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The World’s Largest Kaleidoscope – in the Catskills!

WOW, I can’t believe how time flies. . .it’s been a few months since I last blogged, what’s up with that?   So by now most of you “regular” visitors may be saying, hmmm, WonderfulWonders hasn’t done too much traveling in and around the Hudson Valley this summer…. unfortunately you are right.  Somehow our days have been filled with work, errands and then more work. So to all of you that follow my blog, you know that now that the warmer temperatures are here it’s time for my honey and I to get out and about traveling around the Hudson Valley.

We took a drive recently to Mt. Tremper to check out the World’s Largest Kaleidoscope – Kaleidostore at the Emerson Country Store. The store is filled with a large variety of unique items from the newest trendy fashion items to vintage fashion, antique to modern furniture and so much more!

Outside the front door an adorable garden says “relax, enjoy & stay awhile.”  I love love love shops like this!

The kaleidoscope is housed in the 56+ feet tall (certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as being the World’s Largest) silo of a beautifully restored 19th century dairy barn, The World’s Largest Kaleidoscope has been mesmerizing guests since 1996, which means we happen to visit while they are celebrating their 15th anniversary!

The World’s Largest Kaleidoscope show features brilliant moving images while you listen to theater-quality sound.  While you watch the amazing images moving and taking on different shapes & sizes you are treated to great music by Gary Burke, a local composer and drummer who has worked with Frances Ford Coppola and Bob Dylan.  Listening to this music takes you back in time as you hear hints of folk, jazz, big band, psychedelic rock and patriotic grandeur.

 

When visiting, you will enjoy one of three shows, depending on the season. We saw the America, The House We Live In:  A look at the history of America from settlement days through the first space walks and the sixties.


With Woodstock  being only a short distance away, the music was appropriate for our location.  So, what did we do, but of course head over to Woodstock for a bite to eat and browse the shops.

As suggested in our Hudson Valley & Catskill Mountains An Explorer’s Guide book, we stopped at Alyce & Roger’s Fruit Stand on Route 28 in Mt. Tremper and picked up the most delicious corn relish! The couple (we assume Alyce & Roger) was so friendly and kind, we will absolutely go back for more of their fresh relish and jams!

We absolutely had to go back to Cafe Mezzaluna on Route 212 in Saugerties.  We knew from out last visit how special this place was and it was confirmed again when we walked in the door and Sherri greeted us with that same warm & friendly smile.  More specifically, she asked if we were again staying at the  Grouse House/Penthouse (where we spent a long weekend last year).  Her remembering us and where we stayed re-confirmed why we LOVE Cafe Mezzaluna!

There are many great places in and around the Catskills and Hudson Valley and we love exploring them all!

As always, I wish you days filled with wonder - take a minute to wonder what it is that made you smile today!

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A SUMMER WEEKEND IN THE CATSKILLS

 So by now most of you “regular” visitors may be saying, hmmm, WonderfulWonders hasn’t done too much traveling in and around the Hudson Valley this summer…. Unfortunately you are right.  Somehow our days have been filled with work, errands and then more work. So with my honey having this past Friday off (probably the last for a while) we decided to take a 3-day long weekend in the Catskills – we’re off to the Woodstock/Saugerties area! 

 Let me warn you, this blog post is a bit longer than my usual posts ~ we had such an amazing time I just couldn’t help myself when writing…

We couldn’t believe our eyes when we pulled up to the Grouse House/Penthouse, our weekend retreat!  The Penthouse Suite provides complete privacy (with private entrance by spiral staircase).  Here you can escape to one of 3 very private decks; the main/lowest deck is where you will find the outdoor hot tub and shower with small sitting area and porch swing.  Up a small flight of wooden stairs to the middle/2nd level you have BBQ and the most entertaining squirrels you’ve ever seen!  Then make your way up the final spiral stairway to the 3rd level where you have yet another private deck and entrance to the suite.  The suite itself has a great king bed, Cathedral ceiling with ceiling fan, in-suite Jacuzzi tub and kitchenette!  The kitchenette and self-serve breakfast is stocked with juice, muffins, fruit and coffee!  

  

  The private upper most deck has the most amazing views of the mountains and provides the tranquil setting to relax and enjoy all the beauty that surrounds you.  In addition, Gilbert (the homeowner) has created a very unique “gym” area for the birds and squirrel to romp and play!  Watch as the squirrels play in this amazing setting.  Between the majestic views and entertainment of bird / squirrel watching you can easily loose track of time. 

A Bird's Paradise at The Grouse House

  Gilbert is “wonderful,” he offers EVERYTHING you could need and then some!  We completely enjoyed spending time chatting with him and hear about Ursa.  Oh, didn’t I mention Ursa, she is the local bear that frequents the property on a pretty regular basis.  She didn’t stop by (that we know of) while we were there but Gilbert has video of her attempting to climb the trees where the many bird feeders and the squirrel’s gym is located.  Watch as Gilbert calmly tells her to get down and leave the feeders alone and be on her way.  

  The Grouse House is located only minutes from Woodstock and Saugerties.  Both offer quaint shopping and eating, local artisanship and a variety of attractions along the way. 

 Typical for us, it was somewhat a rainy/overcast afternoon on Friday so we decided on spending the afternoon strolling around (shhh, yes that meant shopping a bit) Woodstock. 

 Okay, don’t laugh, first stop, yup, lunch!  At Gilbert’s suggestion we headed out for lunch at   Café Mezzaluna on Route 212in Saugerties.  This great little cafe totally gave you that warm welcome feeling!  Sherri was as friendly and down to earth as can be, made us feel like she was truly glad we stopped in.  Serving your basic / classic sandwiches, drinks and homemade ice cream, Cafe Mezzaluna should be on everyone’s “to do” list along Route 212!  We’ll be back, for more homemade mango ice cream – it was delicious! Visit our Weekend in the Catskills (Woodstock & Saugerties) July 2010 flickr album.

With our appetites feed we were now ready to venture into Saugerties.  Yes it was still rainy/overcast but we decided we should check out the village anyway.  To our surprise, we stumbled on The Horses Are Coming To Saugerties!  For you faithful WonderfulWonders followers, you will remember last year my honey and I accidentally stumbled upon Cat-N-Around Catskill and Best in Show Hudson Dogsso for us to accidentally stumble on the Horses Are Coming to Saugerties was extra special!  We loved it!  The horses will be on display until September so if you can get up to Saugerties we say giddy-up! 

   

We continued to walk through the village of Saugerties stopping by a few antique and/or thrift/gift shops.

 Due to the rain, we left Saugerties and headed for Woodstock!  Guess we were thinking it wouldn’t be raining 10 minutes down the road LOL.  It’s been several years since I’ve been to Woodstock and I was just as excited to be there now as I was the first time I visited some 20 years ago.  The shops are the same, the people are the same, heck, even some of the clothing is the same! 

  

 Known as the Colony of the Arts, Woodstock stands for and represents the idealism of a peaceful mind set and way of life.  Woodstock, NY located in Ulster County, most famous for lending its name to the Woodstock Festival, actually held at Max Yasgur‘s dairy farm 43 miles away in Bethel, New York in Sullivan County.  It’s a great day of walking around shops and galleries, enjoying good conversation along the way! 

We stopped in a few shops including the Bread Alone Bakery’s  Woodstock Café on Mill Hill Roadeagerly anticipating some of the tempting treats described on their website. Hmmm, granted, it was late afternoon/early evening but they really didn’t have a large selection, leaving us slight disappointed.  I’m sure their treats are tasty, perhaps we’ll get to try again another time. Then we just popped in and out of a few shops. . .okay, this time there was no major shopping spree on my part, I was good (saving up for our St. Thomas vacation end of August).

So we all know how much we love our waterfront dinning right, so we had heard a great deal about The Bear Café, Streamside & Fireside Dinning    on Tinker Street (Route 212) so we just had to have dinner here.   Because we had a late lunch, neither of was terribly hungry so we both had the three-cheese ravioli with garlic – it was good, but, too much garlic for our taste. 

After a full day of enjoying the drive to the Catskills, strolling stepping back in time while strolling through the streets of Woodstock, it was time to head back to the suite for a relaxing evening in the hot tub!  While enjoying each other’s company as we discussed our day, we were graced with the presence of a local visitor! Amazing to have this deer just walk past you on her way to the other side of the yard! 

Up early Saturday morning to enjoy our coffee and muffin on the deck while soaking up the fog lifting over the mountains! This was so beautiful and peaceful.  Along with this beauty of the mountains came along more local visitors – these wild turkeys casually went from one end of the yard to the other as we watched from our penthouse deck.   

 I was completely mesmerized as I sat sipping my coffee, watching the birds fly from feeder to feeder, the squirrel’s playing, the turkeys strolling along and the sun burning off the early mountain fog. This is the good life! Check out one of Gilbert’s videos of his “squirrel circus.”

Ironically, the bird that was flying around the most was the American Goldfinch—interesting little fact: the American Goldfinch is the state bird of New Jersey (my honey’s home state), as well as Iowa & Washington.

Saturday morning and it’s very hot and humid even in the mountains.  So, we decide to go swimming in The Deep Swimming hold in Woodstock.  Located on Route 212 about 1.5 miles before the center of Woodstock   This secluded setting, is just minutes outside of Woodstock . It’s easy to miss though.  Look for Gallo’s plant nursery on Route 212 and the entrance to Big Deep is on the other side. This Google map has approximate location.  Park where you can and walk down the dirt path to the swimming area and be sure to carry out any trash you bring in!

The Deep Swimming Hole-Woodstock NY

After a nice swim we headed over to Opus 40 on Fite Roadin Saugerties.   This truly is a fascinating pieces of sculpture ever created by a single man.

The work is an immense composition of finely fitted stone, rising in ramps and swirling terraces around pools and trees and fountains out of the rock bed of an abandoned bluestone quarry. It spreads out over more than six acres.

It is the product of more than thirty-seven years of a man’s life. His name was Harvey Fite. He worked alone, using his hands and traditional quarryman’s tools, to build his masterpiece: Opus 40.Mr. Fite purchased the abandoned quarry in 1937 and began working on his masterpiece the following year in 1938.  He worked tirelessly for the next 37 years, passing away just 3 years prior to it’s original goal of 40 years. 

Then the grand finale of our weekend was the Celtic Woman concert at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Saturday night!  

Bethel Woods Center for The Arts

Home of the original Woodstock back in 1969-3 days of music in the Hudson Valley.  We first visited the museum which was like a flash back to the 60’s right before your eyes!  It was great; and while I was born just a little too late to actually be able to go or even completely understand what was happening at the time, I know now that it was an event of its decade and one our nation will never forget. 

We sat and ate our picnic lunch/dinner as we waited for the shuttle to take us to the pavilion.  The Celtic Woman were outstanding!  They are truly gifted and talented ladies.   As the concert was coming to its end the skies lit up with lighting while thunder rolled over head and the rains came down!  We were completely soaked.  It was like 1969 without the mud.

So can you tell we had a “wonderful” weekend in the Catskills.  Despite the rain on Friday afternoon/evening, and again Saturday night and yet again Sunday afternoon, we can’t wait to go back. 

As always, I wish you days filled with happiness and “wonder” – take the time to “wonder” what it is that made you smile today!  Don’t forget, we would love to hear from you about your if you’ve visited any of the places we’ve visited, leave us a comment below!

A Day @ Sugar Loaf, NY Artisans Village!

  

Sugar Loaf, NY Artisans Village

What a spectacular day it was this past Saturday as my honey and I started out on one of our famous “day-trips”!  We headed to Sugar Loaf Artisans Village located in the picturesque Warwick Valley, Orange County, New York. Directions to Sugar Loaf.  Many people refer to Sugar Load village as a “mini Woodstock.”    

Oh my gosh, here I go again but, without a doubt Sugar Loaf is now on the list of my “Top Picks” places to visit!  Handmade treasures, meeting great local artisans and the beauty of the Catskill Mountains and Hudson Valley Sugar Loaf should be on your to-do list.  

You can’t help but fall in love with this quaint village filled with outstanding selection of handmade art, crafts and gifts. There are so many “wonderful” unique shops each offering a broad range of artistic items from oil and acrylic paintings, water color, stained glass, black & white and color photography, pottery, antiques, jewelry and woodworks, candles, soap, sculpture and much much more!  

I truly believe this village is one of the most unique shopping villages in the Hudson Valley.  This “wonderful” village has the distinguished reputation as a crafts community for over 250 years, Today, Sugar Loaf remains true to its heritage as the year round home of over fifty independent business men and women. Many of these artisans live and work in the original barns and buildings which date back to the 1700’s.  There you still find a rich history of artists, writers and creative people that have left a great legacy to build on.  

You’ll find everything in Sugar Loaf within easy strolling distance; there are specialty and gift shops, pottery, art and photography studios. Spend the day browsing though the “wonderful” collection of shops, bring a camera or sketch pad and create your own impressions, Sugar Loaf’s beautiful surroundings will release your creative energies! When your stomach starts to stir, stop at one of the fine restaurants for a rejuvenating meal, quick snack or a refreshing drink.  

As hard as we tried, we couldn’t visit all the great shops and galleries in one day. Darn, guess we’ll have to plan another trip LOL! We couldn’t visit them all because we were thrilled to spend time meeting & chatting with the owners/artisans of the shops we were able to visit!  So here are a few of my favorites:  

 The White Weathered BarnThe White Weathered Barn– what can I say but fantastic! I was thrilled to meet Rena (another Westchester County girl!) and wish here luck in her new and expanded space at Sugar Loaf.  And yes, I couldn’t resist purchasing one of the most beautiful bracelets I’ve seen!  It was like it was made for me as the colors were an absolute perfect match for what I was wearing, so, I just couldn’t resist!  Go ahead and follow The White Weathered Barn’s blog  or visit their website

The White Weathered Barn from from Romer’s Alley

  

Sugar Loaf Mountain Herbslove it!  At Rena’s suggestion (knowing how much I too love gardening and such) we next visited Sugar Loaf Mountain Herbs and met our new friend Alicia.  This special shop offers a variety of specialty teas, organic bulk herbs and spices, heartfelt gifts, aromatherapy and herb plants and flowers in season. So if you are interest is in making your own or rather the convenience of ready-made, Alicia has it all. Okay okay, I know you’re wondering, so, did she purchase anything……and the answer….but of course!  I purchased this beautiful old style urn filled with dried flowers!  Keep up with Sugar Loaf Mountain Herbs via their blog!

     

   

Next stop,  Rosner’s Traditional Soap Makers, I’ve been anxiously waiting to visit this shop to get their Soapstone (also known as steatite or soaprock) soap dishes! Again, thanks to links on my friend Rena’s site is where I first learned about these soapstone soap dishesand couldn’t wait to get one for myself!  While I didn’t purchase any soap on this trip (I’ll save that for our next visit), I clearly understand why Rosner Soap was voted Best Soap in The Hudson Valley 2006, by Hudson Valley Magazine. Can’t wait to go back!  

charm outside of Rosner's

Onward to  Kelly Jane Accessories, adorable accessories and more! Unique handmade handbags & coordinating accessories fill this shop!  Everyone loves to have a bag or accessory that is a conversation piece and that is what you will find in this great shop!  Kelly does all her own sewing and each piece is created to be a fashioned to be a statement of originality!  I know, I know, yes, I purchased a great little blue bead stretch bracelet! I just can’t help myself when I’m surrounded by so many “wonderful,” people and things! Go ahead, visit the website of Kelly Jane Accessories shop and see for your self.  

Kelly Jane Accessories from Romer’s Alley

Up next was Bostree, okay so I wanted one of everything!  This shop/gallery has a large varied selection of unique functional and decorative American craft created by numerous local and national craftspeople as well as by its owners, Theresa and Ray Boswell. I fell in love with the many unique mirrors! And so, true to form, I purchased one and added one to my “wish list” for our next visit!  If you like these mirrors they can be customized to a particular color if you wish.  The picture here titled “wish list” I’m having done in a green – so go ahead and visit the website of Bostree shop, you’ll be glad you did as you’re sure to find something that catches your eye.  

Mirror I purchased from Bostree"Wish List" Mirror from BostreeHaving this done in green instead of blue shown

Then on to The Exposures Gallery, here you will see the most amazing photos of the Hudson Valley and many other exciting places Nick has photographed along his travels.  He recently released a beautiful coffee table book entitled “The Great Valley” containing over 140 color photographs spanning 25 years in the region.  As we looked through the book we were in awe of the beauty of Nick’s photos of our great Hudson Valley.  This book is wonderful and now on my Christmas Wish List! Without a doubt The Exposures Gallery is a place to visit – visit their website.  

So these are just a few of the many shops that await you in Sugar Loaf.  There are a variety of restaurants too!  If you haven’t already visited then you must consider planning a day trip to Sugar Loaf, you’ll be happy you did!  Feel free to leave a comment on your visits to Sugar Loaf!  

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)!

 

 

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!

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!

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