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Westchester Weekly {October 28th}

Check out this week’s edition of Westchester Weekly to find out where to eat, shop and play in Westchester County this week:

Eat/Drink:

Captain Lawrence Barrel House: (Mount Kisco) Captain Lawrence opened the Barrel House in Mount Kisco today. Enjoy their freshly brewed beer and food truck in their new industrial setting. Reservations are a must and there is a 2 hour time limit. Open Wednesday – Sunday.

Peekskill Brewery’s “Main Dish”: (Peekskill) Peekskill Brewery released “Main Dish” to celebrate their 12th anniversary. This American Pilsner is only available at the Peekskill Brewery or the 12 restaurants they have partnered with.

Shake Shack: (White Plains) Shake Shack opened its newest Westchester County location at the Westchester in White Plains. Located in the Savor Food Hall on Level 4, you can now enjoy burgers, shakes and more at this new location.

Shop:
A Maze In Pottery: (Briarcliff Manor) Preorder your vintage Christmas tree or Christmas truck to paint at the studio on November 7th (see below) or in your home. Prices go up after the November 7th event.

Play:

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Bedford Playhouse Outdoor Screening (10/31): (Bedford) Dress up in costume and watch Hocus Pocus outside on the Rippowan Cisqua field (43 Cantitoe Street) at the Bedford Playhouse Pop-Up Cinema. Seating begins at 5:30 PM, movie starts at 6 PM. Pre-purchase tickets. Concessions can also be purchased in advance.

The Blood Moon Vampire Ball at Birdsall House (10/31): (Peekskill) A socially distant drag show, hosted by Dotty Spartans and Gigi Cutina. Show starts at 8 PM. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Halloween Party at Goosefeather restaurant (10/31): (Tarrytown) Enjoy a costume parade and contest, candy hunt, lawn games and more. Food and beverages will be available for an additional cost. Two time slots are available 11 AM – 1:30 PM or 1:30 PM – 4 PM. Tickets are $30/adult and $15/child.

Halloween Trunk-or-Treat Candy Crawl Car Parade at the Jefferson Valley Mall (10/31): (Yorktown Heights) Enjoy a contactless drive-through trunk-or-treat experience. (Free)

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Open Studio Hours at Art XO Studio: (Irvington) Drop in Saturdays in October (10/31). Paint and decorate any project of your choice. Projects start at $5. 11 AM – 3 PM. Cash or Venmo only.

Virtual Cooking Classes with Zwillings Cooking Studio: $35/person
Friday, October 30th: Virtual “Girls Night Out” Home Made Pasta (6 PM – 8 PM)
Saturday, October 31st : Virtual “Date Night” French Bistro (6 PM – 8 PM)

Ongoing Events:

Autumn Changes Train Exhibit at Lasdon Park(Katonah) There is a new fall exhibit and train show at the Conservatory at Lasdon Park. Tickets must be purchased online, in advance. $20/adults, $10/children, $15/seniors (use promo code: “50% off” at checkout.

Check out more Halloween fun taking place in the Hudson Valley.

Upcoming Events:


A Maze In Pottery: (Briarcliff Manor)
Friday, November 6: Sip’n’Paint Fall Mandala Class: Sip wine while you paint a Fall Mandala Platter. Ages 21+, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Saturday, November 7: Vintage Trucks & Christmas Trees: Reserve a spot and preorder your a Christmas tree or Christmas truck to paint at the studio or in your home. 10 AM – 6 PM

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Five On Friday {All the Fall Feels}

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Hello Friday! I’m so ready for the weekend (although I feel like I write this every Friday, it’s always true!). The fall foliage is hitting its peak around here and it is so pretty! I’ve been lighting my pumpkin scented candle at night while I read before bed. I’m all about the fall feels, while this perfect weather lasts! I know winter will be here soon enough……and I am NOT a fan! This weekend is busy with a field hockey game for my daughter and a Boy Scout event for my son. We also have a pages long house to-do list that we’d like to make a dent in! Here are five from this week:

1. Family Hike – Last Saturday we went on a family hike to Blue Mountain Reservation. This has been a favorite local park and we have taken two Christmas card pictures here! This visit we took a new trail and came upon this lake which we had never seen before. It was such a beautiful day and the fall foliage was in full effect!

2. Reading – I am finishing up One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London. This has been such a fun read. It’s a behind the scenes look on a Bachelor/Bachelorette type show, with a plus-sized girl as the “Main Squeeze.”

3. Baking – Sunday I was all about baking and made Appledoodle cookies AND Pumpkin Chocolate Chip muffins! The muffins weren’t very pumpkiny but the cookies are so good!

4. Eating – My husband made Scallion Pancakes for the first time for us.

I picked up this sandwich from the deli for lunch earlier in the week. It’s fried eggplant, fresh mozzarella, roasted red peppers, pesto and olive oil.

And this Mediterranean Braised Chickpea Rice Bowl was one of our favorite dinners this week.

5. Halloween (?!) – I have no idea if there will be Halloween this year. However, it is only a week away now and neither of my kids have finalized a costume! While I’m not sure they will be trick-or-treating, they both plan on hanging out with friends. I know my son will be able to wear his costume to school the Friday before. The planner in me is freaking out a little bit. Not stressful at all!

ICYMI this week on the blog:

Monday I posted A Weekend in Saugerties.

Wednesday I shared another edition of Westchester Weekly.

Sharing with Friday Favorites. Have a great weekend!

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Westchester Weekly {October 21}

Check out this week’s edition of Westchester Weekly for your guide to all things Westchester County:

Eat/Drink:

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The Cookery’s Halloween Cocktail Club (October 27): (Dobbs Ferry) Get dressed up and enjoy fancy cocktails and good food! Limited availability – make your reservations in advance.

Papi’s Fast Italian Puppy & Pinsa Party (October 24): (White Plains) Bring your pet dressed up in a costume for this event. $20/person includes a pinsa of your choice, two Papi mini water bottles, a a swag bag for your dog. RSVP via the link on their Facebook page.

Shop:

Westchester Craft Crawl (October 24 & 25): (locations throughout Westchester) 28 regional professional craft artists will be showcasing their goods across 7 different studios in Cortlandt Manor, Ossining and Tarrytown. 11 AM – 5 PM

Play:

HallowGlow Night at Boundless Adventures (October 24): (Purchase) Wear your Halloween costume and go for a climb on the outdoor adventure courses at Boundless Adventures. Creepy music will be playing and there will be candy for trick or treaters. 6 – 11 PM, $45 for a 2 hour climb.

Haunted Hustle 5K (October 25): (Jefferson Valley Mall – Yorktown)
Fitness Turf at the Rt. 6 side of the mall
Registration ($25) with proceeds going to Comfort Keepers Home Care in Peekskill. Participants are encouraged to come in costume – prizes will be given out. (9 AM – 11 AM)

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Open Studio Hours at Art XO Studio: (Irvington) Drop in Saturdays in October (10/24 and 10/31). Paint and decorate any project of your choice. Projects start at $5. 11 AM – 3 PM. Cash or Venmo only.

Outdoor Cinema at the Jefferson Valley Mall(Yorktown)
Parking Lot in front of Orange Theory Fitness. Food trucks and concessions onsite. $10 car parking fee + $6/per ticket per person. Purchase tickets here.
Friday, October 23: Casper, 7 PM (Gates open at 6 PM)
The Wedding Singer, 10 PM (Gates open approximately 9:15 PM)
Sat., October 24: The Nightmare Before Christmas, 7 PM
(Gates open at 6 PM)
Fast and Furious, 10 PM (Gates open approximately 9:15 PM)

Virtual Cooking Classes with Zwillings Cooking Studio: $35/person
October 24th : Virtual Kids Baking & Desserts – 2 PM
October 25th: Virtual “Family Time” Asian Street Food – 4 PM

Check out more Halloween fun taking place in the Hudson Valley.

Upcoming Events:

October 31st:

The Blood Moon Vampire Ball at Birdsall House: (Peekskill) A socially distant drag show, hosted by Dotty Spartans and Gigi Cutina. Show starts at 8 PM. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Halloween Party at Goosefeather restaurant: (Tarrytown) Enjoy a costume parade and contest, candy hunt, lawn games and more. Food and beverages will be available for an additional cost. Two time slots are available 11 AM – 1:30 PM or 1:30 PM – 4 PM. Tickets are $30/adult and $15/child.

Halloween Trunk-or-Treat Candy Crawl Car Parade at the Jefferson Valley Mall: (Yorktown Heights) Enjoy a contactless drive-through trunk-or-treat experience. (Free)

Ongoing Events:

Autumn Changes Train Exhibit at Lasdon Park(Katonah) There is a new fall exhibit and train show at the Conservatory at Lasdon Park. Tickets must be purchased online, in advance. $20/adults, $10/children, $15/seniors (use promo code: “50% off” at checkout.

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A Weekend in Saugerties

Saugerties is a small town in Ulster County. It has been on my “to visit” list for ages and our family finally got the chance to see this Hudson Valley town. Saugerties is a weekend touristy town. Visitors beware: many of the town’s restaurants and shops are closed during the week, so plan accordingly! There’s enough to see and do for a weekend stay. However, it’s also close enough to Westchester County that you can visit for just the day.

Where to Stay:

Diamond Mills Hotel
Thank you to the Diamond Mills Hotel for hosting NY Foodie Family. As always, all opinions are our own.

The Diamond Mills Hotel (25 S. Partition St.) – We stayed at the Diamond Mills Hotel for one night. This is a 30 room luxury boutique hotel located conveniently within walking distance to many shops and restaurants.

Diamond Mills Hotel - Hotel Room

We stayed in a room with two Queen beds. We all commented on how soft the beds were. The room was light and bright and the hotel provided bathrobes for you to wear, if you wish. I didn’t realize that I absolutely need a bathroom with heated floors until I got to experience it firsthand in our hotel bathroom!

Diamond Mills Hotel Waterfall

The highlight of this hotel is being able to walk out on your balcony to this view! The in-room Keurig was appreciated, since I got to enjoy an early morning cup of coffee out on the balcony, while everyone else was still sleeping.

What to Do:

Falling Waters Preserve waterfall

Falling Water Preserve (996 Dominican Lane, Glasco, NY) – This is a Scenic Hudson Valley park that has two small waterfalls. There are three different trails, all of which are super easy and very scenic. There are plenty of benches along the trails for hikers to sit and enjoy the views.

Kayaing on the Esopus Creek

Kayaking – We booked a last minute kayak rental with Gail from I Paddle NY. She rents out kayaks, tandem kayaks, and Stand Up Paddleboards as well as offers a variety of kayak tours. Rentals and tours are available spring through fall.

Opus 40 (50 Fite Road) – I’d be remiss not to mention Opus 40, as this is THE attraction that I think Saugerties is most well-known for. I had waited until the last minute to purchase tickets, since the weather during our visit was looking iffy. By the time I went to purchase tickets, they were no longer available for Sunday. I hope to visit Opus 40, possibly in the spring, with just my husband, as my children have already expressed their lack of interest.

Saugerties Lighthouse (168 Lighthouse Drive) – During our visit, the Saugerties Lighthouse and the adjacent areas were unfortunately closed to visitors. We drove by hoping to at least take some pictures, but had no luck. During non-Covid times, there are two guest bedrooms in the lighthouse that can be rented out! Visitors can hike to the lighthouse, accessible by a half-mile nature trail. Tours are scheduled on Sundays, by appointment only (during non-Covid times).

Seamon Park

Seamon Park (5 Malden Avenue) – Owned by the Village of Saugerties, this park is free and open to the public. Fall is a great time to visit Seamon Park, when the mums are in bloom. In non-COVID times, there is a mum festival on the first Sunday in October. (Open daily 9 AM – dusk)

Shop – Partition Street is filled with lots of shops. From bookstores, to home decor, antiques, and clothing, there are plenty of stores for you to shop ’til you drop.

Where to Eat:

Alleyway Ice Cream

Alleyway Ice Cream (135 Partition Street) – Alleyway Ice Cream is literally located down an alleyway off Partition Street. I had been drooling over Alleyway Ice Cream’s Instagram pics for ages and was so happy to finally get to try their ice cream. I was disappointed that they were out of “Thai Tea Cookies & Cream” flavor during our visit. I was really looking forward to it. But I enjoyed both the “Honeycomb Chocolate Swirl” and “Ube Heath Bar”. (Open Wednesday – Sunday)

Diamond Mills Tavern Sticky Tofu

Thank you to the Diamond Mills Tavern for hosting NY Foodie Family. As always, all opinions are our own.

Diamond Mills Tavern (25 South Partition Street) – The Diamond Mills Tavern sits adjacent to the Diamond Mills Hotel. The restaurant just debuted its new fall menu and has both indoor and outdoor seating. They have a varied menu that offers some vegetarian options. The Sticky Tofu appetizer, pictured above, was a favorite and the appetizer portion was huge!

Diamond Mills Tavern Butternut Squash Carpaccio

I enjoyed the tofu with the Butternut Squash Carpaccio Salad.

Diamond Mills Tavern Carnivore Pizza

My meat-eating son enjoyed the Carnivore pizza that has prosciutto, bacon, salami, pepperoni AND sausage! My husband had the Beet (yes, beet) Wellington and my daughter enjoyed the Impossible Burger. I’m just disappointed that we were too full to try some of their new fall desserts! (Open Wednesday – Sunday for lunch and dinner and brunch on weekends)

Josie's Coffee Shoppe

Josie’s Coffee Shoppe (174 Partition Street) – Stop by Josie’s for your morning caffeine fix. There are also a variety of pastries to get your sugar fix as well!

Love Bites Cafe Sweet Chili Cauliflower Wings

Love Bites Cafe (69 Partition Street) – This cafe’s menu features locally sourced ingredients and offers vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. My son devoured the Chicken and Waffles. The Bohemian Club was tasty, but a bit messy, as is often the case with foods featuring portobello mushrooms. But our favorite were these Sweet Chili Cauliflower Wings! (Open Friday – Sunday)

Slices of Saugeries Grandma Slice

Slices of Saugerties (71 Partition Street) – No joke, their Grandma style Tomato, Basil, Mozzarella slice was so good, we had to go back for another slice on our second day! There’s a reason this is a “Best of Hudson Valley” winner! (Open 7 days a week)

Brine Barrel Pickles

Brine Barrel (237 Partition Street) – We stopped at Brine Barrel before we headed back home to get some pickles to go. We got a combo of half-sour, dill, and sour dill pickles to bring home. They did not last long in our house before we devoured them!

As you can see, there is lots for visitors to enjoy during a weekend in Saugerties! It is close enough to home that we can’t wait to go back and visit the restaurants and attractions that we didn’t have time to enjoy on this trip!

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A Weekend in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

A Weekend in Corning, New York.

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Five on Friday {Mid-October}

Happy Friday and happy weekend! It’s hard to believe that we are halfway through October! The weather looked okay last Sunday, so we headed up to Saugerties for the one night. This was our first time visiting the Hudson Valley town and we had fun exploring and eating over the two days. More details and pics are below. The kids are halfway through their first quarter of school which seems crazy! My son is going on a Boy Scout camping trip this weekend, so as of now we don’t have any big plans. I think I want to do some fall baking, which I have done none of yet! Here are five from this week:

1. Kayaking – We started our day up in Saugerties going kayaking. This was an activity that my son had wanted to do over the summer. It was very last minute and I literally booked the kayaks Friday night. But, I’m so glad that I did. We all had such a good time out on the water. Plus, we got a good arm workout in and were able to see some beautiful views.

2. Hiking – Up in Saugerties we did a very easy hike at Falling Waters Preserve.

There were two very small waterfalls but it was a very scenic hike with beautiful views of the Hudson River.

3. Eating – We did a lot of eating up in Saugerties! I was happy to finally try Alleyway Ice Cream after following them on Instagram for so long! They were out of Thai Tea Cookies and Cream, which I really wanted. But this Honeycomb Chocolate Swirl and Ube Heath Bar were both really good!

I had this Tomato, Basil, Mozzarella Grandma-style slice from Slices of Saugerties on Saturday. It was so good, that we went back on Sunday for another slice!

These Sweet Chili Cauliflower Wings from Love Bites Cafe were delicious!

And this sticky tofu from the Diamond Mills Tavern were another favorite.

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4. Reading – Yesterday I finally finished Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Taila Hibbert. This was a fun chick lit/romance read, where the couple was so awkwardly cute. I’m finishing up Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel (my physical book) and have started You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks (my kindle book).

5. Field Hockey – My daughter’s varsity field hockey team had their first game last Saturday morning. It was an away game and visitors were not allowed. The other team had a production company come and videotape the game, which they aired on YouTube. Although my daughter didn’t get any play time this game it was still fun to be able to watch the game. Unfortunately, they ended up losing 0-3.

ICYMI this week on the blog:

Tuesday I shared my September Reads.

Wednesday I shared the first edition of Westchester Weekly.

Sharing with Friday Favorites. Have a great weekend!

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Westchester Weekly {October 14}

Here is this week’s guide to all things Westchester County:

Eat/Drink:

The Hudson Oven (various locations): The Hudson Oven is back with Sourdough Sundays. Sign up for their newsletter to see where they will be setting up the bread cabinet each Sunday. They have also started a Treasure Chest program where they showcase homemade goods from craftpersons they think are worth you knowing about.

Climbing Wolf (Dobbs Ferry): This family-owned and operated specialty coffee and craft beer bar opened October 10th in Dobbs Ferry.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week (various locations): The Valley Table’s Hudson Valley Restaurant Week is taking place November 9th – 22nd. They have published the participating restaurant list, so you can start planning and making reservations now!

Jay Street Cafe (Katonah): After closing for the summer, the Jay Street Cafe in Katonah reopened October 3rd.

Shop:

DeCicco & Sons: The local, family-owned grocery store chain opened its 9th location in Eastchester, on October 9th.

Farmers Market

Farmers Market at the Valley (Jefferson Valley Mall – Yorktown):
Wednesdays, September 16-November 18
2:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Horsefeathers (Tarrytown): The Tarrytown restaurant just launched its Halloween merchandise line. T-shirts, hoodies, a tote bag, and face mask are just some of the merchandise for sale. The pre-sale opened Monday on their website and will be available to purchase in the restaurant on October 20th.

Target: It’s been announced that Target will be opening its first Yonkers location at the Cross County Shopping Center in 2021.

Play:

Autumn Changes Train Exhibit at Lasdon Park: (Katonah) There is a new fall exhibit and train show at the Conservatory at Lasdon Park. Tickets must be purchased online, in advance. $20/adults, $10/children, $15/seniors (use promo code: “50% off” at checkout.

HallowGlow Night at Boundless Adventures (October 16 & October 24): (Purchase) Wear your Halloween costume and go for a climb on the outdoor adventure courses at Boundless Adventures. Creepy music will be playing and there will be candy for trick or treaters. 6 – 11 PM, $45 for a 2 hour climb.

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Open Studio Hours at Art XO Studio: (Irvington) Drop in Saturdays in October (10/17, 10/24 and 10/31). Paint and decorate any project of your choice. Projects start at $5. 11 AM – 3 PM. Cash or Venmo only.

Outdoor Cinema at the Jefferson Valley Mall: (Yorktown)
Parking Lot in front of Orange Theory Fitness. Food trucks and concessions onsite. $10 car parking fee + $6/per ticket per person. Purchase tickets here.
Friday, October 16: Hotel Transylvania, 7 PM (Gates open at 6 PM)
Grease, 10 PM (Gates open approximately 9:15 PM)
Sat., October 17: Goosebumps, 7 PM (Gates open at 6 PM)
Godzilla, King of Monsters, 10 PM (Gates open approximately 9:15 PM)

Virtual Cooking Classes with Zwillings Cooking Studio: $35/person
October 16: Asian Street Food Virtual Cooking Class, 6 PM – 8 PM
October 18: Family Style Italian, 4 PM – 6 PM
October 20: Thai Food, 6 PM – 8 PM

Check out more Halloween fun taking place in the Hudson Valley.

There’s still time to pick apples and pumpkins! Check out our Pick-Your-Own Fruit Guide.

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September Reads {2020}

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Today I’m sharing my September reads with Steph and Jana’s monthly Show Us Your Books linkup. Last month I completed my Goodreads reading challenge goal of 75 books. Unfortunately, my reading has slowed way down. In September I only read 5 books, but luckily, they were mostly great reads. Here are my September reads:

3 Stars

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An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena – (Suspense/Thriller, August 2018) – A series of guests arrive at an Inn just as a blizzard hits. As guests begin to wind up dead, the goal becomes to survive the weekend. I’ve read several other of Lapena’s books but this one wasn’t a winner for me.

4 Stars

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28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand – (Contemporary Fiction, June 2020) Girl inherits a house on Nantucket. Girl meets boy. Girl and boy then have a one weekend a year affair at said house for 28 summers. I’ve only read a couple of Hilderbrand’s books and haven’t loved most of them. This was a surprisingly enjoyable read. I got this summer read finished right before the official start of fall!

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The Last Flight by Julie Clark – (Suspense/Thriller, June 2020) Two women, who both want to disappear and start their lives over, meet at an airport and end up switching plane tickets. Their decisions ultimately have huge consequences. This was an enjoyable suspense read that had me invested in the lives of both women.

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On the Come Up by Angie Thomas – (YA – February 2019) – A poor, teenage girl, with a lot of family drama, struggles to become a rapper. This was a great read, but I just didn’t love it as much as The Hate U Give.

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The One by John Marrs – (Thriller/Science Fiction – March 2018) A company has a DNA test that will match you with your perfect partner. However, is it too good to be true? Overall, I found this to be an enjoyable suspense read.

You may also enjoy:

August 2020 Reads

July 2020 Reads

June 2020 Reads

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Five on Friday {Columbus Day Weekend}

Happy Friday! This week felt like it dragged on and I’m so happy for a three day weekend! Saturday is busy with my daughter having her first field hockey game of the season. My son is going to his friend’s birthday party. Then we are supposed to be going away Sunday for a quick one night getaway to Saugerties. However, the weather isn’t looking so great for Sunday and Monday, so it’s still up in the air as to whether we are going away or not. Here are five from this week:

1. Hike – Saturday Dana and I hiked Mount Beacon in Beacon, NY.  This was a 2 mile round trip hike and the views at the top were beautiful.

2. – Dinner with my parents – Sunday my parents were back in New York for the night. So, they brought Chinese food over for dinner. It was so good to see them and catch up since it had been over a month and a half since we last saw them.

Lily Collins as Emily in an episode "Emily in Paris."
Photo Credit: Stephanie Branchu/Netflix

3. Watching –  The Vice Presidential Debate, which was much better than the first Presidential Debate. I also watched the first episode of Emily in Paris on Netflix. The scenes of Paris are beautiful! While the show seems “young” it is rated MA.

4. Eating – This week I had a vegan coffee and chocolate donuts ice cream cone.

These Vegan Greek Tofu and Fry Wraps were one of our favorite dinners this week.

I made Kimchi Pancakes for the first time. It was so easy and they were so good that I’ll be making these again soon.

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5.Reading –  I’ve started reading Feels Like Falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey. I’m only about a quarter of the way in but I’m really enjoying it.

ICYMI this week on the blog:

Tuesday I posted shared a post about the West Point Foundry Preserve in Cold Spring.

Sharing with Friday Favorites!  Have a great weekend!

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West Point Foundry Preserve {Cold Spring}

Don’t let the name of the West Point Foundry Preserve fool you. It’s across the Hudson River from West Point, and it’s one of Scenic Hudson’s parks located in Cold Spring. This 90 acre preserve is an outdoor museum, showcasing the remnants of the ironworks and machine shop that operated from 1818 to approximately 1911.

West Point Foundry Information

Don’t expect a strenuous hike when you visit the West Point Foundry Preserve. There are several historical exhibits that you can view while enjoying more of a leisurely stroll. You can listen to an audiovisual tour of the Foundry as you walk to learn more about the sites.

West Point Foundry Gun Platform

The yellow-marked “Foundry Trail” is approximately one mile in length. The first stop on the trail is a recreation of the Foundry’s gun platform. This is the site where each cannon was tested prior to delivery to the military. The target was Storm King Mountain across the other side of the river. Unexploded ordinance was still being cleared off the mountain as recently as 1999.

West Point Foundry walking path

There is a metal pathway for smooth, flat walking. We were fairly surprised to find this path right in the woods

West Point Foundry 1865 Office Building

The next point of interest on the path is the 1865 Office Building. The Civil War was the busiest time for the West Point Foundry, as it produced thousands of cannons and millions of shells for the military. It used to be a massive complex including railways, shops and offices. However, the only structure remaining is this office building. Work has been done to preserve this building, but it is not open to the public. It’s believed that the building is in fairly good shape since it was built just prior to the sharp decline in foundry business following the Civil War. It didn’t get a lot of heavy use.

West Point Foundry Boring Mill Water Wheel

The Boring Mill Water Wheel onsite is a partial replica, to scale, of the original wheel that helped power some of the machinery that produced various products the Foundry made.

West Point Foundry stairs

As you pass the Boring Mill overlook, you take the staircase up to the hiking path. From here, the trail splits and you can go left to finish the yellow trail or go right to link up to the red trail.

We opted to continue on the yellow trail which then brings you back to the parking lot. We highly recommend continuing past the parking lot to the blue “Cold Spring and Foundry Cove” trail. This trail will take you into the town of Cold Spring.

However, we walked this trail just to the overlook. The staircase leads up to a viewing platform of Foundry Cove. There are several benches available to sit and enjoy the views. Unfortunately, we visited on a pretty cloudy day. I can see myself coming here in the future with a book and some snacks to enjoy some time in nature and to soak up the scenery. With some sun and some more fall foliage and this view will be spectacular!

The Details:
West Point Foundry Preserve
68 Kemble Ave.
Cold Spring, NY 10516

Parking: Free in parking lot

Admission: Free

Hours: Open daily, dawn to dusk

*There is a restroom onsite

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Five on Friday {Hello October!}

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Happy Friday and hello October! It was so nice to have a three day weekend and shortened work week. Schedules are getting busy again with Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. My daughter is on the Varsity field hockey team and has practices every afternoon and Saturday mornings! This week we also had her high school virtual back-to-school night. Here are five from this week:

1. Outdoor Art – Last weekend we visited Tilly Foster Farm to see the Collaborative Concepts outdoor art exhibit.

Then of course we had to stop and visit with the animals!

Sarah Paulson as Mildred Ratched in Netflix's new series 'Ratched'
Photo credit: Netflix

2. Watching – Dana and I have been watching Ratched. Ryan Murphy of American Horror Story and Glee fame, has created this new show for Netflix. It’s a little weird and a bit gruesome. We are only a couple of episodes in, but hooked. The new season of the Great British Baking show also arrived on Netflix so we’ve been watching that as well.

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We had family move night this week and watched Enola Holmes on Netflix. We all enjoyed it and it was nice to see Millie Bobby Brown in such a different role from Eleven in Stranger Things.

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3. Reading – I am reading two books. Whisper Network by Chandler Baker is my physical book. I’m not loving it but don’t dislike it enough to give up on it. I also started Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert on my kindle. It’s easier for me to bring my kindle to work, when I sometimes get a chance to read during lunch.

4. Hiking – I’m not sure that I’d call our visit to the West Point Foundry on Sunday a hike. It was more of a walk in the woods. Regardless, it was a new-to-us location and offered beautiful scenic views. I want to go back a little later in the season when the fall foliage is at its peak, since I’m sure it will be even more picturesque.

5. Eating – This past weekend we visited the Moon Light Cafe in Brewster. This restaurant has a lot of vegan food options. But the highlight was this vegan soft serve ice cream. I got the vanilla and acai guava orange twist. It was sooo good!

We also visited Vera’s Garden Center and Marketplace in Cold Spring to try their cider donuts. They are voted one of the top 5 in the Hudson Valley and now we know why. These were some delicious donuts!

And I tried the 1911 Cider Donut Hard Cider. It’s a sweet cider with hints of brown sugar and cinnamon. While I didn’t love it, it’s a tasty enough seasonal cider.

ICYMI this week on the blog:

Tuesday I posted about Kelder’s Farm.

Wednesday I posted about Collaborative Concepts at Tilly Foster Farm.

Thursday I posted Halloween Fun in the Hudson Valley.

Sharing with Friday Favorites. Have a great weekend!