When it comes to classic, small-town charm, Cold Spring’s boutique-lined streets and riverfront views rival that of a New England postcard. Whether you’re seeking an adventurous day trip to summit Breakneck Ridge followed by a hearty, celebratory dinner, or you’re planning a weekend getaway to relax and explore, here’s a glimpse of what quaint Cold Spring, NY has to offer.
Where to Stay in Cold Spring
The river views at Hudson House River Inn can’t be beat. This historic hotel features 11 rooms and two suites, each with views of either adorable Main Street or the Hudson. Though the Hudson House has operated as a hotel since the early 1800s, the landmark inn has evolved with changing times, and now offers modern amenities like high-speed WiFi, luxury bath products, and private guest parking. Plus, there’s an on-site restaurant and tavern with an award-winning wine list.
Further down Main Street you’ll find Pig Hill Inn, a bed and breakfast with nine guest rooms thoughtfully appointed with antiques; some even feature romantic fireplaces or rustic wood stoves, too. Pig Hill’s dedication to creating a cozy retreat is amplified with the option for in-room massage therapy.
Where to Eat in Cold Spring
Begin your day with a casual brunch at Hudson Hil’s Café and Market. Their farm-to-table menu features breakfast classics—think omelets, French toast, and savory dishes—with ingredients sourced from organic New York State farms and other local purveyors when possible. Or, stop in for lunch to nosh on gourmet salads or flavorful sandwiches like the quinoa black-bean burger, fig grilled cheese, or salmon BLT.
In the evening, indulge in French cuisine at intimate Brasserie Le Bouchon. Start with a French onion soup (duh) before moving on to buttery steak frites, or try the rich cassoulet with a glass of full-bodied red wine.
Cathryn’s Tuscan Grill has been a Cold Spring staple for more than 20 years, offering contemporary Italian fare like sautéed Guinea hen with prosciutto and foie gras, house-made pastas, and all-seasons oysters. Dine al fresco in their garden terrace during warmer months.
If none of these options tempt you, check out our list of best restaurants in Putnam County for other nearby restaurant suggestions.
What to Do in Cold Spring
Cold Spring has long been synonymous with antiquing. While those treasure-filled antiques shops remain, a variety of boutiques have added multifaceted character to Main Street. Cold Spring General Store offers a mélange of goods and gifts ranging from handmade housewares to candles and soaps by local artisans to local craft beer.
At the Cold Spring Apothecary, you’ll find an assortment of natural remedies, skincare, and beauty products; there’s even a full-service spa on site. Swing sells high-end, designer clothing for women and children. Old Souls offers touristy tees, hats, and other items promoting Cold Spring, as well as gear for the outdoors. You can even sign up for guided fly fishing trips in the Catskills here, giving you a head start on your next getaway.
Magazzino Italian Art is Cold Spring’s can’t-miss 20,000-square-foot museum showcasing postwar and contemporary Italian art. Magazzino, which translates to “warehouse” in Italian—a nod to its industrial architectural presence, offers free admission and occasionally hosts artists talks, film screenings, and other events.
If the day’s too lovely to spend inside, browse outdoor artifacts and explore trails at West Point Foundry Preserve, a former industrial park that manufactured some of America’s first steam engines, locomotives, and Civil War-era cannons.