This past weekend a few of us went up to visit Kevin in Poughkeepsie. I’ve been hearing about this trip for years and it definitely exceeded my expectations. While we were towards the end of the fall season, we still made it in time to see the trees in full bloom and the beauty of the Hudson River Valley.
We drove up on Friday, by way of Shakedown BBQ. The best BBQ in central PA!
Saturday was packed. Kevin drove us around without any heads up of what was going on. We picked up the best apple cider donuts ever, and a jug of apple cider that tasted like it had been made that morning. We stopped by a hunting store and Kevin picked up some mystery package – though I honestly thought we were going shooting! Trickery. We went up to Olana – which is the house of famed Hudson river School artist Frederic Edwin Church. It was so awesome! The views were insane. We walked around the town of Hudson and through the antique and vintage stores. For lunch we had a picnic by the Hudson-Athens lighthouse (mystery packages contained wild turkey sausage). The rest of the day we took a walk on the canal in High Falls, went to a bar inside a bookstore, saw some waterfalls, went to a winery, drove across bridges, down mountains, and through small towns to enjoy the beauty.
We had dinner at Kevin’s mom’s house – amazing mac and cheese and sampled Kevin’s mead! There wasn’t a lot of time to linger as we had a timed event that evening. Turned out to be a graveyard tour of St James church in Hyde Park. Graveyards are my biggest fear. We heard stories from different people who were buried in the graveyard including FDR’s father. Educational and scary. From there Kevin surprised us again with a roller rink! It was super fun. We ended the night at a townie bar with amazing pizza, frosted glasses for our Bud and karaoke. Kevin and Ben wowed the bar with their rendition of Tiny Dancer.
Sunday, we went to a local diner for breakfast. It was one guy on one grill making food for everyone. It was delicious. Kevin had to work so after he left, we went to Hyde Park to FDR’s home and presidential library. It was so cool, one of the best tours I have been to. We drove home by way of Cold Spring for pumpkin hot chocolate and had a seamless ride home.
I’m ready to go back!