Going Places

The Shopkeepers Going Places Guide to Germantown

A Visit to Germantown

Germantown is located about two hours north of New York City in the Hudson Valley. Surrounded by rolling hills, farms and views of the Hudson River, the charming hamlet of Germantown is a thriving hub of commerce. Each shop is a unique gem, within steps of each other, making a visit to these shops followed by dinner at the local restaurant, Gaskins, one of my favorite weekend destinations. There is much to visit and explore in the surrounding area. Olana Historic Site, the former home of Hudson River artist Frederic Church, whose idiosyncratic mix of Victorian and Middle-Eastern architectural and decorative styles is like something out of Harry Potter, has beautiful walks and stunning views. Clermont Historic Park and Poets’ Walk Park are two other favorite places for walks. The Frank Gehry designed Fisher Center of performing arts at Bard has a full roster of interesting events for all. Nestled between the towns of Hudson to the north and Rhinebeck to the south, each about thirty minutes away, I highly recommend including a trip to Germantown if you’re visiting the region.

Alder East

222 Main Street

This beautiful lifestyle shop, with an attached barn for events, is the East-coast sister store of the very popular Alder & Co in Portland, OR. Alder East carries a lovely selection of womenswear, jewelry, apothecary, kids and home goods.


224 Main Street

A 1920’s auto garage serves as a space for Luddite, an antiques shop that relocated from Brooklyn last year. Luddite is brimming  with vintage lighting, architectural elements, and furniture, spilling out  onto the sidewalk, that makes this treasure trove so lovely to explore.

Mary MacGill

212 Main Street

Artist Mary MacGill recently opened her first shop in Germantown, New York. The space is part gallery part concept store creating the perfect setting to showcase her namesake jewelry line, alongside a beautiful selection of clothing, books, tea  and home goods. Read more

Michael Robbins

212 Main Street

Furniture designer and woodworker, Michael Robbins namesake showroom, is next door to Mary MacGill, sharing the same historic building. There is a beautiful selection of Michael Robbins handmade work and lighting by Allied Maker.

Field Apothecary 

Field Apothecary & Herb Farm is an online herbal remedy shop. The herbs used in the remedies are grown on a three-acre botanical herb farm located in Germantown. Their products are available at Alder East, and contact them to visit the farm during the growing season. Read More

Wilder (Now Closed)

3474 Route 9G

Wilder is a Holiday pop-up shop hosted by Idunn in Space9g, a reclaimed 1920’s roadside gas station along route 9G. There is a selection of holiday décor, baked goods, sheepskins, beeswax candles, ceramics, apothecary, beef tallow soaps, wool yarn, wooden spoons, illustrated cards, indigo textiles, leather bags, wool scarves, silk and velvet clothing, all sourced from talented makers in the Hudson Valley.