This Is How to Spend an Unforgettable Day in Saugerties
With charming shops, gourmet eateries, and serene views, the Ulster County town is a dream day trip destination.
The Saugerties Lighthouse
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Saugerties is quiet. In comparison with other bustling towns along the Hudson – think Beacon, Poughkeepsie, and Rhinebeck – the region maintains a wonderfully sleepy air to it, as if it’s just about to wake up but hasn’t quite gotten there yet. That sleepiness, that small town charm, is precisely what makes the historic community so endearing. Word is spreading about the area, to be sure. It happens every year, when sports fans visit for the HITS-on-the-Hudson horse shows and foodies flock to the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival. As the spot slowly but surely becomes the next hot Hudson Valley destination, it’s a dream location for a weekend day trip.
Check out our full-day itinerary for inspiration on what to do in town. If you visit, don’t forget to tag us on Instagram!
9 a.m. - Eat local for breakfast at Love Bites Café
As any experienced day-tripper knows, the secret to a full day of success starts with breakfast. To power up for the day, make a beeline for Love Bites Café on Partition Street. The quaint eatery utilizes the best of local produce throughout its menu. Look for mushrooms from Wiltbank Farm in the savory Corned Beef Hash Bowl or sample Hudson Valley smoked salmon in the Classic Eggs Benedict. Offerings lean on the savory side, although there is a sweet section with coconut-carrot French toast and hearty vegan pancakes for health nuts who have a sugar streak.
69 Partition St, Saugerties
10:30 a.m. – Take a stroll to the Saugerties Lighthouse
A short drive away from the center of town, the Saugerties Lighthouse rests on the shore of the Hudson River. The local landmark, which dates back to 1869, sits at the mouth of the Esopus Creek and is reachable via a half-mile trail at the end of Lighthouse Drive. Inside, a small museum room highlights the building’s history. Day visitors can walk to the lighthouse, stroll along the waterside, and explore the 17 acres of scenic grounds that surround the property. If you plan a trip to town far enough in advance, consider an overnight inside the lighthouse, which also operates as a bed and breakfast. Spaces fill up quickly, so you’ll need to think about dates six months to a year ahead of time.
168 Lighthouse Dr, Saugerties
12:15 p.m. – Find farm-to-table comfort food at Miss Lucy’s Kitchen
Before farm-to-table was a thing, Miss Lucy’s was doing it. The longstanding Hudson Valley eatery leads the way with its commitment to locally sourced meat and produce. Its menu is a welcoming medley of Americana comfort bites with farm-fresh flavor. Savor the egg and cheese sandwich with local sausage and a homemade cheddar biscuit or switch things up with the hearty house-made pastrami Reuben. You can’t go wrong with the classics here.
90 Partition St, Saugerties
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1:30 p.m. – Treat yourself to a spa day at Savor Beauty + Spa
Located just down the road from Miss Lucy’s, Savor Spa is a slice of New York City relaxation along the Hudson River. The all-natural skincare, which is made in the Hudson Valley location, draws inspiration from Korean beauty rituals. Choose from organic facials, makeup consultations, and massages at the spa, or simply shop the luxurious skincare products inside the store. If you want to go all out, book the Organic Chardonnay Massage, which uses the brand’s organic Chardonnay cream to relieve stress, and follow it up with the Champagne Couture facial, which utilizes Champagne super-antioxidants to boost radiance and diminish fine lines.
114 Partition St, Saugerties
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3:30 p.m. – Meander your way along Partition Street
Yes, Saugerties has a Main Street. No, it’s not the “main” street. That honor would go to Partition Street, which lies just around the corner. The lengthy road is packed to the rafters with picturesque storefronts and restaurants. Window-shop your way along the avenue and pop into whichever locales catch your eye. Don’t pass by the quirkier stops, either. Only in Saugerties can you score zingy pickles at Brine Barrel, broaden your horizons at Inquiring Minds Bookstore, and sample ice cream flights at Alleyway Ice Cream. Once you get walking, you’ll realize there’s more than enough to do in this small town.
6 p.m. – Dine and drink at The Dutch Ale House
If you think you know this Saugerties mainstay, prepare yourself for a major surprise. The newly renovated space delights with its unusual fusion of Dutch history and Southern flavor. Sit by the mahogany bar or under the charming wooden clog display as you sip a refreshing cocktail or one of the 16 brews on tap. As for what to eat, experience the best of what the eatery has to offer with The Dutch's sausage plate, which features in-house smoked kielbasa and bratwurst, or the buttermilk cornbread, which comes with NY maple butter. For dessert, you can’t go wrong with the panna cotta or the pie of the day.
253 Main St, Saugerties
7:45 p.m. – Sip a nightcap at Black-Eyed Suzie’s Upstate
With a walk-in only policy, Black-Eyed Suzie’s is the perfect spot to round out an evening in town. The café stays open until 9 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays and until 9:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, so plan ahead to make sure you get there on time. If you’re feeling adventurous, order one of the session cocktails like Lillet Sin, made with lillet blanc, ginger, lime, and mint. Otherwise, wind down with a Chatham Brewing pilsner or a Brown's Brewing Co. golden lager. Looking for a non-alcoholic drink instead? The rich and creamy hot chocolate, topped with toasted homemade marshmallows, is guaranteed to hit the spot.
230 Partition St, Saugerties
9 p.m. – Rest your head at the Diamond Mills Hotel
If the jam-packed day gets the best of you, call it a night in town at Diamond Mills Hotel. The luxury boutique hotel boasts 30 guest rooms, many of which overlook the Esopus Creek. Lounge in the oversized bed and treat yourself to a long, relaxing bath before you tuck in for the evening. If you happen to extend your stay to a second day, head to the hotel’s Tavern restaurant for brunch. Served on Saturdays and Sundays, the weekend menu features treats like the lobster frittata with roasted peppers and goat cheese or the Sicilian lemon ricotta pancakes, which are made even better with Seville bitter orange marmalade, limoncello butter, toasted almonds, pomegranate, and cinnamon vanilla maple syrup. It’s hard to imagine a better way to begin the morning.
25 South Partition St, Saugerties
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