Brooklyn Expats Find Green and Business-Friendly Climate Two Hours Away — in the Hudson Valley

Dallas and Ted Gilpin
Dutch Ale House

Dallas Gilpin and husband Ted were looking for a weekend getaway and found in Saugerties a home for life. “We were struck by how quaint the village is and its wonderful shops and restaurants,” said Dallas.

“Many other areas felt either too far from the city or far from a village, or too isolated, or did not offer the community feel we wanted. Other areas felt too much like the city.”

They’re close to the mountains, right on the Hudson river where they keep a boat, and are close to the thruway (Ted commutes to the city two hours each way daily).

“Our children get to run around in the beautiful countryside,” said Dallas, “and have access to hiking and boating and skiing and good food and an amazing diverse community.”

The Ale House sources much of its beer from local manufacturers.

They fell in love with The Dutch Ale House, a prohibition-era tavern on the main business strip. When it was put up for sale they jumped on the opportunity. “Skiers, hikers, horse riders, and weekend getaway folks are important to most businesses in Ulster County and we are fortunate to have them come enjoy our very local special gem,” said Dallas. The Ale House sources much of its beer from local manufacturers such as Arrowood and Keegan Ales, as well as its desserts.

“The county and community and other local businesses have been so supportive,” said Dallas. “We feel as residents and business owners we have the very best of everything here!

Dallas Gipin