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The Bird & Bottle Inn Charms With History and Fine Dining in Garrison


Garrison’s 260-year-old, 5-room inn has finally reopened its doors after two years, thanks to co-owners Marjorie Tarter and Brendan McAlpine. (The couple also own two Beacon businesses on Main Street: Wonderbar and Hudson Valley Marshmallow Company.) The Bird & Bottle Inn—once a stagecoach stop and tavern conveniently located between West Point, the Fishkill Supply Depot, and the North Redoubt (a temporary fortification) in Garrison— is a gorgeous retreat and restaurant ideal for dining with friends and family or for hosting private events.

dining room

If you’re looking to stay over, the circa-18th century rooms were given a modern makeover; each room has a bathtub, and a few have sitting nooks or porch access. Throughout the inn are nods to its history including displays of Revolutionary War lithographs and old maps. You’ll also find a portrait of Emily Warren Roebling, a Cold Spring native whose family home was the Bird—she was also a main figure in the building of the Brooklyn Bridge (her husband was the chief engineer and when he fell ill, she assumed the role of his correspondent and guided the bridge’s construction).

two chairs and books

The restaurant, open for dinner Wed–Sun (reservations recommended), features a cozy main dining room with olive green booths, a central fireplace, and wallpaper reminiscent of the Hudson River School—and offers mains such as duck pappardelle, spring pea risotto, and short rib with polenta.

bar and fire place

Adjacent to the dining room is the tavern and lounge where you can order small plates of charcuterie, flatbreads, and more. Coming soon: weekend brunch and outdoor seating along the Indian Brook.

fire place and dining table

123 Old Albany Post Road, Garrison

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week is back this April 8-21!