'Mad Men': Live like Don Draper in the Hudson Valley
Banana Republic launched a new collection of “Mad Men”-inspired fashions in conjunction with the show’s Season 6 premiere (bananarepublic.gap.com). Model Coco Rocha, who rents a home in Hastings, is the face of the advertising campaign for the clothing line, which was inspired by the mod style of the '60s. Pieces in the collection include the navy and kelly green Peggy Knit Shift Dress ($130), the patterned Mod Shirtdress ($140), men’s straw fedoras ($45), plus more. There are Banana Republic stores at The Westchester in White Plains, the Vernon Hills Shopping Center in Scarsdale and the Palisades Center in West Nyack, among other area locations.
Estee Lauder also has a limited edition “Mad Men” makeup line, and The Nordstrom store at The Westchester mall in White Plains is holding an event April 4-7 where attendees will have the opportunity to meet one on one with an Estee Lauder makeup artist to learn the “pretty, feminine, flirty payoff” of the products from the collection (135 Westchester Ave., White Plains; 914-946-1122; www.simon.com/mall/the-westchester).
If you want to try to pull off Don Draper and Roger Sterling’s suave style, head over to Blue-Byrd’s Haberdashery & Music in Kingston to see its selection of fedoras, newsboy caps and more (320 Wall St., Kingston; 845-339-3174; bluebyrds.com). “Young people come in asking for hats seen on the show,” said co-owner Maureen Byrd-Blue. “A lot of guys wear baseball caps in this area, so when they come in looking for a ‘Mad Men’ style, it makes me happy.”
For those looking to recreate the era in their home’s decor, any of the pieces from Belkind Bigi in Tarrytown, which specializes in mid-20th century furnishings, would feel right at home at the Drapers’ Manhattan pad or Betty Draper Francis’ mansion in Rye (21 Main St., Tarrytown; 914-524-9626; www.belkindbigi.1stdibs.com). The items can either be purchased at the store or online.
Michelle Caves, the owner of the Beacon consignment boutique, Blackbird Vintage, says that customers sometimes shop at the store for “Mad Men”-themed parties (442 Main St., Beacon; 845-418-4840; blackbirdattic.com). The store carries mostly dresses from the ‘50s and ‘60s, as well as some footwear, so you can dress in a “Mad Men” look from head to toe.
Farther north, both Hudson Vintage (433 Warren St., Hudson; 518-828-7484; www.facebook.com/hudsonvintageny) and Five and Diamond Vintage (502 Columbia St., Hudson; 518-828-1557; www.facebook.com/pages/Five-and-Diamond-Vintage/34216442679), stock clothing from the “Mad Men” era. Depending on the day, you might find a prim but pretty Peggy Olson outfit or a va-va-voom Joan dress.
Lisa Durfee, the owner of Five and Diamond, said she often gets customers seeking fashions from the show. “I just sold a dress to a woman who was having ‘Mad Men’ premiere party."
Hudson Vintage owner Dawn Vennekohl also has people come to her store for “Mad Men” style. “Younger girls with curves are looking now, because the show works the curvy dresses, and thanks to the show, girls with curves now know that vintage clothes are tailored for them.”
Since cocktails are king on “Mad Men,” fans would be remiss not to have a drink at Stissing House in Pine Plains, where the cocktail menu features the kind of old-fashioned drinks favored by the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce gang, such as sidecars, martinis and Manhattans (7801 South Main St., Pine Plains; 518-398-8800; stissinghouse.com). There’s even a “mocktail” available, if you’re trying to abstain from alcohol like Duck Phillips.
If you favor martinis, heads over Lucy’s in Pleasantville, which has more than 30 colorful and inventive martinis to be sampled (446 Bedford Rd., Pleasantville; 914-747-4740; www.lucys-lounge.com). The swanky bar also has open mic nights on Mondays, a perfect occasion to serenade a special someone with Megan’s birthday ode to Don, “Zou Bisou Bisou.”
If you prefer live music by professionals, The Falcon in Marlboro is a jazz and blues club with a bohemian spirit — the venue charges no cover fee, but instead encourages patrons to donate what they can, with all proceeds going to the musicians (1348 Rte. 9W, Marlboro; 845-236-7970; www.liveatthefalcon.com). It’s just the kind of place Don Draper would go to (OK, be dragged to) by his old girlfriend Midge.
BLT Steak at the Ritz Carlton in White Plains is the kind of classic steakhouse where Pete Campbell would host a power lunch for top-tier clientele (221 Main St., White Plains; 914-467-5500; www.e2hospitality.com/blt-steak-white-plains).
With its luxurious decor reminiscent of a speakeasy, the chic bistro Boitson's, located in Kingston, is another ideal spot (47 North Front St., Kingston; 845-339-2333; www.boitsons.com). From Brooklyn to the Bronx, the cocktails here, made with bourbon and gin, are named for each of New York City’s five boroughs. “The whole place has a 1950s, swanky feel, and some people do come in and do remark about the ‘Mad Men’ thing,” says Maria Philippis, the owner of the restaurant.
Club Car Restaurant and Lounge in Mamaroneck is another stylish eatery in the region for those who, like Don and Roger, enjoy wining and dining late into the night (One Plaza Station Plaza, Mamaroneck; 914-777-9300; clubcarny.com). The restaurant has a classy, retro vibe, in no small part due to the fact that it is in a restored 19th-century train depot. Club Car serves contemporary American fare such as grilled fillet mignon, and also has a late-night dining menu on Saturday nights for those who want to keep the party going in the wee hours.
For more casual meals, the City Limits Diner in White Plains has a wide selection of All-American fare with a sophisticated twist (200 Central Ave., White Plains; 914-686-9000; citylimitsdiner.com). Because City Limits has a full bar stocked with 50 kinds of beer, Don could take his kids here and still have a good time.
After all that drinking and carousing, you might feel the need to spend some time in the great outdoors. Visit Boulder Brook Equestrian Center in Scarsdale, a picturesque riding center where you can sign up for horse riding lessons, $60 for a half-hour private lesson and $80 for an hour group lesson (291 Mamaroneck Rd., Scarsdale; 914-725-3912; www.boulderbrookequestrian.com). One could imagine a jodhpur-clad Betty would go here to clear her head and get some time away from her kids.
In the series’ first season, Betty Draper memorably shoots at her neighbor’s pigeons with her son’s BB gun. If you want the target practice without harming the birds, go to Mid-Hudson Sporting Clays in New Paltz (411 North Ohioville Rd., New Paltz; 845-255-7460; midhudsonsportingclays.com). The scenic outdoor range offers shooting lessons at clay targets released into the air — 100 rounds of sporting clays cost $48 and gun rental costs $20.
WHERE TO WATCH: Season 6 of “Mad Men” returns at 9 p.m. on Sunday, April 7 on AMC.