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Spotty Dog Books & Ale: Home to the Evans Hook & Ladder Co., the C.H. Evans Firehouse was built in 1889. Fast-forward to 2004, when a descendant of the original Cornelius H. Evans (a hobbyist brewer) converted the two-story space into an independent bookstore and beer bar.

Hudson, NY - Spotty Dog Books & Ale. Home to the Evans Hook & Ladder Co., the C.H. Evans Firehouse was built in 1889. Fast-forward to 2004, when a descendant of the original Cornelius H. Evans converted the two-story space into an independent bookstore and beer bar. Order a Lagunitas Pils or Evans Kick-ass Brown and browse, or relax with your pint to one of the sofas or tables up front.

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Hudson Valley Travel Cheat Sheet

This is also a cute map of the cute towns in the Hudson Valley. Presenting your handy cheat sheet for at-a-glance details on where to eat, shop, and sleep during the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, New York, June 7-9, 2013!

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31 Reasons to Visit New York's Hudson Valley

33 Reasons to Visit New York's Hudson Valley

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6. Hyde Park: Culinary Institute of America

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Hyde Park Antiques Center: Originally built in the 1700s as a stagecoach stop, this building later became the headquarters for President Roosevelt's secret service. Later, still, the spot opened as 9,500-square-foot antiques mall, focusing on 18th century through mid-20th century collectibles, tastefully spread through 50 booths.

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olana state historic site : hudson, n.y.

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Terrapin Red Bistro: Bypass the formal dining room in favor of the laid-back bar area at this converted 1825 church.

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Zaborski Emporium: This four-story megastore specializes in architectural salvage, so if you're not after a bathtub or mantel, head straight for the second floor's smaller stuff.

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Club Helsinki - Hudson, NY | Showcases incredible acts and serves delectable Southern dishes that go way beyond bar food.

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31 Reasons to Visit New York's Hudson Valley

Allan Chapin knew he'd open a boulangerie the moment he tasted a baguette in France's Le Perche region. And, yeah, his bread lives up to its backstory. The unexpected twist? A bistro that may best the bakery, with fries richer than any croissant. 230 Warren St., Hudson; cafeleperche.com - CountryLiving.com

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Coxsackie Antique Center- Coxsackie, NY | With 100 dealers spanning 15,000 square feet, this CL fave sells everything from industrial cabinets to estate jewelry at decent prices.

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Avenue B Grocery sits just a mile north of downtown Austin. It's Austin's oldest continuously operating grocery store.

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Fed on Lights Antiques: This two-story shop stocks every type of antique or vintage light fixture you could imagine

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The Country Living Fair Goes to Nashville!

"We're headed to Music City April 24-26 for antiques shopping, food, and craft demonstrations..." | The Country Living Fair Goes to Nashville!

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Former Whole Foods exec Otto Leuschel channels a grocer of yesteryear at this four-year-old business, which took over a 1927 store and carries produce, jams, and eggs from community farms. Superb deli sandwiches (the pimento cheese is tops) cement this market's status as the local culinary mecca. 215 Main St., Germantown; ottosmarket.com - CountryLiving.com

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Crossroads Brewing Company: Crossroads may supply pubs in the Big Apple, but it's headquartered in tiny Athens.