Nestled at the foothills of the Shawangunk Mountains lies a small town, a hidden treasure that offers unparalleled beauty, craft artisans, and unique finds. And you know what we think? This season is the perfect time to take the adventure train to Gardiner. Watch the seasons unfold from the many wooded trails and witness the return of wildlife and lush scenery on the gorgeous cliffs and ridges. Be inspired by local galleries and specialty shops. Indulge in craft wines and beers, as well as hearty fare from local eateries. This gem of a town has it all, and we've outlined a few ways for you to make the most of your exploration of Gardiner this spring and summer.
Gardiner Association of Businesses, an organization that’s more than 20 years old, has experienced a recent resurgence, and it’s here to stay. After many years of thriving membership, the Association had seen several years of stagnation and, as a result, in 2016, the Association was taken over by a small yet committed task force. Since then, membership has grown more than twofold. Surely, the Association’s success is driven by the passion of local business owners and members who understand the unique value that Gardiner and its residents offer the Hudson Valley. GAB is the heartbeat of the local community and highlights how to live, work, play, eat, shop, stay, and explore Gardiner.
In addition to the businesses we feature here, many talented and unique businesses located in Gardiner that support the Association can be found at gabny.com.
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Sometimes we forget the practicalities of living in a small town until we need them. Finding the right hammer and nail or the right business insurance or even the perfect haircut in a small town can be a real challenge, unless of course, you live in Gardiner. One of Gardiner’s most established businesses is Majestic’s Hardware, a family business supplying household items, special hardware, and more, located right on Main Street. A newer staple in town is headed by Malinda Treglia: Allstate Agency, providing auto, business, home, life insurance, and more.
After you've got your insurance covered, you might be looking to secure your finances at a bank with friendly service and unique offerings, for which we suggest Ulster Savings Bank. And when it comes down to finding a hairstylist who understands your hair needs, Kellie James Salon or The Green Room could be the perfect fit. And for all your grocer needs, Phillies Bridge Farm Project, a local nonprofit, offers seasonal CSA subscriptions in addition to family-friendly summer programs.
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For the Love of Good Company
BREATHTAKING VIEWS, AND FINE EATS Whether it’s for a wedding celebration or a weekend getaway, we invite you to take advantage of the mountainous ranges, blossoming foliage, and breathtaking scenery during this time of year, and stay at one of the local bed and breakfasts. Located just outside of New Paltz, with a unique view of Millbrook Cliff, is The Inn at Kettleboro. Known for its comfort, convenience, and exceptional service, this inn is perfect for celebrating special occasions and hosting small events and weddings. Around the corner, bordering the town of Wallkill, is Audrey’s Farmhouse, capturing the beauty of their countryside surroundings with a natural outdoor pool, swinging hammocks, and a sweeping farm table in their on-site restaurant, further enhanced by the indoor rustic and modern-chic decor.
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A NEW LIFE FOR UNUSED GARMENTS
Uptown Attic opened their doors to the public ten years ago and, ever since, this newly remodeled high-end consignment shop has offered stylish looks that range from casual flare to professional trends for every season. Uptown Attic works with local consigners to provide beautiful, gently used clothing and accessories. In addition to running a boutique that brings the community together by design, owner Jodi Whitehead works extensively with local businesses and nonprofit organizations to provide for people in need.
STOP AND BUY THE FLOWERS
If you’re the type of person who loves a fresh bouquet of flowers to showcase every week, Meadow Wilds offers a CSA bouquet subscription for foraged wild flowers and greenery, as well as homegrown cut flowers and herbs. If you’re looking for a little more, Meadowscent is the perfect one-stop-shop for beautiful flowers, delicate chocolates, children’s toys, and seasonal gifts. Located right in the center of town in Gardiner Gables, Meadowscent sits in good company with many other local businesses.
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FOR THE BREAKFAST LOVER
Whether you’re grabbing a quick meal on-the-go, or sitting down for a gourmet brunch, we’ve got a few places in mind to get your most important meal of the day covered. Cafe Mio is the perfect brunch spot for the foodie, the epicurean, the restaurateur. This bustling open-kitchen eatery, ornately decorated with the work of local artists, serves both savory and sweet renderings of breakfast and lunch.
Grabbing food on-the-go? Situated just below the Shawangunk cliffs is Mountain Harbor Deli. This deli serves both classic sandwiches and wraps, plus sandwich creations with a twist. It’s the perfect stop before exploring the hiking trails of Mohonk, Minnewaska, or the Wallkill Rail Trail.
FOR THE BREWERY LOVER
Do you enjoy having a few salty snacks with a good local brew? If so, we have the perfect pitstops in mind for you. Gardiner Brewing Company is a speakeasy-style brewery located in a rustic barn setting behind Wright’s Farm. Offering both bar and booth seating, an open game area, and porch seating, it’s the perfect stop to quench your thirst for local beer and eats.
And after enjoying a taste of Gardiner Brewing’s beer, we encourage you to stop at Yard Owl Craft Brewery, located in the heart of Gardiner’s industrial park on Steve’s Lane. With a view of the stills and barrels at work right in the tasting room, Yard Owl hosts both an outdoor and indoor space.
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FOR THE HEARTY MEAL LOVER
Enter Mountain Brauhaus, a rustic, German home-away-from-home and stomping grounds for locals, climbers, and out-of-towners to join one another for a pint, good company, and a hearty meal. If the line that often finds its way out the door is any indication, prepare yourself for some seriously delicious German food (seriously).
Or if you’re in the mood for Italian food, Lombardi’s has been perfecting their homemade pasta, authentic Italian breads, and classic tomato sauce for nearly 50 years. Every dish is reminiscent of a meal in Italy, from their famous 11-layer lasagna to their focaccia bread pizzas. They'd love to accommodate you, but be sure to make a reservation; it's a hot spot for dinner in Gardiner!
FOR THE COCKTAIL LOVER
Both the bar and kitchen at Gardiner Liquid Mercantile emphasize handcrafted spirits and “nosh” preparation, as well as local products. From color-changing drinks to smoked cocktails to the world’s best popcorn, prepare to be wowed at this small yet impressive hole-in-the-wall. Here you’ll find great company, unique, mouthwatering cocktails, and some of the most delicious eats in the area.
And as you progress on your tour through Gardiner, why not take an actual tour of the first whiskey distillery since prohibition—Tuthilltown Spirits. Home of Hudson Whiskeys, Tuthilltown Spirits carries an assortment of high-quality, locally farmed and distilled spirits, bitters, and aperitifs.
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FOR THE THRILL-SEEKER
Over the course of almost 40 years, Skydive the Ranch has given thousands of people their “first” jump from over 13,000 feet above the ground. First-time jumpers commit to taking the leap for different reasons, and often attest to learning a thing or two on the way down. People come from all over the world to skydive at The Ranch, and every spring, jumpers Leap for Autism, a special event in coordination with Greystone Programs, where numerous community-based programs, homes, and services are offered for children and adults with autism.
FOR THE KIDS
Being a parent and caretaker in the Hudson Valley is a very special thing, chock-full of opportunities for recreation, camping, exploring parks and trails, and discovering kid-friendly activities. Gardiner is the perfect place to raise a family. At Sunflower Art Studios, kids are encouraged to foster their creativity and grow with their art. Offering several after-school art programs and art classes throughout the year, Sunflower Art Studios is a nonprofit studio dedicated to providing all children with access to the arts. Similarly, Gardiner Library offers many affordable and free programs for your little ones. A few of the perks at Gardiner Library include computer access, bestselling books and local authors, community events, CD and DVD rentals, free learning tools, Mohonk Preserve passes, Children’s Museum tickets, and so much more.
OH SO GOOD!
Focusing on self-care is becoming increasingly important in our busy world, and with the offerings in Gardiner, it’s never been easier. What was previously a canvas clothing shop has been transformed into an airy yoga studio that sits at the base of the rolling Shawangunk Mountain Ridge, claiming one of the best views in the Hudson Valley. Rooted in the foundation to “come as you are,” Stone Wave Yoga encourages students to join in their approachable and community-oriented classes, welcoming people of all ages, genders, religions, and yoga experience. Indulge your senses and stop by one of the many farms, to see, feel, and smell the bounty in Gardiner. Start with Wright’s Farm, which offers fresh fruit and vegetables, freshly made cider donuts, local cheese, and homemade jams daily. They also host the Gardiner Cupcake Festival every spring, preceded by the Cupcake Festival 5K run.
FOR THE WINE ENTHUSIAST
The Shawangunk Wine Trail claims an eighty-mile long stretch of 15 esteemed wineries between the Shawangunk Mountains and the Hudson River Region, two of which belong to Gardiner. Starting on Mckinstry Road, with a view of the Shawangunk Mountainside, Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery boasts a selection of 25 red, white, and rosé varieties and blends, many of which claim esteemed awards. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Whitecliff Vineyard sits atop several acres of land, home to over 20 varieties of grapes and breathtaking views. Next, take a tour of Robibero Winery. This winery features events that highlight their outdoor fire pit and extensive tasting room. They carry 15 grape varietals that can only be found in the tasting room and at several local restaurants and retailers. We encourage you to clink your glasses at both wineries throughout the summer, or pick up a bottle of their wines, which you can find at Hudson Valley Wine Market on Main Street in Gardiner.
FOR THE HIKER
When you visit Mohonk Preserve, you get a taste of the breathtaking beauty that can be found just around the bend, and there's a little something for everyone. Offerings from the Preserve include hiking and biking trails, horseback trails, climbing, and a swimming beach/cliff jump. Activities are offered throughout the year and include weekend hikes, mid-week hikes, and seasonal runs. If you feel like you’re ready to challenge yourself this summer, you can train on the trails for the “Pfalz Point Trail Challenge,” a 10-mile benefit run that raises money for Mohonk Preserve. A great alternative to the Preserve is The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, running right through town. This trail spans 22 miles of unique bridges and interesting views with stops all along the way, welcoming hikers, joggers, dog-walkers, and bicyclists throughout the year. Follow the trails and you may find yourself stopping at Yard Owl Craft Brewery, Dressels Farm, or Majestic Park. The path also connects local villages and towns, including Wallkill, Gardiner, New Paltz, and Kingston. Maintained and protected by the Wallkill Valley Land Trust and The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Association, visitors are guaranteed clean and safe travels.