As much as I love living in NYC, sometimes I find myself desperate to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and head somewhere more peaceful.
So, on a recent weekend, my boyfriend Dana and I packed our bags and headed about two hours north of the city to Saugerties, NY. This quiet town is home to countless cool restaurants, antique stores, and other unique mom and pop shops. I was beyond excited to explore the area.
While there’s no quick and easy way to get to Saugerties via public transportation, I recently discovered Maven, a GM-owned car rental app, that made getting to our destination a breeze. Gas and tolls are covered in the rental cost, and there are pick-up locations scattered all throughout NYC, so getting your vehicle and hitting the road is easy.
Because Maven was so convenient to use, it allowed us to enjoy the best of what Saugerties has to offer, which we’ve outlined for you below.
What to Do
My first choice for lodging when planning my Saugerties trip was the Saugerties Lighthouse, a romantic two-room bed and breakfast, but sadly it was booked through the remainder of the year. Even if you can’t stay there, you can still check out the lighthouse — a historic landmark — located on the Hudson River. Aside from great views, there’s gift shop, museum, and a nature trail. Take a guided tour to get an amazing view of the surrounding area from the lighthouse tower. 168 Lighthouse Dr., Saugerties, NY 12477, (845) 247-0656
While the Saugerties Farmers Market was closed when we were in town earlier this winter, it came highly recommended by some locals we spoke to and in all my online research. If you’re able to visit between Memorial Day and the end of October, make sure to stop by. You can shop for local goodies like seasonal fruits and vegetables, herbs, fresh-laid eggs, goat and cow cheeses, pasture-raised meats and free-range poultry, fresh fish and seafood, maple syrup, honey, jams, sauces, pickles, artisanal bread, and home-baked pies and other desserts. There’s also artisan crafts, jewelry, soap, and household items for sale. 115 Main St., Saugerties, NY 12477
I love exploring bookstores almost as much as I love brunching, so I was overjoyed to stumble across Inquiring Minds Bookstore while walking through downtown Saugerties. Inquiring Minds — the Hudson Valley’s largest independent bookstore — offers everything from new releases to classics to eclectic, harder-to-find books. There’s also a cute cafe located within the store, plus plenty of seating, so you could easily spend a few hours here. 200 Main St., Saugerties, NY 12477, (845) 246-5775
Where to Eat
Love Bites Cafe was one of the restaurants that came up time and time again as I was researching places to brunch in Saugerties, so that was our first stop of the trip. The restaurant was larger than I expected, and the walls were covered in interesting pieces of art that were all for sale. Dana and I started with a Bloody Mary, which we both found to be refreshing and perfectly spicy.
I ordered my brunch go-to — the eggs Benedict — and Dana opted for the breakfast burger. We also ordered the sweet and spicy cauliflower wings, but sadly, our server forgot to bring them out. She, along with the rest of the restaurant’s staff, seemed a bit overwhelmed by the brunch crowd, but aside from the slow service, we thoroughly enjoyed our meal (the eggs Benny was one of the best I’ve had in awhile) and would highly recommend stopping by when you’re in town. 69 Partition St., Saugerties, NY 12477, (845) 246-1795
We stopped at Wise Owl on our way out of town per our bed and breakfast owner’s recommendation, and I’m so glad we did. The tiny space has only a few seats, but we got there early and had the place to ourselves. Dana started the meal with his usual black coffee, and I went with a latte, which was possibly the best I’ve ever had.
The food menu was full of healthy breakfast items made from organic and local ingredients, and I have to admit I struggled to decide on just one dish to order. Eventually, I landed on The Art — made with melted manchego, chèvre, arugula, fig jam, bosc pear, truffle oil — which was so good I ate the entire thing. Dana, desperately wanting something with meat on it (most of the menu items are vegetarian) ordered The Coltrane, which consists of Smoked Faroe Islands salmon with cream cheese, tomato, scallions, fresh herbs, and arugula on a toasted, whole wheat, onion poppyseed bagel.
In addition to the amazing food, Wise Owl is also full of knick knacks and trinkets available to purchase. 196 Main St., Saugerties, NY 12477, (8450 247-3824
Had we spent another day in Saugerties, I would’ve loved to brunch at Miss Lucy’s Kitchen. When researching restaurants in the area, I read so many good things about Miss Lucy’s, and the owner of our bed and breakfast also mentioned it when we inquired about local restaurants to try. It serves locally sourced comfort food like Challah French toast, tuna melts, and eggs Benedict. 90 Partition St., (845) 246-9240
Where to Stay
During our Saugerties trip, we called Bohemian Inn home — and that’s exactly what it felt like.
Stephanie, owner of the six-room bed and breakfast, greeted us when we arrived post-brunch and showed us to our adorable room, the St. Tropez room. The house’s shared spaces are just as charming as the bedrooms, and the endless supply of antiques and trinkets spread throughout the home make it feel like you’re being transported to faraway, exotic places.
While you’ll definitely want to check out all the amazing restaurants and cafes Saugerties has to offer, Stephanie also offers Nespresso coffee, fine teas, and a light continental breakfast of pastries, fruit, and yogurt if you prefer breakfast in bed. Located just steps from all the shops and restaurants on Main St., Bohemian Inn is the ideal place to stay in Saugerties. 44 Partition St., Saugerties, NY 12477, (917) 538-9572
BitchBiz: This article was written independently, but Maven did supply a car for the weekend, and our stay at Bohemian Inn was on the house.