Town Guide #24: Pine Plains

Follow HUTS along on our twenty-fourth Town Guide. Today we are exploring Pine Plains, a town chock full of mother nature’s finest hiking trails, lakes and furry friends. A weekend here will be an outdoor enthusiast’s dream, and we can’t forget about some cool history and good eats too.

Photo by Sloop Brewing

Where to eat: 

Sloop Brewing has its fair share of funky names for their beers and that follows them to the menu for the onsite restaurant. Our favorite funky bite at Sloop is the Peanut Butter Bacon Burger, you heard us right. With plenty of options on the menu for all this will quickly become your go to spot for good eats in the area. 

What to do outside:

Pine Plains is known for its plethora of outdoor recreational areas. For relaxed family fun head over to the public lakefront park on Stissing Lake, it’s a playground for boating, fishing and swimming. If you’re a bird watching fan, or just an animal lover don’t miss the Audubon Buttercup Farm Sanctuary with over 80 species of birds that live on this 641 acre sanctuary including Great Blue Herons, Wood Ducks, Bobolinks to name a few. 

Photo by  Dutch’s Spirits

What to do inside:

If you like local history and a stiff drink head over to Dutch’s Spirits to get a tour of their beautiful and historic distillery. Their booze might not be the only spirits you see on the tour. About  88 years ago, Dutch’s Spirits was shut down in the 1930’s as an illegal bootlegging operation by known mobster Dutch Schultz. Rumor has it that Schultz still haunts his old hideouts below the distillery! 

Photo by Airbnb host Mary

Where to stay:

“The Nook” is a large studio above the barn on this stunning property. You can rent the studio for 1-2 people with a kitchenette and clawfoot tub for a quick weekend getaway or you can book the majestic farmhouse called “The Silo” for larger groups. Either way you’ll get a magical feeling pulling up to this airbnb. 

Featured land listing:

This one acre lot is right at the perfect intersection of all the great things about Pine Plains. Already BOH approved for a 4 bedroom home this lot is on a quiet road with beautiful flowering shrubs and trees. Just walking distance to the public Stissing Lake Beach, and trail heads to the Stissing Mountain Fire tower you won’t be pining for things to do. Click here for more details on this listing.