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Summer and the Hudson Valley

This summer, Dan and I met our parents in the Catskill/Hudson Valley area for the weekend. We picked it because it was an even drive for everyone involved, and we ended up finding some great little things to see and do while we were there. We rented an AirBnb in the woods of Bearsville, it was very surreal to hang out on the screened-in porch at night, listening to owls and coyotes. The town lived up to its name, as my mom got lucky and spotted a black bear one night (luckily we were safely in the car). We only had a short time to explore, so we concentrated on areas that were a short driving distance from the house, here are a few of our favorite picks of things to see and do! (All photos from my iPhone 6.)

Opus 40 – A beautiful sculpture park to walk around. It feels like an old labrinyth in a way. Make sure to wander through all of the nooks and crannies.

Saugherties Lighthouse – A short nature trail through some beautiful reeds brings you out to the lighthouse on the Hudson, where some of the locals were splashing around in the river.

Lucky Chocolates – Stop here for chocolate while you are in Saughteries.

Kingston Farmer’s Market – A great selection of locally-grown produce plus fun gifts to buy. We also ate some amazing fresh fried blueberry fritters, and tasted wine from Tousey Vineyards.

Outdated Café – A coffee shop/antique store all-in-one. I had some killer tacos for lunch and drank some iced coffee, all while I shopped for the coolest little treastures. I’d go back here in a heartbeat.

Tousey Vineyards – We didn’t make it all the way here, but after tasting the wine at the Kingston Farmer’s Market, I wish that we had! On the schedule for next time.

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