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Best of Hudson Valley®

I just learned about the  Best of Hudson Valley® 2009  

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event scheduled to take place at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel on October 15 at 5:30.  I have not attended this in the past but I am looking forward to attending this year.   Hudson Valley Magazine says this event provides the opportunity to “Sample over 100 of the very BEST – Food from the best restaurants, treatments form the best spas, products from the best stores, and services from the best businesses.”
Here is the video from last year’s event, looks like fun!

From what I could find, it appears 2009 marks the 5th anniversary of this event. Tickets are $40 in advance online and $50 at the door.  This looks like a great event to sample some of the “best” that our beautiful Hudson Valley offers!  I can’t wait!

Mountain Jam V-May 29-31 in Hunter Mountain

Mountain Jam V poster

Mountain Jam V poster

Darn, my honey and I were just in Hunter Mountain last weekend.  Sounds like this year’s Mountain Jam V is going to be a great event!  While we could consider drive up on Saturday but we would have to drive back as my honey has to work bright & early on Sunday morning.  For those of you lucky enough to attend–enjoy!

Out and About over Memorial Day weekend!

Happy Memorial Day to everyone!  Yes, Memorial Day serves as the unofficial start to Summer for most of us and it is so much too.  I hope we all took some time this weekend to remember and be grateful to the men and women who have served and for those serving now – to those men and women I say “thank you.”

Saturday started out as an ordinary day. My honey had his annual meeting of his model airplane/gliders club in Orange County.   He has been building and flying for nearly 45 years.

A sampling of my honey's glidders

A sampling of my honey's gliders

Sunday was off to church then spent a great afternoon at my parents working in and around the yard!  Sitting on my parents lower patio  which on located on a lake with the majestic the Hudson River serving as it’s background.  It’s funny because my Mom and I were saying (which we have said many times in the past), people pay a lot of money to go on vacation and have views like this for a week or two, how luck we are to have this beauty in our backyard!

After leaving my parnets late Sunday afternoon, we decided yes you gueesed it, taking one of our very special “day-trips” but leaving Sunday night.  So we headed out toward Hunter Mountain in the Catskill Mountains.

Thanks to a quick Google search before we left, we found the Forester Lodge in Hunter.

Forester Lodge Hunter, NY

Forester Lodge Hunter, NY

For a simple overnight the lodge met our needs.  The only thing I would like to see more of in the Catskills is pet friendly hotel/motels.

Then Monday morning and we were off for a day in the mountains.  First on our list was of course breakfast!  What is it about breakfast out of town that makes you more hungry for breakfast when you are out of town than when at home LOL!.. So, we headed to Windam to the Catskill Mountain Country Store & Restaurant – what can I say except WOW!   The food was GREAT! So many wonderful items to choose from we’re just going to have to go back! The service was outstanding and the country store was adorable!

Catskill Mountain Country Store & Restaurant

Catskill Mountain Country Store & Restaurant

Next on our fabulous “day-trip” was fishing the Schoharie Reservoir.  We found a wonderful little spot just off In-Take Road where we could spend a few hours fishing and enjoying the splendar of the mountains.  RoadSo while we used our special new “trout worms” we still didn’t catch anything but some sunburn!  After a while we decided to head start towards home as we were approximately 2 1/2 hours aways from home.  Driving down 145 headed toward Route 23 — passing and or going through Prattsville, Middleburgh, Leeds, Durham and East Durham to mention a few.   Totally forgeting that this weekend was the Irish Festival in East Durham.  Being dissappointed that we missed the weekend’s Irish Festival I made myself feel better by purchasing a great new Irish/county Cd at the great Ireland Gift Shop on 23 in E. Durham NY.

Schoharie Reservoir off In Take Road

Schoharie Reservoir off In Take Road

I so love the Catskills!  So many wonderful things to see/do, places to visit and wonderful people met along the way!  So I will leave you all for tonight wishing you all blessed and peaceful week ahead!

Out-and-About-Another Day-Trip

Today was a dreary daPhoto by KF All American Drive-Iny here in the lower Hudson Valley, so, of course we decided to take another one of our famous “day-trip” adventures!  As you will remember, we already visited Louis’ Lunch in New Haven, CT (one of America’s best Hamburger places according to the Travel Channel) so next on our list was the All American Drive-In in Massapequa, NY.

 Simple and to the point, the hamburgers here are truly “all American” – do you want fries or onion rings with your burger?  I had the Photo by KF Cheeseburger @ All American Drive-Inbasic cheeseburger (and yes, American cheese is the only option) and fries and loved it!

After our famous hamburger lunch we decided to drive further out on the island.  We headed for Fire Island and to my surprise, cars are not permitted during peak season.  Okay so I’ve lived in Westchester County my entire life, heard a great deal of wonderful things about Fire Island, just not the fact that cars are not allowed.  So with that said, my “wondering” mind wants to know how do you get groceries out to your vacation house on Fire Island-do you bring them on the ferry?

So while we were “out-and-about” in Long Island we also drove through Babylon, Islip, Bayshore and more.  We had a great dinner at Horace & Sylvia’s in Babylon(we unfortunately didn’t get out own picture of this great place).  We would highly recommend this place when passing through Babylon.

That’s was our “day-trip” today – next on our list of famous hamburger places is World’s Famous Ted’s Restaurant in Meridian, CT.

2009 marks the 400th anniversaries of the voyage of English Captain Henry Hudson, who led (for the Dutch) the first European expedition to sail up the river that now bears his name

I’ve lived along this beautiful river (Verplanck) my entire life and am so grateful to truly love and appreicate it’s beauty and history.

Travel Trip New Yorks 400th Hudson Valley

Celebrate New York’s 400th with activities and events that will remind you why you live in the Hudson Valley and hopefully near our beautiful river.

June 6 will be the official River Daymany events and activities will are scheduled at various marinas along the river.

Here is a list of a few events:


Chris Letts serving samples of plank baked shad at last year's Shadfest

Chris Letts serving samples of plank baked shad at last year's Shadfest

Bridge Music – June 6

Photo: © 2006, Spencer Ainsley for The Poughkeepsie Journal

Photo: © 2006, Spencer Ainsley for The Poughkeepsie Journal


You may want to order your Souvenir Book ofor Quadricentennial by Mildred (Millie) Sullivan Schlachter, a local, Hudson River Valley region writer, presents, “A River Beckons….” Especially written for the ‘2009 – Quadricentennial Celebration.

There are so many events scheduled that it is sure to be a wonderful tribute and celebration for all who participate. I am excitied(can you tell) and ready to attend as many of these events as possible! But in the event that I do not get to attend and you do, share with me which event you attend-you know, the where, when, how was it kind of stuff.

I really do love living along the river and love the Hudson Valley–I can’t image ever living anywhere else!

Westchester/Hudson Valley Dining According to Zagat

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Missing the peacfulness of Knickerbocker Lake

Knickerbocker Lake-Boothbay Harbor Region in Maine

Can't Help It–I LUV Ice Cream

Edy’s Slow Churned “Neighborhood Salute”

Edy’s Slow Churned “Neighborhood Salute”

Okay so it is completely different than my past blogs but I can not esist this! Who can resist ICE CREAM? 

Who knew, Edy’s Slow Churned Ice Cream, for the past four years, has recognized American neighborhoods with their Edy’s Slow Churned “Neighborhood Salute” and this year they continue the great tradition by throwing 1,500 block parties in neighborhoods across the country.

To celebrate, Edys is giving away 1,500 ice cream block parties!  To enter to win, you simply need to tell Edy’s why YOUR neighborhood deserves an Edy’s Slow Churned Neighborhood SaluteSM ice cream block party and you could be one of 1,500 winners to scoop up enough FREE Edy’s Slow Churned® light ice cream to feed up to 100 guests, plus a FREE party-in-a-box.  May 29, 2009 is the last day to enter.

In addition to that, Edy’s is also launching a brand-new flavor to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Rocky Road!  With their “A Taste of Recovery” promotion they are scooping ice cream and lifting spirits.

At Edy’s®, we have a history of lifting spirits. In 1929, we introduced a new flavor of ice cream to bring a smile to people during the dark days of the Great Depression. That flavor was Rocky Road. Now, 80 years later, we’re at it again. To brighten the summer, Edy’s® is introducing a brand new Slow Churned® Light Ice Cream Limited Edition flavor, and we need your help!

We’re looking for one energetic American to help us spread a little cheer by unveiling our new flavor! If you want to spend a day dishing up ice cream and dishing out smiles, fill out an application. You could be the winner of Edy’s® Slow Churned “A Taste of Recovery™” Promotion – and scoop up a cool $100,000 to help make a positive change in your life!

So like I said, while this is not my typical blos, I hope you enjoy–enter before May 29 and Good Luck!

Happy May!

Well, looks like a rainy weekend coming up in the Hudson Vally, as such, no special “day-trip” for us planned – darn. So while we can’t take our very special “day-trip” that doesn’t mean we can’t think about it – think about a future trip! 

There are some wonderful events/activities taking place in the Hudson Valley and Catskills in the coming months. Catskill calendar of events is packed with exciting activities. 

Do you enjoy bike riding, consider participating in the Great Hudson Valley Pedal August 11-16, 2009 through the picturesque and historic Hudson Valley.

Are you Irish & love the Catskills as I am and do? then you must plan on visiting East Durham NY during the annual Irish Catkskills Irish Arts Week July 12-18!