Explore the Hudson Valley

Experience The Hudson Valley

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  |   May 2, 2017  |  Comment

Who doesn’t love to shop? With so many different towns, cities, and communities, the Hudson Valley has its fair share of cute boutiques filled with eclectic treasures waiting to be purchased. And, of course, there are malls and name-brand stores, too.

A rainy day is the perfect excuse to head on over to the Palisades Center Mall. A two-story mall, it has all the big names and then some: H&M, Abercrombie & Fitch, Forever 21—a young woman’s dream! Athletes rejoice: There’s Dick’s Sporting Goods, Foot Locker, and even an ice rink. Get your glutton on at the food court. If you forget to get off the Thruway, a few miles north in Poughkeepsie you might visit the Poughkeepsie Galleria, the town’s premier shopping, dining, and entertainment destination. Close by is the Poughkeepsie Plaza. With its huge Marshalls location, it’ll be hard to not find something to walk out with. Comic collectors and game enthusiast will love Dragon’s Den, which is home to tournaments and card-trading events as well as old-school video and hard-to-find board games.

Maybe a purchase with some history behind it is in order. Annex Antiques Center in the village of Red Hook has 30-plus dealers and a variety of antiques, vintage, furniture, glassware, coins, jewelry, toys, collectibles, fine art, and more. The Coop Arts & Antiques is the perfect place to find a gift for just about anyone; a multifarious store offering antique and vintage home furnishings, lighting, antiquarian maps, unique gifts, jewelry, and stationery. Hudson is home to many antique vendors, but our recommendation is A Collector’s Eye, which is equal parts gallery and store. Here, you’ll enjoy perusing through collectibles from the Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Jungstile, Scandinavian Modern, and Mid-Century Modern periods.

Sugar Loaf Art & Craft Village is straight out of a story book. Over 20 unique shops fill this charming village, which is bordered by apple orchards and wineries and offers artistic delights like oil, water color, and acrylic paintings, stained glass, black and white and color photography, pottery, antiques, jewelry, woodworks, candles, soap, sculpture, and more. For second-hand clothes, check out My Sister’s Closet. Bliss Co-Op has hand-crafted cards, jewelry, and hair accessories created by its talented female members. Most stores are open on the weekends, so it’s worth making a day trip to hit them all.

With all the walking you’ll be doing, you’ll certainly want some comfortable shoes. Pegasus Comfort Footwear has locations in Woodstock, Rhinebeck, and New Paltz. Besides offering name-brand shoes like Dansko, Klogs, Sanita, Birkenstock, and Spring Steps, Pegasus also has popular boot styles by makers like Dr. Martens and Blundstones. All three stores feature shoes for all genders, and the New Paltz location has a special kids’ outlet.

Above: The Coop Arts & Antiques, Red Hook

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