KINDERHOOK – You might think, looking at The Aviary, the latest addition to open in the Heavily Covered Kinderhook Knitting Mill in Kinderhook, I would lead the transformation of the 19th century textile mill into a multi-occupancy food and arts store. Or, be lyrical about dishes from Chef Hannah Wong’s seasonal menu, which has already overstepped its original Dutch-Indonesian theme. Sister cafÃ© Morningbird has already attracted a loyal following, and other entities, like Kinderhook Bottle Shop and Hudson’s latest relocated 2 Note Perfumery, are already filling out the resort’s spaces, as well as an upstairs gallery. called September.
Or I could start with the slightly darkened side entrance to The Aviary’s lounge bar, The Nest, where the ornamental wood panels of a stately Hudson Valley home are given new life as room dividers for two. private corners. This is an intimate room where artist/co-owner Darren Waterston gently finishes a full-length mural in woodsy tones and flashes of bright birds, like a misty walk in the Hudson Valley taken with a cardinal or two. I could also talk about the wall sconces behind thick optical glass or the marble bar on a dark wood base sculpted like the pieces of a Yorkie chocolate bar.