The autumnal pilgrimage Upstate is a pastime that New Yorkers have partaken in for generations and it’s no wonder why. Bountiful apple orchards and picturesque mountain vistas present a strong antidote to the hustle and bustle of the city, not to mention the numerous bars, restaurants, and historic attractions that call the region home. On a recent Saturday morning, we made one such pilgrimage—to Stonyford, a stunning nineteenth century estate an hour outside of Manhattan.

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On most days, Stonyford acts as the home to Susan and William Brinson, the duo behind the popular House of Brinson. On this occasion, however, it performed double-duty as the setting for our Kindred Spirits cocktail party with And North, a curated guide to Upstate New York. The guest list was comprised of people we are proud to call Kindred Spirits—local and regional artisans, craftspeople, and makers who make this neck of the woods the special place that it is. Outside, the sky was overcast and the air had a slight chill to it. Inside, though, a blazing fire, delicious cocktails, and excellent company provided more than enough warmth. Check out all of the photos of this lovely gathering below!

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West Elm + And North - Cocktail Party at Stonyford Estate

West Elm + And North - Cocktail Party at Stonyford Estate

And North’s Special Events Director Katie Lobel arranges slices of freshly-baked bread from Upstate bakery Bread Alone.

West Elm + And North - Cocktail Party at Stonyford Estate

West Elm + And North - Cocktail Party at Stonyford Estate

Emma Tuccillo, the founder of And North, holds a platter of hors d’oeuvres.

Writer and naturalist Laura Silverman provided cocktails based on ingredients from her garden. Check out the recipes, featuring liquors from Catskill Distilling Company, here.

West Elm + And North - Cocktail Party at Stonyford Estate

West Elm + And North - Cocktail Party at Stonyford Estate

And North’s Editorial Director Alyssa Benjamin holds a crate of apples from Montgomery Place Orchards.

West Elm + And North - Cocktail Party at Stonyford Estate

The living room at Stonyford Estate. The fire is lit and guests are due to arrive any minute!

West Elm + And North - Cocktail Party at Stonyford Estate

Stonyford’s owner, Susan Brinson

West Elm + And North - Cocktail Party at Stonyford Estate

West Elm + And North - Cocktail Party at Stonyford Estate

West Elm + And North - Cocktail Party at Stonyford Estate

West Elm LOCAL maker Emily Johnson of Hartland Brooklyn

West Elm + And North - Cocktail Party at Stonyford Estate

West Elm LOCAL maker Ellen Van Dusen of Dusen Dusen

West Elm + And North - Cocktail Party at Stonyford Estate

Megan Sommerville of Materia Designs and Nebiat Gereme from West Elm’s LOCAL team.

West Elm + And North - Cocktail Party at Stonyford Estate

The And North Team, from left to right: Editorial Director Alyssa Benjamin, Design Director Tim LaSalle, Founder and Creative Director Emma Tuccillo, Special Events Director Katie Lobel

Photography by Samantha Goh

Video by Dylan Tuccillo

And North is a curated guide to upstate New York for creative individuals. And North was created to inspire creativity, collaboration, and a sense of community among those interested in connecting the vibrant neighborhoods of New York City with the picturesque regions that lie North. Follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

Special Thanks:

Location — House of Brinson
Cocktails — Laura Silverman of Glutton for Life
Liquor — Catskill Distilling Company
Apples — Montgomery Place Orchards
Flowers — Hops Petunia
Bread — Bread Alone Bakery

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