Millerton and Amenia, NY

Population: Millerton 940 & Amenia 4,436
Schools:
  • Amenia Elementary (K-2)
  • Webutuck Elementary School (K-5)
  • Eugene Brooks Middle School (6-8)
  • Webutuck Sr. High (9-12)
  • Independent schools:
  • Dutchess Day School (K-8)
  • Millbrook School (secondary school)
  • Kildonan School
  • Maplebrook School

Millerton is actually the village within the greater town of Northeast, but to locals it's all called Millerton. Along with Amenia to the south, it offers affordable housing in an increasingly sophisticated surround. Millerton has become on of the liveliest and most eclectic towns in the Tri-State area. The village proper includes several streets of lovely Victorians, while the outlying town of rolling hills and open vistas is home to many gracious old farmhouses. Its charming downtown boasts an energetic mix of services and stores offering everything from pecan tarts to alpaca knits, antique furniture, vintage women's clothing and fine jewelry. The village anchor, across the Green from the Millerton Inn & Restararant, is the Moviehouse, where first-run films show in the old (and recently renovated) town clock tower building. Other mainstays include Saperstein's, the place to go for family weekend clothing, Oblong Books & Music, a first-rate bookstore with small-town service and Terni's, where you can purchase penny candy, Pendleton sweaters, cigars or hunting supplies

Harney Tea Shop and tasting counter is the retail outlet for the world-famous teas, now packaged and shipped from a separate location in town. A variety of restaurants (including 52 Main, Mannadew, Oakhurst Diner, Taro's Pizza, Golden Wok, Cozzie's Pizza) offer everything from casual to (slightly) more formal dining. The local hangout is the Irving Farm coffee house, just down from the movie theater and just up from Terni's; great coffee and edibles are served all day; by night, Irving becomes a place to hear good music. The North East Community Center, established in 1990, offers a full roster of courses, activities, services and performances for the area.

The town boasts a paved and bucolic Rail Trail for walking, biking and running, which extends to Amenia and is the site of the annual Harlem Valley Rail Ride. There are hiking trails in Taconic State Park and camping in the summertime. A town beach at Rudd Pond is open all summer for swimming and the Harlem River offers boating and fishing.

Just down route 22, through rolling farmland, you'll come into the hamlet of Amenia, a sleepy but charming village that includes several restaurants, a variety of shops and antique stores. Its outlying landscape, however, along with that of Northeast to its north, offers a range of houses tucked into the picturesque countryside. The village itself, along with those antique stores, offers all the necessities. A notable restaurant here is Serevan, offering fine food with an Armenian touch. Nearby Milllbrook, to the west, offers a host of dining experiences. Under development is the Silo Ridge Field Club, a private community centered around a Tom Fazio-designed golf course.

Both Millerton and Amenia are minutes from the local Metro-North commuter line stop of Wassaic and afford easy access to the Northwest Connecticut towns and services, including Sharon Hospital in bordering Sharon, CT.

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