THE FARM HOUSE NEW PALTZ
A VISIT TO A QUAINT FARMHOUSE IN THE HUDSON VALLEY
We recently made a trip up the Hudson Valley to see a taste of autumn. During our visit we stopped by a delightful farmhouse rental property outside the college town of New Paltz. We sat down with the owners to learn a bit more about the town, the Hudson Valley, and this charming rural escape.
Why did you settle in New Paltz? We went to college here, moved to Brooklyn and just kept dreaming of moving back. We have the Wallkill River go through town. There is a local adage that says, once you visit a North flowing river; you will always return.
Why did you decide to open the farmhouse? We opened the Farmhouse because we wanted to make a space where people could come with their pets and relax. When we did live in Brooklyn, we traveled a lot upstate. We would always search for a place where we could cook and bring our dogs. Now its a lot easier with Airbnb, but back then, there were no options. So the Farmhouse and Cottage are spaces where you can rest, relax and bring the whole family, even the four-legged members.
Why did you pick this specific farmhouse? We picked this beauty from the 1890s because the energy spoke to us. When you go inside the house it is sort of like having an energetic massage. Most guests and visitors comment on this! The house sort of hugs you. And the floors. The floors were made locally from nearby pine trees in the 1890s. They have so much character and warmth, they are simply irresistible .
Where are you originally from? It's a popular New Paltz song: "We are from Long Island". Many people who move to this town are originally from Long Island, it is usually the University that brings them here, as it did us.
How long have you been in New Paltz? We have been upstate for two and 1/2 years now.
How long have you had the farmhouse? We are coming up to our one year anniversary with The Farmhouse this September. We are now looking to expand our design projects. We are interested in designing and constructing homes locally. Our goal will be to make fully curated living spaces for people in and around New Paltz. We love looking for pieces of furniture from local antique shops, Sweetpea in Stone Ridge NY and Ron Sharkey's Black Barn in High Falls are among some of our favorites. You really can't go wrong visiting the two antique stores in Water Street Market in New Paltz. We are excited about finding new gems like The Farmhouse, and reviving them so others can cherish them for many years to come. So stay tuned to our Instagram for updates!
What are your favorite spots to visit in the area? For hiking we love The Railtrail and Minnewaska State Park. For dining we adore Rosendale Cafe and Huckleberry. For drinks, Jar'd is a must see in New Paltz and Brooklyn Cider House (New Paltz apples y'all!) honestly has the best cider around.
Why is Fall so magical in the Hudson Valley? Okay, so good question. Remember that one time really great you went apple picking with your family, epic Halloween, or that one really great Thanksgiving? If you roll all of those feelings into one and then put yourself in a leaf changing paradise; you'll get it. There is really nothing like it. Even though there are so many activities and festivals to go to, I would say the overall vibe cannot be escaped. The Fall is nothing short of magical in the Hudson Valley!