Where to eat and explore around Ghent

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Planning to visit Art Omi in Ghent? Look at these sites, shops, and restaurants to sustain your day trip in the Hudson Valley.

Art Omi is a favorite among the burgeoning art community in the Hudson Valley. The outdoor sculpture and architecture park features more than 120 acres of large-scale imaginative works by artists from all over the world. Art Omi displays more than 60 pieces for visitors to admire; The Art Center updates its artwork on display annually, so there is always something new to discover.

This Hudson Valley hot spot is the perfect place to appreciate art in the midst of nature, but the adventure need not stop at Art Omi. Check out these places nearby for a full day of eating and exploring.


Borden Pond and Conservation Area

Just 10 minutes from Art Omi, this nature site is the perfect way to continue your day in the great outdoors. Although there is no pond anymore as the name suggests, the area is full of character, with a wetland and a small stream surrounded by lush greenery. Take a walk through the trails and enjoy beautiful views of the Catskills to the sound of birds chirping in the trees.

takonic sculpture park

If you haven’t filled your stats for the day, head to this hidden gem off the Taconic State Parkway. It’s impossible to miss, with a 19-foot-tall head of Gaea up the hill, gazing into the valley below. This legendary sculpture garden features works inspired by Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Native American mythology, created by sculptor Roy Canuit. Visitors can climb to the top of Mother Nature to witness the amazing view from her perspective.

I love apple farm

With vast orchards full of fresh fruit, you can spend an entire day at Love Apple Farm on your own. The farm is open year-round, welcoming visitors to pick baskets of apples, berries, peaches, and other seasonal fruits. After your basket is completely filled, browse the market for a selection of kitchen essentials, hand-poured soaps, specialty foods, and more. Before heading to the next spot, swing by the bakery to indulge in homemade baked goods, made from scratch every morning.

Hudson Chatham Winery

Just five minutes from Art Omi, this great winery is the perfect place to slow down your day a bit. Run by alumni of the Culinary Institute of America, Hudson Chatham Winery offers a carefully thought-out wine tasting experience with perfectly paired sips and charcuterie. Take a tour of the vineyard or relax outside and enjoy the stunning views of the valley.

Crandell Theatre

Film and history buffs will feel right at home in this art hub in central Chatham. This historic site is the oldest and largest single-screen movie theater in the District of Columbia, showing a variety of films from thought-provoking documentaries to the latest Hollywood blockbusters. Grab some popcorn and settle in for an afternoon of entertainment inside a lively piece of history.


Old 1811 antique shoppe

Found in the oldest building in Chatham, this antique shop is a treasure trove of antique goods to be explored. Originally built in 1811 and restored in 2007, the shop is filled with curiosities over 50 years of collecting by owners Francis and Jane Villette. Entering the store is like stepping through a portal to the past, where visitors can spend hours sifting through antiquities and oddities. Before you head back to the present, check out artisan prices like hand-knitted clothes and silver jewelry reused by local artists.

eat the food

People’s Pub

After a day of adventure, you are sure to satiate your appetite completely. Enter: The People’s Pub. Instead of a pub-style bar, here you will find a great community restaurant with a varied and sophisticated menu. Start with sautéed cauliflower and follow with grilled pork or salmon. Sip a literal cocktail and watch the magic come together in the open kitchen.

Bartlett house

Just minutes away from Art Omi, Bartlett House is a pillar of the community in Ghent that visitors won’t want to miss. Built in 1870, this former railway hotel has been converted into a cozy and inviting restaurant where local chefs, bakers, and farmers collaborate to deliver an incredible culinary experience with every meal. The café serves delicious meals made with the freshest Hudson Valley ingredients that will have you planning your next visit before you finish the last bite.

Chatham Grill

Craving some grub after an eventful day? Look no further than Chatham Grill for classic American comfort food to satisfy your grumbling stomach. This spot is known for its meatloaf and burgers, but the menu covers everything from Atlantic salmon to delicious burritos to roast duck. Mix up whatever your heart (or stomach) desires and think about a day you spent well.

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