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Dutchess County Holiday Gift Guide

With Thanksgiving behind us, let the holiday season commence! Not only is it a wonderful time to visit Dutchess County, it's also the perfect excuse to share what the Hudson Valley is all about. Gifting can be easy this year, with our Dutchess County Holiday Gift Guide. We're forunate to have an abundance of high-quality, handmade, local products right at our doorstep. Share your favorites with family and friends this holiday season - they won't disappoint! 

Drink More Good

We can’t get enough of what Drink More Good is mixing up. Hand-crafted products include soda syrup concentrates, tea and tisane concentrates and bitters. Their unique flavors will enhance soft drinks to cocktails, transforming your holiday bar menu. The best part is, they’re using locally sourced and organic ingredients. Their mission is simple: global impact through local success – now that’s something we can get behind! Syrup concentrates start at just $12.99, making the perfect gift or stocking stuffer!

Hudson Valley Marshmallow Company

Nothing screams winter more than a hot toasted marshmallow on the fire, or a big ol' mug of cocoa to warm you up, which is why we're excited to add the Hudson Valley Marshmallow Company to our gift guide this year. These guys are crafting up handmade marshmallows, graham crackers and hot chocolates perfect for the holiday season. Mix and match your own, or purchase one of their pre-made gift baskets for that special someone.

Taconic Distillery 

When in doubt, gift a nice bottle of booze! Taconic Distillery is crafting up award-winning bourbon and rye whiskies. Each is made in small batches using the finest ingredients. Visit their tasting room in Stanfordville, and stock up for the holidays. Nothing warms you up like sipping on a nice glass of bourbon or whipping up a festive holiday cocktail. Enjoy a staple with their Bourbon Whiskey, sweeten things up with Maple Bourbon, keep it classy with Rye or escape the cold with Rum - there's soemthing for everyone's taste! 

Dutchess Handmade Pop-Up Shop

Here in Dutchess we're all about supporting our local business, and we'd love for you to join us in that initiative! There are so many individuals in the Hudson River area with unique talents and beautifully crafted products. Dutchess Handmade is a local pop-up shop at Arts Mid-Hudson offering locally made glass, jewelry, greeting cards, textiles, paintings, home decor, and more! The shop will run through December 19th, open Monday - Friday from 9:30AM-5:30PM and Saturday 10:00AM-3:00PM. They will stay open late (until 7:00pm!) on December 6th and 14th. 

Oliver Kita Chocolates

Who doesn’t love to indulge around the holidays? Oliver Kita is an artisan chocolatier offering up some of the most delicious confections in Dutchess County. Whipping up everything from organic and vegan chocolate bars, to unique and seasonal flavors, Oliver’s creations are the perfect compliment to the holiday season. With prices ranging from decadent hot chocolate at $10.25, up to the luxurious 64-piece Gold and Onyx Escallier at $160, there’s truly something for everyone! Looking to send a show stopping corporate gift? Oliver Kita is even customized gifts for businesses all over the United States. Browse the selection today!

Millbrook Winery

Wine is always a classic gift around the holidays. Millbrook Winery offers up a variety of wines perfect for all occasions. Looking for a delicious red, ideal for pairing with holiday meals? Then try out the Hunt Country Red – a dynamic blend that pairs wonderfully with food and happens to be a favorite among customers. At a cost of $18 a bottle, it won’t break the bank. For those wine enthusiasts, take a step up to the Chardonnay Proprietor’s Special Reserve. This versatile white is sure to please, and coming in at $25 per bottle is a great option. And what’s a holiday season without a little bubbly? Grab a bottle of the Brut Proprietor’s Special Reserve for those extra special holiday moments. At $28 per bottle it will add an extra special touch to ring in the New Year!

Soukup Farms Maple Syrup

Talk about family run - Soukup Farms is a third generation operation pumping out some incredible maple syrup and speciality products. Not only is it a great gift, incorporate maple into your holiday meals this season. And we're not just referring to breakfast, think maple roasted carrots and glazed salmon, or ice cream toppings and maple flavored frosting - it's the perfect seasonal ingredient! Visit the farm or order online here.

Romantic Getaway

Some may wonder, now that the leaves have fallen what is there to do in Dutchess? Well the answer is a lot! The colder months are perfect for touring the Gilded Age mansions, cross country skiing, enjoying a special meal, or just cozying up with the ones you love most! Treat your special someone to a dreamy Hudson Valley getaway this holiday season – and if you’re lucky, maybe you’ll even get a little dusting of snow to add to the romantic setting. A few of our favorite places include Hotel Tivoli – a modern twist on a century-old building tucked within the historic and quaint town of Tivoli. This town will have you truly feeling disconnected from it all. We also love the Olde Rhinebeck Inn – this early American-style farmhouse has been updated with modern amenities, all while keeping a rustic and romantic vibe. Snuggle up by the fireplace and enjoy delicious breakfast and snacks provided by the innkeeper. The Roundhouse is a gorgeous boutique hotel is the perfect setting for a quiet escape, while still allowing you to enjoy the bustle of Main Street Beacon. The grounds provide beautiful views of the Beacon Falls, and is walking distance from several great restaurants, Dia:Beacon and holiday shopping. And lastly, be some of the first to enjoy the newly open Brinckerhoff Inn. This historical luxury boutque inn is offering an intimate, one of a kind experience for guests. And book now to get 10% off published rates now through Nobemver 30th. Also, if you stay between November 24th and December 23rd, the Brinckerhoff Inn will do your gift wrapping for you - now that's a good deal if you ask us!

The holiday shops and events featuring artworks from local artists is in full swing! In addition to the Arts Mid-Hudson Dutchess Handmade Pop-Up, here is a list featuring work by local artists:

Mid-Hudson Etsy Makers Holiday Pop-Up: Saturday, December 1st from 11:00AM-5:00PM at the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon. 

Work:Shop Winter Market: Saturday, December 8th from 10:00AM-6:00PM and Sunday, December 9th from 11:00AM-5:00PM at Wickham Solid Woo Studio- 578 Main Street, Beacon. Shop handmade items by local artisans in a lofty woodworking studio in an old factory with 20 vendors and a cafe to stay for lunch!

Holiday Craft Fair at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center: Saturday, December 15th from 11:00AM-4:00PM highlighting over 100 Hudson Valley local vendors!

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