Top 10 Reasons to visit Silver Maple Farm
Updated: Jan 19
Escape the hustle & bustle of the busy city for a short weekend getaway in Upstate New York! Explore the Hudson Valley and the Berkshires from one central location at Silver Maple Farm. Unwind in the peaceful, rural mountain village of East Chatham, NY. While this revitalized railroading town has plenty of gems of its very own to explore, various vibrant towns like Lennox MA, Pittsfield MA, and Hudson NY are just a short drive away. With so much variety to choose from in the surrounding areas, we wanted to highlight the top 10 reasons you should visit us at Silver Maple Farm.
1. A scenic weekend getaway:
Enjoy the scenic drive through upstate. Whether leaving the big apple or venturing from elsewhere, the parkway provides a glorious view while you're traveling, as well as various photo oppertunities on the expansive overlooks. When you arrive at SMF, get your hike on! Local trails like the Borden's Pond Conservation Area (9.6 mi) and Ooms Conservation Area (6.1 mi) are a short drive away from our location. We recommend downloading an app like AllTrails to provide you with a plethora of walking/hiking trails or seeing the Public Conservation Area Guide for a downloadable brochure with more info.
2. Be an art connoisseur for the day:
In the nearby artistic town of Lenox, MA, ponder Contemporary Art at The Whit Gallery or shop Fine Art at The Art Of. Gallery. For a longer trek to see the American classic's collection along with other renowned illustrators, take a day trip and visit the Norman Rockwell Museum (73 mi Stockfield, MA).
For something truly unique, enjoy art in the great outdoors by touring The Fields Sculpture Park (15 mi Ghent NY).
3. An evening at the Theatre:
4. Groove to the beat:
Attend music fesetivals & events! In the warmer months, attend a concert at the Aston Magna Music Festival or an outdoor Berkshire Jazz performance. While there are still options for concerts in the colder seasons (in person and zoom), be sure to check out Chatham's local venues like Chatham Brewing or The People's Pub for updates on live music gigs.
5. Flash to the past with a little history lesson:
Explore nearby historical house museums like The Mount: Edith Warton's Home (15 mi Lenox, MA) or tour one of the Columbia County Historical Society's Properties like the James Vanderpoel House & Library or the Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse.
Participate in free seasonal recreations like the guided Annual Housatonic Heretage Walks (Berkshire Country, MA) or keep it easy and embark on an outdoor journey by strolling along downtown Chatham with a copy of the historic self-guided walking tour.
6. Shop til you drop!
Exchange your online cart for supporting small by shopping in person! With a smattering of small towns at your fingertips, there are practically endless boutiques and artisan shops to explore. Experience brick & mortar and meet all the local mom&pop shops! For a playful, modern gift, check out Pookstyle:Thoughtful Gifts. For a more upscale retail location, there's Red Mannequin directly on the corner of downtown and Rewraps (a thrifter's dream of vintage/resold clothing) is a few buildings down the street. You know we'd never forget about our book lovers - The Chatham Bookstore provides you with all your favorite reads; they have various events/public readings (for all ages) - check their schedule for events you'd like to attend! As you reach the further end of the street be sure to spend some time at the Chatham Garden for garden delights.
7: Local eats!
After all that shopping, it's time to get some food! For the size of the town, there's an impressive selection of restaurants. Among our favorites are Chatham Grill , The People's Pub , and Our Daily Bread . Planning a picnic? There's a wide selection of grab&go health foods & drinks at the Chatham Co-op. For the vegan with a sweet tooth, Main St. Goodness is where it's at - with their display of house-made vegan sweets, rich coffee drinks, and decadent main course dishes, you won't leave for hours.
8: Hone your sommelier skills at local vineyards & breweries:
Refine your taste by exploring one of the many breweries/wineries of the Hudson Valley!
While many of the breweries also have amazing food, I had to include them in a list of their own. For a quick fix, Chatham Brewing is directly downtown (only 8.7mi from the inn, a 12 minute drive). S&S Farm Brewery (12 mi Nassau, NY) is only a 20 minute drive away, serving house made brews, providing a fun atmosphere with heated outdoor seating and food trucks. Pretend it's the 1920's and head on over to The Roaring 20's Brewery & Taphouse (6.5mi New Lebanon, NY) for a dazzling selection of brews in a historic location. A universal favorite, Hudson Brewing Co. (23mi Hudson, NY) offers indoor/outdoor seating, and even options to-go.
Grab your notebook and be a sommelier for the day at a local winery! The Hudson Chatham Winery (13mi Ghent, NY) has an extensive tasting menu (reservations required). Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery (27mi Hudson, NY) offers tasting flights as well as guided tastings for those looking for a more detailed experience. For something slightly closer to home, Sabba Vineyard (10mi Old Chatham, NY) has everything from live music events, food trucks, free parking/charging stations, outdoor firepits, and are dog friendly! From the scenic views to the sculpture garden, children's games and swing set, there will be plenty for the whole family to enjoy.
9: Raise your vibrations!
For some metaphysical healing, visit one of the crystal shops nearby Chatham. Stone Corner Minerals is the one stop shop in town for the crystal lover - from tumbled stones to statement crystal domes, they've got something for everyone's budget. If you're up for a slightly longer drive, Crystal Essence (20mi Great Barrington, MA) has a plethora of workshops and classes, private healing/reiki sessions, and a large selection of crystals, jewelry, books, and gifts to shop from.
At the end of the day, rejuvenate your spirit with a yoga class at Super Soul Yoga (on main street, downtown Chatham, NY). Their services offer one time classes (in person & via zoom) along with week long retreats. If you're interested in something hands-on, they have workshops like intention candle making or wreath decorating available on their schedule.
10. Relax & unwind at Silver Maple Farm:
After a long day of adventures, you'll need somewhere to rest your weary head. Silver Maple Farm will keep you in good company. We are a farmhouse style rustic boutique hotel located in the Hudson Valley in Upstate New York, nearby the Berkshire Mountain foothills. Never been to Silver Maple Farm? As of 2021, SMF has undergone new ownership and have upgraded our offerings; from an updated design to plush bedding and a gourmet breakfast buffet, we're sure to make your stay a memorable one.The innkeepers Sean & Chloe live on site and love exchanging stories and giving recommendations about the local area. Indulge in a delightful breakfast buffet, play board games and chat in the common areas. Relax, take a bubble bath and curl up with a book from our curated library for a cozy evening in. Whatever you choose to do we know you'll have an unforgettable experience.
Thank you for reading,
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