New York is certainly a spectacular place to live and besides heading south into the City for culture, entertainment and restaurants for every tastebud (for those of us in the burbs) heading North helps to clear the mind and nourish the soul.
This past weekend we stayed with Sophie Newsome, Owner & Operations Manager, and Rory Tice, Head Distiller & Wholesale Manager, at Olde York Farm, a one of a kind respite right outside of Hudson, New York. Sophie is a Nyack girl.
The suite above their beautiful farmhouse has two large bedrooms and a sleep sofa so technically the suite sleeps six guests. It is spacious and old world and a wonderful place to just rest and dream. If you don't know the town of Hudson, you are in for a treat! Wonderful restaurants and shops, galleries and we were lucky enough to be able to bring our son and his girlfriend's dog Molly with us to many eateries. She had a fantastic weekend!*
Getting back to Olde York Farm.
Directly behind the farm home and guest suite is a barn that houses a farm-to-cask distillery along the Claverack Creek. Grain used in distillation is grown right in the Hudson Valley to make limited releases of micro batch spirits. Their distillery is part of the historic Jacob Rutsen van Rensselaer House & Mill complex. Rensselaer also had his own distillery and cooperage circa 1805. Today the distillery and cooperage resides in Rensselaer's former carriage house. Their handmade barrels, made on site, are used to age our bourbon, whiskey, and brandy. On weekends the tasting room is serving cocktails, local beer, wine, and cider with drinks such as Micro Batch Smoked Maple Bourbon, Micro Batch Thai Basil Liqueur and Cucumber or try Micro Batch Smoked Maple Bourbon, Bruleed Maple Sugar, Peach Bitters, Luxardo Cherries, and Orange Peel.
*Note: Distillery allows pets but not in the suite itself.