Category: New York State

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…

North Salem, N.Y.’s Big Boulder

Balanced Rock in North Salem, N.Y., as depicted on a 1906 postcard

A Balanced Rock by Any Other Name An old postcard from 1906 refers to North Salem, N.Y.’s Balanced Rock, a geological anomaly of sorts as it is a boulder balancing on a few smaller rocks, as ‘Large Boulder.’ It is…

Wherever I Go, There’s Rochambeau

Recalling Rochambeau in Mount Kisco, N.Y. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Recurring Characters in Historical Travels Revered as a hero in the American Revolution, the Comte de Rochambeau’s efforts helping the new country ward off the British are commemorated along the Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail—almost 700 miles extending from Massachusetts and…

History, Hucksters, and a Highway in Brewster

The grave of a Revolutionary War soldier at Old Southeast Church Cemetery in Brewster, N.Y. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

A Visit to the Old Southeast Church Cemetery in Putnam County, N.Y. How many times have I stopped for ice cream and miniature golf at the Red Rooster in Brewster, N.Y., or headed just a little further north to Aversano’s,…

Springtime, Bedford Hills

The aspirational Steinhardt Garden in Bedford Hills, N.Y.

Open garden days are a great way to travel locally to see what you might have been missing all year long. Here, the aspirational Steinhardt Garden in Bedford Hills, N.Y. where I could probably spend the entire summer. —Lori Tripoli…

When I Am Cheating on Starbucks

Crêpes are a good accompaniment to the cappuccino at Little Crêpe Street in Mount Kisco, N.Y. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

I like cappuccinos at Little Crêpe Street in Mount Kisco, N.Y. —Lori Tripoli ~Advertisement~  ~Advertisement~ Do You Like Hanging Out in Mount Kisco, N.Y.? You might like these posts: Visiting Mount Kisco’s Invisible Church Watch with a Tourist’s Eyes ~Advertisement~…

Out at Pound Ridge

Inn at Pound Ridge

Given all of the positive publicity Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Inn at Pound Ridge has received, there’s probably little to no way the place could ever live up to its larger-than-life expectations. For those who remember the tiredness of earlier iterations of…

I Say ‘Rice Pudding,’ You Say ‘Milk Tofu’

milk tofu

Lately, I feel like I need a course in restaurant marketing just to help me understand what I order when I order it. My 92-year-old grandmother always chuckles when I mention eating polenta at a restaurant; it’s what she called…

A Closet History at the Eastman House

Are the bedrooms of historical figures really this neat? A bedroom in the George Eastman House in Rochester, N.Y. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Hat Boxes and the Past in Rochester, N.Y.   Should visitors to Kodak founder George Eastman’s house in Rochester, N.Y. feel nosy upon peeking into closets at the old place? What would someone find if she were to glance into…

La Crème de La Crémaillère

La Crémaillère restaurant on Bedford-Banksville Road in Bedford, N.Y. (Westchester County) Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Contemplating all things France lately (or, mostly, Joan of Arc as I read Kathryn Harrison’s 2014 biography of the Maid of Orléans), I glide on the arm of the Brawny Sherpa into La Crémaillère in Bedford, N.Y. one gray, soggy…