Sunday, May 11, 2008

Top Hudson Valley Restaurants in Historic Buildings

The Hudson Valley is dotted with a bounty of lovingly restored Revolutionary-era buildings. It's one of the greatest collections of historic homes anywhere in the Northeast.

While some of these have been turned into museums -- such as Philipsburg Manor in Tarrytown (pictured) -- others have been turned into fine dining establishments for elegant, special occasion dining, whether it is Mother's Day or another day.
  • Crabtree's Kittle House in Chappaqua, a 1790 farmhouse that was a rowdy roadhouse during the 1930s,

  • Old Drover's Inn, in Dover Plains, where Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton hid away from the photographers following their romance,

  • Depuy Canal House in High Falls, where chef/owner John Novi introduced fresh, seasonal, local ingredients in a gourmet menu to the Hudson Valley in the 1970s. That's when he bought the 1797 tavern.

You can read more about the history of good taste in the Hudson Valley in my article in the May issue of AAA Car & Travel magazine.

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