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.

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