Sunday, July 28, 2013

Day Trippin | Gardiner, NY

There are so many great towns to explore in the Hudson Valley!! Last weekend our neighbors brought us to Gardiner, NY…so much to do and see!!

Our first stop was Skydive The Ranch. (NO we didn't skydive) but they allow you to sit at the cafe area and watch the planes take off and the skydivers land. I'm not sure why I love watching skydivers since I would never do it myself, but there is something beautiful and frightening about it that captures me. (See story on Nu Cavu..also in Gardiner).

Next, our neighbors brought us to Tuthilltown Spirits, New York's first whiskey distillery since prohibition. This place is wonderful!!! I'm not much of a whiskey drinker but I did the tasting. They explain the process for each whiskey blend and I actually enjoyed a couple of them. The tasting room is also a shop where you can purchase Hudson Made spirits distilled here as well as other fun merchandise (cat not included). If you're on the hunt for whiskey barrels this is the place but they aren't cheap. Don't forget you can also book a tour of the actual distillery. Visit the website for more information.

Next to the tasting room is the Tuthilltown Grist Mill Restaurant & Tavern. The building is a beautiful Historic Mill with Al Fresco dining over the Shawangunkkill River. We didn't stay for dinner, but opted to have a cocktail at the bar. The Grist Mill is cozy and has a true historic flair without being stuffy. It's the oldest continuously operated water powered gristmill in New York State, built in 1788. A must try. Visit the website here for more information and full history of the mill

Our last stop (no pics sorry) was to Lombardi's Italian Restaurant. OMG fresh pasta!!! Lombardi's will be seeing us again. They make some of the best fresh pasta I've ever had and I must try more. They make the pasta by hand right in the dining area. My husband had the 11 layer lasagna and it was delish! They also bake all their own bread…perfect for soaking up extra sauce. You can't go wrong here!!!

Thank you Gigi & Ron for a wonderful day!!

The town of Gardiner is a great choice for your next day trip! Enjoy :) Links & Pics Below.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Yoga Friends | Hudson Valley

Ahhhh...YOGA! I love it but I can't say I practice it. It's a lifestyle change I haven't been willing to make yet. There are lots of new studios opening up in the Hudson Valley and I'm sure I'll make it to a few classes. Meanwhile, I took a few photos for my best friend Tiffany and her teacher training friend Jennifer. They both teach at Hohokus Yoga in Bergen County, NJ and they are beautiful women who have fully embraced what yoga can do for one's soul!

Here's a peek of the Tiffany & Jennifer Yoga Photoshoot  :)

Jennifer & Tiffany

Monday, July 22, 2013

Pics of the Week | Rockland Boulders Sunset

It was a beautiful sunset on Saturday evening July 20th at the Rockland Boulders Stadium in Pomona, NY.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Bananas in Orange Juice | Refreshing Family Breakfast

OK...It's nasty out there...too hot for toast even especially since we only have AC in our bedroom. One of my favorite breakfast treats is...wait for it... Bananas in Orange Juice! That's right....crazy?

Growing up my Mother would serve this to us and I've never stopped eating it. I try to serve it to friends and even my husband but they all think I'm crazy!! Have you ever tried it? All you do is cut up 1 medium sized banana and pour OJ on top! Eat like cereal :)

I guarantee that if you like the banana/orange flavor combo you will love this as a refreshing breakfast especially during this heat wave.


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Creatures of Algonquin Park | Newburgh, NY

OK....I must follow up on a previous post about walking the dog where I said we didn't have a dog....because now we do!!! ....and she loves to take long walks. Thankfully we live right down the road from Algonquin Park in the town of Newburgh. A lovely park with a running stream, holding ponds and a waterfall.

Our dog Gypsy loves the park because of all the yummy dog smells but I love the park because of all the creatures. Although Algonquin is not large, there is a good amount of mammal, aquatic and reptilian creatures hiding out. Here are some pics I captured the other day. Enjoy! (Pics of Gypsy the dog next time!)

Amenities at Algonquin park include: Ball Fields, Playground, Nature Trails, Pond Area, Fishing, Picnic Shelter, Comfort Station, Benches, Picnic Tables, Grills and Parking.

I call him "Old Man Algonquin" 
Rock wall snakes......

Friday, July 5, 2013

4th of July | Newburgh, NY

This year we stayed local to see the Newburgh waterfront 4th of July Fireworks. I decided to bring my new camera and experiment. We had a great time and I'm sharing my pics here.
I do love celebrating Independence day with my family!
All images are taken with my new camera that I absolutely love!!! It's a compact digital with a multitude of manual settings. More info here:


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Pics of the Week | Sailing The Hudson River

What a beautiful sight from Newburgh. Busy Summer here...apologies for limited posts. Back in the groove soon. Amanda