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Archive for September, 2009

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!.
seafood-raviolli-smllseafood-linguini-smllmaltenlavachocolatedesert-smll
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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