The Falcon is cool. Nestled in Marlboro, it’s one of those places that you visit for the ambiance just as much as you do for the art or the music. The main space is decked out with a 3,500 sq ft floor, a lengthy stage, and more musical instruments than you can count. The gallery space, meanwhile, showcases works from artists and photographers from the Hudson Valley and beyond. Then there’s the barroom, made entirely from recycled materials, the underground taproom and beer garden, and the Avalon Archives, an onsite rock and roll art installation built into the taproom space.
With so much to do in one spot, The Falcon is an essential destination for both Hudson Valleyites and visitors to the region. Of course, if you’re planning a trip to the Marlboro hub for a rocker concert or blues band show, why not make a day trip out of it? Check out our picks for nearby eateries and overnight venues in the region, then get ready to groove in town.
Where to Eat
1348 Rte 9W, Marlboro
If you’re running late to the concert, don’t fret. The Falcon serves dinner, cocktails, and brunch at its New York Taproom and Beer Garden. When the weather cooperates, grab a seat outside to dine next to the scenic Marlboro Falls. Otherwise, settle into a spot in front of The Falcon Underground stage to chow down on the elevated bar fare. Keep it light with brie and brandied apples or spicy rib bites. Otherwise, opt for a heartier entrée like the shrimp mac and cheese, made with gorgonzola, cheddar, and parmesan, or the sweet and spicy burger, loaded with cherry peppers, jalapenos, roasted garlic, and cheddar cheese. Don’t forget about the drinks either. The beer and wine list features a number of New York sips, including Keegan Ales’ Hurricane Kitty IPA and nearby Glorie Winery’s Cabernet Franc.
1 King St, Marlboro
Just down the road from The Falcon lies Perch, the sister restaurant to Cold Spring’s Cathryn’s Tuscan Grill. The dinner-only eatery is the perfect pre-show locale, thanks to its nearby location and cozy, locally flavored menu. In terms of cuisine, appetizers and entrees run the gamut from Italian-inspired Fazio Farms burrata and pappardelle pasta with pulled rabbit meat to southern grilled shrimp grits with Quattro Game Farm bacon and baby back ribs coated in a soy-ginger-chili glaze.
1330 Rte 9W, Marlboro
Open daily for lunch and dinner, Raccoon Saloon is an excellent choice for families and large groups who need a spot of grub before a concert. The old school spot specializes in Americana comfort food fare at affordable price points. Don’t pass up on the hamburgers, which regulars rave are some of the best in the Valley. Get them with a side of perfectly crisped sweet potato fries for a no-frills dinner that will leave you dreaming about a return trip.
1441 Rte 9W, Marlboro
If seafood is calling your name, look no further than Ronin Sushi. Only a few minutes’ drive from The Falcon, the seafood eatery dishes up all the rolls and noodle dishes you crave. Take a peek at the Chef’s Special menu, which includes fun twists like the Rock N Roll, a blend of tempura shrimp, avocado topped with snow crab and eel sauce, and tobiko. If noodles are more to your taste, pick and choose between udon and soba noodles that are either stir-fried or submerged in a comforting broth. Get them with chicken, beef, shrimp, or seafood for an extra dose of protein.
Where to Stay
Airbnb: The Glass House
It’s no sprawling mansion, but that’s not the point. This micro home is beloved by visitors for its serene atmosphere and escape from everyday life. The abode has stellar reviews; at press time, 82 guests had given it an average of five out of five stars. It’s also been featured in The New York Times, The Today Show and Forbes, which declared it “The World’s Most Beautiful Tiny House.” Although it’s completely private, the pint-sized property still boasts creature comforts like WiFi, air conditioning, and a working kitchen. In other words, it’s a dream for a couple’s weekend getaway after an evening concert in town.
Bed & Breakfast: Danskammer House
5 West St, Marlboro
Once a private residence to a local mercantilist and later a village doctor, Danskammer House in its current state holds five guest rooms, an open lounge, a dining room, and multiple outdoor patios and gardens. After jamming out to jazz or R&B at The Falcon, retreat back to a charming room at Danskammer for an overnight in the Valley. Rooms draw inspiration from Hudson River School painters and the surrounding environment, so guests can transition seamlessly between indoor and outdoor living. In the morning, wake up to breakfast in the Downing Garden Room, then stick around for afternoon tea before you head back home.
Lodge: Saint Hubert’s Club & Lodge
626 Lattintown Rd, Marlboro
Nestled on 165 acres of rolling greenery in Marlboro, Saint Hubert’s Lodge at Guarino Farms is a treat for anyone who longs for a luxurious, secluded retreat. After the concert wraps, mosey on back to The Lodge, which melds Adirondack campground vibes with upscale hotel standards. Hunker down in front of the crackling fireplace, play an evening game at the billiards table, or dive into the heated pool before retreating to one of the log cabin-esque suites. If you choose to extend your stay into the next day, take advantage of the onsite hiking and biking trails or bring your gear to go fishing in one of the nearby ponds.
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