NY-Hudson Valley-Irvington- The Octagon House

There are only so many (about 100) Octagon houses in the United States so I figured it was worth a visit. The house was built in 1860 and the top rebuilt by the new owners. The home is painstakingly maintained to its original design and decor. It was part of a haunted movie and theContinue reading “NY-Hudson Valley-Irvington- The Octagon House”

NY: Hudson Valley- Tarrytown- Mario Cuomo Bridge

Formerly the Tappan Zee Bridge, the new Mario Cuomo bridge is the longest bridge in New York State spanning three miles. It is not only for vehicular traffic but is also a pedestrian bridge with a bike lane. Notwithstanding the name is currently politically charged, it offers reminders to reflect on impactful or celebratory momentsContinue reading “NY: Hudson Valley- Tarrytown- Mario Cuomo Bridge”

NY: Dutchess County- Hyde Park- FDR home

An easy walk around the property of FDRs library and home has a lot to offer. A beautiful garden surrounds the resting place. Statues made from the Berlin Wall offered an area for contemplation and motivation with busts of FDR and Churchill. The horse barn had nameplates including one called the New Deal. His countryContinue reading “NY: Dutchess County- Hyde Park- FDR home”

NY: Hudson Valley-Poughkeepsie- Walkway Loop

The Walkway loop trail is approximately a 4 mile loop around the Walkway over the Hudson and the Mid-Hudson bridge. Each turn offers you a majestic view of the landscape. From the Walkway you see the Mid-Hudson bridge with the church in the foreground. On the other side is the view of the mountains withContinue reading “NY: Hudson Valley-Poughkeepsie- Walkway Loop”

NY- Hudson Valley- Rhinebeck- Ferncliff Forest

Thank you to the Hudson Valley sunset for encouraging my fearful climb up the fire tower on 9/11/21. It felt meaningful to overcome a fear on this 20th anniversary of 9/11. The hike to the fire tower was a quick and easy 1/2 mile or so. As I looked up the fire tower I assessedContinue reading “NY- Hudson Valley- Rhinebeck- Ferncliff Forest”

NY- Hudson Valley-Red Hook- Poets walk

From the moment I parked the car I saw people on benches reading or writing in a journal. The walk was easy and relaxing and beautiful. The weather also happened to have been perfect not being too hot. The walk is a lollipop look of about 2 miles. From the lot you reach the firstContinue reading “NY- Hudson Valley-Red Hook- Poets walk”

NY: Hudson Valley- Rhinebeck- Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome

I am honestly not an air show type of gal. Can’t say why exactly but on an average day that likely would not be something that might turn my head. But this was a very clear day. It also happened to be the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy. It felt appropriate to acknowledge thisContinue reading “NY: Hudson Valley- Rhinebeck- Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome”

NY: Hudson Valley- Garrison-Boscobel House & Gardens

I learned of Boscobel from my cousin as an awesome venue to see Shakespeare performances in a beautiful outdoor landscape on the Hudson. A recent trip to Boscobel surprised me as it turned out to host a farmers market on Saturdays so I had a lovely last minute picnic with fresh kalamata olive bread andContinue reading “NY: Hudson Valley- Garrison-Boscobel House & Gardens”

NY: Hudson Valley- Sauguerties- Falling Waters Preserve

Falling Water preserve is part of Scenic Hudson hikes and was opened to the public in 2011. A few miles offering a variety of types of hiking including scenic views along the river, fun benches and structures and two small but refreshing waterfalls. I even spied a snake taking a sip. There’s parking for aboutContinue reading “NY: Hudson Valley- Sauguerties- Falling Waters Preserve”

NY-Hudson Valley- Nyack Beach State Park

Cliffs, river and a path with a view! Looked like a perfect place to discover on my bike. Started at Nyack State Beach park and was definitely impressed as I started my ride along the shoreline of the Hudson River. The first mile to mile and a half was flat with a gravel/dirt path withContinue reading “NY-Hudson Valley- Nyack Beach State Park”