No, you are not in horse country, you haven’t travelled far enough (just under 50 miles), though you may think you are with the many dirt roads. Love them or hate them, the dirt roads are a thing here and citizens fight to protect them. Most homes in this private hamlet of about 16 square miles are set back and occupy at least an acre of land if not much more. There is no “town” beyond the strip at Garrison’s Landing with the train platform, and a handful of businesses and offices. Not to be missed for the art/craft enthusiast is the Garrison Art Center, which holds renowned exhibitions, festivals and workshops; the Philipstown Depot Theater occupies the former train station and this community-based center with a mission to connect people and performance affordably has been producing exceptional shows for over 20 years. This is no Waiting for Guffman, there is a serious talent pool living in the area and on display here. And finally, the much-loved Dolly’s Cafe is a welcome spot to enjoy dinner and drinks on the patio overlooking Westpoint and the Hudson. Not at the waterfront but equally impressive, is the Bird and Bottle Inn, which after an extensive renovation has dusted off its 260 year old reputation and is the epitome of chic. Of course, there are many opportunities to explore the outdoors for the nature lover. Be sure to visit the Constitution Marsh Audubon Center, it’s less than a mile hike and leads to a boardwalk into the marsh. There is no on-site parking, so plan to get dropped off. There is also the Russel Wright Design Center at Manitoga which offers tours of the late industrial designer’s modernist home and hikers can access miles of trails, including part of the Appalachian Trail but remember to leave your dogs at home, there is a no pet policy. Last but not least, check out Boscobel House and Gardens. This historic home sits at possibly the most beautiful vantage point along the Hudson. It not only offers tours of the impeccably restored home where kids and adults alike can gain an understanding of what life was like in the 1800s, they hold special exhibits, talks and community events. They are best known for hosting the Cold Spring Farmer’s Market, it’s a magical place to do your shopping and connect with the community.

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