NY: Millbrook- Innisfree Garden- Daffodil Viewing

The soft opening of the 2022 season starts with a daffodil viewing. It’s not only about the daffodils. It’s about the rolling hills, the misty waters, the chatty geese and the biggest snapping turtle. While the pictures don’t do this place justice, I’m so grateful for having taken them to recall each magical moment soContinue reading “NY: Millbrook- Innisfree Garden- Daffodil Viewing”

NY- Dutchess County- Millbrook- Innisfree Garden (Fall)

I went away for a weekend in the Fall with a friend expecting to stay in Millerton when I discovered I was staying in Millbrook! Fortunately Millbrook has Innisfree Garden where you can make a wish and see rainbows! We walked around the lake which offered distinct foliage and views from each angle. Note thatContinue reading “NY- Dutchess County- Millbrook- Innisfree Garden (Fall)”

NY: Dutchess County- Millbrook- Innesfree Garden

Magical land of make believe is what I kept thinking as I saw uniqueness in the grounds at each turn. While I took hundreds of photos, I am an amateur and could not capture the true beauty that was so carefully painted by the volunteers you maintain these grounds. The different textures, types of treesContinue reading “NY: Dutchess County- Millbrook- Innesfree Garden”

NY: Dutchess County-Dover Plains- Dover Stone Church Trail

A short path (about .5 mile) takes you to Dover Stone Church – a cool water cave with a waterfall. Keep in mind the signs take towards it and the final sign directs you to the other hiking trails to the left not reflecting you are to go to the right for the cave. OnceContinue reading “NY: Dutchess County-Dover Plains- Dover Stone Church Trail”

NY: Dutchess County- Harlem Valley River Trail (Wassaic to Millerton)

The Harlem Valley River Trail starts in Wassaic, NY. I have since learned this hamlet has a lot of artistic galleries to see. But as it relates to the rail trail, I parked at the Metro North station ( no fee on weekends) and started down the path. How wonderful it was to see theContinue reading “NY: Dutchess County- Harlem Valley River Trail (Wassaic to Millerton)”

NY: Dutchess County- Empire State Trail (Brewster to Hopewell Junction)

Empire State Trail way is 750 miles from NYC to Canada! I have biked the trail both below and above this new segment. Today’s section was the Maybrook Trail from Brewster to Hopewell Junction- the 22-mile paved portion of the trail was only recently completed in 2021. I started in Pawling which is 15 milesContinue reading “NY: Dutchess County- Empire State Trail (Brewster to Hopewell Junction)”

NY: Dutchess County- Beacon

It has been quite a while since I ventured outside of Connecticut. Not too far over the border is the town of Beacon, NY in the Hudson Valley. This town and its surrounding area has a little bit of everything- cute stores, museums, waterfall, restaurants, biking friendly and loads of hiking with spectacular views. IContinue reading “NY: Dutchess County- Beacon”