With the change in seasons, and weather practically made for sweaters, warm drinks, and relaxing nights in, weekend getaways are becoming more and more appealing. The Hudson Valley, just an hour or two outside of New York City, makes for the perfect destination. The region’s food, drink, and art scenes, already burgeoning, are growing stronger all the time, with urban artists and artisans setting up shop in towns like Rhinebeck, Bloomville, and Tivoli. With a short car or train ride, it’s possible to feel worlds away from the rush of the city.

Below are some of our old and new favorites to make the most of a Hudson Valley getaway this Fall:

Where to Eat:

Liberty: The Liberty Public House in Rhinebeck has something for everyone. Located in a historic building at the center of town, the lovingly restored tavern offers two separate dining rooms, a subterranean lounge, and a speakeasy-reminiscent bar (the bar itself is crafted from a 1976 sloop that formerly sailed the Hudson river). The food is farm to table and hearty, the beers are local, and the walls are covered in memorabilia and Americana of all kinds. 6417 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck, NY; libertyrhinebeck.com

Table on Ten: Table on Ten, in Bloomville, NY, is a cafe, restaurant, and gathering place for local farmers, artists, and New York City transplants. The food is light, delicious, and served all day – from house made granola in the morning to wood-fired, thin crust pizzas at night. And if you can’t tear yourself away, Table on Ten offers three chic and comfortable rooms above the restaurant, for rent on a nightly basis. All the rooms are full of light and outfitted with local, handmade furniture – a testament to the artisan atmosphere in Bloomville. 52030 Main Street/Route 10, Bloomville, NY; tableonten.com

Peekamoose: After years at some of New York’s finest restaurants, including Le Bernardin and Gramercy Tavern, Peekamoose’s owners, Devin and Marybeth Mills, wanted to be closer to the farmers and butchers that supplied their menus. The restaurant, located in a country farmhouse in Big Indian, NY, showcases their commitment to local, organic cuisine, and the menu changes daily to highlight all that the region’s farms and gardens have to offer. 8373 State Route 28, Big Indian, NY 12410; peekamooserestaurant.com

The Corner: Located in the seriously chic Hotel Tivoli, The Corner brings a bit of Lower Manhattan to Tivoli, NY. The cuisine is Mediterranean, using locally sourced meats, produce, and dairy and a few high-end imported items. The cocktails, designed by the team at Employees Only, all utilize fresh ingredients as well – perfect for an upstate getaway with a taste of home. 53 Broadway, Tivoli, NY; hoteltivoli.org

Where to Stay:

Roundhouse at Beacon Falls: Home of Dia: Beacon, an exciting, avant garde museum, the town of Beacon, NY is transforming from industrial to artistic. The Roundhouse Hotel is capitalizing on this change and bringing its own injection of cool to Main Street. The hotel offers spacious rooms with slate floors and plenty of light, as well as a burgeoning restaurant and bar scene, meant to capture the lively local scene. The 19th century building, perched on the Fishkill River, makes for a truly soothing and authentic getaway. 2 East Main Street, Beacon, NY; roundhousebeacon.com

Bedford Post Inn: While it may be located south of what most consider the true Hudson Valley, the Bedford Post Inn is an excellent choice for a truly luxurious escape – and a quick trip from the city. This eight-room inn founded by actor Richard Gere has its very own Yoga Loft, plus two distinctive, award-winning restaurants (both operated by Chef Michael White, of Marea and Ai Fiori here in NYC). The mood here is rustic elegance – all the rooms have working fireplaces and all beds are covered in Frette linens (the same that are found at Soho and Tribeca Grand). The Inn’s Yoga Loft draws highly regarded instructors and offers daily workshops, as well as private sessions. 954 Old Post Road, Bedford, NY; bedfordpostinn.com

Where to Explore:

Overlook Mountain: A hike at Overlook Mountain in Woodstock, NY has much more to offer than a stunning view. Across the street from the trailhead, you’ll find a beautiful and authentic Buddhist temple, seemingly transplanted from the mountains of Tibet. For another dose of history, halfway through the five-mile hike rest the eerie, beautiful ruins of the Overlook Hotel, built on the mountain in the 1820s. Part of the Catskill Mountain Range, a trek up the 3,140-feet summit should take around three hours. 335 Meads Mountain Road, Woodstock, NY; information at hikethehudsonvalley.com

Jack Shainman Gallery: The School: The Jack Shainman Gallery may be in Chelsea’s gallery district, but their new 30,000 square foot space in Kinderhook, NY is proof that the Hudson Valley has artistic clout of its own. The School is a former high school covered into a multi-purpose gallery, which was restored and designed by Spanish architect Antonio Jimenez Torrecillas. In addition to the gallery and exhibition space (the former classrooms and gymnasium) The School sits on five acres of land, ripe for sculpture and site-specific exhibitions. The space made its debut in May with an exhibition and performance by Nick Cave, so it’s safe to say Kinderhook is a making a name for itself in the cultural world. 25 Broad Street, Kinderhook, NY; jackshainman.com

Sawkille: For the past 15 years, the artisans and woodworkers at Sawkille, in Rhinebeck, have been making hand built, farmhouse modern furniture. Their in-house designed tables, chairs, credenzas, and beds are strikingly purist and modern – grabbing the attention of designers and decorators across the region (Martha Stewart honored Sawkille with her American Made award). This is rural, American craftsmanship at its finest, stripped of excess and filled with contemporary cool. 31 West Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY; sawkille.com

Flowerkraut: Floral design shop Flowerkraut is generating some serious buzz among New York stylists and florists, and it’s easy to see why. Their custom designs are created with flowers locally grown in and around the Berkshires and Hudson Valley, making for rustic, authentic, and beautiful creations that New York City florists would struggle to match. As the name suggests, Flowerkraut also sells a full range of lacto-fermented vegetables (local, of course) – a charming and off-beat addition sold alongside candles, ceramics, and paper goods, all sourced from New York-based, sustainable collectives. 722 Warren Street, Hudson, NY; flowerkrauthudson.com

– Francesca Giacco