Christmas Shopping in the Hudson Valley

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Christmas shopping is among us! As convenient as it is to order gifts online, there are so many great stores to visit in the Hudson Valley area. Whether you prefer shopping malls, quaint boutiques, or a combination of both, there is something for everyone!

Here is a list of places to shop categorized by price, type, and location.

Price Key:
$=Gifts Under $25
$$=Gifts between $25-$50
$$$=Gifts between $50-$100
$$$$=Gifts $100 and up

Please note this key is designed as a guide and does not guarantee there are only items in the price ranges listed next to the stores.

=My personal favorites (I’ haven’t been to every place on this list so my favorites could definitely expand!)

Boutiques & Quaint Shops:

 Bop To Tottom Kingston, NY $, $$

The products in this store are as much fun as its name! This has always been one of my favorite go to stores for fun and affordable jewelry, handbags, and accessories. You never know what goodies you will find in here. They recently expanded so now there is twice as much fun stocked inside.

Wondrous Things Briarcliff Manor, NY $, $$, $$$, $$$$

Bella’s Boutique Tarrytown, NY $, $$,$$$

Nectar High Falls, NY $, $$, $$$, $$$$

High Falls Mercantile High Falls, NY $, $$, $$$, $$$$

Green Cottage High Falls, NY $, $$, $$$, $$$$

Global Home Beacon, NY $, $$, $$$, $$$$

Say Cheese and Thank You Dobbs Ferry, NY $, $$, $$$

Woodstock Chimes Saugerties, NY $, $$, $$$, $$$$

Dry Goods Saugerties, NY $, $$, $$$, $$$$

Merriweathers Rhinebeck, NY $, $$

 Paper Trail Rhinebeck, NY $, $$, $$$, $$$$

Paper Trail is one of those stores that makes you feel enchanted once you step inside. The layout of the store and all of the wonderful paper products and other fun finds make shopping here a divine experience. This is the ideal place to get unique gifts as well as creative paper to wrap them in!

Hammertown Rhinebeck, NY $, $$, $$$, $$$$

 Cocoon New Paltz, NY $, $$, $$$, $$$$

From quirky to elegant, you can find an array of great products here. They specialize in items for the home, jewelry, and children’s gifts. I am a huge fan of all the great kitchen and cooking related items they have in here!

 Groovy Blueberry New Paltz, NY$, $$, $$$

The Groovy Blueberry is home to many great products. This is a great store to go accessory shopping. They have a wide variety of unique jewelry, scarves, and other accessories to adorn your gift recipients (and of course yourself)!

Antique Shops:

 Antiques Barn New Paltz, NY $, $$, $$$, $$$$

Antiques Barn has fueled my enjoyment for antique shopping. Of all of the other antique shops I have visited, none have been able to replicate the experience I have when I am here. You never know what great finds you will have here. This is the ideal place to look for vintage gifts. Check out their vintage Christmas related  gifts such as ornaments and figurines for some unique gift ideas!

Tivoli Mercantile Tivoli, NY $, $$, $$$, $$$$

Fed On Lights Saugerties, NY $, $$, $$$, $$$$

Cold Spring Antiques Center Cold Spring, NY $, $$, $$$, $$$$

Pretty Funny Vintage Tarrytown, NY $, $$, $$$, $$$$

Malls, Shopping Centers, & Department Stores:

Ridge Hill Yonkers, NY $, $$, $$$, $$$$

The Westchester White Plains, NY $, $$, $$$, $$$$

 Bed, Bath, and Beyond Elmsford, NY $, $$, $$$, $$$$

There are many Bed, Bath, and Beyond locations in the Hudson Valley, but this is my favorite. It is two floors and houses Harmon and World Market inside as well. World Market has an awesome collection of gourmet goods that are often difficult to find other places. This is a great spot to visit if you are thinking of putting together a gourmet food basket. They even have miniature versions of many goods, as well as baskets so you can put them together there!

Bookstores:

 Village Bookstore Pleasantville, NY $, $$

Village Bookstore is a quaint place with a friendly atmosphere. If you are looking to give books as a gift, I recommend a visit there. This is also a great way to support your local community while you shop!

 Womrath Books Bronxville, NY $, $$

Womrath Bookstore has a wide selection of books and gives you that comforting experience that smaller bookstores offer. It is nestled among other great stores and restaurants in Bronxville where you can visit and grab a bite to eat whole you are shopping.

Oblong Books & Music Rhinebeck, NY $, $$

Our Bookshop Saugerties, NY $, $$

Toy Stores:

A Nu Toy Store Tarrytown, NY $, $$, $$$, $$$$

 Tinker Toys Woodstock, NY $, $$, $$$, $$$$

Tinker Toys brings out the kid in everyone. This is the ideal toy store for kids toys and nostalgic items that can be used for stocking stuffers for adults.

Wood Workers Toy Mount Kisco, NY $$, $$$, $$$$

Try and Buy Toys Pleasantville, NY $, $$, $$$, $$$$

Art Supply Stores:

 Manny’s Art Supplies New Paltz, NY $, $$, $$$

Manny’s offers an array of awesome art supplies, unique paper goods, calendars and other great items that are perfect for gifts at wonderful prices!

Catskill Art Supply Stores in Kingston, Woodstock, & Poughkeepsie $, $$, $$$

These are just some of the many great places to shop in the Hudson Valley. Please post more suggestions in the comments section!

xoxo,

Jessi

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Girls Night Out in the Hudson Valley

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With the warm weather approaching and wedding season underway, many ladies are planning bridal showers and bachelorette parties for the bride-to-be. Here are some great places to host these events in the area. Even if you are not hosting an event, these places can also be great for a ladies day/night out!

For A Refreshing & Relaxing Day:

A great way to indulge and have fun with your favorite girls is by going to a spa. The Hudson Valley has some wonderful spas that allow you to enjoy time with your girlfriends as well as have a moment of solo tranquility as you enjoy your spa service in private. One of the most magnificent places for a pleasant spa experience is Mohonk Mountain House located in New Paltz, NY. When you make a spa appointment, you also have access to the grounds. A great way to start the day is with a nice hike, enjoying the beautiful scenery. After that go to the spa and enjoy all of the extra amenities as you wait for your appointment. The outdoor mineral pool is a great place to relax and chat with the other girls. The spa also offers a scenic veranda, a sauna, a steam room, and a co-ed room with a comforting fireplace and rocking chairs that overlook the stunning views. This is a fun and unique way to celebrate as part of a bachelorette party or just as a fun day out with your girlfriends. Here’s the link to the spa menu so you can see what types of spa services they offer:

http://www.mohonk.com/content/download/3170/31762/file/04950-7130%20SpaMenu_r8.pdf

Another unique spa experience can be found at La Tua Bella Beauty Bar, located in Rhinebeck, NY. This beauty bar offers an array of great services accompanied by complimentary coffee, tea, champagne, wine and water while you wait for your service. You can make appointments for individual services of your choice or schedule makeup & spa parties. Visit their website to learn more about their services and the unique parties that they offer:

http://www.latuabella.com/

For Outdoor Adventures:

For the outdoorsy women out there, a fun way to have a ladies weekend is to go camping. North/South Lake in Haines Falls, NY is a prime camping spot. For recreational activities, you can hike, swim, rent a boat, play volleyball, or have a picnic. Get creative and see what kind of delicious dishes you can concoct for dinner. Then, enjoy some nice wine and good conversation around the fire (and don’t forget the s ‘mores!) Here is more information on the campground:

http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/24487.html

For a more intense outdoor adventure, check out Big Bear Ziplines in Hyde Park, NY. Enjoy the forest as you zipline through. They offer discounts for groups of 8 or more. If you call them about a bachelorette party, they will let you know what else they can offer. This is an adventurous and unique way to celebrate a bachelorette party or a ladies day out!

Here’s the link to the website for more information:

http://www.bigbearziplines.com/

For a Day of Culinary Creations:

Stores such as Sur La Table offer an array of cooking classes, a fun and tasty way to spend time hanging out with your girls! There are two Sur La Table locations in the Hudson Valley. One is in the fairly new outdoor shopping center, Ridge Hill, in Yonkers, NY and the other one is in the mall, The Westchester, in White Plains, NY. No matter which location you choose to do the cooking class, they are both near so many other great places to enjoy cocktails and other food afterward. Here are the class schedules for May for each of the Sur La Table locations:

The Westchester White Plains, NY:

http://www.surlatable.com/browse/storeCalendar.jsp?storeId=115

Ridge Hill Mall Yonkers, NY:

http://www.surlatable.com/browse/storeCalendar.jsp?storeId=104

In addition to stores, there are also many cooking classes that get offered as non-credit courses through Community Colleges such as SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge, NY and Westchester Community College in Valhalla, NY. Some classes are even taught right within area restaurants so you can see how some of your favorite dining spots make their food!

Here is the link to SUNY Ulster Continuing Education site to see what classes they have to offer:

http://www.sunyulster.edu/continuing_education/

Here is the link to SUNY Ulster Continuing Education site to see what classes they have to offer:

http://www.sunywcc.edu/continuing_ed/welcome/cont_ed_welcome.htm

In addition to cooking classes, there are also other fun classes to try out such as art classes, bartending ones, and dance classes!

Additional Cooking Classes:

I hope you enjoyed some of these ideas. Of course, any of these days/evenings can be concluded with a lovely cocktail from one of the many great restaurants/lounges in the area! Please let me know if you can think of any other great spots for bachelorette parties/bridal showers or a fun girls day/night out.

-Jessi