I know, I know, apple picking season is over and this post is extremely late to the game. For some reason I keep forgetting about these photos until I open my editor and get smacked in the face with them again. Soooo, playing catch up here! Well you guys know that Cailin and I go apple picking every year because we’re from Upstate New York and it’s what we do, haha. If you’ve been following us for awhile you know we usually go downstate. Well this year we kept it local and went to Bowman’s Orchard in Rexford, NY.
We love a good day trip to Hudson, NY and although we normally go for just the day — we finally stayed over for the night and were so excited to check out Wm. Farmer and Sons. It’s not only a hotel, but they also have a restaurant and cocktail bar! After arriving to town, we checked into the James Louis suite and were blown away by how adorable and well decorated it was. Not to mention – this room just screams cozy. From the fluffy pillows, music playing, and comfy chairs — to the gas fireplace, clawfoot tub, and books everywhere, this suite is the ideal place to just hideaway for a weekend!
If you’re looking for a luxurious stay in Upstate New York, look no further than the Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern located in Saugerties, NY. Besides the fluffy robes, comfy beds and room service (all which Diamond Mills has) a hotel stay with a view always adds to the luxury experience. Diamond Mills also has this as it sits right next to the Esopus Falls! Each room has a furnished balcony so you can take in the view under the stars or in the morning while you sip your coffee.
Track season in Saratoga Springs, NY is in full swing! Cailin and I always make a few trips to the track each summer and this time we had the opportunity to stay at the wonderful Inn at Five Points. The Bed & Breakfast is situated perfectly in a great location for the Saratoga Race Track, SPAC, Congress Park and Broadway. We are walkers by nature and walked to the park, track and Broadway from The Inn with ease.
The Berkshires are one of Tara and I’s favorite weekend getaway destinations because they are the perfect place to unwind, have some quiet, and spend time outdoors. We mainly focused on the R&R this trip — getting coffee, going swimming, and walking around the cute downtown areas (but if you want to see some of the activities we’ve done in the past check out: End of Summer Berkshires Weekend, Canoeing and Cliff Jumping in the Berkshires, & XC Skiing the Berkshires). One of our favorite stops was Lenox Coffee for a Chai Tea Latte and a Cappuccino. The drinks were an A+ and after both trying the cappuccino, we kept raving about it. And believe me, we’ve had some good NYC ones!
We may have stumbled upon the craft fair at Centennial Park, but we stopped by to see the full-scale replica of the Parthenon. Some refer to it as the “Athens of the South” and we have to say it was pretty impressive. We spent some time marveling at all the details and how small we felt among the soaring columns.
After our brunch at Biscuit Love, we headed down the street for a little shopping at Two Old Hippies. We loved how cool and unique all of the items were and it was awesome that the store not only had the nicest clothes, but had tons of home goods, and a whole room for guitars and ukuleles. They also double as a music venue! Only in Nashville can you find a hybrid of a performance venue, clothing, decor, and guitar store! (With a Volkswagen parked in the middle of the shop no less!)
While in Nashville, we wanted to make sure we got a meal at Monell’s, because their whole dining experience is so unique and nothing like a restaurant we had ever been to!
Their concept is family style dining with the slogan, “Enter as strangers, leave as friends.” But unlike typical family style, your group doesn’t get its own table with just larger portioned shared foods — you actually share a table with several other groups of people! I think there were about 13 people at our table and after saying hello to your new tablemates, food just starts coming around the table.
After we got our fix of the Nashville skyline and remembered the country music greats at the Walk of Fame Park, we went straight to Broadway for some cowboy boot shopping! There are a ton of stores that have aisles and aisles of boots so if you’re looking for some, why not get them in Music City!? They were all so fun and intricate, but they had some great classic pairs too. The shops we went to definitely had the most unique cowboy boots I’ve seen – so they were the perfect place to find those statement boots. Tara found a pair that looked so good on her, but they were all super expensive to no surprise, so we mostly window shopped.
After our morning of traveling, shopping and checking out some of the city’s coolest street art, we headed to Barista Parlour for much needed coffee and snacks! If you’ve checked out our blog at all, you know we love discovering and hanging out in new cafes. Most Nashvilians raved about Barista Parlour and we liked that it had such a cool cafe space and motorcycles just chilling out front. And of course, the coffee!