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How to Spend a Saturday on the Cold Spring Riverfront


Use this sample itinerary to plan a perfect weekend of dining, shopping, and strolling in the Hudson Valley’s lovely waterside town.

If the Hudson Valley is a day-tripper’s paradise, then Cold Spring is an absolute wonderland. With cozy cafés, riverside views, and artisanal shops, the waterfront town delights visitors and locals alike. Browse through our guide before you make a visit to town, then get exploring! If you find any hidden gems while you’re out and about, be sure to tag us @hudsonvalleymag on Instagram.

9:30 a.m. – Grab breakfast at Hudson Hil’s Café & Market

This cheerful café opens early for breakfast and lunch and features fresh ingredients from local Hudson Valley farms. The market includes New York cheeses, baked goods, jams and jellies, grass-fed beef, and even coffee and teas. If that sounds like the makings of a fantastic picnic basket, Hudson Hil’s agrees. It has partnered with Boscobel House in nearby Garrison to provide the favorite picnic destination with sandwiches and salads, snacks, sweets, and drink options for guests who’d rather not pack their own baskets. Which is actually a great idea….

129-131 Main St

Wed – Mon 8 a.m. – 4 p.m 

11:00 a.m. – Pop over to Dockside Park

It’s on the far end of West Street, right by the water, and it is gorgeous. Take a blanket, books, board games, a Frisbee, or whatever else you feel like toting along and just enjoy the glorious sunshine for a few hours. Soak up some rays right on the Hudson. Whenever you get hungry enough, bust out the provisions you oh-so-wisely picked up from Hudson Hil’s after breakfast.

34 West St

Caroline Kaye | courtesy of Moo Moo’s Creamery

12:30 p.m. – Post-park ice cream at Moo Moo’s Creamery

You’re already there, since the park is literally next door to Moo Moo’s. You’d be a fool not to head in for a little delicious, high-quality, homemade ice cream (or a lot of it). Moo Moo’s rotates between 16 different varieties daily, but check the website to see the close to 100 popular flavors it can make. You can even order off-menu if you have a special request in mind!

32 West St

Sun 12 – 9p.m., Mon – Thurs 1 – 9:30 p.m., Fri 1 – 10 p.m., Sat 12 – 9:30 p.m.

2 p.m. – Walking audio tour of the West Point Foundry Preserve

Open dawn ‘til dusk, the Foundry Preserve offers both a lovely hike along the Hudson and the benefit of being an open-air museum of sorts for the ironworks that once supplied artillery to West Point. The exhibits are fascinating on their own, but for the full experience check out www.foundrytour.org from any web-enabled device for a full audio-visual tour as you walk through the site. Give yourself a good two hours to explore.

68 Kemble Ave
Open year-round

Photo by Kate Walsh

4 p.m. – Antiquing on Main Street

Cold Spring is known for its antique shops. On your way back into town for supper, take a little time to peruse the local antique stores and curio shops that line Main Street. The Cold Spring Antique Center is a great place to stop and smell the musty pressed roses.

77 Main St
Open daily 10 a.m.
 – 6 p.m.

6 p.m. – Dine in town

This is your improvisational portion of the evening. The natural beauty of Cold Spring’s parks and trails is matched only by the beauty of so many wonderful restaurants. While there’s something for everyone – Asian, Italian, Latin, cafes, bistros, and even a few standard chains – some of our favorites include Riverview (classic American, wood-fired pizza, pasta, seafood, and some solid dessert choices), Cold Spring Depot (comfort food served in a converted 1893 train depot), and Doug’s Pretty Good Pub (don’t let the name fool you, this tongue-in-cheek pub offers “burgers,” “not burgers,” and “fried things” that are all solid picks, as well as a rotation of more than thirty beers on tap, about half of them brewed right here in New York).

Jennifer Zwarich | Courtesy Cold Spring Film Society

Dusk – Movie night with the Cold Spring Film Society

We’re always suckers for a good outdoor movie. Head on back to Dockside park jus as the sun’s going down and take in a free Saturday evening film. (Get there earlier if you want better seats.) The Cold Spring Film Society is a non-profit with the mission statement of “fostering good will, community fellowship and appreciation of the moving image arts by screening enjoyable films in local venues.” Recent selections have included Stand By Me, Rushmore, Song of the Sea, Psycho, and The Italian Job (the original); a little something for everybody.

34 West St

Did we miss a spot? Let us know where to go to find the best of Cold Spring in the comments or by email at edit@hvmag.com.

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