Antiques close to NYC
February 18, 2012 5:58 PM   Subscribe

Where can I go get antiques on a day trip out of NYC?

We have rented a zipcar for the day tomorrow, and want to leave the city to do something random. I have been looking for a good rocking chair for a long time, so I was hoping we could go in the direction of good antique shopping. Someplace also near a park that would accommodate a quick hike would also be fun. Charming towns a plus. Can you suggest a direction for us to drive?
posted by ch1x0r to Travel & Transportation (12 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Red Bank, NJ - exit 109 off of the Parkway, about an hour south of NYC. Has a few antique shops (can't vouch for how good they are; but I know people who have gotten nice things) and probably meets the charming town definition. If you want to hike, you should go to Hartshorne Woods in Middletown (approx 10 minutes away).
posted by tommccabe at 6:08 PM on February 18, 2012 [2 favorites]

Drive north! Cold Spring is the perfect destination, about 90 minutes away, charming, on the Hudson, cool shops and restaurants and great antiquing.
posted by thinkpiece at 6:09 PM on February 18, 2012

Warren st in Hudson NY has about 20 antique stores and terrific restataunts and coffee shops. It's a wonderful train ride or about 2 hrs in the car. (take the taconic, don't speed).
posted by shothotbot at 6:16 PM on February 18, 2012

Seconded Cold Spring - on the main street in town I think there's at least 3 antique stores alone, plus other neat quirky shops & restaurants.
posted by firei at 6:16 PM on February 18, 2012

Seconding Red Bank! Great stores in a very cute town.<
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 6:32 PM on February 18, 2012

Warren Street in Hudson for sure. The stuff is crazy expensive but they have lots of it.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:46 PM on February 18, 2012

I came here to suggest Hudson, but I seem to have been pre-empted....

(And really, don't speed on the Taconic.)
posted by AsYouKnow Bob at 8:08 PM on February 18, 2012

Renninger's can have some great finds, and is within easy driving distance of Amish country
posted by Mchelly at 10:04 PM on February 18, 2012

After living there for a period of time, I'm obligated to mention Hudson, NY. The antique stores are fantastic, but I think the city itself is the attraction. It's a fascinating mix of recent gentrification and families that have been established there for generations. You can also cross the bridge and head into either Catskill or Kingston for some less-expensive antiquing.
posted by oxfordcomma at 10:07 PM on February 18, 2012

From the GW bridge, Nyack is just 30 minutes North on 9W . When you're done shopping, you can easily get to Hook Mountain State Park.
posted by kbar1 at 11:19 PM on February 18, 2012

Gratuitous Hudson links:
Travel+Leisure article
posted by shothotbot at 8:41 AM on February 19, 2012

Thanks everyone! We ended up going to Cold Spring, which was charming but the antiques were more of the old dishes and mirrors sort, not so much serious furniture. No doubt we will try this again though so I'll keep Hudson, Red Bank and the other suggestions in mind.
posted by ch1x0r at 3:05 PM on February 20, 2012

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