Upstate New York: Part 2

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After our adventures in Catskill and Hudson on Sunday, on Monday Alissa and I toured the Olana State Historic Site. Olana is a historic house, museum and property in Greenport, New York, near the city of Hudson. The estate was home to Frederic Edwin Church, one of the most prominent Hudson River School landscape painters during the 19th-century. His estate is now a historical preservation site.

After touring Olana, Alissa and I drove through the countryside and explored the neighboring towns.  The weather was cold and rainy so we didn’t mind staying bundled in the car and stopping at sights along the way.  We stopped in the town of Chatham for lunch and ate at Pieconic.  Alissa and I ate healthy salads for lunch and then chowed down on pies for dessert. Let me tell you these were the best pies I’ve ever tasted. After lunch we visited Thomas Cole’s estate (the mentor of Frederic Edwin Church). The actual house was closed for the season but we walked around the beautiful grounds.

Next we stopped at the Storm King Art Center, an outdoor contemporary sculpture garden. The sculpture garden is over 500-acres so you could spend hours there. Since it was cold and rainy Alissa took me to some of her favorite sculptures and then we got back in her warm car.  We also visited Little Ghent Farm. Unfortunately it was also closed, but the owner was kind enough to let us walk around the grounds. When it’s open you can eat at the farm, buy food from the store, or stay the night at the Airbnb. I’d love to come back and stay with Jeremy. After spending the day exploring we ate dinner at Wasana’s Thai Restaurant and called it another early night.

On Tuesday we did some antique shopping and ate lunch again at Pieconic because it was so good. Then, we drove around seeing the beautiful landscape again and then Alissa dropped me off at the Albany airport. We had such a good time together and I cannot wait to visit again soon.





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