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IRON HORSE GRILL in PLEASANTVILLE, NY

With the forecast for New Year’s Eve being a bit of a wintery mix, we decided to go out to dinner tonight and enjoy a quiet evening in tomorrow night watching the ball drop in Times Square ushering in 2010.

Iron Horse Grill

Iron Horse Grill

We enjoyed an absolutely delicious dinner at the Iron Horse Grill in Pleasantville, NY.  Pleasantville is a quaint village in northern Westchester County .

 We started off by sharing the TRICOLOR SALAD WITH CRISP CALAMARI “CROUTONS”, Lemon Vinaigrette which was delightfully different and uniquely flavored with the Lemon Vinaigrette.

    
Then I enjoyed the GRILLED VEAL CHOP, Craisin-Apple Relish, Spiced Yams, Brussels Sprouts and Chestnuts while my fiancé enjoyed the Heirloom Pork with caramelized pears in a delightful sauce. (Please excuse the images as they were taken with our camera phone and not our digital camera.)
Grilled Veal Chop

Grilled Veal Chop

Heirloom Pork

Heirloom Pork

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, we of course had to sample the dessert.  True to form, we always split the dessert so tonight we indulged in the CHOCOLATE MARQUIS with Pistachio-Mint Ice Cream as I also enjoyed a delicious cappuccino! 

Chocolate Marquis

Chocolate Marquis

 The Iron Horse Grill received high ratings from Zagat (26 – 22 – 25).  Normally I do not have a great desire to return to a place once I have been there, however, I must say, I would return to the Iron Horse Grill without hesitation.

 

As always, I wish you days filled with happiness and “wonder” – take the time to “wonder” what it is that made you smile today! 🙂

2009 A Year in Review – 2010 A Look Ahead

Winter sunset over Lake Meahagh-Verplanck, NY

Winter sunset over Lake Meahagh-Verplanck, NY

It seems appropriate to take some time to reflect on the year which is about to come to an end, 2009.  For me, reflecting back over the years brings smiles to my face J and joy in my heart for I was blessed with a wonderful year!  

The year was filled with great times spent with my family and exciting and fun-filled “day-trips” with my fiancé.  From celebrating birthdays and holidays and weekends with my family to fishing excursions in and around the area, state and county fairs, trips to the Catskills, Newport, waterfront dining on the Hudson River and more!

 

In April 2009 I launched my “Wonderful Wonders” blog which I’m thrilled to say has been viewed nearly 1,000 since it’s launch!  So to all my readers, I say thank you for taking the time to stop by and read about my travels and adventures.  I am looking forward to another year sharing with you places we visit in the hopes that you may find them interesting and want to visit if you hadn’t already.  Warning…..although the snow can be beautiful (as seen in the picture above of a beautiful sunset over Lake Meahagh in Verplanck, NY) I am not a huge fan of the cold so I do not do as much getting out ‘n ‘bout in the winter, as such, my blogging will be a bit less frequent. 

 

I hope we all take a moment to look back and reflect on the year as this helps us to remember; remember the events and activities we were fortunate to have been a part of and the people that we were blessed to have in our lives over the year. 

Happy New Year to all!

 

As always, I encourage all of you to take the time to stop and “wonder” – wonder what it is that made you smile today!

Christmas 2009

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I can’t believe it is Christmas and 2009 will be coming to an end.  As my “honey” says, we had an “action packed-fun filled” summer filled with absolutely “wonderful” day-trips, long weekends and fabulous waterfront dining excersions!

Our house is decorated for Christmas, the gifts are purchased and wrapped, the cards are written and mailed, the baking is done as we  sit back to enjoy this very special time of year.  

our-tree-sm1For me, Christmas has always been a time of love surrounded by family.  I am truly blessed!

As always, I wish you days filled with happiness and “wonder” – take the time to “wonder” what it is that made you smile today)!

The Hudson Valley Welcomes all Cat & Dog Lovers,

Calling all cat lovers, this is the event for you! Calling all non-cat owners, this is still the event to see!

Now in its 3rd year, Cat-N-Around Catskill is a very interesting and fun activity to see.

This year being “A Quadricentennial Celebration” Main Street in Catskill becomes the Hudson River as the Catskill Cats celebrate Explore NY 400, Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Celebration.  This year’s special 2009 felines arrived ready to celebrate the Hudson River Valley. The cats are decorated to reflect the culture, art, history, agriculture, industry and landscapes of this “wonderful” region / valley that I’m so proud to call home!

I am so glad to have had the chance to see this magnificent event and look forward to next year’s event. If you haven’t already, I would encourage you to take a drive to Catskill and enjoy a leisurely walk down the street of this 19th century riverfront village.

60 painted fiberglass felines will be sCATered along the historic Main Street in the Village of Catskill for this summer-long celebration.  Bring the kids, bring your camera and spend an afternoon prowling about with our capricious, whimsical, imaginative kitties.  Don’t forget to visit our wide array of shops, galleries and eateries as you stroll.  We guarantee you’ll go home with a smile
on your face.

Cat’n Around Catskill 2009 will culminate with a live auction of our fabulous felines at the Cat’s Meow Auction and Gala on Sunday, October 4th at The Historic Catskill Point on the Hudson River where these kitties will be looking for a permanent home.

For further information or to purchase tickets to the event please call 518-943-0989 or email catskillchamber@mhcable.com
For more to see and do in Catskill and Greene County, New York
visit
www.welcometocatskill and www.greenetourism.com

Here are a few of the wonderful cats

#8 Hoca Raffle Cat

#8 Hoca Raffle Cat #9 Cat'n Henry Hudson

#10 Lights In The Night

#10 Lights In The Night

#11 Pawing Around Palenville

#11 Pawing Around Palenville

#12 What A Crock

#12 What A Crock

#13 Catskill Cat

#13 Catskill Cat

#14 Tarrytown: Sleepy Hollow Cat

#14 Tarrytown: Sleepy Hollow Cat

Interesting enough, while visiting the shops along Main Street we learned that just across the river in Hudson NY the dogs are on display along Warren Street. So, being a dog lover/owner we had to take a ride across the Rip Van Winkle Bridge into Hudson so see the Best In Show Hudson Dogs. Here are some of the amazing 40 or so dogs we spotted walking down Warren Street.

1609 Canine

1609 Canine

Doggie Wash

Doggie Wash

Faith

Faith

As always, I wish you days filled with happiness and “wonder” – take the time to “wonder” what it is that made you smile today)!

Labor Day 2009 weekend in Hunter Mountain

welcome-to-hunter-smll1Due to a partial weekend working, we only had Friday night and Saturday to ourselves this Labor Day so we needed to stay somewhat close to home on this last “official” weekend of the summer.  As a result, the destination of choice was easy, the beautiful Catskill Mountains! 

 

We decided on the charming Fairlawn Inn fairlawn-inn-smll3B&B in Hunter.  We stayed in the Glenwood Room glenwoodrm-smll2on the main level.  This cozy Victorian style room was warm and inviting with its brass bed and assorted Victorian décor!  The Inn itself has so much charm and beauty that you become lost in the ambience swept away to another place and time.  The gourmet homemade breakfast was superb!  Each table setting was uniquely eloquent offering individual carafe of fresh brewed coffee.  An assortment of fresh fruit and muffins started our breakfast followed by a choice of specials.  We highly recommend the 4 cheese omelet.    dining-room-at-fairlawn-inn-smll fairlawninn-smll 4cheeseomelet-smll

 

We dined at the Bistro Brie & Bordeaux French restaurant in Windham. (BestOf Hudson Valley Maagazine 2008)  bistro-brie-bordeaux-smllTo start we delighted our taste-buds with assortment of French cheese and seasonal fresh fruit.  of-french-cheese-and-seasonal-fresh-fruit-smllThen I enjoyed the Penne Rigatoni Pomodoro (Penne, Tomatoes, Basil, Garlic, and Olive Oil) while my honey savored his Steak Frites à la Bordelaise (Grilled New York Steak, served with Homemade French Fries and Green Beans).  And yes, you know how we feel about dessert so we shared (as we normally do) the most delectable
Traditional Crème Brûlée before heading back to the Inn for a comfy & relaxing evening. penne-rigatoni-pomodoro-smll steak-frites-a-la-bordelaise-smll traditional-creme-brulee-smll

 

First stop was at Traphagen Honey & Gourmet Shop trapagen-honey-gourmet-shop-smll1located at the end of the Village of Hunter on the Right across from The Office of All Service’s Hunter-Windham.      

 

Unexpectedly while passing the entrance to Hunter Mountain we came across a sign that read “Skyride Today” and just as unexpectedly I agreed to take the lift to the top! looking-at-the-top-of-hunter-from-the-bottom-smllThe view, as you can imagine was simply breathtaking!  view-from-top-of-hunter-smllWhile I’m not a skier I would highly recommend taking the lift to the top to enjoy all the beauty of the spectacular views, seasonal plants (like the brilliant Devil’s Paintbrush we saw) devils-paintbrush-smlland more.  I can only imagine what the Fall Foliage must look like (shih, perhaps we’ll take another trip). view-smll view-from-top-of-hunter-mt-smll We even saw the Fairlawn Inn from the lift-amazing! fairlawn-inn-bb-from-lift-at-hunter-mt-smll

 

Driving along route 23A enjoying the scenic views and peaceful countryside was both relaxing and special.  Special because it was another of our very famous “day-trips” that we love so much!  We came upon the Mountain Candle shop in Tannersville  mt-shop-smllwhich of course was calling my name so we just had to stop and see what special treasure we would uncover.  Wooden roses!  The most beautifully crafted wooded roses were just waiting for us inside!  

 

Searching for a place to pull off and do a little fishing we came across the North-South Lake off Route 18 in Haines Falls. north-south-lake-haines-falls-ny-smll While we didn’t catch any fish, we did manage to catch a little sunburn, and an ice cream for dessert (LOL).  We did discover that boat rentals are available; perhaps our next visit will allow enough time for us to row around the lake. 

 

As always, I wish you days filled with happiness and “wonder” – take the time to “wonder” what it is that made you smile today)!

 

 

Another great waterfront dining experience on the Hudson River!

Striped Bass Restaurant

Striped Bass Restaurant

I am getting so spoiled. . . and, loving every delicious minute! We completely enjoyed another great meal at the Striped Bass restaurant located at 236 West Main Street in Tarrytown, NY. I have lived in Westchester County NY most of my life and still marvel at the beauty and culture that surrounds us.

I enjoyed tasty seafood ravioli – fresh ravioli stuffed with shrimp, crab and lobster – my honey enjoyed seafood linguini – shrimp, crab and lobster over linguini. Both were delicious! But of course we didn’t (or is it couldn’t) stop there, we thoroughly enjoyed / shared the most delectable molten lava chocolate desert! You know what they say; there is always room for desert!.
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The sun was beginning to set as we sat and relaxed enjoying the view and a wonderful evening. As always, I wish you days filled with happiness and “wonder” – take the time to “wonder” what it is that made you smile today)!
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Dutchess County (NY) Fair

dutchess-county-fair-small1 Today we took one of our famous “day-trip” and went to the Dutchess County (NY) Fair in Rhinebeck – the sun was finally shinning and we had an absolutely great day!

We enjoyed an afternoon of fun, sun, shopping (of course), great food and entertainment! Today we watched the Championship Bull Riding event. This action packed show features top riders pitted with top bulls. Bull riding is a popular rodeo sport that involves a rider getting on a large bull and attempting to stay mounted for at least 8 seconds while the animal attempts to buck off the rider. The rider tightly fastens one hand to the bull with a long braided rope. It is a risky sport and has been called “the most dangerous eight seconds in sports. (http://www.dutchessfair.com/grandstand-performances.php)

I have to tell you of the most wonderful all natural bath and body productsscentastics-soap from Scentastics! I purchase the soap practically every time I see Pam and Ken at one of the Hudson Valley fairs! Today I couldn’t resist the Cool Breeze Shea Butter & Goat’s Milk soap – completely transforms me to a 5 star resort & spa – I would encourage you to give their products a try today!

Now I admit I am not an huge fan of cooking. But even I couldn’t resist the delicious flavored creamed honey from Remsburger Maple Farm and Apiary! I purchased the Blueberry Honey and the Cranberry Honey; heck even I can spread on toast! No, honestly these wonderful honeys can be used as glazes also so believe it or not, I’m planning on use the Blueberry Honey tomorrow night on a pork tenderloin (I’ll let you know the results next blog!).creamed-honey

I am also a huge dog lover I have a Pekingese and while I love her with all my heart, I know she is not as talented as these amazing dogs from Dock Dogs. This is very real sport with competitions and all!
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All in all it was a “wonderful” day! typical-county-fair-small

I will leave you with one of the most spectacular sunsets – this is sunset over the majestic Hudson River (that I love so much!) in Hyde Park, NY. As always, I wish you days filled with happiness and “wonder” – take the time to “wonder” what it is that made you smile today:)!
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Dinner on Orange Lake/Newburgh, NY

Lakeview House Restaurant
Lakeview House Restaurant
 

We found another great restaurant offering beautiful water views that we love so very much and warm and inviting service at the Lakeview House Restaurant overlooking Orange Lake in Newburgh, NY.  Located at 343 Lakeside Road the Lakeview House is close to home for us yet the setting and environment swept us away to a feeling of being at a resort dinning location. 

We enjoyed a delightful dinner on the porch as we watched the sunset over Orange Lake in Newburgh.

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I enjoyed the apple sausage stuffed pork tenderloin topped with a cranberry butter sauce while my honey savored every minute of his roasted ducking.   Apple stffed pork tenderloin     roasted-long-island-duck-small1
 We are truly blessed to live in the Hudson Valley.  Our beautiful region is filled with history, culture and beauty.  Whether you enjoy gorgeous views of sunsets over the waters, or the colors of a spectacular fall foliage food rich in flavor of locally grown produce and more, the Hudson Valley has something for everyone!
Till our next outing or next “day-trip” filled with fun great food, breath-taking views, adventurous activities or visiting history I encourage all of you to take the time to stop and “wonder” – wonder what it is that made you smile today 🙂

Wondering. . .

Okay so for some time now I have been “wondering”what it is that I am supposed to do with my life. I guess you could say I’ve asked myself what it is I want to be when I grow up (now nearly 50 and still searching), what is that “thing” that will both inspire me beyond words and make a difference in either a specific individuals life or in general. I am waiting and looking forward to my aha moment!

Recently I saw the movie Julie & Julia and loved it! At the same time I was somewhat jealous of Julie – she found her calling – she had her aha moment. So why not me? What’s taking so long? What am I missing? Did my aha moment happen somewhere over the last 48 years and perhaps I missed it, maybe I didn’t recognize it?

I too started blogging but obviously it isn’t as successful as Julie’s. Most likely (and understandably) because I don’t have a specific theme/topic. While the primary focus of my blog, to date, has been about various places I have visited in and around the Hudson Valley (which I truly do love this area!), I can understand why I haven’t developed a fan base of readers.

I guess for now all I can do is wait and persevere. Wait for my aha moment and hope it hasn’t already passed me by; persevere that what lies ahead of me is what I should focus on.

To those of you that have read my blogs about our “day trips” in and around the Hudson Valley (and a few beyond), thank you. I don’t think I have said thank you to you before, my apologies. I truly appreciate your comments and hope you get inspired to visit a few of the places I’ve mentioned.

Until next time, laugh, smile and enjoy life!

Weekend in Newport, RI

welcome-to-ri-small We spent the weekend in Newport, RI and loved it!  Mapquest said 3 1/2 hours – thanks to Friday evening traffic on I-95 coupled with rain showers we didn’t arrive until closer to ten o’clock but we were then ready to enjoy our time away.

First on our list was a helicopter ride over RI by Bird’s Eye View. aerial-of-newport-small
Then the famous 10 mile drive along Ocean Drive – exploring the rocky shores, crashing waves and beautiful views. waves-along-10-mile-drive-small
Dining at Pier 49 was spectacular, a great band, wonderful sunset and delious food! We loved it.

The mansions are amazing…Newport was the home to many of the rich and famous–the mansions or “cottages” as they were known are breath taking from both the air and ground.

The only downside to this trip is that it was too short, I would highly recommend a visit to Newport.

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