After your exotic (or not so exotic) summer holidays, it’s time for a Post- Summer Escape; one you don’t have to pack for, and one you can keep on doing, and keep on loving, all winter long. It’s time for Cold Spring, N.Y.
Here’s a crowd pleaser for under $100, including lunch, snacks and getting there and back by www.metronorth.com.
The thrill begins in Grand Central Station www.grandcentralterminal.com , which feels entirely different when you are embarking on a day-away than it does when you are just changing trains at rush hour…very different. On an early weekend morning, Grand Central is a lazy, hazy, slow, comfort zone. Shafts of sunlight falling through the vast and airy void of the main station catch your attention and fill your soul with a sense of glorious expectation that usually isn’t a part of your workday rush. Your heart rises. (Double that feeling if you have friends or a special friend with you!). You are Going Somewhere. You are leaving The Island, and going ‘Upstate’. You are going to Cold Spring! And you will love it. And you will tell your friends about it when you return. You may even brag about it, or fantasize about moving there, when you see how easy it is to get there from Manhattan, and how wonderful it is when you get there.
This is the perfect little Hudson Valley town for kicking back and exploring: It’s right on the river – with a gazebo and ice cream parlor at the waterfront – and even kayak rental at hand. There are a couple of bed and breakfasts, if you want to spend a bit more time and money – but you can have a very satisfying day just exploring the Village and its wonderfully eclectic shops and eateries. From antiques to unique clothing, clocks to original artwork, fanciful house wares to arts and crafts: A walk down the main street has the feeling of a delightful treasure hunt (and you can literally find treasure at the antique shops!
It’s simply fabulous to spend a lazy day exploring the shops, taking a lunch break at any one of the great restaurants, or simply sitting on a bench at the riverside park and watching the Hudson River flow past majestic Storm King Mountain – the mountain that inspired the beginnings of Scenic Hudson and the environmental movement in the Hudson Valley. www.scenichudson.org . If you are feeling vigorous, one of the nation’s most famous hiking opportunities is in walking distance: www.nynjtc.org/breakneck-ridge-trail -- a steep and glorious ascent to an awe-inspiring view of the Hudson River Valley.
Winter, spring, summer or fall --- Cold Spring is a great get-away. So get up and go, you'll be glad you did.