There’s a particularly dreamy spot in Ulster County where the Sawkill Creek ripples quietly through the rolling grounds of the Woodstock Golf Club. The location is a perfect sliver of Catskills living, with the serenity of nature, the beauty of the Hudson Valley, and the shoppable attractions nearby all rolled into one idyllic destination. It’s here, at the very entrance to Woodstock proper, that Millstream resides.
As the newest inhabitant of the dining space at the Woodstock Golf Club, Millstream reawakens the location with a fresh concept and the farm-to-table fare upon which the Hudson Valley thrives. The restaurant is one of the numerous offerings by Shale Hill Hospitality Group, the brand behind The Dutch, Shale Hill Events, and Windmill Wine & Spirits in Saugerties, to name a few. With Millstream, it keeps to its hyperlocal roots to offer a refreshed, delectable take on country club dining in the Hudson Valley.
“The location is phenomenal,” enthuses Dallas Gilpin, who works closely with operating partner Jennifer Oz LeRoy, to manage Shale Hill brands. “The original mill wheel is there.”
In fact, that mill wheel is part of what attracted Dallas and her husband, Ted, both history lovers, to the 1700s millhouse space. Although they weren’t looking to open a new eatery when a friend of theirs mentioned the location to them, a visit to Woodstock revealed a spot that was brimming with potential.
“It was a diamond in the rough,” Gilpin observes. “That location on the water is heavenly. It just needed some love.”
Located at the fork of West Hurley and Mill Hill roads, the old grist mill has an interesting history. From 1788–1925, it was the Woodstock Country Club Mill, and was used to process flour. After its closure, the Woodstock Golf Club (founded in 1929) purchased the structure, but left it relatively unused. For a brief period in 2019–2020, it served as the Provisions Restaurant & Pub.
In true Shale Hill fashion (remember The Dutch renovation, anyone?), the Gilpins commenced a gut renovation beginning in December 2020. The overhaul required a complete kitchen update and the construction of a new bar, but the effort was well worth it. A handful of months later, Millstream was ready to open in the Hudson Valley.
Since opening, Millstream has become a hub for fine dining with an approachable twist in the Hudson Valley. Not only does the eatery reside at a prime location at the entrance of Woodstock, but it also delights as soon as visitors step foot onto the grounds. Diners have a choice of eating in the 80-seat dining room, a serene space with blond wood tables and expansive windows, or outdoors overlooking the creek. There’s also a NYC-vibe bar with gold-accented globe lighting, where you can sip wine, a local spirit, or a signature craft cocktail such as the apricot margarita (tequila, apricot liqueur, pineapple, and lime) or the Black Manhattan (rye, amaro, and orange bitters).
As far as the menu goes, there are delectable options aplenty whether you go for brunch, lunch, or dinner. Lunch is available Tuesdays through Fridays, with dinner Wednesdays through Sundays, and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
If lunch is what you seek (perhaps after a round of golf?), keep it classic with the chicken salad club sandwich on a nine-grain bread or jazz things up with the salmon panzanella salad made with olive-oil poached salmon and sourdough croutons. When the dinner hour rolls around, dive into the vegan spaccatelli with cashew ricotta and preserved lemon pesto or treat yourself to the pork chop with bourbon peach maple glaze and roasted broccolini. For dessert, save room for the peach and rosemary hand pies with sweet cream.
In the area for brunch? Savory diners will want to sink their teeth into the shakshuka or biscuits and sausage gravy, while lovers of all things sweet will swoon over the brioche French toast. Don’t forget an order of grilled asparagus with romesco, crispy shallots, and toasted almonds for the table.
Beyond its regular offerings, Millstream is also a hub for food-related happenings throughout the Hudson Valley. It’s a regular participant in Hudson Valley Restaurant Week (mark your calendar for October 30 through November 12) and offers a special menu for Thanksgiving as well. Jazz and bluegrass brunches are a regular occurrence here, so follow along with the restaurant’s Instagram for the latest event updates.
Plus, for those who would prefer to dine from the comfort of home, Millstream makes gourmet dining easy with its online ordering program.
Throughout it all, a dining experience at Millstream upholds the values that Gilpin and her team value most.
“We have a core set of passions,” she explains. “One is being in a historic space. Two is a love and passion for local, high quality food in a different way. Three is the space being very well cared for, thoughtfully planned, and decorated. It’s the best experience from the moment guests walk in the door.”
114 Mill Hill Rd, Woodstock