New York Diaries: Kingston, NY

Prepare to be enchanted by Kingston, NY – a place that weaves together the quirkiest of charms with a rich historical tapestry. As New York's first capital, it proudly wears its unique heritage, and I discovered some exceptional gems during my visit that add a modern twist to its delightful character. Here are a few not-to-be-missed spots that made my Kingston adventure truly unforgettable!

1. **Draft and Drought**: If you're a bookworm like me, this place is a paradise. Not only do they offer an extensive collection of new books, but they also serve up coffee and beer on draft! The cozy ambiance and curated book selection make it a gem for readers. And if you prefer used books, this is still the best town to be in – there are several stores within a mile of Draft and Drought to explore.

2. **Village Coffee**: This trendy coffee shop is a must-stop for coffee aficionados and pastry lovers alike. Their croissants are simply delectable, and their coffee, especially the seasonal maple syrup-infused drink, is a treat. What's even cooler is their use of local pottery for serving, which adds a unique touch to the whole experience.

3. **Petalos Floral**: Prepare to be wowed by the lush greenery and exquisite flower arrangements at Petalos. The affordable prices and the sheer variety of plants they offer might just make you want to redecorate your entire home with greenery. The knowledgeable and friendly staff provide fantastic plant care tips, making it a haven for plant enthusiasts.

4. **Sweet Maresa's**: This charming bakery stole my heart with its array of desserts including many vegan treats. They pay attention to every detail, from adorable stickers to refreshing canned drinks. But the absolute highlight for me was their macaron ice cream sandwiches – I tried the rose with pistachio, and it was pure dessert perfection. You'll find yourself craving these sweet delights long after your visit.

Kingston, with its historic allure and contemporary treasures, is a hidden gem in New York that's worth exploring. These spots are just a taste of the town's unique character and offerings. Happy travels! 🌟 #TheChowDown #NowChowDown #KingstonNY #HiddenGems