Only a two-hour drive from New York City and an hour away from Albany, the small town of Millerton is the perfect destination for the day-tripper, or as part of a larger road trip through the state of New York. Stroll along the historic and eclectic main street, where you’ll find lots of local shops and restaurants, or venture out into the countryside for a day of total peace and serenity cycling along the Harlem Valley Rail Trail. The big attraction in the town, however, is its historic center and excellent restaurants. It’s a real treat to see such a quaint, sleepy town within such a short distance of the hustle and bustle of NYC, making Millerton the ideal escape from it all.
Running along an abandoned section of the once busy New York and Harlem Railroad is the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, a scenic walking and cycling path. Travelers can make their way through stunning leafy landscapes along more than 15 miles of paved trail, which will hopefully continue to be extended through most of the Harlem Valley and Taconic Hills of eastern New York in the years to come.
Warm your hands on a hot cup of Harney tea blend on a cold winter’s day, or take a break from the sweltering East Coast summer heat with an iced concoction. The Harney and Sons flagship store has lunch options and plenty for tea lovers, with entire walls of tinned blends, along with an assortment of jams, spreads, sauces, caramels and chocolates, and even tea-scented lotions.
A greasy spoon is the last place you’d expect to find farm-fresh ingredients and local produce, but that’s exactly what the Oakhurst Diner promises its patrons. Think diner staples with a healthy twist, like grass-fed beef burgers with homemade fries, and a popular Chicken dinner featuring locally sourced mashed potatoes, green beans and, of course, half a roast chicken with dressing.
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This Spanish-style tapas restaurant is the biggest thing to happen to Millerton’s food scene since, well, ever. Locals just love its rustic ambiance and delicious bite-sized tapas. Like all tapas, the food at 52 Main is better when paired with a nice glass of Spanish wine.
The charming 160-year-old Simmons’ Way Village Inn is the perfect place to wind down after a day of strolling through the town. Each of its six spacious bedrooms is decorated in keeping with the B&B’s Victorian heritage, including pine canopy beds, antique furniture and chintz-covered sofas. Each room comes with their own private bathroom, and some also offer a private sun porch and views overlooking the garden.