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Spring Bucket List for Upper Hudson Valley: Top 6 Activities Near Chatham, NY



Experience the rebirth and awakening of nature this Spring with a visit to Upstate New York. It's a season that transforms the Hudson Valley into a living canvas, awash with the vibrant hues of tulips and daffodils, and the delicate blossoms of cherry and apple trees. The air, filled with the fresh, earthy scent of awakening soil, invites one to step outside and breathe deeply the promise of new beginnings. Immerse yourself in the unparalleled charm of the Hudson Valley, where scenic vistas and local flavors await discovery. At the heart of this idyllic setting, The Inn at Silver Maple Farm offers the perfect haven for those wanting to experience a true country getaway. If are you looking for the best things to do in the Hudson Valley in Spring, look no further than our curated list of the top 6 spring activities, we invite you to explore, engage, and find delight in every moment.


1.Visit Local Farms


{Distance from the Inn: Approximately 12 miles}

Nestled in the rolling hills of the Hudson Valley, Hawthorne Valley Farm offers an authentic farm experience. Immerse yourself in their biodynamic farming practices and perhaps partake in workshops that reconnect you with the land. Check their website to find upcoming events. They also have on-farm organic foods and grocery store, where you can grab awesome dairy and meat products, bakery and ferments.


{Distance from the Inn: Roughly 8 miles}

A provider of organic nuts, seeds, and dried fruits, Tierra Farm is a testament to sustainable agriculture. Engage your senses while exploring their eco-friendly facility, and don't forget to pick up some healthy snacks & organic coffee roasts to take back with you from their on-farm store.


{Distance from the Inn: Around 20 miles}

June Farms does not have a local farm store, but it is enchanting with its idyllic woodlands and pastures. June Farms is often referred to as a “gentleman’s farm” because they do not profit from the sale of animals or crops. Rather, they aim to be a safe haven for their heritage-breed animals, which are the ones that predate factory farming – the same breeds raised centuries ago. All visitors can stroll the grounds, or ride around in a golf cart, greet & feed animals. This family-friendly destination is a delightful way to spend a Spring day.


2. Visit Local Winery


{Distance from the Inn: Just under 15 miles}

Sample the essence of the region at Hilltop Orchard's Furnace Brook Winery. Sip on locally produced wines and artisanal craft apple ciders as you gaze upon the blossoming orchards. Make sure to try their delicious freshly made cider donuts - we promise you'll want to grab some to go! You can also add discounted Wine Tasting for 2 on The Inn at Silver Maple Farm's website while booking your stay with us online!


{Distance from the Inn: A mere 10 miles}

Discover a hidden gem where tradition meets modern charm at Chatham Winery. This family-owned estate captures the essence of the Hudson Valley through each glass of their meticulously crafted wines. Delight in a tasting experience that guides you through a selection of varietals, each telling the story of the local terroir. The winery's commitment to sustainable farming practices enriches not only their wines but also the community they serve.


3. Visit Local Brewery & Distillery


{Distance from the Inn: Just under 18 miles}

Immerse yourself in the innovative spirit of the craft beer movement with a visit to Sloop Brewing Co. Known for its artful fusion of traditional and modern brewing techniques, Sloop offers a diverse array of beers that boast unique flavors and aromatic profiles. Their spacious taproom, nestled in the heart of the Hudson Valley, invites you to relax and enjoy their creations amidst the backdrop of scenic beauty. Don't miss the chance to take a guided tour, where you can peek behind the curtains and discover the passion and craftsmanship that goes into every pint.


{Distance from the Inn: Approximately 15 miles}

Cooper's Daughter Spirit at Olde York Farm is a family-owned and operated distillery, cooperage, and apple orchard that weaves the bounty of the valley into every bottle. Situated on a historic piece of land along the Claverack Creek, this establishment specializes in small-batch spirits, crafted using locally sourced ingredients. The rustic charm of their tasting room, complemented by the warm hospitality of the staff, makes for a delightful visit. Experience the rich heritage of the area through their unique offerings.


{Distance from the Inn: Just under 9 miles}

In the heart of Chatham, a short and pleasant drive from the Inn, lies Chatham Brewing – a beacon for craft beer enthusiasts. Established as one of the pioneers of the local craft beer scene, this award-winning microbrewery prides itself on creating beers that are as rich in flavor as they are in character. With a commitment to sustainability and community, Chatham Brewing sources the finest local ingredients, offering a diverse selection of ales, lagers, and limited-edition brews. The cozy taproom exudes a welcoming atmosphere, inviting guests to linger over a pint, enjoy the occasional live music, or partake in their engaging brewery tours. Whether you’re a discerning beer aficionado or curious about the craft beer movement, Chatham Brewing promises a memorable experience that captures the spirit of the Hudson Valley.


4. Yoga & Wellness


{Distance from the Inn: Approximately 21 miles}

Find serenity at Kripalu, a sanctuary for the mind, body, and spirit, overlooking the tranquil waters of the Berkshire's Lake Mahkeenac. Whether you're new to yoga or an experienced practitioner, Kripalu's experienced instructors guide you through classes tailored to all levels. Beyond yoga, explore workshops focused on mindfulness, healthy living, and holistic healing, all aimed at enriching your physical, emotional, and spiritual health. The peaceful surroundings, combined with a supportive community atmosphere, create an ideal environment for relaxation and rejuvenation. Also, don't miss the chance to indulge in their wholesome, predominantly plant-based meals, thoughtfully prepared with ingredients that sustain both the body and the planet.


{Distance from the Inn: Roughly 18 miles}

Connect with your inner self in the bucolic setting of Supersoul Yoga Farm. This unique retreat blends the timeless practices of yoga with the rhythms of farm life, offering an escape that nourishes soul, body, and mind. Engage in dynamic yoga sessions designed to harmonize with the natural elements. Beyond the mat, immerse yourself in the farm experience - from meditative walks through the fields to hands-on workshops that deepen your connection to the earth.


{Distance from the Inn: About 7 miles}

Located in the heart of Chatham's historic downtown, at Roots Holistic Wellness, you're invited to immerse yourself in a world of tranquility and restoration. Whether you're seeking to unwind with a therapeutic massage, rejuvenate your mind with a yoga class, or explore holistic health practices, Roots offers a bespoke approach to wellness. Beyond their core services, Roots regularly hosts workshops and events, providing a vibrant community space for learning and connection.


5. Explore Art and History


{Distance from the Inn: Just over 12 miles}

Step into the world of Frederic Edwin Church at the Olana State Historic Site, where art meets history in a breathtaking landscape. This 19th-century villa, perched atop a hill with panoramic views of the Hudson Valley, was the home of the renowned Hudson River School painter. Today, it stands as a testament to his artistic vision, with beautifully preserved interiors and a sprawling estate that invites exploration. Guided tours offer insights into Church's life and work, while the surrounding grounds provide a perfect setting for a leisurely stroll amidst nature and art. We have an entire blog dedicated to Olana State Historic Site on our website, if you want to learn more interesting facts before visiting.


{Distance from the Inn: Approximately 25 miles}

Dive into contemporary art at The Hudson Valley MOCA, a dynamic space that showcases cutting-edge exhibitions and innovative programs. Situated in a repurposed industrial building, this museum creates a dialogue between the local community and the global art scene. Visitors can wander through thought-provoking installations and participate in workshops and talks that stimulate creativity and critical thinking. Whether you're an art aficionado or simply curious, the MOCA promises an enriching experience that reflects the vibrant cultural landscape of the Hudson Valley.


{Distance from the Inn: Around 30 miles}

Discover the legacy of America's longest-serving president at the Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site in Hyde Park. This site encompasses Roosevelt's lifelong home, Springwood, and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. A visit here offers a deep dive into the personal and political life of FDR, set against the backdrop of the picturesque Hudson River Valley. Explore the historic mansion, browse the extensive exhibits at the museum, and roam the beautifully landscaped gardens.


6. Creative Workshops


{Distance from the Inn: Approximately 16 miles }

One of the fun things to do in upstate NY in Spring, is to challenge your creativity. Experience the artistry of glassblowing with a hands-on workshop at Hoogs & Crawford. This expressive craft will not only enhance your creative side but also allow you to take home a unique memento of your upstate Spring adventure. Under the guidance of skilled artisans, you'll learn the fundamentals of glassblowing and create your own piece, whether it's a vase, paperweight, or ornament. The studio also offers demonstrations and private events for those looking for a more immersive experience.


{Distance from the Inn: About 15 miles }

Step into the whimsical world of Ugly Mud Studios, where the emphasis is on fun, creativity, and the beauty of imperfection. This studio challenges the conventional notions of beauty in art, encouraging participants to revel in the joyous process of creation without the pressure of perfection. Offering a range of classes from introductory pottery to advanced sculpting, Ugly Mud is a sanctuary for anyone looking to unwind and engage in the therapeutic aspects of working with clay. Its captivating setting inspires a unique blend of artistic freedom and playful exploration, making it a must-visit destination for those looking to enrich their Upstate NY trip.



After venturing out, return to The Inn at Silver Maple Farm to unwind in comfort. Nestled on vast acres of beautiful land, complete with a cozy woodburning fireplace in the The Great room, curated library and art pieces throughout the inn, an outdoor fire pit, picturesque garden and hiking trail, the Inn is not just a place to stay—it's a warm haven that's fully committed to your relaxation during your Upstate NY getaway. And as a pet-friendly establishment, even your furry friends are welcome in designated rooms with dedicated entrances.


For more information about what to do in Hudson Valley in Spring or to book your stay, CLICK HERE, contact us at 518-781-3600 or info@silvermaplefarm.com.


 Thank you for reading,

The Team at Silver Maple Farm



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