Tap into the region’s wealth of top-notch antique shops, and go on a Saturday or Sunday when no appointments are necessary. Kick off the treasure hunt in the town of Andes, where you can find curios, like taxidermy and driftwood sculptures, at Kabinett & Kammer. Next, drive northwest to Franklin Durable Goods to peruse their more exciting offerings, including a massive confetti rug in vivid colors ($800). While in town, stop by the new Viviana Hansen Gallery, which showcases fine art, mid-century modern, and classical antiques. Next, drive to Bovina for brunch at Russell’s, a funky general store and social hub where locals and weekenders mix over farm-fresh egg sandwiches served on ciabatta (from $3.75, plus fixings). Then stop by the main outpost of Fisk Antiques, a two-story barn that houses vintage garden items, tableware, and toys (Fisk also holds antique auctions on Route 28 near Andes). Later, drive north to Lyon Mountain Blue Barn Antiques (2527 Roses Brook Rd; South Kortright; 607-538-1768), which stocks nearly 700 objects in two barns, ranging from massive armoires to carved wood kitchen utensils, oil paintings, watercolors, carpets, and clocks. Wrap up with dinner at the Hidden Inn (Thursday–Sunday only) in South Kortright, which serves tasty tavern bites and globally inspired dinners – try the crispy crab fritters with Granny Smith apple, avocado, and wasabi ($13) – in two pastel-colored dining rooms on the ground floor of a white farmhouse.
5. Oddball Day
Published on Oct 3, 2011 as a web exclusive.