The Pond House Guidebook

Patricia
The Pond House Guidebook

Food scene

Closest food store to the Pond House. Open 8am - 6pm everyday, except Christmas. Family-owned pesticide-free farm & garden center, farm store, kitchen, meat & seafood. Seasonal U-pick orchards.
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The Chatham Berry Farm LLC
2309 State Route 203
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Closest food store to the Pond House. Open 8am - 6pm everyday, except Christmas. Family-owned pesticide-free farm & garden center, farm store, kitchen, meat & seafood. Seasonal U-pick orchards.
Open from May to October. Located at The Chatham Berry Farm, cidery specializing in unique small batch, barrel aged & still hard ciders. Heated tap room & greenhouse with outdoor seating & fire pits. Food offerings available. Family friendly establishment.
The Greenhouse Cidery
2309 New York 203
Open from May to October. Located at The Chatham Berry Farm, cidery specializing in unique small batch, barrel aged & still hard ciders. Heated tap room & greenhouse with outdoor seating & fire pits. Food offerings available. Family friendly establishment.
Local craft beer and delicious cheese boards and upscale grilled cheeses.
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Saisonnier
11 Chatham Street
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Local craft beer and delicious cheese boards and upscale grilled cheeses.
Dependable, traditional southern Italian restaurant and pizzeria. Food delivery available.
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La Bella Valatie
2967 U.S. 9
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Dependable, traditional southern Italian restaurant and pizzeria. Food delivery available.
Described by Vogue magazine as the most exciting new restaurant in the Hudson Valley. All day cafe and retail store, featuring casual southeast Asian dishes.
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Morningbird
4 Hudson Street
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Described by Vogue magazine as the most exciting new restaurant in the Hudson Valley. All day cafe and retail store, featuring casual southeast Asian dishes.
Located 2 properties away from the Pond House, this family-owned farm stand on the corner of Merwin Rd & Route 203 is open from June to October. Find freshly harvested produce, flowers, honey, and homemade preserves.
Staron's Farm Stand
4 Merwin Road
Located 2 properties away from the Pond House, this family-owned farm stand on the corner of Merwin Rd & Route 203 is open from June to October. Find freshly harvested produce, flowers, honey, and homemade preserves.
Apple farm, bakery, and food store. Known for their apple cider donuts. 8-min drive from the property.
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Golden Harvest Farms
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Apple farm, bakery, and food store. Known for their apple cider donuts. 8-min drive from the property.
Locally sourced fruits, vegetables, dairy and other products. Café, U-Pick orchard, petting zoo and playground.
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Love Apple Farm
1421 New York 9H
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Locally sourced fruits, vegetables, dairy and other products. Café, U-Pick orchard, petting zoo and playground.
Food store, garden center, ice cream shop. Try their apple cider donuts, or their corn maze (open until first frost).
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Samascott's Garden Market
65 Chatham St
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Food store, garden center, ice cream shop. Try their apple cider donuts, or their corn maze (open until first frost).
Locals' favorite Mexican restaurant.
Magdalena's
3018 Main St
Locals' favorite Mexican restaurant.
Located at Golden Harvest Farms, BBQ joint featuring applewood-smoked ribs, pulled pork and other barbecue staples.
Harvest Smokehouse
3074 U.S. 9
Located at Golden Harvest Farms, BBQ joint featuring applewood-smoked ribs, pulled pork and other barbecue staples.
Tapas bar and restaurant. Warm atmosphere, great selections.
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Dyad Wine Bar
16 Hudson St
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Tapas bar and restaurant. Warm atmosphere, great selections.
Craft brewery and tasting room featuring German styles, IPA’s, Pale Ales, Belgian styles, Porters and Stouts using locally grown hops. Warm and inviting atmosphere. Open Wed - Sun.
Reifenberg Brewing
3021 Main Street
Craft brewery and tasting room featuring German styles, IPA’s, Pale Ales, Belgian styles, Porters and Stouts using locally grown hops. Warm and inviting atmosphere. Open Wed - Sun.
Organic manufacturer of dried fruit, nuts, coffee, and teas. 2-min drive from the property.
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Tierra Farm
2424 NY-203
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Organic manufacturer of dried fruit, nuts, coffee, and teas. 2-min drive from the property.
A contender in the great bagel wars of Kinderhook. 6 min drive away and right next to Velo Domestique bike shop.
Bagel Tyme
1004 Kinderhook St
A contender in the great bagel wars of Kinderhook. 6 min drive away and right next to Velo Domestique bike shop.
A contender in the great bagel wars of Kinderhook. 7 mins away by the Kinderhook Village Square.
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Broad Street Bagel Co.
1 Broad St
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A contender in the great bagel wars of Kinderhook. 7 mins away by the Kinderhook Village Square.
Tasting room and farm distillery using homegrown fruit and the freshest locally sourced ingredients. Acclaimed, award-winning & beloved by a loyal following. Open every day for tastings and tours.
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Harvest Spirits
3074 U.S. 9
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Tasting room and farm distillery using homegrown fruit and the freshest locally sourced ingredients. Acclaimed, award-winning & beloved by a loyal following. Open every day for tastings and tours.

Neighborhoods

Kinderhook is one of the most historically significant places in the Hudson Valley. The name Kinderhook appeared on Dutch maps as early as 1614 making it one of the oldest names in the state. It is also the birthplace of Martin Van Buren, the 8th president. The initials of his nickname OK - from "Old Kinderhook" - was used as a symbol to support his presidential candidacy. Today, Kinderhook has a growing creative economy and a steadfast group of volunteers that pitch in with everything from the summer farmers’ market to its annual holiday Candlelight Night. And it’s a great place to enjoy the outdoors, no matter your fitness level.
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Kinderhook
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Kinderhook is one of the most historically significant places in the Hudson Valley. The name Kinderhook appeared on Dutch maps as early as 1614 making it one of the oldest names in the state. It is also the birthplace of Martin Van Buren, the 8th president. The initials of his nickname OK - from "Old Kinderhook" - was used as a symbol to support his presidential candidacy. Today, Kinderhook has a growing creative economy and a steadfast group of volunteers that pitch in with everything from the summer farmers’ market to its annual holiday Candlelight Night. And it’s a great place to enjoy the outdoors, no matter your fitness level.
Interesting Main St. with bookstores, restaurants, cheese stores, antique stores.
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Chatham
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Interesting Main St. with bookstores, restaurants, cheese stores, antique stores.

Sightseeing

Situated on 120 acres in the Hudson Valley, Art Omi presents the works of contemporary artists and architects, and offers a range of large-scale works in nature, plus a 1,500 square foot gallery. The Sculpture & Architecture Park currently offers more than 60 works by artists and architects on view, with pieces added or exchanged each year. Art Omi welcomes the public to its events and grounds free of charge and is open daily.
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Art Omi
1405 Co Rte 22
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Situated on 120 acres in the Hudson Valley, Art Omi presents the works of contemporary artists and architects, and offers a range of large-scale works in nature, plus a 1,500 square foot gallery. The Sculpture & Architecture Park currently offers more than 60 works by artists and architects on view, with pieces added or exchanged each year. Art Omi welcomes the public to its events and grounds free of charge and is open daily.
Cozy, independent bookstore with art supplies, crafts, puzzles, toys and gift items.
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The Chatham Bookstore
27 Main Street
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Cozy, independent bookstore with art supplies, crafts, puzzles, toys and gift items.
Located in the Kinderhook Village Square every Saturday in May to October, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Find local produce and meats to locally distilled whiskey and ready-to-eat prepared foods.
Kinderhook Farmer's Market
2724 Co Rd 21
Located in the Kinderhook Village Square every Saturday in May to October, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Find local produce and meats to locally distilled whiskey and ready-to-eat prepared foods.
Stever Hill Rd off Route 203, Spencertown, New York (518) 392-5757 Far removed from the highway it overlooks, it appears as an apparition; a stand of glittering marble and limestone forms in a pasture surrounded by forest.
Taconic Sculpture Park
Stever Hill Rd off Route 203, Spencertown, New York (518) 392-5757 Far removed from the highway it overlooks, it appears as an apparition; a stand of glittering marble and limestone forms in a pasture surrounded by forest.
Open to visitors Thursdays through Sundays. Grassfed and pasture raised beef, lamb, pork, chicken & eggs. Farm tours available.
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Kinderhook Farm
1958 County Road 21
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Open to visitors Thursdays through Sundays. Grassfed and pasture raised beef, lamb, pork, chicken & eggs. Farm tours available.
Tours available three times a day
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Martin Van Buren National Historic Site
1013 Old Post Road
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Tours available three times a day
"The Kinderhook Knitting Mill is a community-minded space in the heart of Kinderhook that brings together food, art, and design in an 1870s textile mill." You'll find Morningbird cafe here, OK Pantry - a soda counter and well-curated home goods boutique. , and Kinderhook Bottle Shop (wine store). Opening soon: The Aviary (dinner restaurant), The Nest (cocktail lounge), Damsel Garden (flower shop), and 2 Note Hudson (perfumes, bath and body care products)
The Kinderhook Knitting Mill
8 Hudson Street
"The Kinderhook Knitting Mill is a community-minded space in the heart of Kinderhook that brings together food, art, and design in an 1870s textile mill." You'll find Morningbird cafe here, OK Pantry - a soda counter and well-curated home goods boutique. , and Kinderhook Bottle Shop (wine store). Opening soon: The Aviary (dinner restaurant), The Nest (cocktail lounge), Damsel Garden (flower shop), and 2 Note Hudson (perfumes, bath and body care products)
An excellent and intact example of a rural, one-room 18th-century schoolhouse. Washington Irving's character - Ichabod Crane, from the book Legend of Sleepy Hollow - was based on Irving's friend Jesse Merwin, who was a schoolteacher there.
Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse
2589 New York 9H
An excellent and intact example of a rural, one-room 18th-century schoolhouse. Washington Irving's character - Ichabod Crane, from the book Legend of Sleepy Hollow - was based on Irving's friend Jesse Merwin, who was a schoolteacher there.

Activities

4-season resort 30 minutes away. Offers skiing, snowtubing, zip line, and aerial adventures.
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Catamount Ski Area
78 Catamount Road
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4-season resort 30 minutes away. Offers skiing, snowtubing, zip line, and aerial adventures.
Leisurely trail rides for all ages and all experience levels.
Cinch 'em Up Stables Horseback Riding
365 New York 43
Leisurely trail rides for all ages and all experience levels.
The Pond House is less than 10 mins away from the 36-mile Albany-Hudson Electric Trail (AHET), which runs from the City of Hudson to the City of Rensselaer, and is part of the larger 750-mile Empire State Trail. The 2 closest AHET trailhead parking area locations are the Valatie Route 9/9H Park & Ride Lot (50 parking spots) - on the intersection of State Routes 9 & 9H, Valatie, NY 12184, and the Village of Kinderhook Trailhead – Rothermel Park (33 parking spots) at the Village Playground, Rothermel Ave, Kinderhook, NY 12106. Another option is to park by Velo Domestique bicycle shop on 1006 Kinderhook St., which is right next to the AHET as well as Bagel Tyme. The trails take you past woods, streams, wetlands, farm lands, small hamlets, and residential areas. These trail segments are primarily an off-road rail-trail with a stonedust surface, welcoming walkers and bicyclists of all abilities. However, visitors will encounter several short on-road sections, where trail users share the road with vehicle traffic. More info at https://cfetny.org/ and at https://empiretrail.ny.gov
Albany-Hudson Electric Trail
The Pond House is less than 10 mins away from the 36-mile Albany-Hudson Electric Trail (AHET), which runs from the City of Hudson to the City of Rensselaer, and is part of the larger 750-mile Empire State Trail. The 2 closest AHET trailhead parking area locations are the Valatie Route 9/9H Park & Ride Lot (50 parking spots) - on the intersection of State Routes 9 & 9H, Valatie, NY 12184, and the Village of Kinderhook Trailhead – Rothermel Park (33 parking spots) at the Village Playground, Rothermel Ave, Kinderhook, NY 12106. Another option is to park by Velo Domestique bicycle shop on 1006 Kinderhook St., which is right next to the AHET as well as Bagel Tyme. The trails take you past woods, streams, wetlands, farm lands, small hamlets, and residential areas. These trail segments are primarily an off-road rail-trail with a stonedust surface, welcoming walkers and bicyclists of all abilities. However, visitors will encounter several short on-road sections, where trail users share the road with vehicle traffic. More info at https://cfetny.org/ and at https://empiretrail.ny.gov
U-pick orchard open starting in mid-June . Surrey bike rentals available to explore their 200 acre orchard.
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Samascott Orchards
5 Sunset Avenue
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U-pick orchard open starting in mid-June . Surrey bike rentals available to explore their 200 acre orchard.
Bike shop with rentals conveniently located at 1005 Kinderhook St. right along the Albany-Hudson Electric Trail. Re-supply your biking needs and park as you go on the AHET.
Velo Domestique Bicycle Shop
19 Center St
Bike shop with rentals conveniently located at 1005 Kinderhook St. right along the Albany-Hudson Electric Trail. Re-supply your biking needs and park as you go on the AHET.
Easy walking trail (30 min to 1 hr) Across Rte 9H from Lindenwald, the site of Martin Van Buren National Historic Site and the ex-president's home
Martin Van Buren Nature Trail
Easy walking trail (30 min to 1 hr) Across Rte 9H from Lindenwald, the site of Martin Van Buren National Historic Site and the ex-president's home
3 miles of trails, with fishing, kayaking, and canoeing.
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Ooms Conservation Area at Sutherland Pond
480 Rock City Road
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3 miles of trails, with fishing, kayaking, and canoeing.
Golf course open to the public with a full-service restaurant and bar - The White Horse Tavern.
Winding Brook Country Club
2839 NY-203
Golf course open to the public with a full-service restaurant and bar - The White Horse Tavern.
Known for friendly staff and well-groomed trails through the woods. Located 45 minutes away.
Pineridge Cross Country Ski Area
1463 Plank Rd
Known for friendly staff and well-groomed trails through the woods. Located 45 minutes away.
Winter fun for all ages and skill levels. Located 40 mins away in Great Barrington, MA.
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Ski Butternut Tubing Center
380 State Road
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Winter fun for all ages and skill levels. Located 40 mins away in Great Barrington, MA.
Friendly staff, charming collection; Right on Main St.
Beaver Mill Antiques
3045 Main Street
Friendly staff, charming collection; Right on Main St.
Beautiful store located in Chatham's oldest building. "...bursts at the seams with treasures for collectors, home owners & designers!"
Olde 1811 Antique Shoppe & Crow Cottage
2 Austerlitz Street
Beautiful store located in Chatham's oldest building. "...bursts at the seams with treasures for collectors, home owners & designers!"
Columbia County's first winery, originally established in 2006. Lovely lawn, good food, and curated experiences available. Wine tastings by reservation. www.hudsonchathamwinery.com
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Hudson Chatham Winery
1900 New York 66
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Columbia County's first winery, originally established in 2006. Lovely lawn, good food, and curated experiences available. Wine tastings by reservation. www.hudsonchathamwinery.com

Other Conveniences

Did you forget to pack something? Need batteries, a swimsuit, or a hat? Job Lot to the rescue - where you'll end up buying more than what you originally intended...
Ocean State Job Lot
2827 U.S. 9
Did you forget to pack something? Need batteries, a swimsuit, or a hat? Job Lot to the rescue - where you'll end up buying more than what you originally intended...
All you'd expect from a large supermarket. Also has an in-house pharmacy. Located in the same area as La Bella restaurant.
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Hannaford Supermarket
2967 U.S. 9
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All you'd expect from a large supermarket. Also has an in-house pharmacy. Located in the same area as La Bella restaurant.
In case you want to send local Kinderhook goodies to family and friends =)
United States Postal Service
1050 Kinderhook Street
In case you want to send local Kinderhook goodies to family and friends =)
Conveniently located on U.S. Route 9, across from Hannaford Supermarket
CVS
2982 U.S. 9
Conveniently located on U.S. Route 9, across from Hannaford Supermarket