Sunshine Colony: Livingston Manor, NY
From Meg McNeill, owner of Livingston Manor’s Drinking Upstream, a new wine bar called Sunshine Colony opened its doors on Main Street in January of 2020. Find a thoughtful curation of wines and spirits by the bottle and glass (many of them sustainable, organic, and/or biodynamic), alongside local craft beers and small bites (among them caviar toast and fondue) in a warm and inviting bar with a custom stained-glass window and a color palette evocative of orange wine and rosé. In warm weather, patrons dress up and arrive in groups to enjoy drinks on the front patio, facing Main Street – or gather in its sweet, lush backyard. Go for the thoughtfully curated selection, stay for the company.
B-Line Ice Cream: Narrowsburg, NY
Located in the Narrowsburg Union in Narrowsburg, B-Line Ice Cream opened as a pop-up in summer 2020, and they are back this year from June to Labor Day, showcasing their house-made, small-batch ice cream flavored with fresh seasonal fruit, nuts, chocolate and spices and sweetened with honey from their own beehives. The brownie sandwich is a favorite.
High Voltage’s Creek Bar: Mountaindale, NY
Behind Mountaindale’s High Voltage Café, a woodland clearing alongside a creek is home to the aptly named Creek Bar. Opened in mid-2020 and pitched as “the perfect place to chill out while responsibly social distancing,” the concept has staying power. Nostalgic, bohemian, and strewn with sheepskin rugs, get craft beers, ciders wines and cocktails from the bar in a renovated vintage Air Stream, and grab a picnic table bench to enjoy grilled kielbasas and other al fresco-friendly staples from the High Voltage menu to go.
The Dale: Mountaindale, NY
A happy balance between Italian restaurant and outdoor biergarten (complete with vintage Bavarian beer hall tables perfect for groups), meet Mountaindale’s The Dale. At this relatively new spot in Mountaindale, fermented, “wild crafted” sourdough pizza and bread are the headlining event, paired, naturally, with a wine list of organic and biodynamic wines, “cheeky” Italian cocktails and a range of beers.
Jeffersonville Bake Shop: Jeffersonville, NY
In a grand, millennial-pink manor on Jeffersonville’s main stretch is Jeffersonville Bake Shop. The appearance of its towering displays of fresh-baked sweets, savory treats, coffee and hot chocolate for dine-in or take-out and its Alice-in-Wonderland-esque decór are show-stopping, but with dough made in house, its croissants are as good as, maybe better than, its Instagrammable moments. They also do grab-and-go wraps and more for lunch.