Wine, food, and fun in Marlboro

Lots to do close to home

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010

Marlborough is the home to great wine and food:

Gravitational wines


Stephen Osborn and Kimberly Wagner, owners of Stoutridge Vineyard, may have advanced degrees in chemistry, but on the weekend wine tastings, Osborn is all showman, giving his pitch for the vineyard’s natural wines. “America is used to Coolwhip. What happens when they taste real whipped cream,” says Osborn of his product. Stoutridge is a gravity winery—no pumps or filters are used. They do minimal chemical processing. Because they are more sensitive to the temperature changes that wines can be subject to during shipping, all the wines are sold exclusively at the winery. The impressive winery contains about 20,000 square feet of space, including the production area and the storage barrels.


Stoutridge Vineyard

10 Ann Kaley Ln.

845-236-7620.

11am-6pm, Fri-Sun


Old time flavor


A slim strip of sidewalk is all that separates the Raccoon Saloon
from 9W traffic, but like most of the places we visited along the highway, the Saloon feels like a sanctuary, a public pub that does indeed have an air of and old-time saloon, with a second-floor balcony running the length of the building façade, and rooms upstairs (the rooms here are not for rent, but the owner’s children apparently sometimes crash there.)


The pre-revolutionary building was once known as the Pleasant View Hotel. Situated on the edge of a cliff, the views from the back windows are more than pleasant, they are spectacular, with a waterfall and treetops rolling outward, and glimpses of sailboats on the Hudson River. My partner Steph and I ate out on the small open porch with our 10-month old son Mack. It wasn’t quite lunch and not quite dinner, so we split a veggie burger (recommended by Richie from the Gomez House) and sweet potato fries, along with a side of sauteed onions. They even had old-time root beer soda. The burger was real veggies and very tasty, if a little on the mushy side. The onions and the fries were excellent. We enjoyed our snack, which came to about $20 with a glass of wine and tip. The menu includes flank steak, grilled chicken breast, filet of salmon, and more, and gets rave reviews. Entrees run around $20.


Raccoon Saloon

1330 Rte. 9W

845-236-7872

Open Mon-Thu 11am-9:30pm; Fri-Sat 11am-10pm; Sun Noon-9:30pm


Soaring above the falls


After outgrowing the musical gatherings he hosted on his nearby property for years, Tony Falco created the Falcon out of an old button factory on 9W in Marlboro to continue to present live jazz to the public. The building sits on the edge of Marlboro Falls, once used to power the factory. The main floor of the building has also functioned as a roller-skating rink, a community center, and a cabinet factory. Now it’s a must stop musical destination for jazz appreciators and bands alike. The Falcon is known for jazz, but also welcomes blues, rock, and contemporary chamber musicians.


Falco, who has a head of long, curly grey hair that goes well with his mellow, friendly disposition, is a man who loves to repurpose objects. In converting the space he opened up the ceilings to expose the beams. He removed all the old ceiling planks, planed them, and reinstalled them on what was now a cathedral ceiling.


He crafted the bar from an old shuffleboard table. He added two levels of deck overlooking a stream using large painted I-beam girders and naturally weathered wood, complementing the old industrial space. The structure manages to create an oasis despite being hard on 9W.


Shows are always free. Visitors are encouraged to give what they can in a donation box and everything goes directly to the musicians.
Gallery spaces on the main floor and the level below present the work of artists and photographers from NYC and throughout the Hudson Valley.

 

The Falcon

1348 Rte. 9W

845-236-7970

 

Other places we could not get to in our afternoon:

Raspberry Fields Farm, LLC

Makers of artisan granola

601 Lattintown Rd.
845-236-2551

   

Glorie Farm Winery

40 Mountain Rd.

845-236-3265

 

Weed Orchards

Apple festival Oct. 10 & 11

Pumpkin festival Oct. 16 & 17

43 Mount Zion Rd.

845-236-2684

 

Marlborough resources:

meetmeinmarborough.com

 

Marlboro Free Library

1251 Rte. 9W

845-236-7272

If you enjoyed your virtual trip through Marlborough, check out another great town: Saugerties.

 

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