Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Hudson Valley Craft Cider Trail: Sixty Gorgeous Miles, Six Spectacular Cideries

Upstate New York is the 2nd largest and the oldest apple producing region in the US so it’s no surprise that the area is leading the nation in a craft hard cider renaissance!  The Hudson Valley is home to more than a dozen unique cideries and we’ve put together a local Craft Cider Trail for our guests to explore this apple season.

Did you know that cider was once the most commonly consumed beverage in America? From the colonial era to prohibition, cider was enjoyed by all as a safe and delicious alternative to potentially contaminated water sources.

By fermenting the juice of New York’s abundant apple crop, growers were able to preserve their produce year-round as an off-dry alcoholic beverage known as cider.  During Prohibition, however, growers were unable to produce or sell their cider because of federal regulations against alcohol.

Resourceful orchard owners began offering “sweet cider” for sale instead-  by selling their unfiltered apple juice blends before fermentation occurred, growers were able to bypass these government restrictions.  This allowed growers to remain in business and preserve their precious orchards until Prohibition was repealed.

Since then, America has developed a bit of a cider identity crisis.  The modern association of the word “cider” with the non-alcoholic unfiltered apple juice originally known as "sweet cider" is really a misnomer.  While sweet cider is still produced and enjoyed today, it bears little resemblance to the delicate drink known as cider which our forefathers imbibed.

But with new legislation in place that makes it easier for New York orchards to produce and sell “hard” cider, the venerable beverage is making a big comeback- and the Hudson Valley is leading the way. Our local Ulster County cider producers are using traditional methods and fresh local apples to craft world-class ciders for visitors to explore and enjoy.

Cider is so deeply rooted in our region that nationally recognized cider producer Angry Orchard recently chose to establish their flagship Innovation Cider House just 30 minutes away!

We’ve put together a local craft cider trail which makes it easy for our guests to explore the region’s thriving cider culture this autumn- 60 miles, 6 cideries; a loop through beautiful country scenery with gorgeous Shawangunk and Catskill views showcasing the regions finest craft ciders.


215 Lower Whitfield Rd, Accord, NY 12404 (845) 626-0659 
Westwind Orchard Ciders are produced with traditional methods using true cider apples from their own orchard in the shadow of the Shawangunk Mountains. All of their ciders are unfiltered, bottle conditioned, and contain no added sulfites or sugar. The ciders are fermented with wild yeast and are naturally effervescent.   Serving ciders Saturday 11-8 and Sunday 11-6.

3012 NY-213, Stone Ridge, NY 12484 (845) 687-2587
Combining the resources of two orchards and a lifetime of learning and advocacy, Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider produces a line of exceptional ciders which showcase a robust new-world flavor with style and character which draw on classic European techniques.   Their new tasting room has opened at Stone Ridge Orchard and welcomes visitors every day of the season from 9-6.

155 N Ohioville Rd, New Paltz, NY 12561 (845) 633-8657
Offering ciders born out of traditions from Spain, France, and America which are made as naturally as possible from apples hand picked on Twin Star Orchards.  These ciders are expressions of place, meant to be gulped not sipped.  Some are bubbly, some are dry, and some have a hint of natural sugar, but all are meant to celebrate the simple pleasures.  The tasting room is open and pouring free samples of hard cider Friday through Sunday, 11-7.

43 Baileys Gap Rd, Highland, NY 12528 (845) 236-0956
Bad Seed seeks to advance the craft cider industry by mixing old and new techniques with craft beer influences. Making ciders from 100% fresh pressed apples they grow on a 6th generation family farm- no alchemy used. After all, this is cider not science. You won't find an endless list of chemicals, artificial sweeteners, and excuses on the label because they don't use them.   The Tap Room is open Saturday - Sunday, 12-6, with tours ending at 5.

277 New York 208, New Paltz, NY 12561 (845) 255-7717
Reviving America’s first and greatest beverage- small-batch hard cider made from 100% hand-selected Hudson Valley apples.  Kettleborough Cider House was founded by the Dressel family, who have been growing apples in New Paltz for four generations- so they know that great hard cider begins with great apples.  Their ciders are on the leading edge, bringing back the unique, complex, and downright delicious beverage our ancestors knew and loved.  The tasting room is open Saturdays & Sundays in September and October from 10-5.

69 Yankee Foley Rd, New Paltz, NY 12561 (845) 255-0999
Two hundred and fifteen acres of orchard with 40 varieties of apples and eighty years of orchard experience.  That's what they started with.  Now they have some of the best hard cider out there; off-dry with a crisp apple taste- not that sweet cloying stuff.  At Jenkins -Luekins Orchard, first they grow the apples and then they make the cider.  Heirloom, hand-selected apples hand pressed to create a unique blend.  Real cider, at its best.  Bottles available at the farm market, Monday-Friday 9-6, Saturday and Sunday 9-7.

The Hudson Valley Resort & Spa is your first and last stop along our Craft Cider Trail, where you'll enjoy clean, comfortable and affordable accommodations in a peaceful setting with gorgeous Catskill views, a full-service European health spa with Jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms, tennis and basketball on site and more!  Give us a call at 845-626-8888, and we'll help you make the most of your stay.    

Please note: these producers are not affiliated with the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa.  Guests are encouraged to call ahead to confirm availability and hours of operation.  Please enjoy responsibly.  Do not drink and drive. 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Growing With Pride: Exploring Our Local Farm Markets

The Hudson Valley is home to a thriving farm-to-table culture with fresh local ingredients in abundance from the first days of spring through last days of fall.  The region's rich fertile soil and fresh mountain air have kept our farmers growing with pride for more than 300 years!

No trip to the Hudson Valley would be complete without paying a visit to a local family owned farm to sample the fruit of their labor! Our guests love visiting these rustic local farm markets, each offering a variety of fresh produce just minutes away.
Kelder's Farm Market
5755 Route 209 Kerhonkson 12446 (845) 626-7137
Rondout Valley's largest U-Pick farm with over 100 acres of seasonal fruits and vegetables for you to enjoy as well as friendly farm animals, prize-winning Homegrown Mini-Golf, a massive kid-pleasing jumping pillow, and a famous record-setting giant garden gnome. U-pick fruits and vegetables from asparagus to zucchini. Farm market, greenhouse, petting zoo, field trips, school tours, corn maze, mini-golf. Open year-round, seasonal hours. 
Saunderskill Farms
5100 Route 209 Accord 12404 (845)-626-2676
The second oldest operating farm in the US offering U-Pick strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, pumpkins. Vegetables and fruits in season. Flowering annuals and perennials and herbs. Check out their bakery offering fresh-made sandwiches and soups.  Market items include maple syrup, honey, jams, jellies, gifts and holiday items. Horse-drawn hayrides in the Fall. Daily except Mondays 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. 
Westwind Orchard
215 Lower Whitfield Road, Accord NY, 12404   (845) 626-0659
One of the area's most historic apple orchards. Everything grown at Westwind Orchard is certified organic. It's also a great place to come experience the history of the Rondout Valley, relax and enjoy the day. Also serving thin crust wood fired pizza on nonna's authentic pizza dough and handcrafted hard cider when available. Open for pick-your-own apples, raspberries and pumpkins every Saturday and Sunday mid-August through October. 
Sheeley's Farm Stand
2752 Lucas Turnpike Accord 12404 (845)687-4497
Organic grown produce. Greenhouse open in May for bedding and vegetable plants. July - September 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Want to more to explore?  There are dozens of growers within a stone’s throw of the resort, producing more than 17 million pounds of fruit, vegetables, meat, poultry, butter, milk and cheese, maple syrup, beer and more every year!

Visiting a local farm-stand is a great way to spend the day while visiting the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa, where there’s always something new to discover just around the corner.

Offering a full service health spa with Jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms, aerobic and strength training fitness centers, tennis & basketball & more- you'll feel a world away, just 90 miles from NYC.  Give us a call today, and we'll help make the most of your stay!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Explore the Scenic Shawangunk Wine Trail

The Hudson Valley is the oldest wine producing region in the US and each year thousands of wine enthusiasts travel to the area to explore the award-winning family owned and operated vineyards and tasting rooms of the 14 member wineries of the scenic Shawangunk Wine Trail.

As diverse as the wines they produce, our local wineries have something for everyone. Offering a fun, casual and friendly experience, our vintners warmly welcome guests to come sample the fruit of their labor with tastings, cellar tours, live music and seasonal events, and more.

Autumn is the perfect time to plan your trip to explore the Shawangunk wine trail- when gorgeous fall foliage and delightfully crisp autumn air set the perfect scene to appreciate a glass or two while you relax and soak in the gorgeous mountain views.

Just minutes from the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa, each of our favorite local wineries provide a unique experience all set against the stunning backdrop of the beautiful Shawangunk Ridge. We recommend that visitors stay a few days and take the time to enjoy them all!

845.255.1377
52 Allhusen Rd, New Paltz, NY 12561
A visit to Adair Vineyards is a combination of natural beauty, creative vision, and a connection to Hudson Valley history. Located in a 200 year old National Historic dairy barn with a hayloft tasting room and gift shop, the picturesque grounds feature a flowing stream and vinyards which make tasting a must. Their wines are produced using 100% estate and locally grown Hudson Valley grapes and fruits.

845.744.2226 
176 Hardenburgh Rd, Pine Bush, NY 12566
Called "An Outstanding Achievement" by The Wine Spectator, their award winning wines include Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Strawberry Wine, Brut Sparkling Wine, Port, and Rasberry Wine. Their Spiced Apple Wine, made with Local Hudson Valley Apples, has been honored as Best Fruit Wine and awarded double gold medals in New York State and international competitions. Offering live music, games, wifi, large screen TVs and a relaxed atmosphere, Baldwin Vineyards invites you to stop by for a day filled with great memories and delicious wine. 

845.744.2231
61 Brimstone Hill Rd, Pine Bush, NY 12566
Brimstone Hill is a family owned and operated vineyard and winery where visitors have an opportunity to meet with the winemaker! Owner and winemaker Richard Eldridge is often on hand in the tasting room to meet with visitors and is eager to discuss his craft. Dedicated to the production of quality handcrafted wines in the french tradition all of their wines are made on premises using mostly grapes from their own vineyard. While they take great pride in all of their wines, they are especially known for their dry redsz and their sweeter whites.

845.255.9463
714 Albany Post Rd, New Paltz, NY 12561
Family-owned, family operated, family feel. The Robibero family invites you to come taste their award-winning wines and to discover why they are often referred to as the hidden gem of the Hudson Valley. The vineyard and winery is set on a 42 acre property nestled in the breathtaking Shawangunk Ridge. A family-friendly, pet friendly establishment, they invite you to visit their website or their facebook page to learn about upcoming events and hours of operation.

845.255.4613
331 Mckinstry Rd, Gardiner, NY 12525
Whitecliff Winery made Hudson Valley wine history in 2010 by taking Best White Wine in Show at the San Francisco International Wine Competition. Focusing their energy on producing the highest quality wines, the folks at Whitecliff look forward to sharing their knowledge as well as their beautiful 26-acre vineyard with you during your visit. More than 30 years of planting and experimenting in the vineyard and in the wine cellar have shaped a winery with deep roots in the region's traditions, producing vegan wines that offer variety, depth, and serious fun.

The Hudson Valley Resort & Spa is the perfect autumn escape and just a short drive away from these and the other exceptional wineries along the Shawangunk Wine Trail. Offering visitors clean and comfortable guestrooms with scenic mountain views, guests will also enjoy a full-service spa with Jacuzzi, sauna & steam rooms, tennis and basketball courts, an arcade center and much more!

Just 90 miles from NYC, but you'll feel a world away... so call or click today and we'll help you make the most of your stay.


Monday, September 11, 2017

Celebrate Autumn: Apple Picking, Scenic Drives, and More!

The Hudson Valley Catskills are poised to celebrate another exciting harvest season, and gorgeous fall foliage is about to set the scene for apple picking, farm markets, corn mazes and more- just 90 miles from NYC! 

Our family owned apple orchards, farms and vineyards are ripe for the picking, where you'll find award winning apples, pumpkins, world-class wines and local craft ciders to enjoy.   

New York City may be “The Big Apple”, but this is the place to be for apple-picking in the fall. Now is the time to plan your autumn getaway, and we've put together some great ways for you to celebrate the season! 

A trip to nearby Jenkins - Luekin Orchards is the perfect way to get out into the crisp autumn air to enjoy the breathtaking fall foliage while selecting from over a dozen unique varieties of perfectly ripe apples. 

Set against the dramatic backdrop of Shawangunk Ridge, the orchard market also offers visitors an exciting variety of local gourmet produce, handcrafted jellies, jams, pickles, and more!

You’ll find delicious fresh corn, tomatoes, and other produce just down the road at Saunderskill Farms!  There’s something special at their farm market all season long, including homemade artisanal breads, handcrafted candles, fresh baked pies, and more.  

A great place to bring the kids to pick their own pumpkins, this family owned farm has been growing with pride since 1680!  While you’re there, check out the Corn Maze- kids love this local harvest attraction, and best of all, it’s free!

Guarded by the world’s 2nd largest garden gnome, nearby Kelder’s Farm invites visitors to pick their own pumpkins, apples, corn and more while offering a ton of classic fall activities like hayrides and a petting zoo. 

But their most popular attraction is a mini-golf course designed by artist Maria Reidelbach.  The whimsical course is constructed from re-purposed farm implements, and is lined with vegetables, herbs, grains, and fruit that kids can pick along the way!

Just minutes from these and other exciting autumn attractions, The Hudson Valley Resort & Spa is the perfect place to stay while enjoying the spectacular Hudson Valley Catskills fall foliage.

We're making it easy to get the most from your stay by offering guests a free Fall Foliage Driving Tour featuring majestic mountain vistas, gorgeous autumn leaves, quaint country farmer’s markets, apple and pumpkin picking, wineries, and excursions through pristine nature preserves & historic landmarks.

You can also explore our exciting new Hudson Valley Hard Cider Trail, a sixty mile self-guided tour featuring six of the region's best craft cider producers and tasting rooms!  You'll be able to sample and learn about this popular local beverage while enjoying the beautiful backdrop of the Shawangunk and Catskill mountains in full autumn array.

Nestled on 400 wooded acres in the heart of the Shawangunk Mountains and surrounded by gorgeous Catskill views, the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa offers guests a  European health spa, a fitness center, arcade center, tennis and basketball courts, and so much more! With midweek room rates as low as $99, it's a destination within anyone's budget.

Now's the time to plan your autumn getaway, so give the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa a click or call today and we'll help you make the most your stay!



Friday, September 8, 2017

Hudson Valley Fall Foliage and Autumn Attractions

It’s nearly leaf-peeping season here in the Hudson Valley Catskills region, and our gorgeous mountain views and quaint country roads will soon be dressed in spectacular hues of gold, burgundy and crimson while we welcome visitors from all over New York and beyond to view the fall foliage and to take advantage of our awesome autumn attractions!

 

The foliage this year is expected to be especially lovely, and with so many fantastic fall activities and harvest attractions to explore there’s never been a better time to plan a visit to the Hudson Valley.


Nearby Minnewaska State Park offers visitors a chance to witness unparalleled autumn beauty.  The stark white austerity of the Shawangunk Ridge affords sweeping panoramic views of sapphire blue sky-lakes contrasting magnificently against regal gold and burgundy foliage- it's truly a sight to behold..  

Of course, visiting the Hudson Valley in Autumn offers more than just beautiful scenery, and visitors can take advantage of exciting harvest attractions while enjoying the views.  

Offering traditional October activities like pumpkin picking, hayrides, corn mazes and more, a visit to nearby Kelder’s Farm and Saunderskill Farms is a great way to get out and experience the height of the season.


Of course, Halloween is right around the corner- and there’s no better way to get into the spirit of the holiday than a terrifying trip to the Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses.  Now celebrating 25 years of terror, this horrifying Halloween scream-park has been named “#1 on the Planet”.

Whether you’re looking to enjoy the magnificent beauty of our gorgeous fall foliage while taking advantage of traditional harvest happenings- or if you prefer to hurtle headfirst into Halloween horror- we're here to help you experience the best autumn attractions and activities the Hudson Valley has to offer.

The Hudson Valley Resort & Spa is ideally located within minutes of these and other exciting opportunities for fall fun!  That's why we're offering guests a free Hudson Valley Fall Foliage driving tour to help you celebrate the season!
Winding along the beautiful Shawangunk Ridge, our driving tour features majestic mountain vistas, gorgeous fall foliage, quaint country farmer's markets, apple and pumpkin picking, wineries, and excursions through pristine nature preserves and historic landmarks.  Take it at your own pace, and enjoy your upstate leaf peeping trip like never before!

You'll find gorgeous mountain views, a full-service spa, tennis and basketball courts, a game room and more at the Hudson Valley Resort- make it your home away from home while exploring the Hudson Valley.

So call or click today, and we'll help you make the most of your stay!

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