Amazing Views. Charming Shops. Farm-Fresh Food. What’s Not To Love?
Easton, NY is a charming little hamlet with a lot to offer visitors of all interests. From its incredible views to its many local farms & businesses, there’s something for everyone in Southwest Washington County.
Plus, Easton is a beautiful place in all seasons! Whether you’re visiting Washington County while it’s a winter wonderland or bursting into bloom, you’ll find plenty of fun things to do in this area. It’s only a short trip from anywhere in the Capital Region, but holds some of the area’s most breath-taking vistas.
So what are you waiting for?
Let’s explore Southwest Washington County near Easton, New York!
A gorgeous drive wherever you’re headed, Easton, NY is the perfect place to spend a day enjoying the beauty of the back-roads. Located halfway between Greenwich and Schagticoke, Easton is home to a variety of interesting places to shop & explore. So let’s check them out!
If you’ve been craving delicious (and affordable!) Mexican food, pop by CASA REYES. If you’re lucky, you may be able to spot their food truck out & about at various events!
Or, for a more farm-fresh taste, visit Borden’s Orchard. They’re well-known for their apple cider, milled right on site, plus their variety of other apple products. And with over 40 varieties of apples growing in their orchard, you’ve got plenty of options to choose from! Late September/early October is the best time for apple-picking, though their farm store is open year-round. Stop by & stock up on cider donuts, in-season produce, gifts & other locally-made products!
Additionally, you can explore the bounty of Tiashoke Farm just down the road! They’re a 4th-generation dairy operation who also run a charming farm store, set in their renovated 200-year-old barn. Check it out to peruse their selection of antique furnishings, rustic decor and more. As they put it, this family-owned marketplace sells “meats, sweets, antiques and local farm treats!” Plus, Tiashoke hosts a number of events throughout the year, as well as tours, hay rides and an autumn pumpkin stand!
If you’re crazy about alpacas (or even just curious), you’ll want to visit Sunset Ridge Alpacas. Their small herd of alpacas produces fine, high-quality fiber in an array of natural colors for fiber enthusiasts, but it doesn’t stop there! They also breed, show & sell their alpacas, and are happy to share their knowledge if you’re interested in learning about this incredible species.
Want an amazing view? Just off the road, you’ll find Easton Library. Simply park, and you can’t miss the expanse of hills, rolling out toward the horizon!
More Interesting Things To Do In Easton, NY
If you’ve always dreamed of your own photoshoot in a field of sunflowers, you’ll want to plan a visit to Herrington’s Pumpkins in early fall! They also sell a variety of fall foliage decor to welcome the season.
Additionally, Easton is home to Easton Mountain Retreat Center, whose many workshops, programs and events offer visitors the chance to “celebrate, heal, transform, and integrate body, mind and spirit.” If you’ve been looking for an LGBTQ+-safe sanctuary, you’ll want to visit this community retreat center created by gay men as a gift to the world.
For a quiet moment of prayer, visit Christ the King Center. A ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany, New York, they offer personal and group retreats, as well as facilities for meetings & conferences. Their tranquil, maintained grounds are also popular for hiking, horseback riding, dog-walking, disc golf & more.
Nearby, you’ll discover the amazingly soft fibers from St. Mary’s On the Hill Cashmere. There, the Sisters have raised Cashmere sheep since 2004, as well as Great Pyrenees Guard Dogs. Their products are available at many local craft fairs & markets!
Wintertime in Southwest Washington County
When there’s enough snow on the ground, Willard Mountain is one of the most popular local hotspots to have a good time! Before you head out, check their website for the most current updates on trail conditions. But, once you’re there, your choices for fun winter activities seem endless!
Unlike many of the larger ski mountains, Willard Mountain offers night skiing & lift riding. Plus, tubes, snowboards & skis to rent and enjoy the mountain during the day!
Or, if you’ve never cut your own Christmas tree, now’s your chance! For the finest trees around, visit Bailey Family Christmas Trees. From after Thanksgiving until they’re sold out (usually after the first weekend in December), you can choose & cut your own tree from their hill covered in beautiful pines! Plus, you can get real, hand-made wreaths of different shapes & sizes for all your holiday decoration needs.
Love Wine? You’ll Love Southwest Washington County
Easton, NY is home to a trifecta of local vineyards, each part of the official New York State Upper Hudson Wine Trail! Through careful selection, several varietals of cold-hardy grape vines have been specially developed to grow in this region’s plant hardiness zone. And, in recognition of these growers’ determined wine-making spirit, Washington County was included in the recently-established Upper Hudson American Viticultural Area!
Taste & stock up on world-class wine, made right here in Southwest Washington County. These small businesses offer an authentic, down-to-earth winery experience, where you can meet the owners, ask your questions as you sample the wine & enjoy the beautiful vistas as you stroll the vineyards.
Pro tip: call ahead to ensure the vineyard will be open when you’re in town. And, if you can’t make it out to the vineyards, keep an eye out for their products at local fairs, festivals & events!
Whether you love red or white wine, the small-batch bottles of Northern Cross Vineyard are sure to please the palate. Plus, you’ll love their tasting room in “Deep Easton,” featuring wine tastings, wines by the glass & bottles to take home.
Nearby, nestled in the rolling hills, you’ll find 2.5 acres covered in 6 varietals of grape vines! That’s South Dominion Vineyard, who runs their winery on a historic 260-year-old farm. Their wine is made from French grapes crossed with wild American ones to withstand upstate New York’s extremely cold winters. They make both red and white wines, and also offer a delicious wine sangria!
Last but not least, Victory View Vineyard‘s estate wines are produced using special northern cold climate grape varietals: marquette, maréchal foch, frontenac, la crescent, lacrosse, petite pearl and melody. Their range of mostly dry red & white wines reflect their vineyard’s unique terroir, including rich soil, southern exposure, sustainable methods & relatively temperate climate!
Want to pick your own grapes for making jellies, jams and wine? Time your visit right, and you can pick a variety of grapes & berries right from the vine at Ives Hollow Vineyard.
Want More of Southwest Washington County?
We’ve barely scratched the surface of all the incredible things to see, taste, and explore within Washington County, New York!
We know you’ll have a magical time shopping and exploring all that this charming region has to offer! From the beautiful scenery to the friendly people, this is a great place to visit any time of year. So come on down and see for yourself why Southwest Washington County is the perfect place to make memories that will last a lifetime.