Visiting Cold Spring
Grab a Bite:
In the mood for a picnic lunch? Try the Cold Spring Cheese Shop, which has to-go options that include homemade mac n’ cheese, and even a mini cheese board if you’re looking for something a little different, or The Main Course (just a few blocks off Main Street) for a variety of takeout sandwiches, salads, and entrees.
For sit-down dining, you’ve got several tasty options. Try Cathryn’s for rustic Tuscan-style Italian, Riverview for seafood and pizza (plus, you guessed it, a river view), or Brasserie Le Bouchon for traditional French fare and a bottle of wine or two.
Craving something a little lighter? Try Sweet Harvest for a smoothie or acai bowl, with lots of vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free options.
Wanting to add to your wardrobe? Stop into Poor George (vintage and new clothing for the whole family, homewares and gifts), Wynono & Co (in-house millinery and vintage clothing), Doucette (trendy boutique with adult and children’s clothing and accessories by a local designer), or Paulette (European-chic clothing, accessories) which even has a mini café inside.
Cold Spring also offers quite a few specialty stores, that are perfect for finding a special gift or souvenir. Pop by Split Rock Books for a thoughtfully curated selection of books for all ages, Pink Olive for stationery and whimsical gifts, Supplies for Creative Living for inspiring art supplies, and Old Souls for a plethora of lifestyle and outdoor gear options.
Need an afternoon pick-me-up or a cozy drink to stay warm? Thankfully, there are multiple options for coffee and tea up and down Main Street, including the Cold Spring Coffeehouse (coffee, tea, and delicious homemade pastries).
It’s always a good idea to verify store hours ahead of your visit or make reservations at restaurants if available, as hours often change seasonally and can be affected by inclement weather. We would suggest contacting any businesses you are interested in visiting directly for the latest information.
Less Crowds, More Parking:
Cold Spring is a popular tourist destination for visitors from the surrounding tri-state area, and on weekends year-round it can get very busy in town. For a quieter visit, we would suggest stopping by mid-week, when there is generally more parking available and the sidewalks are less crowded.
For outdoor activities, gear up and hike one of the gorgeous trails accessible from the village via car or on foot, such as the Washburn Trail up Bull Hill (a strenuous hike, but with magnificent views of the river), Cornish Trail (through the ruins of the old Cornish Estate), or Fahnestock State Park's kid-friendly loop around Pelton Pond.
Trails maps are available at Old Souls or the Fahnestock park office on Route 301. Outdoor excursions do require planning ahead, so please check for weather advisories and take heed of all safety notices and precautions before heading out.
If you plan on making a whole long weekend out of your visit to our area, we’d suggest booking a room at a local B&B or Inn.
Hudson House offers suites with views of the river, plus complimentary breakfast with your stay at their lovely in-house restaurant, so you can start and end your day in Cold Spring all at one location.
Pig Hill Inn is a charming little B&B located in an ivy-covered, 19th century building just steps away from some of the most popular shops on Main Street.