Category: New York State

Dining Before the Revolution in North Salem

There’s just something alluring about having dinner in a low-ceilinged dining room with peanut shells on the floor and a fireplace and ancient-looking wooden beams holding everything in place and rippled views from the antique glass windows. That this place—Purdy’s…

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How We Want Woodstock

Watching Peace, Love & Misunderstanding (2012), I remember how I’d like my ideal life to be, full of Jane Fonda as a hip grandmother, happily cluttered houses fostering free-range chickens, and women with whom to howl at the moon whenever…

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Tis the Season for Reflection

Another year, not enough travel! I’d hit the road all the time if my checkbook would let me. But I am grateful for all of the places I have been so far and to have goals about where I want…

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Are Witch Hunts Good for Tourism?

Fresh from a visit to Salem, Mass., and recalling a more distant one to Rouen, France, I can’t help but think about the similarities between these two places and how they’ve treated an especially dark period in their past. As…

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Visiting Mount Kisco’s Invisible Church

It’s easy to cruise right past the tiny little cemetery at the corner of St. Marks Place and Main Street in Mount Kisco without noticing the Revolutionary War-era grave markers. Situated just across and down a bit from Friendly’s at…

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An Unlikely Way to Spend a Weekend: A Visit to Horse Country

  Items not prone to appear on my life list of things to do are: Living in a small town Going to a horse show Liking both But this past weekend found me at North Salem, N.Y.’s Old Salem Farm…

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If Only All Truck Stops Were as Good for You as Bedford’s

Continuing my attempts to time travel, I stopped by Truck in Bedford Village, N.Y. on a hot, humid, too-bright-to-be-experienced-outside Sunday afternoon. Honestly, I wasn’t there for the healthful food—and there is plenty of that—but for the Mexican Cokes, margaritas, and…

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Traveling to Remember

Sitting at an outdoor café three blocks from the Rome Termini one morning 24 years ago waiting for my friend Julie to arrive, I had no appreciation of the folly of our planning. In the days before cell phones, all…

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Something Different for Date Night: Wine, Cheese & Howling with Wolves

The last time I’d visited the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, N.Y., I’d been in the company of a pack of Cub Scouts. As fun as that was, having a bit of wine with people more my contemporaries on…

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It Took Me a Lifetime to Get to the Kittle House, and Now I Need to Go Again

Despite being back in Westchester county for a good long while, I’d never gotten around to going to Crabtree’s Kittle House in Chappaqua until last evening. Now I’m regretting all the lost time. The Kittle House—a former roadhouse (oh so…

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