Along with Mountain Top Farm, the businesses that are spread about the picturesque rural farmland
and quaint village center are of the utmost quality. Some of our neighbors that we recommend to visit are...
The Farmers Wife
Casual cafe style seating paired with several specialty homemade meals makes it the culinary centerpiece of the hamlet of Ancramdale. A morning meeting place among friends or great option for catering your next event, The Farmer's Wife has rightfully earned a prominent place in the Hudson Valley community.
Hillrock Estate Distillery
Hillrock is proud to be one of the few ''field-to-glass"whiskey producers in the world. Hillrock's the first U. S. distillery since before Prohibition to floor mat and hand craft whiskey on site from estate-grown grain. Led by Owner Jeffrey Baker and renowned Master Distiller Dave Pickerell, Hillrock's commitment to quality embodies the rich history of craft distilling in the Hudson Valley. Hillrock's gracious visitor center is integrated with the Distillery and overlooks the Estate's barley and rye fields. Their tasting room and bar provide their customers with an opportunity to sample and purchase their fine whiskeys at the distillery. Don't forget to arrange a tour of the distillery during your visit to Ancramdale.
Family owned and operated, Ronnybrook Farm has a reputation of high quality products that fill grocery store shelves throughout the region and Ancramdale is proud to be home to this fabulous operation. A forward thinking, solar powered farm that welcomes visitors and the entire community, Ronnybrook is Columbia County's # 1 pick for ice cream, milkshakes, butter and cheese. This farm epitomizes a wholesome lifestyle through this successful family business and stringent attention to quality,"beyond organic" practices and products.
The towns 'go-to' for fresh, locally-grown produce in Ancramdale. A well-established Bicentennial Farm with family roots dating back over 200 years, the Millerhurst Farm has a market that is filled with annuals, perennials, herbs, flowers, produce and the exciting "U-Pick" option for those who wish to share in the rewarding simplicity of farm life.
Lake Taghkanic State Park
Just 10 minutes from Mountain Top Farm, where active people can take part in many of their summer outdoor activities: Beach Swimming (showers provided), Boating, Biking, Camping, Fishing, Fly Fishin (Accessible), Hiking, Hunting, among others. It's a great place to hold picnics (grills and tables provided) and where children have access to numerous playgrounds. Lake Taghanic State Park has 1568 acres of pristine wilderness that everyone can enjoy.
Just 20 minutes from Ancramdale, Hillsdale has, as its name suggests, gently rolling hills and is 70 percent forest. Views of the tile Catskills to the west and the Taconic range to the east are especially prized. Hillsdale embraces artistic and lifestyle diversity. It is home to the annual Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, a multistage celebration with folk music and dance performances, and to the Hawthorne Valley School, which follows the teaching ideals of Rudolf Steiner, whose creations included a "spiritual science" called Anthroposophy and a type of organic farming called biodynamic agriculture, which is tied to natural rhythms like the lunar cycle. Hillsdale has plenty of outdoor enthusiasts. Beautiful unpaved roads run alongside creeks, looping through the township, and are ideal for runners, mountain bikers and walkers. Although the hamlet of Hillsdale does have a small commercial area, including an IGA supermarket, an old-style General Store, a boutique Ice Cream Shop, Gift Store and more. If you're in the area on a Saturday from late May through October, The Hillsdale's Farmers' Market is a must-stop.
Also in Hillsdale, on the NY/MA border, is Catamount Ski Resort and Aerial Adventure Park. Open Spring, Summer, and Fall, Catamount Aerial Adventure Park is an exciting aerial forest adventure that provides a variety of courses that are fun for all ability levels from ages 7 and up. After participants are fitted with harnesses, they are led through a safety and park usage demonstration, fitted with gloves and are then free to navigate their chosen treetop courses. With twelve tree-top courses of varying difficulties (think ski trails; yellow, green, blue, black and double black), you are challenged to cross bridges, climb ladders, obstacles and zip lines. The park is built to meet the standards of the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT).
Ancramdale is only a half hour away from the City of Hudson which has been re-invented in the last 18 years, now a “destination on the rise” as written in The New York Times. Originally settled by the Dutch in 1662, it became a bustling port for whalers and merchants. Formerly a sleepy town, Hudson has undergone a significant revival and is now known for its active arts scene, antiques shops, restaurants, art galleries and nightlife… it has become a busy hub for gastronomists, shoppers, and sightseers. Although it’s booming, Hudson has maintained its small-town charm. It has become a destination for the LGBT community, who are welcomed with open arms to the new-age city. Many have moved here from larger urban areas, opened new businesses and have been in the forefront of the restoration of many of the city's historic houses. While in Hudson, we suggest taking a stroll down Warren Street and also visiting The FASNY Museum of Firefighting, The New York Golf Park and Olana, home of famed early 19th century artist Frederick Church, now a museum housing many of the artist’s renderings.
Great Barrington, MA
Also written about in the New York Times, just 40 minutes north of Ancramdale is Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Offering a much different vibe than that in Hudson, Great Barrington's child-friendly mixture of downtown energy and peaceful neighborhoods creates an oasis of tranquility that will make any modern-day hippie feel right at home. As home of the Berkshire International Film Festival, Great Barrington draws in film enthusiasts, artists and nature lovers from around the world. Take a stroll on the Housatonic River Walk, a riverside greenway trail in the downtown center of Great Barrington, providing a half-mile of artfully crafted riverside walking trail and canoe access. The River Walk is located adjacent to Great Barrington’s Main Street, yet offers a rare nature experience of river and wildlife views. This doesn’t mean that they skip out on the night-life fun; The “Big City” of the Berkshires has a downtown of brick-front shops, restaurants, and bars, an industrial area remade as artists' studios, and even a triplex movie theater
Being such a short drive from Great Barrington, visiting these two towns would make a lovely day trip. Even if you’ve never visited the tiny western Massachusetts town of Stockbridge, MA, chances are you’ve probably sung its name a time or two (or more) thanks to James Taylor’s popular 1970 lullaby “Sweet Baby James.” You may even see Taylor and his family around Stockbridge as they reside just a few minutes drive outside of town. Stockbridge has a developed main street, which is home to The Red Lion Inn, a Yankee Candle shop, and some of the most charming cafés, although the top destination of the town is the Norman Rockwell Museum. Many of Rockwells illustrations which graced the covers of many publications in the 1950’s are displayed here. Rockwell’s original studio is also on the museum grounds.