We have a date tonight.
Trip Start Mar 17, 2012
80Trip End Jun 26, 2012
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The hotel destination was to be in Spring Valley after we had explored the last town on the route -Tarrytown. However, due to a plea from Gail that a highly recommended restaurant located in the hills above Tarrytown is well worth a visit, I check out availability at the restaurant that evening and there is one available spot at 5.30 pm. I cancel the Spring Valley hotel and book one in Tarrytown.
The task now is to see our sights for the day, get to the hotel by no later than 4.30 pm and ready ourselves for a short drive into the Tarrytown hills to the restaurant known as Blue Harvest at Stone Barn. Jacket and tie is the requested attire. (Lucky I had been to the Ralph Lauren outlet store and bought up big!!)
We roll out of Albany with a purpose - We have a date tonight
To save some time we take the Interstate directly to Hudson (at the top of the Hudson Valley in NY State) where we stop for a coffee. It is a strange town. As we approach it is evident that there is a distinct lack of wealth in the area and even the local convenience store is advertising on a large sign "We take food stamps". However as we turned down Main Street the shops were transformed from derelict and vacant to the most amazing array of upscale boutiques and eateries. In the coffee shop a local merchant explained that the last few years had been a bit tough but most were still hanging on. Mind you whilst I waited in the car for Gail to return with the coffees, I witnessed what appeared to be a stocktaking fire just down the street.
From Hudson we take Route 9 which will follow the Hudson River south on its way to New York City.
The mansions along Route 9 are no more prominent than around Hyde Park. Hyde Park is a town located in the northwest part of Dutchess County, New York, United States, just north of the city of Poughkeepsie. The town is most famous for being the hometown of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
At Poughkeepsie, known as "The Queen City of the Hudson", we do the walk along the pedestrian bridge over the Hudson River, before continuing on along the route to Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown - twin villages that ooze character and an ambience of olden days yet lie just 25 miles north of Midtown Manhatten
We had made good time. It was just after 4.00 pm as we pulled into our hotel to get ready for our date.
What a meal! The food was exquisite.
What an establishment! The location and decor were extraordinary.
What a price! Fill in the dots: ..................................... Lucky we sold Monomeath.
Tomorrow New York!
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