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Holiday Planning and Entertaining: A Guide to Celebrating


The most wonderful time of the year is upon us. It’s time to gather with family, friends, and colleagues to celebrate all the joy that comes along with the season. The Hudson Valley is brimming with options, so pick a destination and start planning.

Adams Fairacre FarmsBasque TarrytownBenjamin SteakhouseGino’s Restaurant The Meat WagonMillstreamSmoky Rock BBQSunflower MarketTaste NY Todd Hill

Impress your guests with culinary delicacies: Adams Fairacre Farms

Adams has been offering farm-fresh food since 1919 when Ralph and Mary Adams purchased 50 acres of farmland in Poughkeepsie. In 1933, they opened their first roadside farmstand. Adams grew to include locations in Poughkeepsie, Kingston, Newburgh, Wappinger, and Middletown. Beyond its award-winning catering, Adams offers gourmet cheeses, hand-cut meats, and other culinary delicacies that are sure to make any occasion memorable. Browse our stores for specialty candy, chocolates, and gift baskets, and pick up colorful flowers for a festive table. Visit adamsfarms.com for more information and to find the store nearest you.

Adams Fairacre Farms
Locations in Kingston, Newburgh, Poughkeepsie, Wappinger, and Middletown

Experience authentic cuisine from Spain: Basque Tapas Bar Restaurant

Restaurateur Benny Castro created the original Basque in the village of Piermont, NY in 2018, featuring authentic cuisine from Spain, including an array of Spanish tapas, unique Paellas, Sangrias, and a full selection of Spanish wines. The second Basque location opened in Tarrytown, NY in 2022 with both locations focused on quality and hospitality in addition to authentic Spanish fare. Discover modern and enduring Spanish classics, such as its famous Paellas that introduces a real Paella to customers — how it should be made with Valencia rice and baked to perfection with a multi-textured blend of moist, chewy, and crispy caramelized rice. Both restaurants have received official certification from Spain as an authentic Restaurant from Spain. As walk-in restaurants where diners can feel at home, never rushed, reservations are only required for groups of six or more.

Basque Tarrytown
61 Main St
Tarrytown, NY

Basque Piermont
587 Piermont Ave
Piermont, NY

Deck the halls with decadent dining: Benjamin Steakhouse 

The holiday season is here and there’s no better place to celebrate than at Benjamin Steakhouse. This local favorite offers prix fixe menus that ensure a truly decadent dining experience. Every year, this steakhouse decks its halls with seasonal décor to get people into the holiday spirit. A crackling fireplace, comfy heated patio, and touches of tinsel combine to create a cozy, festive setting. Whether you’re looking to host a holiday party in a private room or have a more intimate dinner, the elegant winter wonderland at Benjamin’s Steakhouse is the place to start planning.

Benjamin Steakhouse
610 Hartsdale Rd 
White Plains 

Feast on traditional southern Italian fare: Gino’s Restaurant

The coziness of the winter season is ideal for celebrating and enjoying delectable food. For traditional southern Italian fare in a relaxed ambiance, plan your gathering at Gino’s. This Italian-American restaurant traces its roots back nearly 50 years. At the helm is Gino who immigrated from Italy to Brooklyn before settling in the Hudson Valley. The dishes at Gino’s are made with love from superior ingredients that are imported from Italy or sourced locally. Gino’s can accommodate intimate dinners or groups of 15 to 20, so create your ideal guest list and let Gino’s handle the rest.

Gino’s Restaurant                 
1671 Rte 9
Wappingers Falls

Indulge in the delectable flavor of locally sourced meat: The Meat Wagon

The Meat Wagon is a whole-animal butchery, which specializes in pasture-raised and locally sourced meat. From custom cuts to sausages, this meat destination has it all. It offers a selection of delectable deli meats, including smoked ham, roast beef, salami cotto, and pastrami. It also boasts a variety of ready-to-eat meals such as lasagna, baked ziti, Rotisserie chicken, beef stew, and chicken soup. Visit The Meat Wagon at the Midtown location or give them a buzz at 845.383.1906. 

The Meat Wagon
331 Hasbrouck Ave


Feast on classic dishes, waterfront dining: Millstream

Millstream features locally sourced farm cuisine. Its full craft bar and tavern fare is offered in a newly renovated space in a mill house that dates back to the 1700s. Classic dishes include steak au poivre, seasonal risotto, and fresh fish. Guests can opt for outdoor dining on the Sawkill Creek in seasonal weather or indoor eating in a sunroom overlooking the water. Millstream’s setting is ideal for casual dining and elegant celebrations. On Thursdays, it offers a fried chicken special and half-price bottle of wine and features a Jazz Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. The tavern also offers off-site catering for those who want to host at home and on-site private parties and weddings.

114 Mill Hill Rd

Treat your guests to the Original NY-Style BBQ: Smoky Rock BBQ

Enjoy a winter weekend at our Original NY Style BBQ with friends, family, or colleagues. With passion, we crafted our own authentic recipes, rubs, and artisan flavors highlighted through exclusively wood-smoked meats that you will find at our location in the Village of Rhinebeck. With a variety of packages for both in-house dining and take-out, we work to personalize your experience. At Smoky Rock, our barbecue provides an exceptional experience that will leave your guests in awe.

Smoky Rock BBQ
6367 Mill St

Shop a family-run store that takes pride in its food: Sunflower Market

Since 1978, Sunflower has run on a vision to provide employees with career opportunities while feeding and nurturing a community with passion for what we’ve curated. After 45 years we’re proud to continue to be an independent, family run organization with the goal of creating a safe and welcoming space to shop and grow!

Sunflower Market
75 Mill Hill Rd

24 Garden St

Explore an agritourism oasis: Taste NY Todd Hill

Taste NY Todd Hill market is an oasis on the Taconic Parkway, located 10 miles north of I-84, offering grab-n-go snacks, coffee, delicious sandwiches, ice cream, and specialty groceries and textiles. All products are sourced from New York State small farms and businesses. Our friendly staff can point you to your agritourism destination on your next trip to the Hudson Valley. Stop in and step out at Taste NY Todd Hill

Taste NY Todd Hill
4640 Taconic State Pkwy

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