Hike the Hudson Valley and Beyond

Among the many reasons that people visit and stay here with us at Hilltop House, hiking would probably be one of the top three, and the Hudson Valley, with it’s numerous waterfalls and majestic mountain views and trails offers an array of choices from easy to strenuous and everything in between for seasoned and beginners alike. One of the few that we’ve been lucky enough to visit is  Dover Stone Church just ten miles south from our  bed and breakfast.  It’s an easy (one mile total) trail that starts out in a field and then a walk along side a stream to an opening that looks like an old church door where the waterfall comes thru the top. rock pathway with stream running along the right side in the woodscave with triangle opening and stream running over rocks with people inside cave

Head north about 20 miles to Bash Bish Falls in Copake, NY for an easy hike up a not so steep hill along a fairly steep edge that follows along the stream below. If you have young children with, you’ll want to keep them pretty close. I took my grandkids when the youngest was 7 and it was great. A sunlit opening awaits you at the top of the hill and steps down to the waterfall if you want to go down and see it up close.

I hear so often from our guests, no matter where they are visiting from, how beautiful the Hudson Valley is and I can’t help but agree. We absolutely love living here and we’re confident that you will love it too!  Book Now and hike the Hudson Valley soon! You’ll want to come back again and again because there are more hikes than you can possibly do in one visit. For more info click on the links below:

Hike the Hudson Valley

More hiking in the Berkshires

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

Bash Bish Falls


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


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