The Ruralist: Rina Stone

Rina Stone, Creative Director of InStyle Magazine, discusses with us her eight fall favorites. After growing tired of the summer time-share scene in the Hamptons, a friend introduced Stone to the area eleven years ago and the rest is history. According to Stone, “We all own homes up here now.” A born-and-bred east coaster, Rina grew up on Long Island, NY and spends almost every weekend upstate with her husband, Timothy Brittain of Hudson Woods, and their two children.

Favorite season in the Catskills?

Fall is my favorite season, especially the seasonably warm weekends. Great for day hikes and a cozy fire at night.


According to Rina, Mercato in Red Hook, NY offers great rustic Italian food.

Favorite restaurants upstate?

Momiji is extremely good Japanese food in Stone Ridge. We often go early on Saturday to beat the crowds and get amazing chicken tempura for the kids. I love to duck into Market St. in Rhinebeck after a day of shopping to have the organic lacinto kale salad with pecorino, currants and pine nuts, and a crisp glass of wine. Mercato in Red Hook is my go-to for quality rustic Italian food. They have mind-blowing bolognese. And lastly, we haven’t been yet, but are looking forward to trying Gaskins in Germantown.

What do you do to unwind up here?

I love cooking and baking on the weekends. The local farms have great produce and I finally have the time to really experiment. This all culminates in fun dinner parties with friends.


Westwind Honey is one of Rina’s favorite local products.

Do you use any products made in the Catskills? 

Tree Juice Maple Syrup; we love the bourbon or vanilla bean. Also, Harney’s Tea, Greentree Home candles, and Westwind Honey.

Favorite albums to listen to upstate?

These days, albums don’t seem to be how I consume music. I listen typically song by song, and I’m into Belle and Sebastian, Jens Lekman, and Ben Folds, and then the kids fill the house and drive with super current pop music.


During winter, Rina enjoys making beef bourginon.

Describe your weekend upstate in the fall/winter months.

During the fall and winter months I’ll start up a beef bourginon in the morning and then we’ll go for a long stroll with friends or guests. Then I’ll head home to sit by the fire and enjoy a nice glass of wine with cheese. And finish the day with the big, hearty dinner.

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Rina enjoys shopping at Hawkins NY in Hudson, NY.

Where are your favorite places to shop here?

I don’t really do much clothing shopping upstate, I mainly buy housewares and decor. In Rhinebeck, I love The Blue Cashew for kitchen supplies, Hammertown for all kinds of home decor for the country, and Hundred Mile for more modern decor for the city. In Hudson, Hawkins NY is great for modern home goods. The local hardware store, JC Rogerson Co. is also really awesome.

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What’s the last great book you read?

The Accidental Life by Terry McDonell, an editor I used to work with.