Is the West Coast the best coast, after all?  This is a question that I ask myself while living on the East Coast. There are many benefits to each one but as the cooler weather comes in, I start to question the truth.

How Could A West Coast Smoothie Bar Exist In The Hudson Valley?

Allison Kay
Allison Kay

Some may wonder if this needs to include a palm tree or a view of the ocean to complete the aesthetic. However, this locally owned and operated business is both in Dutchess County, NY.

This Hidden Gem Is Essential To The Hudson Valley All Year Round

Allison Kay
Allison Kay

Are you ready to take a walk on the beach? Would you like to have a view of the ocean while listening to a record player? These are questions that I ask myself and the answer is always yes. It is now possible to do so right in this Hudson Valley, small town.

This West Coast Themed Smoothie Shop Is Open In Rhinebeck, NY

Allison Kay
Allison Kay

I came across this local business on one of my adventures. As soon as I walked in, I was in love. I love New York State but my second home is California. Upon arrival, you're greeted by a glowing, neon sign about sunshine.

To make you feel as if you are really on the West Coast, there is a list of smoothie and bowl options that begin with, "California Dreamin'".

After you grab your drink or bowl of choice, head on over to view the palm trees and ocean view. There are pictures on the wall that make you feel as if you are really present on the beach. Alongside the pictures are cool record players.

Where Can Visitors And Loyal Residents Find This West Coast Dream?

SÓL: Açaí Smoothie Bar is located in the heart of one of the exquisite Hudson Valley towns. There are also cute, locally owned shops to visit in Rhinebeck, NY.

Samuel's Sweet Shop is located near this smoothie bar along with other unique and locally owned businesses. Samuel's Sweet Shop in Rhinebeck, NY is owned by Paul Rudd, Hilarie Burton Morgan, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

SÓL: Açaí Smoothie Bar

41 E Market Street, Suite #3
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

Where is your favorite place to get a smoothie or shake in the Hudson Valley?

Have You Been To FDR's Cousin's House in Rhinebeck, NY?

Some may only know about FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt but there were other family members who played a role in the Hudson Valley.

Thomas Suckley and his wife Catherine Murray Bowne created history in Dutchess County, NY. Their estate called "Wilderstein" was designed in the 1800's. 

According to, the meaning behind the name of their estate means "wild man's stone". This was in reference to "an Indian petroglyph on the property, a reminder of the cultural heritage that preceded European settlement of the region."

By the late 1800's, the son of Thomas and Catherine (Robert Bowne Suckley) along with his wife, Elizabeth Philips Montgomery decided to add onto the estate.

This "Queen Anne style mansion" is also known for its beautiful views, lush landscape and large property. There were three generations of the Suckley family members that lived at Wilderstein. 

Who was related to FDR?

Margaret Suckley was not only just a cousin of FDR but they spent quality time together. She traveled with FDR during his presidency and gifted him his black Scottish terrier dog, Fala.
Margaret also helped FDR form his library located in Hyde Park, NY.

Some would also say that she was a "confidante" to him as well. Margaret was with FDR when he passed away in Georgia. She died at the Wilderstein estate in 1991 at 100 years old.

Margaret was the last resident to live at Wilderstein. 

Wilderstein is also known as "the Hudson Valley's most important example of Victorian architecture."

6 Ways To Help Your Hudson Valley Neighbors

Looking for a way to make a difference here in the Hudson Valley? You don't have to spend money, maybe just a few hours per week of your time. Here are a few ways: