One of my absolute favorite places to visit at least once a year is the artisan village of Sugarloaf in Chester, NY. My mom has followed the work of some of the veteran presences here since they came in the 1970's and early 80's, while new shops pop up all the time and mostly integrate well into the fabric of the existing village aesthetic. Here are some of my favorite places to visit in Sugarloaf!
Photographer Nick Zungoli has a way of capture the Hudson and Delaware Valleys at any season like no one I've ever seen. His autumn images in particular are positively transportive. A "do not miss" place.
Mary's body of watercolors is extensive and ever-evolving. She has some subtle, linear nature scenes that reminds me of Japanese calligraphy, while many of her large abstract paintings present a warm scaffolding.
The pottery of the Boswell family is divinely beautiful and runs the gamut from more traditional pieces to some edgy, more contemporary ones. I wanted to buy all of the blue and green pieces--- they were simply stunning.
The Candle Shop.
THE place to go for traditional, homemade candles, which are sold several sizes and dyed in an array colors. While most of the candles are unscented, you can purchase them in one scent, and they are absolutely lovely. I bought a pair of deep mustard colored tapers which look amazing in our dining room.
The plethora of natural, handmade soap options here will boggle your mind. If you can't make a trip up to Sugarloaf, you can order Rosner Soap on-line or head out to Greenport to the White-Weathered Barn, a 2014 CVG Star winner.
The New Kids on the Block.
Visiting this store is a little like stepping inside a physical Etsy boutique. There are a host of homemade gifts, jewellery, etc. by various craftswomen. A funky little place worth stopping at!
Laura's Sweets Specialty Cupcakes.
I adore this place. Their cupcakes are simply amazing, especially the seasonal offerings which rotate.
18th Century Furniture and Three French Hens.
In addition to their adorable chickens which roam about the streets of Sugarloaf, this place has a beautiful, airy feel to it (which is good because it's filled to the brim with amazing furniture ---both custom pieces and antiques--- home goods, and handmade children's clothes and accessories). This is a great place to do your holiday shopping, especially for the trendy little ones in your life.
While you're in the area, be sure to drive south in to the old, pretty town of Warwick as well as Pine Island (which is not in fact an island). I regret not taking pictures of Pine Island but hope that if your travels take you into this region you will take a brief detour here, as rich color of its soil makes for some truly unusual and beautiful scenery. Click here and you'll see why.