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Dutchess Discovery: Millerton, Amenia & Millbrook

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These join well-established antique shops Millbrook Antique Center and Millbrook Antiques Mall and local's favorite boutiques like Limone Imports (selling quality Italian products), Punch (for home decor), and the recently renovated Merritt Bookstore, which backs the village's popular (and growing) nine-year-old Millbrook Literary Festival, held each year in May.

As for nosh, the casual farm-fresh fare and fresh-baked goods at Babette's Kitchen, along with French bistro Cafe Les Baux, have remained proven staples in town, joined by recent additions that include the casual Nooch's Pub & Grill, which serves pub grub, and Canoe Hill, touting an inviting long bar and a New American menu.

Outside of the village center,Millbrook Cabinetry & Design proposes one-stop shopping for high-end kitchen and bath remodeling, while Arrowsmith Forge produces custom metal designs like steel chandeliers and wrought-iron gates and home furnishings—the massive forge behind the showroom is a wonderland of welding and blacksmithing machinery and craftsmanship.

Further afield is the Walbridge Farm Market , a sustainable Black Angus farm selling beef, farm-fresh eggs, farm-harvested honey, and more. Millbrook Vineyards & Winery , lauded as one of the best in the Hudson Valley, has been busy over the last year, essentially doubling the size of its tasting room, adding on a space for Reserve tastings, and opening the Vineyard Tap Room, with wine by the glass on tap and cheese plates. Across the vineyards, the fairytale-esque Wing's Castle stands in testament to architectural and artistic whimsy, the brainchild of a local artist couple; open for seasonal tours, they're also debuting a new suite unit this spring for their B&B guests.

Halcyon Hall at Bennett College
  • Halcyon Hall at Bennett College

A worthwhile photo-op stop is the dilapidated 19th-century Bennett College building, a women's school that closed in the late '70s. Plans for a renovation of its grounds as a mixed public park/residential development have been discussed for years, but look to be coming to fruition in the near future, according to town supervisor Gary Ciferri.

Rona Boyer, Millbrook resident, and the publisher of Living Millbrook magazine, noted many of the significant changes in Millbrook, concluding that, "If somebody thinks they know Millbrook and hasn't been here in the last year or so, then they don't really know Millbrook."

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