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Posted by on Dec 31, 2014 in Accommodations, New York, USA | 23 comments

The Rhinecliff: Rooms With A View On The Hudson River, New York

The Rhinecliff: Rooms With A View On The Hudson River, New York

I fell for The Rhinecliff the minute I arrived. I don’t know if it was because I was absolutely ready to settle somewhere for a couple of days or my room with the gorgeous view of the mighty Hudson River. Perhaps the owners imbued the place with their British charm, thus fulfilling my vision of what a warm, welcoming, sophisticated destination should be. Maybe it was all of those things…and more. Many noteworthy personalities have graced the area, among them author Edith Wharton, for whom I feel a certain affinity because of her self-proclaimed inability to tolerate ugliness. Edith would have been quite content at the Rhinecliff.   The original Rhinecliff was built in 1854. It was a simple roadhouse for travelers to rest, eat and feed their horses. It also serviced travelers arriving by ferry or the Hudson River Railroad. Flash forward to the 1990s and early 2000s and it had become a bit infamous for the rock bands that played in the bar, and the rowdy crowd...

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Posted by on Dec 20, 2014 in Architectural Travel, Museums, New York, Photography | 9 comments

Saugerties Lighthouse Trail  – Hudson Valley, New York

Saugerties Lighthouse Trail – Hudson Valley, New York

Lighthouses are romantic – symbols of an era when life was simpler and travel by water was the norm. Beacons of safety and civilization, a port in a storm; lighthouses inspire and comfort us. Historically lighthouses were built with accommodations included for the lighthouse keeper. After all, someone needed to be there to keep the whale oil burning. Thanks to the invention of electricity, there is no longer a need for the lighthouse keeper. At the confluence of the Hudson River and Esopus Creek is the Saugerties Lighthouse. A monument to a bygone era, it is now an extremely popular bed and breakfast, with a museum showcasing the history of the Lighthouse and the steamboat era on the Hudson River. The Guardian UK named the Saugerties Lighthouse one the top five in the world that includes a bed and breakfast. Staying at a lighthouse is a very intimate experience. I think in our busy and noisy world today, a lighthouse seems like a welcome escape back to nature and...

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Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Food and Drink, New York, USA, Wine Travel | 15 comments

A Trip To Dutchess County Wine Country: New York

A Trip To Dutchess County Wine Country: New York

The scene: Sunshine, a mild 70 degrees, fall foliage near peak. Driving a winding country road with the sun roof open, classic 70’s rock playing, and the fresh fall air, smelling faintly of pine and earth. A gentle breeze shakes the trees and a flurry of multicolored leaves dance in the air.  Some land in the seat with me – happiness! I’d long wanted to visit the Hudson River Valley during fall foliage season, but had put it off because you really do need a car, unless you plan not to see very much. Normally I’m not a fan of solo road trips, but I had a super cute car to drive, and it changed my perspective for the better. The Hudson Valley is very agricultural, dotted with vineyards, orchards, farms, and forests. The roads can be narrow and serpentine, often hilly, so you really can’t see what’s ahead of you. What all of this means is you’ll want a comfortable and responsive car to drive, and the Mazda...

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Posted by on Nov 1, 2014 in Cultural Exploration, New York, Postcards | 13 comments

Postcard: The Hudson Valley

Postcard: The Hudson Valley

A long time travel wish was recently fulfilled when I visited the Hudson Valley during peak foliage season. Little did I know the Hudson Valley has a lot more going on than foliage, though it is easy to see why that is a big draw. The Hudson Valley is spectacular any time of year, but mother nature really does a nice job of decorating with autumn color. Nature lovers have been painting, photographing, hiking, sailing, and exploring the Hudson Valley for centuries. Heavily wooded with dramatic cliffs, waterfalls, and the Hudson River, the valley has provided inspiration for artists, writers, presidents, actors, and travelers who come to relax and enjoy the abundant natural beauty. In 1610, an English explorer named Henry Hudson discovered the Hudson Valley quite by accident, while looking for a short cut to China. The Hudson River runs north-south through the valley along the eastern border of New York state. Comprised of ten sections, or counties (I was mainly in Dutchess County),Hudson Valley is further divided...

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Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 in Accommodations, Architectural Travel, Churches, Destinations, Food and Drink, New York | 90 comments

Cazenovia, New York: One of America’s Coolest Small Towns

Cazenovia, New York: One of America’s Coolest Small Towns

Where in the world is Cazenovia? Never heard of it? I hadn’t either, until serendipity stepped in…and next thing I knew I was booking a flight to New York (that’s a good story for another time). Since being nominated in Budget Traveler’s “Coolest Small Town in America” contest, I suspect a lot more people know about Cazenovia now. Don’t worry though, Cazenovia welcomes tourists, but the essence of what makes it cool won’t change for tourism. Besides, it’s not the easiest place to get to – you have to want to go there. Cazenovia, New York: One of America’s Coolest Small Towns   So, what makes Cazenovia, New York one of America’s coolest small towns? To visit Cazenovia is to step back in time. Though the people and lifestyle are completely modern, the architecture and rural landscape provide a sense of time and place that I’ve found to be uncommon in the United States. What else makes Cazenovia cool? Lake Cazenovia is pretty cool – surrounded by woods, there...

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