Happy Thursday! We just got back yesterday from a lovely 24 hour adventure an hour north of New York City. Several years ago my husband and I came across the small town of Fishkill, New York and we absolutely fell in love with it. It is the perfect distance from NYC and just a beautiful hour long drive along the Hudson River.
We randomly had two days off this week and a free night to use with our Marriott points so we cashed them in and headed north. The weather wasn’t perfect, chilly and rainy, but we weren’t complaining. The fall colors were out in full display and Fishkill sits perfectly at the foothills of some small mountains.
Our first stop was Fishkill Farms where we make an annual trip to get some apples, apple cider donuts and coffee. It was pouring and since it wasn’t the weekend, they didn’t have their usual awesome festivities going on. So we grabbed some freshly made (as in still warm) donuts and hopped back in the car. We both agreed that they were the best donuts we have ever had. I could have eaten them by the dozen!
Another reason we love this area is that it is full of incredible history. The town itself was established in the early 1700’s and there are relics of the Revolutionary War all over. Many properties still have the original fieldstone lining them and there are so many gorgeous original churches, cemeteries, and even a few homes. On our drive in we passed the spot where Benedict Arnold fled during the Revolution.
Despite the weather we drove to a favorite rail trail and wandered for a few miles. Being that it was the middle of the week on a drizzly afternoon, we had the trail to ourselves. It was delightful! This was where we trained two springs ago for a marathon. We did a 17 and 18 mile run on this path and have some pretty great memories from those runs.
After a stop at All Sport Fishkill (my favorite gym ever and they offer free passes to hotel guests) for a nice interval run, we headed out to one of our favorite places for dinner. This was my first real run since the marathon and I admittedly did most of it because I planned on doing some damage at dinner. Café Maya is a legit Mexican restaurant. I went to town on the chips and salsa and had a margarita that I had been really looking forward to. That was followed up by some authentic Mexico City tacos. Heaven!
Did I mention that the hotel hooked us up with an upgraded room? This is awesome anytime but considering the tiny studio apartment we have been living in for the last few weeks here in the city, this was a HUGE deal! Our place in the city is so small that we have been sleeping on a pull out couch and there is no TV or internet. We enjoyed sprawling out, watching TV, and sleeping on a real bed!
Wednesday was followed up by some more rainy rail trail action and then a drive to the Sleepy Hollow area. Most people visit the area this time of year because it is Sleepy Hollow but we were there for an even more exciting adventure, Stew Leonards! This grocery store is a food lover’s dream. You won’t find anything prepackaged here. It is just a maze of fresh produce, meat, and dairy along with singing produce and animals around every corner. In the spring and summer they even have a baby farm animal petting zoo. Plus they make their own frozen yogurt and ice cream. Worried about where your milk is coming from? Check out the live video feed from their dairy farm in Connecticut.
If you ever come to NYC for a trip, skip the Statue of Liberty and visit Stews. Sit outside and get something from their grill and enjoy their not so NYC produce prices.
We stocked up on some delicious produce, grazed on yummy samples, and headed back to the city determined to figure out a way to cook healthy meals for the remaining week we are here in our minute kitchen.
What an adventure! Sometimes all it takes is 24 hours to come back refreshed and ready. And a comfy bed doesn’t hurt either. Any color tours planned for you?