Best Restaurants to Try on Hudson Valley Vacations

Hudson Valley is a charming area known for its vineyards, artworks, breathtaking landscapes, waterfront villages, orchards, and farm-to-table restaurants. Many people plan Hudson Valley vacations to take advantage of the four-season activities, whether that’s hiking, cross-country skiing, rock climbing, or just wanting to escape to a peaceful atmosphere. Since there are many activity-based things to do in Hudson Valley, it’s smart to find the right fuel for your daily treks. We’ve come up with a list of the best local restaurants that are within minutes of Minnewaska Lodge that feature versatile types of fare. Keep reading to see what kind of food will spark your interest during your stay! 

Mountain Brauhaus

One of the most popular local Gardiner, NY, restaurants, is the Mountain Brauhaus, which features, you guessed it, authentic German fare. The restaurant has been thriving for over 60 years and features a full menu for lunch and dinner. Dishing up everything from Wienerschnitzel to Bratwurst, Bavarian Pretzels, Reuben Strudel, and even vegetarian options, you won’t leave hungry. They also feature a variety of local Hudson Valley ciders, crafted German brews, and a range of wines from all over the world.

Cafe Mio

During your Hudson Valley vacations, walk into a welcoming farm to table atmosphere at Cafe Mio where you can share a decadent dessert with your loved one while sipping on a delicious peppermint mocha. The cafe uses locally sourced ingredients. The menu has everything from omelets to french toast, salmon cakes, burgers, corned beef, and even fried Nantucket scallop sandwich as well as serving wine and beer! 

John Fazio Farms Barbecue

During your stay in the Shawangunk Mountains and you have a hankering for mouthwatering delicious barbecue, well, you’re in luck! John Fazio Farms Barbecue features slow-cooked BBQ with a savory homemade signature barbecue sauce! In addition to fresh barbecue, you can also order tacos, shrimp, duck, and specialty brick oven pizzas.  


Located in New Paltz, NY, Huckleberry features upscale pub fare in addition to being a hot spot for cozy cocktails and craft beers. Start with their honey & sriracha wings or sweet potato fry appetizer, then order up a round of fish tacos or try a grass-fed burger!

La Charla Mexican Restaurant

If you have warm tortilla chips and salsa on the mind, La Charla in New Paltz, NY, beautifully presents Mexican fare in a friendly inviting atmosphere that will hit the spot. The food is rich in flavor as well as being aesthetically pleasing, which will be great for that foodie Instagram photo you’ve been dying to take on your Hudson Valley vacations. Of course, they also feature the best margaritas in town! 

A Tavola Trattoria

One of the best parts of visiting the upscale Italian restaurant A Tavola Trattoria in New Paltz, NY, is the knowledgeable and lovely servers that will walk you through the menu options. Perhaps you’re in the mood to try an Italian wine, ask your server for a recommendation; you won’t be disappointed. The atmosphere is where modern meets rustic, features the best pasta in town and has mastered the art of Italian cuisine.