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.
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!
↑ 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.
↑The living room at Stonyford Estate. The fire is lit and guests are due to arrive any minute!
↑ Stonyford’s owner, Susan Brinson
↑ 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
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