If you’re into our style at Tousey Winery and are planning a visit, we strongly encourage you to make a day or weekend of it and check out some like-minded places too. One of the charms of living in the Hudson Valley is that it’s easy to eat, drink, buy and see good things that were crafted by our neighbors.
Almost all of the options below are experiences you can’t get anywhere else. NOTE: You’ll probably need a car.
Expanding your radius by 20 miles can you get to Hudson-Chatham Winery, which, since opening in 2006, has won acclaim for a wide range of Hudson Valley wines.
Also 20 miles away is Crossroads Brewing Company in Athens. Like all of our other recommendations, Crossroads has a great atmosphere, award-winning products and was recently founded by people who were pursuing their dreams. They have a nice pub menu and juicy $12 burgers.
Our local Farmers’ Markets are a great time, not just for shopping for local produce, but for getting a feel of what our communities are like. We are a vendor at the Coxsackie Farmers’ Market on Wednesday evenings, the Kingston Farmers’ Market on Saturdays and the Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market on Sundays, and can vouch for those. All three are located within communities with lots of shops, views and places to eat, as well as live music from local artists.
Our wine is best experienced at a slower pace, so if it’s your first time trying it, a visit to the Tasting Room is best.
Hungry? South of us, there’s Mercato in Red Hook, which has Italian food by Francesco Buitoni (the macaroni family!) and a nice wine selection. A little further, you can hang out in the village of Rhinebeck, where we recommend Terrapin, a more casual bistro/bar.
A little further north, there's Hudson, a mecca of fun shops and sightseeing. We recommend eating at Grazin’ and Ca’Mea. Grazin’ might sound familiar to city-dwellers; they had a location in Tribeca, but are now 100% upstate. They serve amazing animal welfare-approved diner fare. For a more formal dining experience, Ca’Mea offers authentic Italian food in the heart of Hudson.
Airbnb is a safe choice; there are dozens of options to choose within 20 miles of our winery.
If you’re up for more of an outdoor adventure, we recommend Brook n Wood family campground. It’s a few miles away and they offer tent and cabin rentals on a 62 acre site with lots of activities available.
Columbia County has 10 designated Public Conservation Areas that are open to the public, have hiking trails and parking, and feature their own secrets and individual character. They’re all accessible on your way to somewhere else; if you’re headed south to Red Hook and Rhinebeck, you can check out Drowned Lands Swamp or Round Ball Mountain Conservation area. Headed north to Hudson and Catskill, there are eight possible places to choose from.
A little further south of Columbia County, the safest and most popular choice for a quick hike is Poet’s Walk in Red Hook. Over 150 years ago, a landscape artist was commissioned to sculpt rolling hills, winding trails and tiny outdoor houses on 120 acres of riverfront land. At the time, it was used as a source of inspiration for authors and poets like Washington Irving, who would soak in the views of the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains. Today, it’s a great place for an Instagram picture.
There are also a multitude of festivals and seasonal attractions that you can take advantage of.