Category: New York State

Where to Brush by the Revolution

I haven’t visited any places specifically to learn about the War of Independence, but I have stumbled upon little reminders at a few places. Seeing little bits of the past brings history alive for me. I know I learned about…

Dining Before the Revolution in Kingston

The Brawny Sherpa and I toodle around upstate New York with no specific plan in mind. Just enjoying a seasonal drive, stopping where we like at whim, doing so much of nothing, we get hungry. We are fortunate to stumble…

Tarrying in Tarrytown

The Tarrytown Music Hall, built in 1885, welcomes women and others. Photo credit: L. Tripoli

Reasons to Take the Last Exit before the Tappan Zee Bridge As if a charming Main Street, a view of the Hudson River, and plenty of options for brunch (Sweet Grass Grill!) were not reason enough to visit Tarrytown, N.Y.,…

Castles in Westchester: Caramoor

What will the history of the Rosen family teach visitors at Caramoor? Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Seeking the Rosens in a Villa in Katonah Going on a house tour is a bit of an odd pastime, being as a certain amount of snooping into other people’s personal lives is encouraged, yet go too far, and a…

Westchester Castles: Manhattanville

Castles close by: Reid Castle at Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Don’t let Reid Castle be wasted on co-eds   Try to find a reason to visit the campus of Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y. just to visit what’s called ‘The Castle,’ and it indeed looks like one. Formally called Reid…

Dining at Ryder Farm in Brewster

Place setting for a seasonal supper at Ryder Farm in Brewster, N.Y. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Go for Vegetables, for the Flowers, for an Artistic Retreat, for the Past Use any excuse you can to pay a visit to Ryder Farm in Brewster, N.Y. and imagine, for a few moments, for an evening, for a days-long…

Finding Ulysses in the Big Apple

President Ulysses S. Grant lying in state in City Hall, New York City, 1885. Photo credit: National Park Service Manhattan Historic Sites Archive

Presidents—Past, Present, Future—Seem to Love New York Of all the entries on the list of first politicians lured to or born in New York is one that, for me, does not typically conjure associations with the Empire State. Think U.S.…

Beacon beyond DIA

A revitalized Main Street in Beacon, N.Y. is full of shops, restaurants, and artistic endeavors. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

A Visit to Artist Jeffrey Terreson’s New Gallery For those who grew up in Upstate New York at a time when it was thriving, what’s happened in decades since is sometimes disheartening. Failure to thrive in too many places comes…

Meeting the French in Cold Spring

Peach melba at Brasserie Le Bouchon in Cold Spring, N.Y. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Dining at Brasserie Le Bouchon I don’t know how many times the Brawny Sherpa and I walk past Brasserie Le Bouchon in Cold Spring, N.Y. Hey, it’s French, it could be good, it could be full of butter, meh, let’s…

Getting a Clue at Caramoor

The music room at Caramoor Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

An evening of wine and ragtime at Caramoor in Katonah leaves imaginative visitors looking for Professor Plum, or possibly Miss Scarlet, in the music room at was once the residence of Walter and Lucie Rosen, who spent good-weather days at…