The Citiblog

Side Trips: Head Upstate for Independence Day Feasts
June 30, 2024, 9:48.42 am ET


Photo: Twin Star Orchards/Michael Tulipan

Searching for a place that welcomes the whole family, the entire friend group and (especially!) the dogs? Look no further than Twin Star Orchards in New Paltz, NY (90 minutes from NYC), the place to escape the city heat and crowds this summer. Guests can stroll through the 210-acre family-and dog-friendly property and enjoy a range of natural hard ciders from Brooklyn Cider House along with wood-fired pizza, burgers and Texas-style BBQ by the scenic pond — accompanied by free live music on Saturdays.

Photo: Twin Star Orchards/Michael Tulipan

To celebrate Independence Day, Twin Star Orchards is throwing their famous Pig Roast on July 6 (tickets). Guests can enjoy platters of delicious slow-cooked whole pork with homemade coleslaw and Hawaiian buns al fresco, all pairing perfectly with their natural hard ciders. The orchards, tasting room and food pavilion are open on Fridays 12-8pm and Saturday-Sunday from 11am-8pm; 155 N Ohioville Rd, New Paltz, NY. For more information, visit

Photo: Clock Tower Grill/Justine Goodhart

Clock Tower Grill in Brewster, NY (90 minutes from NYC) in Hudson Valley is a dining destination that celebrates the best of local ingredients. Just outside Westchester County, the restaurant offers a true farm-to-table dining experience, as all of the ingredients for the restaurant are sourced from within a 70-mile radius, including lamb and pork that owners, husband and wife Chef Rich and Cassie Parente, raise by themselves for the restaurant on their nearby farm.

Photo: Clock Tower Grill/Michel Tulipan

This Independence Day weekend, the restaurant will celebrate with an epic outdoor Lobster Bake dinner on July 6 (from 6:30pm) featuring lobster, shrimp, crawfish, sausage, corn on the cob and potatoes, plus extra fixings of fried chicken, jambalaya, mac and cheese and coleslaw. And don’t miss the cherry tiramisu for dessert. Reservations: Clock Tower Grill website. 512 Clock Tower Commons Dr, Brewster, NY; open Tuesday-Thursday from 4-9pm and Friday-Saturday from 4-10pm. For more information, visit