Small is Beautiful: RED HOOK & TIVOLIStaff | April 15, 2016 | Comment
Red Hook and Tivoli are the epitome of agricultural, cultural lavishness, the Hudson Valley poster child of an evolving community in a pastoral setting. Both villages brim with gourmet eateries, art galleries, historic country inns, and evolving businesses emphasizing sustainable living.
The Red Hook and Tivoli communities host a number of fun-filled celebrations in the cooler months, including the delectable Red Hook & The Chocolate Festival in November, a village-wide festival starring tasty chocolate treats, cooking demos, and live musical performances. Through November 13, the 2015 Sculpture Expo embodies Red Hook’s artistic center, with 18 large-scale sculptures lining the village streets. To up the cultural ante, peruse the magnificent, equine-themed artwork at Equis Fine Art Gallery, or enjoy a performance by internationally-renowned dance companies at Tivoli’s Kaatsbaan International Dance Center.
CREME DE LA CUISINE
These towns’ dining scenes star irresistible, diverse establishments and stand out from the region with an impressive number of gourmet eateries. Dive into a creative brunch menu starring local, seasonal ingredients at Murray’s Tivoli. For lunch or dinner, the Zagat-rated restaurants Mercato Osteria & Enoteca and Panzur serve authentic Italian in Red Hook and traditional Spanish tapas in Tivoli, respectively. Pick your own pumpkins, apples, and raspberries before the autumn ends at Greig Farm. If you miss the fall harvest, the Hudson Valley Farmer’s Market is held every Saturday year-round in their rustic, picturesque dairy barn.
Since its 17th-century beginnings, a number of Red Hook and Tivoli establishments have been perfectly preserved for a modern look at yesteryear. Take a tour of Montgomery Place, a Federal-style mansion recently declared a National Historic Landmark. The Elmendorph Inn, the oldest building in Red Hook, is home to Historic Red Hook, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and collecting local memorabilia.