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    • Guide to Kingston, NY. Things to do and where to Eat, Stay Play

      Kingston, my Kingston. What fun was had on our weekend trip to this historic New York town? We had no idea we would see, do and EAT so much, Kingston is much bigger than the most well-known area -Uptown, so we scoured ALL of Kingston to find out what truly makes this town so very special. What is Kingston, New York is known for? Kingston, dating to the arrival of the Dutch in 1652, is a vibrant city with rich history and architecture. Kingston was New York's first capital in 1777 and was burned by the British on October 16, 1777, after the Battles of Saratoga. In the 19th century, the city became an important transport hub after the discovery of natural cement in the region and had both railroad and canal connections. Passenger rail service has since ceased, and many of the older buildings are part of three historic districts, such as the Uptown Stockade District, the Midtown Neighborhood Broadway Corridor, and the Downtown Rondout-West Strand Historic District. Where is Kingston, New York? The City of Kingston is nestled in the heart of Ulster County, New York. It is 91 miles north of New York City and 59 miles south of Albany. The drive from NYC is about 100 miles and usually takes 2.5 hours to drive there depending on traffic. Distance from NYC: 91 miles Distance from Albany: 59 miles Distance from Boston: 206 miles Districts within Kingston NY: Uptown Stockade District Midtown - Neighborhood District Rondout District - Waterfront Getting there NYC By Train – Amtrak Empire Line With frequent daily trains between NYC and Albany (and others that continue to Buffalo and Niagara Falls), business and leisure travel has never been easier. On this trip, you will take the train from Grand Central Station to Rhinecliff Station. The Rhinecliff Amtrak station is across the river from Kingston. From the station, you can grab an Uber or Lyft to take you across the Rhinecliff Bridge to your destination. Bikes and dogs welcome on board! Hudson Valley views throughout the journey. Wifi on board. By Car Since the drive is only 100 miles it should theoretically take you under two and a half hours to get to downtown Kingston from NYC. The stretch between Peekskill and the bear mountain bridge is US 202 and US 6 and it is remarkable. The Taconic Parkway on the east side is mile after mile of great scenery and the exits lead to all the great villages along the Hudson like Rhinebeck, red hook, cold spring, etc. Ends at the Massachusetts extension of the NY thruway with ready access to Albany (toll road).On the west side, the NY thruway is less attractive but again offers access to villages along the way like new Paltz and Woodstock. By Bus – Adirondack Trailways Take the Adirondack Trailways bus from Port Authority in NYC to Kingston for a $37.80 round-trip. 800-225-6815 for fares and schedules. Definitely, the fastest way and you can get a cab from the bus station in Kingston. Prices as low as $37 for a round trip!! 2.5-hour journey for NYC. Getting Around Kingston, New York You do not necessarily need a car unless you want to explore other areas of the county and go beyond the city limits. I highly suggest Kingston as an amazing destination to visit if you’re car-less or have a car, both work. There is more than enough to discover on foot or go a bit further on a bicycle, they also have LFYT, UBER, and Taxis. WALK  OR BIKE Check with your hotel about borrowing bikes or rent one from a local company. Revolution Bicycles Parking There is parking throughout Kingston...... Most spaces have metered parking so BRING quarters. What to Pack for the Weekend November can be summer-like during the day (up to the 60s or even 70s) and cool at night when you'll want pants and a sweater. November definitely brings a bit of chill to the mornings, and by the time the sun goes down, you will want that heavier jacket and sweater as we could get frost.  Pants and a light jacket during the day are the typical norms for daytime wear; you may need an extra sweater or heavier coat at night. It is not unusual to see a little snow by late November. Again, keep in mind that it might rain or be windy. Layers once again will keep your bases covered. Great Walking Shoes Camera Heavy Sweater Long-Sleeved Shirts A good bag that can carry a few things and also be comfortable Jacket + jeans for the cool evenings Is Kingston, New York dog friendly? The Hudson Valley is filled with pups, but when it’s time to go out and eat, shop, or just browse a store, it’s not always easy to find businesses that are dog-friendly. But they do exist. We recommend calling ahead and seeing if your pup is allowed. Where We Stayed We opted to not stay in one of the hotel options in Kingston and go for a private Airbnb rental; a few months back, some friends of ours stayed at THE NEWKIRK, a restored 1800's home built by Eugene Newkirk. This home has everything we could have wanted in a stay-place, private outdoor area and garden, huge kitchen for entertaining, luscious cloud-like beds, and not 1 but 2 soaking tubs. The Newkirk is located in historic Kingston, NY, an exciting waterfront location in the Hudson Valley. Experience original 1856 charm as well as the modern comforts of a fresh renovation. Prepare a gourmet meal in the chef’s kitchen using herbs grown on the property, sample wine tastings outside in cushy chairs on the wrap-around porch; play music for your friends and family on the grand piano; peruse the newspaper at a comfortable and modern round table, situated next to lush evergreen views from big windows; relax in a hot bath in the private soak tub; spend quality time with a good book at a rustic, reclaimed wood table; or head out and enjoy nearby attractions such as uptown and downtown nightlife, art galleries, scenic views, and restaurants. Uber and Lyft transportation can get you there safely. Features • 3.5 bathrooms • 4 bedrooms • Sleeps 8 • Private Gardens and Yard • 2 Soaking Tubs What to do in Kingston in 3 Days: Day 1 1.Arrive at The Newkirk 🚅 @thenewkirk Book Now Check-in here is at 3 pm and a perfect time as the sun hits this beauty just right, right bout then. We took the first few hours running around the house like star-struck tourists, everything is restored to perfection and this home feels like you just walked into some novel about Dukes and Duchesses. Since there are four bedrooms in this massive rental we choose to take the room with its very own soaking rub in it. After we got done exploring we opened a bottle of wine and enjoyed a glass on the expansive covered porch overlooking the sprawling lawn. 2. Walk around the Rondout Neighborhoods (Chestnut Street) The area in which our Airbnb was located was one of the first areas to be developed in the 1800s and has historic home, after historic home. We meandered around the streets taking in all the architecture and quaint neighborhood vibes. BRING YOUR CAMERA 3. Visit The Anchor for Takeout @theachorgram https://theanchorkingston.com/ 744 BROADWAY KINGSTON, NY After a long drive, we always like to take the first night to ease into things and regroup for the next day's adventures, that why it was a perfect option for us the check out a spot our fans suggested THE ANCHOR. This place is jam-packed with Man-Food... Imagine Beer, Burgers, and Wings, my hubby was thrilled about this idea for our first night's grub. Brandi the owner of the Anchor has been in business for many years and is well-loved by all the locals who live here. They Specialize in local grass-fed beef burgers and fresh Americana comfort food, with vegan/gluten-free options available! Their rotating 20 tap lines of local and American craft brew is sure to satisfy all! If beer is not your first choice, we have a fully stocked bar with seasonal cocktails. What to Order : • Hot Mess Fries • Yard Wings • Cheezy Breezy - Burger • Burning Of Kingston -Burger What to do in Kingston in 3 Days: Day 2 1.Pakt 👗 @paktkingston-- WEBSITE We woke up refreshed and rejuvenated and we ready to start the day with some delicious food, what were we in the mood for BRUNCH of course and we heard of just the place to satisfy that craving, PAKT located in the Midtown District of Kingston. The Co-owner and Chef Eryn greeted us with a huge smile and a bloody mary (this girl knows how to win over a crowd) and told us to take a seat and the food would be right up. The space is funky with hints of Industrial Chic and Diner vibes mixed into one amazing little burrito. When the food came out of mouths dropped to the floor, two boards were placed on our table full of all the brunch staple items one could think of. Chicken and Waffles, Grits, Egg Sandwiches, and a whole to more. The coolest part about the food here is that it takes good ole southern fashion comfort food and put an Asian Mexican Dash on it. What to Order : • Brunch Board • Bloody Mary • Pimento Mac and Cheese 2. Visit The Rondout Waterfront District The Rondout neighborhood is located on the shore of Rondout Creek near where it meets the Hudson River. Initially, a key port for the shipment of timber and agriculture to the colonies and beyond, the area boomed with the opening of the Delaware and Hudson Canal in 1828; it became a trade hub for coal from Northeast Pennsylvania, bluestone from the Catskill Mountains, cement from Rosendale, and bricks made from local clay. The area grew so rapidly that it incorporated as the Village of Rondout in 1849, and by 1872 it merged with the then-Town of Kingston to form today’s city. By the time the canal closed in 1899, the port area featured buildings in all the nineteenth-century architectural styles. Charmingly framed by the Kingston-Port Ewen Suspension Bridge, built in the 1920s, the neighborhood is referred to locally as the Rondout or the Strand (sometimes known to visitors as ‘Downtown’ as well). The Kingston Marina is located in the Rondout, a great place to book a ride on one of several tour boats of the Hudson River, and view the Rondout Lighthouse. The neighborhood is invitingly walkable and has a waterfront park, many charming restaurants, boutiques, and captivating architecture. There are several museums, art galleries, antique shops, and gift shops to explore. The Kingston Heritage Area Visitors Center is also in the Rondout Waterfront District.  The neighborhood was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. 3. Visit Milne Antiques WEBSITE 81 Broadway Kingston, NY 12401 Imagine going to every garage sale and Auction house you could think of and fitting it into one space, that is what Milne Antiques is. Rebekah the owner and founder of this incredible space how found a way to mix low-cost thrift shops with high-end antique stores and she has done it perfectly. This 6800 square foot space is eye candy to anyone that appreciates things of days gone by. We spent an hour just walking around and exploring her curated collection of precious things 4. Grab Dinner at Sante Fe Uptown WEBSITE We love us some Mexican food and Margaritas and our fans told us that Kingston has the perfect spot to enjoy just that. Sante Fe is located in Uptown Kingston and has 2 other locations spread out across the Hudson Valley. We arrived and were seated on their outdoor patio (which is dog friendly) and were immediately served some of their infamous margaritas. The owners and staff are known for making every guest feel like they are part of the family and by the end of the meal, I knew these peeps were added to my Christmas card list. What to Order : • Cauliflower Wings • Black Currant Margarita • Pork Tacos • Tuna Tower 5. Stop in at Stockade Tavern For some Delicious Cocktails WEBSITE 313 Fair St, Kingston, New York When we first brought up that we were going to Kingston literally every person we knew said we had to go to the Cocktail Bar owned by Paul and Jenny; Stockade Tavern, located in Uptown Kingston. They were not wrong, the outside seating area had a vibe that beckoned you to sit down on the sheepskin chairs and just take the fall night in. Paul and Jenny opened their cocktail bar a few years back because a crafted mixologist bar was lacking at that time. Years later we think they still have this market cornered as every cocktail we ordered was pure perfection. What to Order : • Dark & Stormy • Hot Toddy • Gin Fizz What to do in Kingston in 3 Days: Day 3 1. Visit and Walkaround Uptown Kingston Kingston’s historic Uptown neighborhood (also known as the Stockade District) has become well-known for its sophisticated dining, chic boutiques, and lively nightlife. But the community also works hard to preserve its storied past. For instance, the Four Corners — known as “America’s oldest intersection”— features colonial-era buildings on each corner at the intersection of John and Crown Streets. But while the past is honored, Uptown maintains a steadfastly modern vibe. What to See : •The Old Dutch Church • Four Corners 2. Shop at River Mint Finery WEBSITE 270 Fair St, Kingston, We love finding stores that have done all the work for us, imagine having a personal shopper that picked the best clothes and jewelry on your behalf. That is River Mint finery, Kat the owner was a joy to meet, and hear her take on how she curated her store made us realize how special it truly was 3. Pick up Some Cool Kitchen Wear At Blue Cashew Kitchen WEBSITE 37 N Front St, Kingston Sean and Jt the owners of Blue Cashew have made an experience out of shopping, with disco balls twirling, music playing and the coolest kitchenware you have ever seen. We thought we have visited kitchen stores before until now, astronaut flower vases and owl-themed plates were strewn across this uber-chic store. We visiting Kingston this is a must-see 4. Grab Lunch At Masa Midtown WEBSITE 66 Broadway, Kingston Chef Oz opened her space on March 1st, not knowing about that pandemic that was soon to hit. Her Turkish themed restaurant prides itself on hospitality and traditions held for hundreds of years. We were greeted with rose oil hand sanitizer and Turkish delights. Chef Oz taught us that sweet things are given at an introduction to encourage sweet conversations, each dish brought out was created with care and love, embodied her culture and tradition 5. Have a picnic at Kingston Point Beach In times of Covid, we miss the feeling of being on some tropical beach with waves lapping the shore and palms Frans blowing in the wind. Kingston beach was the closest thing we have experienced it since we travel was freedom. We took our takeout from Masa Midtown and sat on this sandy beach and enjoyed something we thought was lost. Kingston is surprising us at every turn. 6. Go for a Mural Tower If you do anything whilst in Kingston you must do a scavenger hunt of the murals that littered the buildings of Kingston, New York. A wonderful organization called O-positive has collaborated with local and world artists to bring art to the streets. Standing in front of a 3 story high building covered in art was a spiritual experience. 7. Have Dinner at Ship to Shore WEBSITE 15 W Strand St, Kingston Our last stop on this adventure was at an OG restaurant located in the Rondout district of Kingston NY. Samir the chef and owner of this staple restaurant has been in business for 22 years and after eating here we can see why. An American Bistro located on a picturesque street was the perfect ending to a wonderful weekend. What to Order : • Ahi Tuna Tower • Pan-Seared Scallops • Pineapple cosmo

    • Dobbs Ferry WalkAbout

      Lazy Days in the Hudson Valley: Dobbs Ferry Dobbs Ferry in Westchester County is tiny, but don’t let its size fool you. This charming rivertown is jam-packed with history and things to do. You may have only driven through it before, but I’m giving you just a few reasons to stay and explore. You may just fall in love with it as I have. Incorporated in 1873, this adorable village is steeped in American history. George Washington and his troops set up camp there in the summer of 1781 during the American Revolutionary War before marching down to the Chesapeake region of Virginia, where they, along with French allies, would win the war in the Siege of Yorktown. Today, amidst several nationally recognized historic sites, are simple modern pleasures. Spanning only 3.2 square-miles, by foot, one can see everything in a day. Experiencing everything, on the other hand, will take several trips. I started off by walking the 1.7-mile stretch of the 41-mile Old Croton Aqueduct Trail that lands within the borders of the 10522 zip code. On this particular Sunday afternoon, the trail featured training runners, chatting friends, biking families, striking homes, and lounging buddies. Keeper’s House (in background), 15 Walnut Street, Visitor and Education Center (temporarily closed) || Photo by Joanne Louis-Paul Colonial Revival home along OCA Trail || Photo by Joanne Louis-Paul After taking in the serene scenery, I ventured over to Waterfront Park, located between the train station and Hudson River. Dobbs Ferry Train Station and Waterfront Park, 11 Station Plaza || Photo by Joanne Louis-Paul This riverside park is 10 acres, featuring picnic areas, a covered stage, boat dock and more. This was the perfect place for me to sit and rest before I continued on my journey. Mere steps away, I stumbled upon Half Moon, a restaurant serving sophisticated American fare, a relaxed atmosphere, and live music right on the Hudson. Half Moon, 1 High Street || Photo by Joanne Louis-Paul I wish I could have stayed longer, but I had a reservation at The Parlor that I was very much excited to keep. This wood-fire pizza parlor, located in the heart of downtown Dobbs Ferry on Cedar Street, offers a trendy twist with progressive small plates and crafted cocktails. To start, I had the Mission Fig Crostini. From the first bite, all I could say was “Wow.” This app features a well-balanced blend of flavor and texture. The bread was crispy on the outside and perfectly moist and chewy on the inside. I made sure to pile on fig and ricotta onto each morsel. The truffle honey drizzled on top wasn’t overpowering and the crumbled pistachios added a fun crunch. I ate the whole thing, mint garnish and all. Mission Fig Crostini (YUM) || Photo by Joanne Louis-Paul For my entrée, I had to try one of their 12-inch wood-fire pizzas cause, when in Rome, right? The Holy Cheesus is not hyperbole, my friends. Mozzarella, ricotta, parmigiana, and chili honey on a soft-yet-crispy thin crust is truly something divine. Holy Cheesus White Pie || Photo by Joanne Louis-Paul I understand where all the hype over this hip spot comes from. I will be back. Downtown is made up of a few intersecting streets that I didn’t get the chance to fully explore this time around, but that’s the beauty of Dobbs Ferry: deceptively small and wondrously interesting. I’m a sucker for a good river town and DF has stolen my heart. I look forward to coming back and exploring this historic village along the mighty Hudson more. Happy ‘Venturing! Old Croton Aqueduct Trail 15 Walnut St. Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522 (914) 693-5259 Half Moon 1 High St. Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522 (914) 693-4130 The Parlor 14 Cedar St. Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522 (914) 478-8200 by Joanne Louis-Paul

    • Farm Market Spot light, Nyack-Piermont

      MARKET TO MARKET: Fresh produce from Orchard of Concklins || Photo by Joanne Louis-Paul Farmers markets give us more than a place to shop. They are transports to simpler times that we may or may not remember. Times when everyone knew the local bread-baker and candlestick-maker. Locals and urban weekenders alike make trips to them a highlight of their day and it’s not hard to see why. There’s something special about taking home fresh produce provided by real people you can talk to and then creating a delicious meal made from your daily haul. Farmers markets bring a sense of community and nurture to our nourishment. The Hudson Valley boasts a farmers market in almost every town. This week, we've featured the Nyack and Piermont Farmers Markets and their vendors. Click on their names to learn more about them. Happy Shopping! NYACK FARMERS MARKET Thursdays, 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM 119 Main Street Nyack, NY 10960 Plums from Orchards of Concklin || Photo by Joanne Louis-Paul PRODUCE Campanelli’s Poultry Farm: family-owned and operated farm selling all natural poultry produce Edgwick Farm: micro dairy and creamery Dan Madura Jr. Farms: black dirt vegetable and flower farm Kiernan Farm: 100% grass-fed beef and sustainably grown wine grapes Larchmont Charcuterie: high-quality meats cured in the traditional French style ** Orchards of Concklin: Rockland County's oldest working farm selling fruit, veggies, eggs, cider, and honey P & S Seafood: fresh local seafood, including scallops, clams, tuna, and cod R & G Produce: family-owned and operated produce farm Rockland Farm Alliance: farm conservation organization offering sustainable farming projects and agricultural education programs BREAD / PASTA / BAKED GOODS Babka Paradise: fresh baked goods Bambini Ravioli Pastificio: handmade pastas free of preservatives, additives, food coloring, and dyes Meredith’s Country Bakery: all natural, preservative-free baked goods crafted by hand Satori Unlimited with Bien Cuit Bakery: small batch, handmade breads and baked goods HOT FOOD Bongo’s Fries: handcut fries with original dipping sauces * La Talaye Catering: international cuisine with a Caribbean twist CONDIMENTS / SPREADS Coyote Kitchen: homemade artisanal jams Dr. Pickle: pickles, olives, and spreads by a family of picklers for over 50 years Food Is Med Farm: micro-greens, tinctures, and spices Hummingbird Ranch: artisanal honeys Petropoulos Family Groves: all natural, organic extra virgin olive oil from Greece * Taiim Shack Mobile: fresh and creative hummus spreads BEVERAGES / SPIRITS Olde York Farm Distillery & Cooperage: woman-owned and family-owned distillery ** Springbrook Hollow Farm Distillery: quality spirits distilled with pure, unprocessed spring water from the Adirondacks * Teagevity/Beanluv: artisan boutique tea company / single origin organic coffee purveyor Warwick Valley Winery: local winery and cidery GIFT IDEAS Bill Batson Arts: sketches and merchandise created by Nyack local artist, Bill Batson BlueField Farm: organic flower farm and wedding venue Jael’s Naturals: natural skincare products and candles * Myriad Mirage: handcrafted, real nature jewelry * Rebecca’s Paradise: handmade organic skincare ** * Rotating Vendors: Every 1st & 3rd Thursday ** Rotating Vendors: Every 2nd and 4th Thursday Brian “Bongo” Davis, owner of Bongo’s Fries Cooper’s Daughter Spirits from Old Yorke Farm Distillery and Cooperage PIERMONT FARMERS MARKET Sundays, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Hudson Way Piermont, NY 10968 Sunflowers from Ned Kelly & Co. || Photo by Joanne Louis-Paul PRODUCE Cooperstown Cheese Co.: raw cow’s milk cheese, chèvre and goat feta Gilded Farms: produce from Brandon Horton's one-acre farm in the Black Dirt region of NY Hodgins Harvest: certified organic gourmet mushrooms cultivated in Rockland County KDA Seafood: fresh seafood sourced from Long Island and the Jersey Shore Nelson Gourmet House: heirloom nuts and dried fruit Orchards of Concklin: Rockland County's oldest working farm selling fruit, veggies, eggs, cider, and honey Row by Row Farm: USDA & NOFA-NY certified organic produce from Hurley, NY Satori Provisions: breads, pastries, pasture-raised pork and chicken, and Maryland crab cakes TWK Community Market: housemade sausage and prime steaks BREAD / PASTA / BAKED GOODS Charlotte's Home Kitchen: homemade specialty cakes with gluten-free, dairy free, and vegan options DACHA Fermented Veggies: baked Knish, seasonal live cultured organic veggies, and krauts Satori Provisions: breads, pastries, pasture-raised pork and chicken, and Maryland crab cakes HOT FOOD Anthi's Greek Kitchen: authentic Greek foods including homemade spanakopita, hummus, moussaka, and baklava smoKING of Meats: brisket, Filipino pork belly, smoked gouda mac n' cheese, and corn souffle all made from scratch CONDIMENTS / SPREADS Bombay Chutney Company: chutneys, simmer sauces, and vegan Indian delicacies DACHA Fermented Veggies: baked Knish, seasonal live cultured organic veggies, and krauts Dr. Pickle: pickles, olives, and spreads by a family of picklers for over 50 years Food Is Med Farm: micro-greens, tinctures, spices Hudson Valley Pantry: jams, nut butters, salsa, barbecue sauce, hummus, and pesto BEVERAGES The OUTSIDE IN: cold-brewed coffee from Irving Farm and specialty organic iced teas GIFT IDEAS Diana Green: handmade cloth face masks Ned Kelly & Co.: flowers, plants, and home goods Floral arrangement by Ned Kelly & Co. || Photo by Joanne Louis-Paul by Joanne Louis-Paul

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    • Kingston Point Beach | New York | Hudson Valley Happenings

      Popular Beachy Park • Scenic Views Kingston Point Beach Great Location Advertise with HVH: Upgrade your listing with more photos, video, text, and links. Highlight special promotions and events. Explore Local Description The land of Kingston Point Park has a long and intriguing history, beginning in 1897, Kingston Point has been a "must see" for visitors for over 100 years, with its beautiful views of the Hudson River, Rhinecliff and the surrounding natural areas, Kingston Point Park is an oasis in our urban city. Over the years, Kingston Point has morphed from it's early days as an amusement park to a place of solitude and beauty. The Kingston Rotary Club led the way in the 1980's to restore this beautiful park in order to provide a new generation of visitors with a enjoyable visit. Kingston Point has over 87 acres of open space and Kingston recently renamed a 2 acre portion of the park as Rotary Park at Kingston Point in honor of the Kingston Rotary's ongoing commitment to the park. Editor's Notes Kingston Point Beach is located on Delaware Avenue in Downtown Kingston. Kingston Point Beach is on your left (north side), Rotary Park at Kingston Point is on your right (south side) of Delaware Avenue. Read More Reviews on The Blog Kingston Point Beach 102-144 Delaware Ave Kingston, New York 12401 (845) 389-0353 Upgrade Listing to Add Email Website Upgrade Listing for More Links Upgrade Listing for More Links Google Map

    • Stonecrop Gardens | New York | Hudson Valley Happenings

      Popular Scenic Views Stonecrop Gardens Upgrade to a Premium Listing Advertise with HVH: Upgrade your listing with more photos, video, text, and links. Highlight special promotions and events. Claim My Directory Listing Description Perched in a dramatic setting in the Hudson Highlands, just sixty miles north of New York City, Stonecrop Gardens has become an important destination for garden visitors and plant enthusiasts since opening to the public in 1992. Stonecrop began as a private garden. In 1958, Garden Conservancy founder Frank Cabot and his wife, Anne, built their home on sixty hilltop acres of fields and woods outside Cold Spring, New York. The land was a gift from Anne’s grandmother, Evelina Ball Perkins. Undaunted by wind and rock, they began to garden and Stonecrop was born. The Cabots were avid collectors of alpine plants, and finding that choice selections were hard to come by, soon started their own mail order nursery. The nursery no longer operates, but its legacy continues at Stonecrop today, where alpines are featured both outdoors and under glass, and visitors may purchase individual specimens for their own rock gardens. Over the years, the Cabot’s garden grew as they experimented with new ideas and horticulture became central to their lives. In the mid-1980’s, Frank and Anne had aspirations of Stonecrop becoming a public garden and they engaged English horticulturist Caroline Burgess to direct its development. Caroline had worked for Rosemary Verey at Barnsley House and was fresh from the elite horticulture program at the Royal Botanic Garden at Kew. Under her direction, Stonecrop’s gardens have expanded in scope and diversity, and now encompass fifteen acres of varied garden spaces containing an encyclopedic collection of plants. In addition, a School of Practical Horticulture was established and several interns join the staff each season for a mix of instruction in hands-on gardening techniques and in-depth study of plants. Stonecrop’s mission is to inspire gardeners to explore the infinite variety of the plant kingdom and to encourage a joyful willingness to experiment in the garden. A visit to Stonecrop is a serious immersion in plants and design ideas. Editor's Notes Plan to spend several hours with a plant list in hand. Some of the highlights include raised alpine stone beds and a cliff rock garden; woodland and water gardens; an enclosed English-style flower garden and systematic order beds representing over 50 plant families. A 2,000 square-foot conservatory housing tender specimens floats on a pond near the entry. Display greenhouses of alpines, tropicals, and succulents are backed up by a new T-Range Greenhouse used to over-winter half-hardy plants. In season, these are adroitly mixed with annuals, hardy perennials, shrubs and vines to create a rich display in the flower garden. Read More Reviews on The Blog Stonecrop Gardens 81 Stonecrop Lane Cold Spring, New York 10516 Upgrade Listing to Add Phone Upgrade Listing to Add Email Website Upgrade Listing for More Links Upgrade Listing for More Links Google Map

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