Tucked between mountains on the shore of the Hudson River, the small town of Cold Spring waits for curious New Yorkers to arrive on a Metro-North train and explore. Antique shops, art galleries, and welcoming eateries garnish the main street, and stunning hiking trails are just nearby. We profile ten reasons to visit this quaint village that will make you want to hop on the next train to Poughkeepsie.
As you walk down Main Street, be sure to check out all of the vintage collectible stores that Cold Spring has to offer. Known for their wide selection of art and décor as well as their welcoming staff, Bijou Galleries should be your first stop.
If you’re interested in hiking but not ready to invest hours of your day on the trail, Little Stony Point is the perfect spot for you. This woodsy peninsula offers views of the Hudson, nearby towns, and a few little beaches. Little Stony Point is also accessible by walking down Fair Street.
Authentic Frenchfood in a small New York town might seem like a stretch, but Le Bouchon is one brasserie that does not disappoint. When the weather gets warm, enjoy your escargot in their garden or on the front porch. Le Bouchon also serves outstanding cocktails.
Right off the train on Main Street, you’ll find art gallery-meets-antique shop, Downtown Gallery. This gallery features paintings from local artists, and the antique shop offers a range of collectibles that are constantly changing, so you never know what you’ll find.
For Italian food lovers and brunch fanatics, Cathryn’s Tuscan Grill is the place to be. Though this spot is a little pricier, their authentic food and wine options are worth it. Try their squid ink linguine with shrimp, or rigatoni in brandied cream sauce, and dine in the garden when the weather is nice.
If you’re getting off the train and need of a pick-me-up, head to Cupoccino Café. This spot is Cold Spring’s best coffee shop, with excellent breakfast sandwiches and pastries. Look out for the mural of the Hudson on their wall, and come back for local homemade ice cream after dinner.
West Point Foundry Preserve holds a lot of Cold Spring’s history. At the height of the Industrial Revolution, the West Point Foundry produced steam engines, ships, and artillery. Now, right off the train station platform, the Preserve is the starting point for several scenic hiking trails where you can explore historical points of interest.
Silver Spoon Café is the perfect casual spot for lunch or dinner. This casual but classy dining spot does not disappoint on flavor or quality. All of their ingredients are locally-sourced, and they have vegan and gluten-free options on their menu. Try the lobster mac and cheese with truffle oil if you want your mind to be blown.