. Joseph’s Dr
Open daily, dawn to dusk
6 p.m. – Have comfort food for dinner at Maura’s Kitchen
The owners of this family owned and operated restaurant self-describe their dishes as “feel good food.” Customers can choose from meals such as Maura’s Chili, served with homemade tortilla chips, or one of the signature grilled cheeses, like the Brie and fresh apple on sourdough. Located just a short walk from Franklin Avenue, the restaurant offers food that people love and recognize.
18 Alden Place
Mon-Thurs 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sat 8 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sun 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
6 p.m. – Bring the whole family to the Bandshell
Located on the green behind the historic Thorne Building, the Summer Concert Series is a family-friendly Saturday night tradition that can be heard throughout the whole town. The Millbrook Arts Group organizes these Saturday night concerts and will be celebrating their 30th anniversary with special giveaways at each concert this summer.
3327 Franklin Ave
9 p.m. – End the night with a good drink
After the concert wraps, walk down Merrit Avenue to a local favorite. If the music ends early enough, you will be able to catch karaoke at Nooch’s Pub & Grill beginning at 8 p.m. every Saturday. Local Paul Iannucci owns this pub and Fireside Barbeque & Grill over on Salt Point Turnpike. Be sure to try their house potato chips, you won’t regret it.
If you are looking for an upscale option, head over to Franklin Avenue and stop into Canoe Hill, an intimate farm-to-table eatery boasting a James Beard award winning chef in the kitchen. Its rustic design gives it a country feel. After 9 p.m. at the bar, customers can order $1 oysters.
|Nooch’s Pub & Grill
Tues-Thurs 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Fri-Sat 11-1 a.m., Sun 12-8 p.m.
156 Church St
Mon, Thurs, Fri 4-10 p.m., Sat-Sun 12-10 p.m.
3264 Franklin Ave
10 p.m. - Stay the night at Millbrook Country House
If a long day in town leaves you beat, seek refuge at the Millbrook Country House. The charming bed and breakfast is a unique cross between American Colonial and old world Italian. Guest rooms have Italian inspired names like Varigotti and Barocco, while the common areas feel cozy with plush couches and warm wood. Take advantage of the daily breakfast and afternoon tea, both of which are included in an overnight stay. With bites like soft cream scones, warm challah bread pudding, and omelets made with garden-fresh herbs, Millbrook knows how to help guests start the day off right.
3244 Sharon Tpke
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