Marlborough, the county’s southernmost Hudson River town is a historic farming community. First settled in the 1600s and established as a town in 1788, its two hamlets are dotted with farms of all sizes growing a wide variety of goods.
Known for its wineries, the town is home to four distinct, award-winning farm wineries, each offering its own unique experience. Overlooking the Hudson River, the 37-acre Benmarl estate lays claim to being the oldest continually operated vineyard in America. Kedem is widely known for its Kosher wines. Glorie Farm Winery is a boutique vineyard producing an average of 850 carefully crafted cases a year. Stoutridge Vineyards offers wines that contain no sulfites, sugars or any added preservatives, and uses gravity winemaking (no pumps or filters are used). With the land so favorable to growing grapes, and the town such a beautiful place to visit, vintners continue to show an interest in Marlborough, with new wineries set to open soon
Wine isn’t the only thing being produced in this town. To the west, rugged hills with their pristine aquifers fall eastward to form the fertile Lattintown Valley abundant with fruit and vegetable farms. Farm stands and pick-your-own places are easily found starting in Middle Hope, stretching into the hamlet of Marlboro and on into the hamlet of Milton.
On Saturdays (early summer thru fall) the Bounty of the Hudson Valley Farmer’s Market at Cluett Schantz Memorial Park (Marlborough Town Park) in Milton brings the bounty from the field to the table. Visitors to the market will find a variety of activities, demonstrations and free classes, and the park is busy year-round with numerous activities, festivals, shows and celebrations.
While in Milton, drive to the center of the hamlet to find historic buildings, shopping, and the beautiful Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa. The newly refurbished Riverfront Park (which includes a restored 1885 train station and marina) and the Sarah Hull Hallock library are great places to stop to learn more about the history of the area.
Other historic sites and buildings include the Lattintown Baptist Church and the Gomez Mill House and Museum, the oldest Jewish dwelling in North America.
The hamlet of Marlboro is a great place to experience the charm of a small town. Visit Art from the Heart Gallery for a variety of artwork and hand-made jewelry or stop by Comparetto Bakery for traditional Italian treats. Food choices are numerous, but try not to miss local favorite, the Raccoon Saloon located in a building dating to the mid-1800s. Complete the visit by catching a show at The Falcon, a music venue attracting world-class jazz and blues performers.
Families looking for outdoor fun can head to Cluette Schantz Memorial Park for fishing in their two ponds or a stroll over their walking trails. The dock at Riverfront Park in Milton is another great place to try to reel in some fish. The Hudson Valley Sports Dome, where a myriad of sports and fitness activities take place, both in-doors and out, year round is another terrific spot to check out while here.
Whether its art and entertainment, culinary delights, health and fitness, or rest and relaxation, Marlborough has it all.