ESCAPES: The Boutique Shops, Local Artisans, and Alpacas of Millerton, NY

'Escapes' is an 'every-so-often' feature on Living Huntington that we publish to serve as inspiration for your future daytrips and 'not-too-far-away' road trips. Have you traveled somewhere interesting or unique lately? Let us know, and pehaps we'll feature it in a future installment!

After hearing so much buzz about Millerton, NY, Living Huntington decided to pay a visit and see for ourselves what makes Millerton such a popular destination for weekenders from New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Located between the hills of Litchfield County and the Berkshires of Massachusetts, Millerton is a wonderful day-trip with much to offer.

 

Our day started with an exclusive VIP tour of the Copper Star Alpaca Farm. We were instantly smitten by the charm and cuteness of these animated alpacas.

Copper Star Alpaca Farm has grown from six alpacas in 2007, to a present-day herd of over 125 -- and they have added angora goats, dairy goats, turkeys, guinea hens and pot belly pigs. They have raised many award winning champions who produce elite fibers. This prompted them to open a destination shop on Main Street in Millerton, Copper Star Alpacas, where they sell alpaca apparel, accessories, home décor, yarn and more.

One member of our staff left with a super-soft poncho made from the hair of a beloved alpaca named Meadow Morning.

 

 

Gilmor Glass is a must see if you are in Millerton. Housed in what was one of the first auto shops in New York State, the high ceilings, large windows and ample space provide the perfect setting to show the beautiful work the Gilmor’s produce. Every step in the glass-making process, from conception to execution of each piece happens in the studio. The glass creations in Gilmore Glass are quite stunning and clearly show the craftsmanship of their work.

The Gilmore’s were not producing glass while we were there, but if you call ahead (518-789- 8000) they will give you their glassblowing schedule. You can also book the studio for glassblowing demonstrations or to throw a hands-on glassblowing party.

 

 

Feeling hungry, we then headed across the street to the Harney and Sons Tasting Room. Not only do they sell over 250 varieties of tea, tea pots, tea cups and more, they also have a delicious café. We would recommend the Brigitte - French butter and prosciutto on a French baguette or the grass-fed beef sliders. Iced tea or hot tea is a must. We then loaded up on exotic teas and headed out to go antiquing.

 

 

The Millerton Antique Center on Main Street is the home to 36 dealers. The space is large and bright and the staff is very friendly. It is worth a trip to Millerton just to spend time here.

We also loved Hunter Bee. They offer lovely architectural pieces, mid-century design classics and many pieces that amuse.

 

 

We couldn’t leave Millerton without stopping by McEnroe’s Organic Farm Market to purchase compost and loaves of their delicious multigrain bread. The market sells a diverse selection of local, seasonal and organic produce, grass fed beef, prepared foods among many other items.

Outside the market, we visited their Greenhouse and nursery. A wide array of vegetable plants, germinated from organic seeds starting in the winter, are available for purchase. We came for compost and bread and left with much, much more.

 

 

On our way out of town, we stopped in the Irving Farm Coffee Shop for the Best Cup In Town!

 

This Coffee House really does sell the Best Cup in Town!

 

If you happen to be toying with ideas for upcoming getaways, Millerton definitely deserves a spot on your shortlist. With so many mention-worthy boutique shops, local artisans, antiques, culinary destinations, outdoor activities and cultural attractions -- Millerton has a little bit of something for everyone! Pick a few days to unplug and find enjoyment (and alpacas!!!) by playing tourist only two-and-a-half hours from where you live!

 

Writing and Photos by Pam Grunow.