The Guide: Upstate Weekends

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All I want for the holidays is quality time around the table with friends and family. The farm table at Windrift Hall is calling my name.

Upstate New York, both the beautiful Hudson Valley and the cool towns of the Catskills, offer such a great reprieve from the hustle and bustle of New York City. I love escaping for long hikes, farm stands, and some quiet. And with a bevy of great home rentals and hotels popping up, it’s easier than ever. I pack light and bring things I can wear in the woods and out to dinner…

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What to Wear

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Apiece Apart Red Marl Otero Sweater at Bona Drag

Lizzie Fortunato Double Take Necklace in Wine

Gigi Burris Drake Hat

Rachel Comey Legion Jean at The Dreslyn

Everlane Chelsea Boot

Lizzie Fortunato Cowgirl Choker

Lizzie Fortunato Wide Georgia Belt in Tan

J.Crew Indigo Shirt

(click to see all our Upstate accessories selects!)

Bring games, finds for the table, and plenty of books... I just got lost in "The Marriage of Opposites," a great fire-side read
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What to Bring!

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Get Lost in Alice Hoffman’s novel The Marriage of Opposites

Serve winter soups and stews with these one-of-a-kind horn ladles

This Indian bronze bowl is the perfect gift for spices, berries, or keepsakes

Wash up with Fox Fodder Farm’s “wood” soap

Pack for the weekend in Flint’s handmade-in-the-USA waxed canvas rucksack

Find fresh inspiration in The Fat Radish Kitchen Diaries

Cure chapped lips with my favorite Lucas Papaw Ointment

Create the classiest outdoor picnic with copper cups and carafe

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We're dying to check out "Shipley Corner." It's the latest project by the Jersey Ice Cream Co. designers in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains.

Where to Go

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For inspiring “modern pastoral” design, check out Shipley Corner

For a beautiful farmhouse close to Hudson, but far from the hustle and bustle, try Windrift Hall

For wood burning pizza in a quaint, country B&B, stay (and eat!) at Table on Ten

For a gorgeous marble bar and cocktails that will make you feel like you’re back in the city, check out Hotel Tivoli

For pet-friendly lodging, where you don’t have to compromise on high design, pack up your animals for Audrey’s Farmhouse

For the cutest wine bar (perhaps ever) stop at Brunette Wine Bar in Kingston

For the coolest farm store where you can stock up on both organic provisions & vintage clothing, visit Lucky Dog

For a hands-down great meal, check out Brushland Eating House

For a killer meal, followed by bowling, and then a comfy bed upstairs check into the North Branch Inn

For tons of beautiful upstate rentals visit Red Cottage


Shop for your own upstate adventure with our favorite picks...