Sunday, November 3, 2013

What I Saw: The Catskills

One of the great things about living in New York City is the close proximity of some serious mountains. It always blows my mind that a complete change in scenery is available by only a couple hours of travel by train or by car. This weekend was no exception.

Jon and I spent the weekend in the Catskills for our first wedding anniversary. We stayed in Phoenicia, one of many charming small towns in the area. We booked a one room cottage at the Phoenicia Lodge and I highly recommend this place. The owners are so gracious and kind AND are former Brooklynites. When we arrived late in the evening on Friday, we were greeted with freshly baked cookies and an exhaustive list of hikes and sightseeing around the area. We decided to get up early on Saturday for a hike to the Giant Ledge.

The forecast called for rain later in the day but thankfully it held off until we were finished with our hike. We knew that most of the leaves had already fallen from the trees but the hike was still beautiful. Being outside in nature is something that I will never, ever pass up.

We got to the top and found a ledge where we could have a snack and enjoy the view. It was unbelievably still and quiet. The view was amazing.

We decided to head back and returned to our cottage for some downtime before our dinner reservation at Peekamoose Restaurant, another great recommendation from our hosts. Everything we had was excellent, but we were especially blown away by the charcuterie board, complete with house cured meats and the most delicious chicken liver pate I've ever tasted. Seriously, this stuff was unbelievably delicious. 

They were also kind enough to surprise us with an extra little something with our dessert to help celebrate our anniversary. We were definitely surprised.

Sunday morning we slowly made our way back to Brooklyn. We crossed the Hudson River and took the scenic route down, making some stops along the way to whatever looked interesting. When we arrived back to the city the NYC Marathon had just ended, making the drive a little complicated but we were both in high spirits after a beautiful weekend. We just laughed at the ridiculousness of other drivers and made our way back home.

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