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Lower Hudson Valley Holiday Gift Guide

Now through New Year’s Day, New York’s Lower Hudson Valley sparkles with the sights and sounds of the holiday season, with festive shop windows, stunning art galleries, eclectic shops and a plethora of diverse restaurants that make the region a foodie destination. On the west side of the Hudson River, just across the Tappan Zee Bridge, Rockland County is a unique mix of scenic waterfront villages offering fine dining, antique and novelty shops and the perfect antidote to the monotony of retail mall madness. Shop for distinctive, hard-to-find gifts and experiences for everyone on your list with some of these local finds.

Ned Kelly & Company

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Ned Kelly & Company, Piermont, New York

With hand-painted fabrics, Bernadaud china from France, Egyptian cotton towels, exquisite floral designs and select art and furniture pieces, this purveyor of fine goods in Piermont strives to ensure that patrons “live well at home.” Ned Kelly, the floral designer for Peter Xaviar Kelly’s acclaimed restaurants, also provides complete wedding decor and design, including lighting and quality linens. Located on Piermont Avenue, the village’s main commercial street, visitors also can enjoy lovely Hudson Valley water views and fine area dining after shopping for unique home goods.


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Karenderya, Nyack, New York

Treat a loved one to a unique culinary experience this holiday season that will transport you to Southeast Asia without ever checking a bag. Named one of Esquire magazine’s “best new restaurants in America” for 2018, Karenderya is a homey Filipino eatery owned by husband-and-wife team Paolo Garcia Mendoza and Cheryl Baun in Nyack. According to Mendoza, who grew up in the Philippine’s capital city of Manilla before moving to New York when he was 15, the menu is a blend of Indo-Malay, Chinese and Spanish flavors with a dash of Indian. The casual mom-and-pop restaurant, based loosely on the affordable, roadside eateries of the Philippines, offers both traditional and modern Filipino dishes, including Chicken Tocino, chicken marinated in pineapple juice and brown sugar; Pork Ribs Sinigang, pork ribs in sour tamarind broth, bok choy, long beans, served with rice; and unique desserts like Halo-Halo, Filipino shaved ice. Gift certificates are available, and reservations are accepted for groups of six or more.

Antiques Masters

Antiques Masters, Nyack, New York

The historic Hudson Valley has many fine antique shops and galleries that buy, sell and appraise furniture, jewelry, art and other collectibles. Poke around Antiques Masters, a Nyack staple since 1995, specializing in American and European antiques, furniture, art, lighting fixtures and restoration. Owner Mohamed Mahmoud has turned his love for antiques and commitment to personal attention into one of the premier antique shops and refinishing services in the area. Visitors will find an array of unique gift ideas, home décor treasures and inspiration.

Piermont Straus

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Piermont Straus, Piermont, New York

For the fine art and literary aficionado in your life, visit Piermont Straus, a gallery, foundation and specialty bookstore celebrating the natural beauty, history and culture of the Hudson River valley. Located in Piermont, New York, 15 miles north of Manhattan, the cozy storefront specializes in one-of-a-kind and limited-edition, artist-made prints, paintings, pottery, woodworking, textiles, jewelry, sculpture and an array of plants in unique, handmade earthenware. The vision of award-winning photographer Laura Straus, this magical find now represents more than two dozen artists, offering an ever-changing, sophisticated selection of treasures to explore that capture the spirit of a creative mind. The gallery is open on weekends or by appointment.

Edward Hopper House Museum and Study Center

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Edward Hopper House Museum and Study Center, Nyack, New York

This holiday season, give a gift that can be enjoyed year-round while benefitting arts education in Hudson Valley public schools: a membership to the Edward Hopper House Museum and Study Center in Nyack, New York. Hopper, widely acknowledged as one of the most important painters of 20th century America, was born in Nyack, and his restored residence is on the National Register of Historic Places. Memberships, which can range from $35 for seniors to $70 for an entire household, offer exclusive benefits including unlimited free admission, 10 percent discount in the museum shop, discounts on museum programs and invitations to member-only events, exhibits and programs.


Orange County’s Hopewell Farm Home to One of the Oldest Barns in the United States

Hopewell Farm Ellis Sotheby's

Built in the mid-1780s, Hopewell Farm — also known as the John I. Crawford Farm — is a well-preserved example of an early Hudson Valley farm, and remains a landmark in Crawford, New York, the town named for its founding family.

Looking for a weekend retreat, with tons of historical charm and significance? And a barn that may be among the oldest in the country?

Hopewell Farm in Orange County’s Crawford, is on the market for $695,000.

Built in the mid-1780s, Hopewell Farm — also known as the John I. Crawford Farm —  is a well-preserved example of an early Hudson Valley farm, and remains a landmark in the town named for its founding family.

Now on seven acres, the five-bedroom, three-bath main house features wood-hewn beams, wide-plank floors and a large hearth-style fireplace with a mantel imported from England. But, there are modern necessities such as updated bathrooms and kitchen.

Built by Crawford’s son Jonathon, who served in the Revolutionary War, the home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Continue reading on Rockland/Westchester Journal News.


A Home for the Holidays

As Perry Como famously sang, “There’s no place like home for the holidays.” The holiday season is a time to come together with loved ones to celebrate the season of joy and make lasting memories. It’s a time when a home is transformed into a gathering place for love, laughter and cheer. Explore our distinctive collection of lower Hudson Valley homes with holiday-inspired spaces because “for the holidays, you can’t beat home, sweet home.”

536 N. Broadway, Upper Nyack

A Sanctuary for Life and Work: 536 N. Broadway, Upper Nyack

Truly a unique find, this majestic, artful stone carriage house is a secluded sanctuary featuring a colossal, 9,000-square-foot open floor plan, 11-foot ceilings, polished concrete radiant-heated floors and Italian marble baths. The main level offers a cozy living room with fireplace, open kitchen, dining area and family room. A contemporary staircase leads to an upper-level platform library with built-in book cases and exposed-beam rafters, four bedrooms and two baths. The lower level, which features a separate entrance, is ideal for recreation, work or an artist’s space.

Wonder Falls, 503 N. Broadway, Upper Nyack

503 N. Broadway, Upper Nyack

Wonder Falls, 503 N. Broadway, Upper Nyack

Known as Wonder Falls, this whimsical and artistic property is situated on 3-plus acres and 325 feet of Hudson River shoreline. Featuring an 80-foot waterfall and five wading ponds, this home is reportedly the site where Henry Hudson anchored his ship, Half Moon, on his famous trip up the river. There are cantilevered decks, atriums, multiple levels and surprises at every turn. Created with stone, marble, jade, quartz, glass, stainless steel, mahogany and teak, this one-of-a-kind home features numerous patios, skylights and more. Just 50 minutes to New York City, this ultra-private home is a destination like no other.

Tuxedo Park

Patterson Brook Carriage House, Tuxedo Park

Dating to the 1800s, the gated, Gilded Age enclave of Tuxedo Park (best known as the place where the term “tuxedo” was coined for men’s formalwear) is known as a playground for New York’s affluent and home for those seeking a quiet respite, outdoor recreation and a tightly knit community surrounded by stunning woods, parks and private lakes. The Patterson Brook Carriage House, an original Wagstaff Carriage house circa 1896, is a masterpiece completely rebuilt in 2008, with attention to recrafting key elements of the original design and architectural details. Unique features include a converted former horse stable and two garages with radiant heat and 15-car capacity, providing exceptional spaces for showcasing a fine automobile collection. It also could be a studio for musicians and artists.

Hopewell Farm, Crawford, New York

Hopewell Farm, Crawford, New York

Now you can own a piece of history or, perhaps, a bed and breakfast just 90 minutes from Manhattan. Built in the mid-1780s, historic Hopewell Farm – also known as The John I. Crawford Farm – is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and considered to be one of the best-preserved farms from that era. It remains an iconic landmark in the town of Crawford, named for its founding family. Built by Crawford’s son, Jonathon, who served in the Revolutionary War, the charming five-bed, three-bath home features the unique architectural details of a smokehouse, carriage house and barn. It may be the oldest surviving barn in the United States.

Montgomery, New York

Montgomery, New York

Expansive retreat on 38 acres, Montgomery, New York

Paul Teutul Sr., star of the “Orange County Choppers” and “American Choppers” television series, is selling his expansive Orange County, New York, estate. Its massive garage and farm often were featured on the reality shows.  This one-of-a-kind retreat is nestled on 38-plus private acres with stunning vistas. The main three-bedroom, two-and-one-half bath, log cabin-style home features a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, wrap-around porch and custom in-ground pool. Multiple patios are equipped with Viking grills. They are surrounded by a koi pond, waterfalls and a one-acre, self-feeding pond stocked with fish. For car and biking enthusiasts, the master mechanic and custom fabricator’s home features a two-story showcase garage with two self-contained apartments for guests, plus another working garage suitable for the most discriminating car aficionado or hobbyist.