Its been a few since I wrote a post that I completely forgot how therapeutic and rewarding writing makes me feel. I have made it a personal goal to put up a post at least twice a week and I will do everything in my power to make that possible (even maybe write more than two a week!). I got so much feedback on my previous travel posts about Italy that I decided to create one about a closer to home location, The Hudson Valley. This past weekend my fiancé and I celebrated Valentine’s Day early and resided at the Rivertown Lodge. We were in need of a last minute escape from the city and given the low cost, it was a no brainer. This place is exactly what you can expect by stalking Instagram…It really lives up to its pictures; quaint, charming and makes you feel as if you’re in Brooklyn. The drive is only about two hours away from the city and during our stay, we even got lucky with a snowfall. Rivertown lodge is inspired by Scandinavian design and has a common area with fireplaces and old school games (checkers, dominos) making it perfect to cozy up on a winter day. Behind the lobby is their own private tavern, which we ate dinner at. The food was so delicious (and gluten free friendly) as we shared a whole sea bass for two. We can’t wait to return in the spring and try out some new spots we didn’t get to make it to this time! For now, see how we spent a quick 24 hours on Warren Street.
Fish & Game: This spot has been on our list of places to visit for a while now. Being foodies, we have heard nothing but great things and needed to try it ourselves. We didn’t think we were going to make it on this trip as we didn’t plan ahead of time with reservations. But finding out that they do lunch on the weekends, we spontaneously decided to go on Sunday before our drive back. The lounge at Fish & Game, is my favorite part of the whole place. It truly is my home inspiration, with chesterfield sofas, an old antique fireplace, and a killer bar. Before becoming gluten free/dairy free, we used to dine at so many places. Now, I need to be more conscious and always get a little nervous to present my allergies to the server. However, our server was beyond accommodating and even offered a gluten free/dairy free dessert which is generally NOT what happens (unless they specialize in these options). Let’s just say my sweet tooth was happy and so was my belly :) From the first course all the way to the last, every dish was on point making us even more excited to return in the spring. We shared a few plates including, focaccia with whipped goat-milk ricotta (for him), winter crudite with a homemade sweet potato style hummus, braised lamb with Young’s rice and Moroccan spices, and a homemade Young’s rice pudding topped with persimmons.
Phoenica Diner: The iconic Diner you read in travel diaries. I don’t think a trip to the Hudson Valley would be complete without a stop at the Phoenica Diner. During the summertime, there are sometimes 1-2 hour long waits, therefore they have an outside seating area covered in picnic tables where guests take their to-go orders avoiding the wait. This time, we got lucky and sat right away. Inside, the diner is decorated old school with old fashion soda machines, big red booths, and endless coffee/tea refills in those big white oversized diner mugs. Its the perfect brunch spot having everything from eggs, waffles, french toasts, and classic sandwiches!
Tin Can Juicery: I was on the hunt to find a sweet vegan treat which brought me to this juicery. Along with fresh smoothies and juices, Tin Can also serves vegan gluten free treats from the company “Happy Belly”. It was a perfect and refreshing snack to pick up for our ride back.
Small shops including Minna: Along Warren Street you will find the cutest shops including furniture stores, antique and vintage stores. I have been really into home decor lately and trying to accumulate as many ideas as possible to create the perfect “Pinterest” looking apartment of all time. If Minna was in Brooklyn, I’d be in trouble as I fell in love with everything. This home textile brand has everything from rugs to pillows, to blankets & throws to even bathroom necessities. Good news (if I can’t make it before my trip back in the Spring) they sell items online!