Berry Picking Near Me!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Winter is over! Yay!  Berry season is just beginning and some would say the king of berries, strawberries, are the first to show up each year and if you haven’t experienced visiting a local farm and picking your own at a strawberry picking farm you’re missing out on one of life’s simplest and sweetest joys.

Wash and dry them and set them in a single layer on a tray to freeze so they keep their shape until they’re frozen enough to fill freezer bags. This will extend your joy throughout the year. Smoothies, pie, pancakes….the possibilities are endless.

Not far behind the delectable strawberries are raspberries, red and black. That’s black raspberries, a whole different animal than blackberries, of which I personally am not a fan, but black raspberries are my absolute favorite. You can find them growing wild if you’re lucky! We used to pick them when we were kids and eat them with milk and sugar. Yum! They’re not nearly as familiar tho to a lot of our guests as the much bigger blackberries are, but I love them so much, I planted my own bushes and you’ll see some of my harvest from our bed and breakfast in the photo below. Don’t they look amazing?

Just after the raspberries come the longest lasting summer berries, the beloved blueberry! So delicious and so good for you! And there’s no comparison to the ones you get at the supermarket! You can see some of our own mixed in the black raspberries below. Our bushes have just about doubled in size this year. They say it takes 6 years for a blueberry bush to really produce!

green leafy bush with red and blue blueberries

Our own blueberry bush!

Chances are, if you come for a visit to Amenia, NY you’ll be enjoying some of the “fruits of our labor” for breakfast! Hope to see you soon!

Fresh red strawberries spread out on a cookie sheet

Strawberry Harvest Ready for Freezer

bowl filled with black raspberries and blueberries in a white paper towel

Our very own black raspberries and blueberries


Explore the Bash Bish Falls.

The Berkshires comprise large tracts of wilderness noted for its beautiful natural scenery.

If you’re looking for a nice easy (about 1.5 miles) hike to head to this Spring, Summer or Fall, the dramatic Bash Bish Falls is the tallest single-drop waterfall on the New York/ Massachusetts border Bash Bish Falls

There are so many hiking spots near this Amenia B&B and we’ve only just touched the tip of the iceberg, but Bash Bish is one that we kept hearing about and it didn’t disappoint! It starts out as an easy slightly uphill trail thru the woods. If you have small children with you, you’ll need to keep them close because of the steep drop to one side where the water from the

Two side by side waterfalls lake and people standing on rocks watching

Bash Bish Falls

falls runs thru. As you approach the top it opens up into a beautiful double sided waterfall. You can climb down the stairs to get close.

You’ll want to stop for lunch at Dad’s Diner in Copake


Country Living Fair Rhinebeck NY

optometrist lenses filled with nostalgic greeting card photos displayed on table

Optometrist lenses made beautiful

I’m so happy that Spring has finally arrived (on the calendar at least) but the warmer days and sunshine can’t be far behind! So it’s time to think about the fun and exciting variety of yearly events that are held at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds May 31- June 2nd 2019 in Rhinebeck NY!  It’s just a 40 minute drive thru the lovely and picturesque countryside and stunning farms along the route from Hilltop House here in Amenia to the fairgrounds. One of my very favorites is the Country Living Fair! click here  Some call it junking!  Making good of cast-offs is good for all of us; it produces less trash in the long run. Orange sign in field parking lot says Country Living FairThe pendants above are made from old optometrist lenses–“do you see better now? how about now? and now?”–with nostalgic images secured inside. We made the photo big so you could see how wonderfully involving they are.

Different colored antique tureen lids displayed on wall

antique soup tureen lids

This photo above, shows a whimsical wall decor of pottery lids which have lost their bottoms long ago. I always thought that the lids were the first to break, “Auntie Em, I love these sweet potatoes, oops! Hot lid! Sorry.” but someone somewhere pulled all of these beauteous pieces together and they made for a compelling display.brown and white soup tureen lid on white table And you know, there’s money to be made in them thar lids, even if you don’t have a bottom seeking cover, they’re very handsome just on the wall (come to think of it, I wonder if any of those were used for chamber pots?).

There is so much to find and be inspired by in Dutchess County and nearby Massachusetts and Connecticut. You’ll find a little piece of heaven here waiting for you here in one or all of our Hudson Valley towns. Come on up and see us! click here



Lion Rock Farm Annual Garden Show 2019

Trade Secrets, a rare plant and garden antiques show, is a yearly Spring time event held at beautiful Lion Rock Farm in Sharon Connecticut. Located just over the New York border, the event is held to raise funds for Women’s Support Services, a non-profit that assists victims of domestic violence.

After hosting many guests here at Hilltop House that come back year after year to attend this event, I decided it was time to go and check it out for myself.  Well, to say that I was pleasantly surprised would be an understatement! Featuring over 60 vendors and artisans you’ll be sure to find something you just can’t live without! Trade Secrets is packed with every beautiful thing you could want for your garden, from rare plants to antique garden furniture and art to hand made pots and planters, topiaries and so much more.

Below you’ll see just a  sampling of some of the lovely things you can find at this amazing garden show.

Make sure you bring cash or checks because they aren’t set up for credit cards.

May 18&19.  For additional info click here



garden show market with a wicker bike
wicker bike!
handmade mossy pots on market table
handmade mossy pots
garden furniture under tent on grass
garden furniture
 floral wall art is made with tiny beads on antique table
This floral art is made with tiny little jewelry beads!
 planters with small varieties of succulent plants
metal garden chair with succulents planted in seat
Creative succulents
tents in grass field with baskets and antiquesA nice way to spend a Saturday in May! So if you love all things garden, mark your calendars for next year. It’s just 8 miles from us and we’ll hold a room for you!

tents in field with shoppers and plants