Life should be an accumulation of memorable experiences. Events which we can enjoy and that we can reflect upon later only to recall with fondness.
This past weekend we discovered such a memorable experience tight here in the Hudson Valley at Hemlock Hill Farm in Montgomery New York (Orange County). An easy 1 hour drive from Westchester.
This small farm is tucked up on a hillside surrounded by woods. Upon exiting your car you will immediately notice the quiet and the serenity of this place. Hemlock Hill Farm offers several “experience” options. On this particular beautiful October day we decided to try the “Brunch with Rescued Donkeys”. We were greeted by our host Kaity who introduced us to the three rescue donkeys, who were friendly and adorable. The donkeys are all in a fenced in field but they did stay close by as we prepared to sit down for brunch.
The brunch table was artistically and tastefully set on a rustic, century old picnic table. Green boughs and pumpkins lined the center of the table, and china plates, teacups and silverware completed the setting. On a separate table was a beautifully arranged display of prepared foods and baked goods. All were made fresh by Kaity.
We were treated to quiche, pumpkin muffins, apple cider donuts, mini apple pies, and more. There were also veggies, pita and hummus. Mason jars offered either small salads, or a potpourri of fruit and nuts. The presentation was attractive and imaginative. Coffee, tea and apple cider were also served. It was indeed a memorable brunch. As we enjoyed the fresh made meal, the donkeys wandered about in the enclosed field.
After our delightful brunch we entered the barn to meet the rescue horses, and the very friendly rescue goats. The baby goats were especially happy to greet us. There were also chickens on the property which provide the farm with fresh eggs. It was great to interact with these animals.
Another experience offered is “glamping”. This activity has grown enormously in the past few years. The term describes traditional outdoor camping blended with a more upscale modern and comfortable aesthetic. The tent on the farm was the perfect combination of the rustic outdoors and romantic comfort. This is the perfect place to escape and disconnect. The cream colored tent includes a large nicely made bed with decorative pillows, comforter and even an electric blanket. The tent has a mini fireplace which is actually an electric space heater, a chair and some board games. Outside the tent is surrounded by hand laid stone walls and more seating, a table, a cupboard and cooking stove add to the ambiance. You have your own mini compound. I can imagine stepping out of the tent at night and looking up at the stars of the Hudson Valley sky as they softly illuminate the farm.
The farm offers other experiences as well and we encourage you to check out their website. The farm is minutes from area attractions including Angry Orchard Cider, City Winery, orchards and of course all the great hiking in the area.
We remember with fondness our afternoon we spent at the farm and look forward to returning once again.
Hemlock Hill Farm
211 Youngblood Road Montgomery New York (Orange County)
http://www.hemlockhillfarm.net it is “net” not “.com”
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