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.
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!
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.
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
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