A Day in Kingston, NY

Recently I learned that Kingston was the capital of New York State for one short year, so when I was heading up there for a weekend exploration, I was prepared to see the architecture and the street details much grander than in other places in the area. It turned out, that the historic layer of Kingston is just the surface. Empowered, but not chained by its past, Kingstonians seem to have carved a beautiful island of creativity and emerging culture, not as meticulous and guideline-driven as in Hudson and not quite as charmingly disarrayed as in Beacon. Here’s what I found.

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Clove & Creek (73 Broadway) offers a curated selection of home goods, apothecary, and stationery as well as drip coffee by Parlor
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A collection of apothecary made in-house
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Milne’s At Home Antiques (81 Broadway) offers and eclectic selection of mid-century furniture and unique home goods
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Collection of chess boards at Milne’s At Home Antiques
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Kingston Wine Co. (65 Broadway) is a beautiful indie wine shop with tastings and a wine share program
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Prices are hand-marked directly on each bottle
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South Manor (25b Broadway), a curious shop of new and old books, tea, and gifts
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Municipal map of Kingston waterfront
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Redstart (1 West Strand St), an airy coffee bar & cafe
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Local artist Matthew Pleva is finishing a mural as part of the local O+ festival
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Amusingly, the Italian American Foundation was hosting an annual celebration of all things Italian: with delicious food and some Frank Sinatra

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