Over the weekend, my friend Robin and I packed up the car and made our way up the Taconic State Parkway to Tarrytown & Sleepy Hollow to take in a bit of nature and foliage. The best part about living in New York City is that within one hour, you can be at a beach or a mountain. You can certainly say us New Yorkers are spoiled, for a plethora of reasons. Last year, I had bold ambitions of making the most of my fall weekends but alas, my then-travel partner flaked and my weekend adventures were never carried out. This year, I chose better (if I do say so myself) and found a close friend who is not only super sweet but extremely adventurous. Perfect, right?
Anyways, when planning this trip out of the city, I made sure to look up where Blue Hill at Stone Barns, a farming community located outside of Tarrytown. Boasting acres of stunning farmland, delicious food and open access to many animals, I could have spent hours there. First of all, the grounds are truly amazing. Not only are they well-kept but the organization encourages you to wander and get lost. Make friends with the animals. See where your food comes from. Understand how sustainable the land can be, if kept that way. It was exactly what this girl needed.
After eating a crazy huge Feta & Broccoli Frittata and Pear Strudel, we explored the ground then packed up. We walked through the small town of Tarrytown then headed up to Yorktown Heights where we picked a few apples and indulged in Apple Cider Donuts, a basic requirement for apple-farm visits. Driving around the East Coast during this time of year is really relaxing and made me slightly homesick.
Rolling hills, towering trees and the smell of cut grass. If you are in the New York area, I highly suggest making your way out of the city before the snow falls and the holidays start.