Head to Cold Spring, NY
Last month, my husband and I spent a week in Cold Spring where his parents rented a beautiful home overlooking the Hudson River. If you have never been to Cold Spring, stop what you're doing and get yourself over to Grand Central. In 77 minutes you can feel lightyears away from the City. What is there to do in Cold Spring? I'm glad you asked:
You can't walk down the main drag of Cold Spring, aptly named Main Street, without tripping over an antique store. To take a break from digging through the vintage goodness, check out Burkelman which has a lovely selection of home goods from Canvas, Iittala, and others. Also, stop by Cold Spring General Store with its wide selection of bitters, teas, and much more. If you are looking for relaxation, the Cold Spring Apothecary has massage oils, candles, toiletries, and offers spa services in a serene environment.
If you've worked up an appetite, there are more than a dozen restaurants to choose from right in town. Riverview Restaurant has great lunch specials and delicious pizzas. We went there twice in one week! The Depot is a Cold Spring institution featuring American favorites in a casual outdoor setting. It was built by Cornelius Vanderbilt and used as the town's train depot until 1954. Then, after spending 18 years as a car dealership, the Cold Spring Depot Restaurant opened in 1972. If you want to venture outside of town, the Roundhouse in neighboring Beacon is a boutique hotel and restaurant with delicious food served with a side of waterfall views.
Views of the Hudson from Storm King Mountain...
And if you've stuffed yourself silly and need to burn off some calories, Cold Spring has some amazing hikes. Breakneck Ridge is one of the top hikes in the Northeast (though a bit scary sounding for my taste). Anthony's Nose is much more beginner friendly, and nearby Bear Mountain and Storm King have various hikes for all levels.
There are so many more things to do in and around Cold Spring and in the Hudson River Valley. I hope you make a trip out there for the day, weekend, week, or summer, and let me know your faves.