Saugerties is to Woodstock what Brooklyn is to Manhattan. Sort of. The tiny blue-collar Hudson Valley town is a two-hour drive from NYC, and a straight shot on the New York Thruway. It’s less purple than its neighboring town of Woodstock, and it doesn’t quite teem with weekenders and second-home owners. Yet. Being the less obvious choice means there’s cool factor—in a very low-key way. Plan to poke around Partition Street, which has a very good vegetarian café and second-hand furniture stores, then head out for a country drive to Opus 20, yoga in a yurt, and in search of charming general stores and farm stands. And guess what, you’ll have a dose of the Hudson River, crisp Catskills air, and fall foliage here, too.
Like Storm King? You’ll love Opus 40, a bluestone environmental sculpture (and monument to single-handed artistry) that took Henry Fite 40 years to quarry and complete. It’s open Friday-Sunday from 11:30-5 until Columbus Day ($10, www.opus40.org).
Saugerties has great little places to stay if you know where to look, and most start at $125 per night: The Inn at Café Tamayo (89 Partition St., www.cafetamayo.com), right in town, has a few rooms with less frill and flounce than most area B&Bs. If you come with a crew, take over the five-room modern Villa at Saugerties (www.thevillaatsaugerties.com). In nearby Mt. Tremper, is Kate’s Lazy Meadow, with retro cabins and an Airstream trailer owned by Kate Pierson of the B52s (www.lazymeadow.com). One more worth a mention: Saugerties Lighthouse, an incredibly atmospheric place to stay, if you can land one of the two rooms. Sadly, it looks booked through December (www.saugertieslighthouse.com).
Love Bites (85 Partition Street, 845-246-1795) looks like a coffeehouse, but the vegetarian- and vegan-friendly menu makes it on par with the places pedaling healthy fare in Manhattan. Bonus: it’s also open for breakfast. Café Tamayo, in an 1864 landmark home, has a new American menu based on Hudson Valley produce. Mother Earth, in town, is natural grocery store, part of a local chainlet.
It’s not hard to find places to practice—Shakti Yoga is right on Partition Street (www.shaktiyogawoodstock.com), but classes are few and far between. Jivamukti-trained Corrine Gervai founded Euphoria (99 Tinker St., in Woodstock, www.euphoriayoga.org), a 15-minute drive. Or even better, make the drive 30-minute drive south to Accord for Anusara classes at Anjali (www.anjalispace.com), where yoga is practiced in a yurt. Try to attend a class with Stacy or Wolfgang.
HUDSON VALLEY PRODUCE
Most of the orchards are on the other side of the river, but you’ll find lots of little farm stands and general stores selling apples, pumpkins, and jams on the country roads, and a Saugerties Farmer’s Market, every Saturday in October from 9–2. And if you visit on the weekend of Oct 17, the market is hosting Saugerties Apple Fest, meaning free samples of this year’s super-abundant crop (www.saugertiesfarmersmarket.com).
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