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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Savor the Season in Millbrook


5. Oddball Day

Wing's Castle is made almost entirely of reclaimed and recycled materials.  

Spend some time off the farm to explore the area’s other offerings. Start with breakfast on the main drag (Franklin Avenue) at the classic Millbrook Diner, a throwback to another era—don’t expect anything gourmet and you’ll be fine. While you’re on Franklin Avenue, take advantage of the abundance of antiques in the area: find some treasures at the Millbrook Antiques Mall, which has more than 40 shops, and the beautifully curated Red School House Antiques. For more modern flair, visit home store NL-GB, owned by decorator Selina van der Geest, who decorated Frederic Fekkai’s Millbrook home, and the award-winning Hammertown, Joan Osofsky’s home-and-lifestyle shop, housed in a barn that espouses her philosophy: “Love where you live.” For lunch, grab a sandwich and some housemade rosemary-toasted almonds at local favorite Babette’s Kitchen. Next, head to Wing’s Castle, a "castle" built over the past 40 years by Peter and Toni Ann Wing using 80 percent reclaimed and recycled materials, many from nearby Poughkeepsie during its “urban renewal” in the eighties. The Wings, one of whom will give you your personalized tour, taught themselves architecture and incorporate many diverse design elements, including Spanish, Gothic, and British influences. The interior of the castle houses their extensive collection of antiques, as well as a bed and breakfast. In the summers, they stage Shakespeare shows on the grounds. For dinner, it’s worth the twenty-minute drive to Wingdale to sink your teeth into the dry-rubbed, slow-smoked chicken and brisket at Big W’s Roadside Bar-B-Que. Pitmaster Warren (Big W) Norstein began his barbecue career from a truck parked on the side of Route 22 in Pawling in 2003, and moved to this location in 2007. If you’re hungry or with a crowd, the combinations are a great deal; the one for one ($25) “really feeds two” and the one for two ($45) “really feeds four,” and includes ribs, chicken, your choice of any other meat, and sides. Try the smoky beans made with burnt ends and the sweet-corn pudding. End the night at Millbrook R&B Bar & Grill, where you can catch live music on most Saturday nights.

Published on Nov 22, 2013 as a web exclusive.

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