Maybe you don’t get everything you want this holiday weekend, or maybe you end up with a few extra bucks to spend. Either way, now is the time to indulge — you know, before year’s end when we all choose to “resolve.” So here are five small (but delicious) ways to treat-yo-self this week before the official conclusion of celebration season.
418 Main St, Beacon
Consider cake; you are treating yourself, after all. For this we refer you to Ella’s Bellas, found on Beacon’s Main Street, which bakes up some mighty fine cupcakes in addition to mini bundt cake creations, specialty cakes, cinnamon rolls, cookies, and assorted other desserts. Whatever it is you end up with, it’s guaranteed to be just the right amount of moist, crumbly, and (guess what?) gluten free.
3091 Rte 28, Shokan
17 Tinker St, Woodstock
We don’t know about you, but the first thing that comes to mind when we think about giving ourselves a little something-something is chocolate (duh). If you feel the same, Fruition Chocolate — based in Shokan, with another retail shop in Woodstock — could be the treat for you. Made in small batches, the folks behind Fruition are slow roasting and stone grinding a special selection of cocoa beans to create artisanal chocolate products, like the award-winning Hudson Valley Bourbon Dark Milk bar, that we can’t get enough of.
It’s not apple season per se, but luckily, cider producers across our part of the state are still pressing enough sweet stuff to keep us satisfied all winter. One of our favorites? Sundog Cider, handcrafted up in Chatham and available at locations throughout the Hudson Valley. It’s made from a blend of apples that’s fermented with Champagne yeast (and pressed using 100 percent solar power!) to create a sugar-heightened cider with just enough sour notes to keep you sipping. Plus, a 750mL bottle will be cheaper than most wine or a selection of something harder, so why not pick some up on the way home?
Sold throughout the Valley (Check website for exact locations)
947 S Lake Blvd, Mahopac
In the spirit of, well, holiday spirits, stop into Dish Bistro in Mahopac to sit and sip on a choice cocktail (or two). Though known for its excellent farm-to-table fare, energetic dish designs and delightful wine pours, this spot also mixes a mean cocktail menu with selections that are sure to please even the most discerning of imbibers. You could easily ask for any classic cocktail, or try one of the seasonal selections, but we’d advise ordering something crafted by the brains of the house.
107 Pondfield Rd, Bronxville
Not a fan of sweets (or maybe you over did it with the Christmas cookies)? We got you. Head over to Dobbs & Bishop Fine Cheeses in Bronxville, where you’ll find an immense selection of cheeses (over 175!) that you can pick up and try this season. Whether you’re in the mood for a funky local blue, a fancy type of Brie, or just a good chunk of gouda, the knowledgeable staff will help you pinpoint just the right curd for you. As an added bonus, the shop carries top-notch charcuterie and breads, too.