My sister lived in New York City for years. We visited her in Park Slope in Brooklyn more times than I can count. Whenever I think about our weekends in Brooklyn I think of the extra layer of fat I would come home carrying from literally devouring the most amazing $5 cupcakes (we had to try the best one on every block), gourmet dinners, morning lattes and bagels in between meals. NYC is truly a food capital and with a family full of foodies we didn’t stand a chance.
My sister moved from Brooklyn to quite the contrary, Cortlandt Manor. We loved the idea of a change of scenery and of course being a little bit closer to my big eyed nephew. The area is shockingly rural and woodsy, as if it’s plucked right out of Vermont. It’s a huge change and the main judgement factor is most definitely food… and I’m happy to say it did NOT disappoint.
Despite the cold we went on some serious adventures on Saturday. To start we visited Peekskill which is about a 4 minute drive from the house. We waited in line at the Peekskill Coffee House, Joe and I split a hot chocolate and a gluten-free crepe with banana and nutella. Although it was a little early to be cracked out on chocolate it was beyond delicious, the crepe was piping hot with a perfect distribution of heavenly filling. The restaurant scene looks great, but we decided to head about 30 minutes away for the scenic drive and a destination of Beacon.
We heard that Beacon had a big artist community and they are very well known for Dia: Beacon, a massive museum with collections from the 1960’s as well as new exhibitions. We didn’t have time to do the museum but it’s definitely on my list for next time.
Even without visiting the museum, the artist community is so obviously vibrant. The main road is lined with vintage shops, numerous art galleries, murals on the sides of buildings and delightful restaurants. We spent hours here and the light dusting of snow made it truly picturesque.
We ate lunch at Beacon Falls Cafe and their corn nugget appetizer was life changing. The service was great, everything was incredibly fresh and full of flavor.
Some of my other favorite stops included:
The Chocolate Studio, need I say more?:
The Hop: after visiting The Hop it would make sense to me going forward if every restaurant that thrives on craft beer and local flavor should also be half store. This way, all the beer you try is easy to find and purchase! We strolled in here by accident and left with some great local hard ciders, and a variety of beer. Too good to miss!
After the Barn: This store was so great. They design, build and sell custom wooden tables all shapes and sizes. The staff was friendly and helpful, and although the various size tables were a pretty penny it is obvious how much time and love has gone into their crafting. Along with tables the shelves were lined with old farming antiques and decor. I’m already dreaming of investing in a new table from After the Barn.
The entire area is scenic and full of history. There are beautiful churches and landmarks all along the road to stop. Cold Spring is nearby and boasts another bustling family owned community. The roads are windy and full of hills, but the scenery makes the possibility of carsickness so worth it.