The historic town of Kingston sits on the Hudson river 90 miles north of New York City. The first state capital is home to a budding community of independent shopkeepers, artists, makers and food lovers. There are two main areas to explore, the Uptown Stockade neighborhood and the Rondout, waterfront district. We started our visit in Uptown Kingston, admiring the historic stone buildings and strolling under the covered storefront walkways. Every good adventure starts with great coffee, so our first stop was the antique filled Outdated Café. Before heading downtown visit Lovefield Vintage, for curated vintage clothing; check out the vintage vinyl and CDs at Rhino Records; and men’s clothing and supply store, Hamilton & Adams.
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Outdated is a not just a destination for great coffee and food, but has an amazing array of antiques, vintage and curiosities. The Outdated Cafe offers a vegetarian breakfast and lunch menu from locally sourced produce, and all bakery items are made in-house. Customers settle in around communal tables or on comfy sofas, surrounded by orderly shelves of antique and vintage merchandise awaiting exploration.
Hops Petunia is our next stop in the downtown area, just over 2 miles from the Uptown Stockade district. As Broadway slopes down to Rondout Creek, there is a lovely group of independent shops. Former art director, Kelli Galloway, is the creative force behind the beautiful floral and gift shop, Hops Petunia. This unique space has delicately patterned metallic wallpaper on feature walls, a contrast to others which are unadorned brick. The perfect balance of romantic and rustic found in Kelli’s floral designs.
Clove & Creek
Clove & Creek, a mercantile that features local makers, coffee, and a rotating gallery, shares an entry with the Hops Petunia flower shop. Stop by Clove & Creek for a coffee and chat with friendly shopkeepers, Scott and Michael, and shop their lovely assortment of products for the home. Read More.
Kingston Wine Co.
Kingston Wine Co. carries a range of both old world and new world wines. The owner, Michael, with a wealth of knowledge and experience spanning the south of France, D.C., and New York City, is on hand to offer advice. The black chalkboard wall behind the counter is illustrated with the wine regions of Italy and France, and a guide to local happenings.
Milne Inc is an antiques and vintage shop. They offer custom design services with a unique perspective on design by blending current design trends with vintage, industrial, antique and custom furniture.
Brunette is the perfect place to unwind after a day exploring Kingston. Behind the blush pink shopfront is a beautiful decorated wine bar, with pretty pink details, and a tasty menu to accompany a glass of wine. Take a seat at the bar, one of the petite bistro tables, or enjoy a warm evening on the outside terrace.
Field + Supply
Hutton Brickyards is hosting this years Field + Supply, a modern makers craft fair, October 6th – 8th. In its fourth year, Field + Supply is a beautifully curated selection of goods, old and new, from a variety of makers. With some wonderful creative workshops, and delicious food and beverage offerings, this an event not to be missed. Read more.
Eat, Stay, Visit
The very popular Smorgasburg has a monthly weekend market at Hutton Brickyards. The historic Hutton Brickyards is hosting this years Field + Supply, a modern makers craft fair, October 6th – 8th. Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co. produce their handmade furniture and home accessories in their Kingston workshop, and have a showroom and shop at 628 Broadway. Visit Jay Teske Leather Co., 25 Broadway, for quality handcrafted leather goods. Kingston’s Hudson River location provides plenty of activities from Hudson River Cruises, lighthouse tours and sailing at Tivoli Sailing, to wooden boat building at The Maritime Museum, and the sandy beach at Kingston Point Park. The Forsyth and Church des Artistes are two charming B&B’s. For more on Kingston and the surrounding area And North and Escape Brooklyn are both excellent resources.