Sunday, August 31, 2008

Adventure in New York State

Michael and I had an impromptu mini-day trip today to Orange and Rockland counties in New York State. Our goal was to cram in the summer experiences we didn't have this year, and it was a success!

We discovered some cute little towns: Nyack and Suffern, went to the Orchards of Concklin in Pomona and bought locally grown fruit, drove the alluringly titled Seven Lakes Parkway through Harriman State Park, and took a walk around Lake Sebago.

There's me out in nature!!! So refreshing for a city girl like myself. Even though it was only for a few hours, it definitely helped recharge my batteries.

Who knew that you could get to a state park in about an hour's drive from us? We'll definitely have to return sometime in the fall, hopefully for some apple and/or pumpkin picking to boot.

Michael and I had some tasty eats along the way. In Nyack, we had Lunch Part I at The Runcible Spoon Bakery. We saw how popular the place was (cyclists -- whom we had seen all along the beautiful drive up -- were spilling out of it), so we decided to give it a try. I had a positively scrumptious half wrap sandwich with black bean hummus, red onions, roasted red pepper, and lettuce, and Michael had an egg, cheese, and sausage sandwich on a fresh baked croissant.

Then, after building up an appetite from our walk along the lake, we found a restaurant for Lunch Part II: Doña Maria Mexican Bistro in Suffern. This was a narrow, old-fashioned diner that had been converted into a Mexican restaurant, complete with bold red walls, sombreros, colorful wall hangings, and more. We indulged in delicious brunch fare, including fiery chilaquiles. Mmmm.

It was a perfect day: almost cloudless skies, temperatures in the low 80s, and a buffer day ahead of us and behind us shielding us from work. Unfortunately, Michael is still on call; but thankfully, the pager did not ring.


Squirrel said...


Squirrel said...

Oops--I meant to write more.
Glad you enjoyed your time in Nyack

I also blog about the Catskills and the entire Hudson River Valley when I can do a photo trips.

Holly said...

Great blog! Thanks for stopping by mine.

I'm going to add you to my list of blogs I'm following!

Squirrel said...

years ago the Mexican Bistro in Suffern was the Happy Carrot Health Food Shop. But Suffern could not support a health food store back then. I vaguely recall them making smoothies. If you do travel back to Suffern, try to go to see a film at the old Lafayette Movie theatre. An organist plays before the show, and the place is really nice inside.

Holly said...

Oh cool! I think we saw the outside of the movie theater when we drove through town. Good info!