Travel north from Warwick along the King’s Highway (Route 13) for 11 miles and you arrive at a distinctive destination: Sugar Loaf. The hamlet of Sugar Loaf is a community of creative craftspeople and artists nestled under Sugar Loaf Mountain in picturesque Warwick Valley, Orange County, New York. Surrounded by apple orchards and horse farms, it has had a distinguished reputation as a crafts community for over 250 years, Today, Sugar Loaf remains true to its heritage as the year round home of over fifty independent business men and women. Many of these artisans live and work in the original barns and buildings which date back to the 1700’s.
The famous Lycian Center provides off Broadway shows and much more year round with outdoor free concerts during summer months.
Walking down Kings Highway through the center of Sugar Loaf is unlike walking through any other town. The street is lined with shops offering handmade jewelry, custom clothing, one-of-a-kind art, pottery, even handmade soap. But the difference is that these shops are also the artisans’ homes, and the people you’re buying from are also generally the people who made what is being sold.
It’s that small-town, easy-going atmosphere that helps make Sugar Loaf so appealing. There’s always something going on. There’s either a concert or an outdoor event, or a performer or an artist showing. The Sugar Loaf Fall Festival, in its 40th year, brought over 16,000 people to Sugar Loaf over Columbus Day weekend. This past holiday season, Sugar Loaf closed off Kings Highway (its main street) and had horse-drawn carriages, caroling, and a visit from Santa. Under a covering of snow, the village looks like it belongs under a Christmas tree.
Closeby is the very beautiful Glenmere lake.