Spring is right around the corner, we can feel it! It’s the perfect time to plan your next day trip…and we’re here to recommend popping over the CT border to Millerton, NY. A most charming village packed with everything you need for a full day of fun. Bonus points; you only need to park once!
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All the businesses we visited on our day trip are on Main Street. Zero sense of direction needed. 🙌 Just park and enjoy the laid-back, great retail vibe of Millerton!
Where there are tapas and cocktails, you will find Bev & Lora. True story. 52 Main has everything we love. Seasonal cocktails and a fab tapas menu. An awesome new chef (hi, Chef Robert Kelleher!), and a fun cozy feel that will appeal to all parties. We chowed on roasted rainbow carrots on labneh, meats & cheeses, empanadas, and paella. Mmmm, so good!
When was the last time you went to the movies?? The Moviehouse (48 Main Street) is the perfect spot to break the seal! It’s a historic state-of-the-art independent cinema with 3 digital screens plus an intimate screening lounge for smaller audiences. Upstairs, you’ll find an awesome art deco bar with major speakeasy vibes. Next party – there! Movies range from documentaries, cult classics, ballet, opera, theater, independent film, to first-rate, first-run movies.
Millerton has a great selection of antique and vintage shops including Hunter Bee, at 21 Main Street, since 2013. They attract shoppers and decorators from far and wide. We love a great eclectic mix and Hunter Bee has it! They have furniture ranging from American country and industrial pieces to mid-century design classics with quirky folk art. Also, vintage designer fashion alert! 😍
📷 Lots of great building facades
Top tip: Visiting florists always makes you feel better. It could be a grossly raw late-winter day outside (which it was)…but not inside Country Gardeners Florist (5 Railroad Plaza, where we parked). The building is a historic 1851 train station that owner Jo saved from demolition in ’91. It’s packed with fresh flowers, mosses, plants, gifts, and everything you could ever need to rent to have the most beautiful wedding or party ever!
The Hayloft (formerly Merwin Farm and Home) just moved into even larger digs, at 3 Main Street. Now, Charlotte Merwin and Griffin Cooper of this family business can offer fun workshops for larger groups plus a great farmhouse chic shopping experience. Follow their IG to find out about classes like Carrot & Egg Basket making, needle felting, wreath making, and more!
Stretch your legs along a portion of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, or, whip out your bike for a lovely flat cycle! Join the over 26-mile paved trail following an abandoned train route from Wassaic Hamlet to Hillsdale. We’ll bring the correct footwear next time (i.e. not what we were wearing)!
And on your way out of town…
Stop by Stonefield Products (87 Main Street) if you’re in the market for a new barn/she shed/chicken coop/tiny house. Or just go and look, and start to picture where you’ll park your new tiny house! Entrepreneurship runs in the family; Owner Stone Scasso is (Country Gardeners Florist) Jo’s son. He’s 21 and getting it done! Call Stone to discuss your project: 845-392-0404
Words: Bev Canepari/ Pics: Lora Karam (except as noted)