Thursday

Mid-Hudson Valley

Mohonk Mountain House is a popular resort in the Hudson Valley located in the town of New Paltz. There are many hiking trails running throughout the surrounding hills, and some high vantage points yield a view of the confluence of four states.

About fifteen miles outside Woodstock, in the town of Boiceville, is a place called Fabulous Furniture. It's worth the drive to admire some creative wood and metal crafts, and Bread Alone is a short walk from Fabulous Furniture. Some of the best scratch baked breads I've had anywhere.

Uptown Woodstock, NY during the holiday season. The lighted building is under new ownership. I understand it is an even better restaurant than the one it replaced. There really is good dining all about the Catskills area. I recommend the six or seven mile drive out of Woodstock, towards Saugerties, for some great eats at New World Home Cooking. First timer's can't miss with the Pan-Blackened Stringbeans with Mustard Remoulade Dipping Sauce, and the Ropa Viejo.

On the outskirts of Rhinebeck, NY, across the Hudson River, is the old Rhinebeck Aerodrome. Plan a weekend visit (during the season) and see a fine display of old planes, ariel dogfights, and the opportunity to go aloft in a vintage plane for a spectacular view of the whole Hudson Valley.

For a delicious meal in Rhinebeck I suggest Gigi. The local cinema, which always has interesting films, is across the street from the restaurant - plan accordingly. For an overnight stay in Rhinebeck try the Beekman Arms & Delamater Inn an historical inn/tavern/restaurant which has been in operation since 1766, and has seen illustrious guests such George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and Benedict Arnold. The dark woods and low ceilings of this small tavern exude the sense of the young country - don't pass up a visit.

Between the New York towns of Rhinebeck and Saugerties, at Annondale-on-Hudson, resides Bard College and the adjoining Frank Gehry designed Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. I have attended several operas at this venue, and can recommend it wholeheartedly.

If you enjoy art and art history you no doubt will find a trip to Greenport and Olana worthwhile. Olana was the home of Frederic Church - the most well-known of the Hudson River school of painters. Greenport is a short drive from Bard College and the town of Tivoli.

Yes, Tanglewood is outside New York near Lennox, Massachusetts. I included it here because the drive isn't too bad, and Tanglewood is definitely where you want to be for a day or weekend visit during the Boston Symphony's summer season. So, picture yourself on the expansive lawn with your loved one by your side and your picnic basket full of brie, crusty bread, curry chicken salad, and a good bottle of Chardonnay to savor while all that wonderful music washes over you and nourishes your spirit.

A charming property to lodge while visiting Woodstock. The sound of the babbling creek and the bountiful floral plantings in Spring and Summer are a delight to every visitor. Many well known writers and artists have slept at the Millstream over the years.

An example of Woodstock public art. I couldn't resist the urge to prop my bike in old Rusty's hand. Woodstock places to visit include the Woodstock Photography Center, The Colony Cafe, and the various galleries in and around town. Another Woodstock must-do is a outing to the historic Maverick to hear some live chamber music from renown performers in a bucolic, country setting.

During my time spent living in the Woodstock area I had the privilege to be involved with the good people at Family.

Do-Be-Do

To be is to do - Sartre

To do is to be - Socrates

To be or not to be - Shakespeare

Do-be-do-be-do - Sinatra