after a long and crazy work week, I did what any other sane new yorker would do.....i left town. in the fall, all i want to do is be in the mountains. hiking in the day time, and curling up by the fireplace in the evening with a nice strong cocktail or warm drink. living in manhattan, many of us don't have vehicles. which is a blessing to me after years of driving on the 405 freeway in los angeles. so where to go without a car and be in the mountains? the hudson valley!
the hudson valley is sprinkled with quaint little villages all accesible by train or by bus. i always try and find the more affordable route, which this time was the bus. trailways of new york operates out of the port authority here in manhattan. a one way ticket will set you back no more then $30, if that. they are clean and very comfortable with wifi and power outlets on board. all you have to do, is sit back and relax until you reach your destination. I chose to go to new paltz which is only an hour and a half away. when i travel, and as you read my blogs....you will notice my money does not go to transportation or lodging. i rather spend on food, activities and shopping. i consider myself a traveler, not a tourist. There is a difference. for this trip i chose to stay at the new paltz hostel which is conveniently located literally next door to the bus terminal and the taxi station. i stayed in a private room which was only $50 a night. new paltz is a great town for hiking and mountain climbing with the gunks being a short distance away.
Mohonk mountainhouse, omg! if you guys are ever in the tri state area and want a nice little mountain getaway, i highly, highly recommend checking this resort out. it is beautiful, surrounded by mountains and a serene lake. if you happen not to be staying there, like myself...they offer pretty good deals for you to still be able to explore the premises. you can either get a hiking package or like i did, a breakfast package.....which allows you entry to the resort/hotel with breakfast and also allows you a full day of hanging out in the premises. i had my full breakfast, took a cup of hot tea and relaxed in one of the rocking chairs on their veranda facing the lake. i went very early in the morning, it was so peaceful and quiet, such a stark difference to the noisy city life. after my food coma, i headed out on my hike. there are about three different hikes you can do at mountainhouse, i chose the least challenging one. i was there to relax after all. what a beautiful hike. the fall colors were in full swing, it was a gorgeous sunny fall day. i literally spent a little over 12 hours in the forest, and it felt soooo good! for me, there is nothing heavenlier then being out in nature. i headed back into town a few hours after the sun went down.
the next day i went pumpkin and apple picking at dressel farms. also a very beautiful property, and i got my fill of warm apple cider and apple cider donuts! my favorite indulgence this time of year! i hope you guys are having a great autumn as well. let me know if you have any questions and let me know what you would like to see more of on the blog. until next time, and thanks for stopping by! good vibes always, susana.