Sometimes an upstate getaway is so full of simple delights, it deserves to be named after a children’s Jell-O popsicle.
This is that upstate getaway.
Owned by Basquali, the charming proprietor of equally charming Fort Greene cafe, Smooch, the Pudding Pad has a pedigree your lady friend will swoon over. Cue Basquali:
The house was built in 1969 and was occupied by a couple who lived here for 10 years until they moved out and rented it to a young jewelry designer starting out named David Yurman. The workshop where he made his jewelry is located in the woods down by the lake.
But back to the Pad: it has sleekly minimal decor, two comfy bedrooms, a lake with a wharf and canoe, and it’s hiking distance from Fahnestock State Park and driving distance from antiques mecca Cold Spring.
In the evening, you can relax to Basquali’s impressive R&B and world music vinyl collection, including an eight-album Fela Kuti box set; a double-album of A Tribe Called Quest featuring all original tracks they’ve sampled; and “a really great Barry White album."
Or hit the ping pong table before retiring to the screening room for a projection from the massive DVD library.
Maybe steer clear of “Cabin in the Woods.”
ed note: A previous version of this piece contained a link to Pudding Pad's visitors guide – that link has since been removed per a request from the owner. To get a look, you gotta book.