By the time visitors place their orders at Julianna's Schoolhouse, they've worked up a fine appetite driving through miles of fresh air to get to the tucked-away bistro. Built before the Civil War, the pink clapboard building is still nestled in a quiet, rural region untouched by the hustle, bustle, and liquefied astronaut food of contemporary life. Inside, however, chefs concoct bistro dishes with a modern twist.
Their eclectic menu spotlights fresh produce, seafood, and herbs and high-quality cuts of steak and chicken, all transformed through classic French-, Italian-, Latin American?, and southern-style preparations. When they're not busy forging homemade chorizo and flatbread, chefs turn their DIY ethic toward desserts, such as a rotating selection of freshly churned ice cream.
Located on the 250-acre grounds of historic Boscobel, overlooking the Hudson River, the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival envelops theatergoers in worlds long past. Its inaugural production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in 1987 carved a path of critical acclaim for it to expand into summer-long festivals, ongoing educational outreach, and artist-in-residence programs. The organization's canon even extends past that of the Bard on occasion: past seasons have taken on The Three Musketeers and Tartuffe.
Sudz Car Wash and Detail Center's three locations transform dirty cars into shiny driveway adornments. During each full-service wash, technicians vacuum the interior, clean the windows from the inside and out, dust the dash, wipe down the doorjambs, and wash the exterior until it's as reflective as an out-of-work psychologist. The service extends to the deluxe car wash, which rewards auto exteriors with dollops of glossy triple polish and clear-coat wax to heighten the finish. An underbody wash sweeps away road grime and a quick gloss of tire dressing straightens the posture of wearied rubber. Finally, staffers scrub out rubber mats and send the car off looking so good that parking meters will offer to foot the bill.
West Point sits within the beautiful Lower Hudson Valley, just a stone’s throw away from lush vineyards and wineries. Package options include a scenic 20-minute ride to Woodbury Common Premium Outlets in Central Valley, where provided coupon books match shoppers with discounts from high-end fashion retailers. Guests can also visit Palaia Vineyards to sample an assortment of wines, soundtracked by live entertainment ranging from musical performances to dramatic readings of cereal ingredients. Just north of West Point in New Windsor, the Storm King Art Center displays a collection of sculptures dating back to 1945 in a colorful woodland area spanning over 500 acres. Some of the valley's best views are found at the Boscobel mansion, an early 19th-century neoclassical estate that sits on a bluff perched above the Hudson River.
Niles Floors & Window Fashions have been outfitting and accessorizing style-starved windows for more than 50 years. Niles' full-size display gallery lets window dressers touch, compare, and tickle an extensive selection of blinds, sheers, shades, shutters, and honeycombs. Experienced window-covering professionals can help homeowners choose from a wide variety of Hunter Douglas products, including classic 30"x54" Country Woods 2-inch treatment ($225+) and 30"x54" Applause Sunterra honeycomb shades ($195+), so that they can enjoy a lifetime guarantee on all internal mechanisms, brackets, and fabric delamination,