Traveling Through the Northeast? These Are the Places Where Our Editors Always Stop
Making up your way up the East Coast and into New England? You'll want to bookmark the must-see hot spots. Luckily, the Martha Stewart Living editors know this region well, and we have plenty of recommendations. Here, a comprehensive list of the highlights you need to see—from oyster bars and vineyards to antique meccas and farmstands—during your trip.
First, stop at the Strip District in Pittsburgh. "These warehouses converted into fish purveyors, fresh-produce stands, and cheese shops are home to the city's best food," says creative director Abbey Kuster-Prokell. "Go early to beat the crowds at top vendors like the Penn Avenue Fish market and the Pennsylvania Macaroni Company." Stroll off your meal at The Andy Warhol Museum, also in Pittsburgh. "The exhibits are colorful, graphic, and interactive, and shift as you move through the place, which I love, as a designer," Abbey says. "It's incredibly comprehensive."
The Lands at Hillside Farms in Shavertown is also worth your time. "It's a dairy farm with a store selling eggs, milk, and ice cream churned on-site," says style assistant Jaclyn DeNardi. "Also visit the mercantile shop, in a restored barn, for local items, like the all-natural Christina Maser soaps I stockpile."
Head north, and unwind upstate. Walk or bike the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail—more than 20 miles of lush, diverse scenery, says senior designer Emma Warren. Across the Hudson River, tour the Clermont State Historic Site, says photo director Ryan Mesina: "It's an estate with a huge, rolling lawn dotted with black and honey-locust trees and panoramas of the river and the Catskill Mountains. Go at sunset, and be prepared to be moved to tears!" While in nearby Red Hook, if you spot the Bubby's Burrito Stand on the side of West Market Street, stop for a loaded veggie burrito so tasty you won't miss the meat; The Wayside Stand, a little farmstand with the freshest produce, is also in Red Hook and is worth the stop every time. For top-notch new and antique furniture, home editor Lorna Aragon hunts and gathers at Hammertown Barn, in nearby Pine Plains.
Speaking of antiques—when style director Tanya Graff is in the Hamptons, she always pops into Sage Street Antiques in Sag Harbor: "It's full of jadeite, ironstone, and Depression glass. Years ago, I scored a large labware spouted bowl that I still use almost every night at dinner!" Nearby Bloom is another go-to shop. "This design boutique is so beautiful, you'll want to move in," Tanya says. "Everything is hand-picked by Mona Nerenberg, one of the best eyes in the business." In Amagansett, she heads to Tiina the Store "for the mohair blankets, perfumes and candles, and unique items like the handmade broom I have by my fireplace." Longhouse Reserve, in East Hampton, is another spot to bookmark. "The mastermind of textile artist Jack Lenor Larsen, it has a sculpture garden with works by artists like Yoko Ono and Sol LeWitt, and a landscape of glorious old trees and flowers," says features and garden editor Melissa Ozawa.
New York is also a hub for vineyards galore, and one of our favorites is Kontokosta Winery. "It has all the ingredients for a restorative Saturday: sweeping views of Long Island Sound, lots of picnic tables, and of course, deliciously crisp rosé," says associate editor Claire Sullivan. "Just add friends and a deck of cards."
"When my kids were growing up, they loved Ada's, a penny-candy store that used to be the Riverside post office," says Living contributor Michelle Shih. "The original owner passed away, but a local couple reopened it as Ada's Kitchen + Coffee. Now it's a thriving hub where they roast turkeys on-site for sandwiches and make English muffins from scratch.
Go old-school in New England. "In Eastham, Massachusetts, I head to Nauset Light Beach to relax," says deputy digital editor Gabby Rello. "It's home to one of the most recognizable lighthouses in America. You'll know it from the Cape Cod chips bag!" Art director James Maikowski's happy place is the Sesuit Harbor Cafe, in Dennis. "It's a shack in the middle of a marina where you can dine on fried whole-belly clams and lobster until the sun sets." And don't forget about Hokum Rock Blueberry Farm in East Dennis, where you can pick your very own blueberries.
In South Kingstown, Rhode Island, copy chief/articles editor Myles McDonnell kicks back at Matunuck Oyster Bar, which is sourced from a next-door aquaculture farm in Potter Pond. "The oysters get all the attention, but the succulent scallops are the menu's unsung heroes."
Stop at Candy Kitchen in Frederick. This historic star has been producing handmade chocolates since 1937, says deputy food editor Greg Lofts. "They have superb dark-chocolate everything: truffles, sea-salt caramels, haystacks, and pieces shaped like blue crabs, the unofficial mascot of Maryland. It's impossible to walk out without a box or two." Greg's other local treat: Flying Dog beer from Flying Dog Brewery.