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Hudson Valley Restaurant Week Returns!

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week 2010

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week 2010

Okay so many of your already know that my fiancé (a.k.a. “my honey”) and I enjoy traveling around the Hudson Valley and we enjoy eating at the many delectable restaurants (especially those along the Hudson River providing waterfront dining) we are surrounded by.

 

Lucky for us the 4th Annual Hudson Valley Restaurant Week begins March 15th and goes through March 28th! During these 14 days, your can enjoy three-course prix-fixe lunches for $20 and/or three-course dinners for $28 (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity).  With so many “wonderful” farms across the Hudson Valley, many of the chefs include locally grown products to compliment your meal and provide an even greater sense of all the pride and beauty the Hudson Valley has to offer.

 

Hudson Valley

Hudson Valley

 

 

So whether you are in Ulster or Westchester, Columbia or Dutchess or any of the 7 surrounding counties, why not try a few of the nearly 90 restaurants participating in this “wonderful” event.

 

We have had the pleasure of dinning at four of these restaurants and are looking forward to adding as many more as we can to our list of dinning experiences during Hudson Valley Restaurant Week.  As always, we look forward to sharing our dinning experiences with you and encourage you to share your dinning experiences with us by leaving a comment below.

 

 

 

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

 

A visit to Olana

As much as I love our famous “day-trips” they are not as frequent during the winter months  as I find it more difficult to deal with the colder temps.  My poor hands and feet get chilled so fast the older I get LOL!

Today was a blustery cold and windy day here in the lower Hudson Valley as we ventured out headed toward the Mid-Hudson Valley Region.  Traveling west on Bear Mt. Road was the most amazing views including massive ice draped along the mountain as if it were a blanket keeping the earth covered over until springs’ thaw.

Ice Draped Mountain along Bear Mt.

Ice Draped Mountain along Bear Mt.

Continuing on our venture we headed toward Hudson, NY to “Olana“, the Persian style home of the famous Hudson River School artist Frederick Church.  This beautiful home sits high on a hill surrounded by the beauty and “wonder” of the Hudson Valley.  “Olana” is a derivative from Arabic, meaning “Our place on high” is located in some 260 acres of valley, woodland and meadows. 

Frederic Church's Olana

Frederic Church's Olana

Artist Frederic Edwin Church was hugely popular during the mid nineteenth century.  He was very well know for his canvases of American and foreign landscapes. Mr. Church and his wife traveled all over the world, all the time collecting furniture, mementos and architectural ideas. When the Churches decided to build a house overlooking the Hudson River they initially hired society architect Richard Morris Hunt, who designed them a French chateau. Mr. Church nixed these plans with his own ideas to create the exotic Persian-style structure. Inside and out Olana, was designed to capture the breathtaking views surrounded by windows that were tinted and/or framed to showcase the beauty of the views. 

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The most beautiful Arabic symbol meaning “Thou Art Welcome” adores the vestibule and welcomes guests.

Thou Art Welcome

Thou Art Welcome

So whether you like the Morris style or the Persian flare, there is no disputing the magnificent architectural design of Olana.  While we were not permitted to take pictures inside Olana, trust me that the inside reflected the same majesty yet with a more welcoming and home feeling welcomed you in each room. 

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

Winter’s Passionate Sky

Winter’s Passionate Sky

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