A quick trip upstate

Please don’t misunderstand; I love New York. But after three months in the city, I needed a break. That’s where the trip upstate came in. G and I hit Sleepy Hollow, the famed site of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Roomz and I took a trip upstate for the day, landing in Sleepy Hollow. For the most part, it was a random choice–the result of too many Google searches and too little patience with the answers.

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First, we stumbled into a farmer’s market. (Ok, we didn’t stumble upon it. It was kind of a trek. If I had to do it again, I would have planned this trip upstate a little better, but flying by the seats of our pants was half the fun of the whole thing.) There was cheese and bread and locally made gin, as well as champagne and cookies and a little party. We’d somehow hit the last farmer’s market of the season–lucky us!

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After hitting the cookies (and the champagne… and the gin), we walked over to Philipse Manor, where we thought we’d have a nice walk and some good photo ops. Hilariously, we missed the manor and Kykuit (the Rockefeller estate!) by one weekend. Now we have to wait until May to see the sights.

(In the spring, I’m going to find some time to see Washington Irving’s house, Kykuit and Lyndhurst Castle!)

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(This photo is included because I’ve had a lot of sugar lately, and I look best with blurred edges. Oops. Sue me.)

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From there, we walked to the Old Dutch Cemetery, which was just as ominous and foreboding as it sounds, but also about a million times cooler than it sounds. This is the cemetery where Washington Irving is buried, as well as some Rockefellers, and, by the looks of it, a lot people who deserve monuments and obelisks and mausoleums. We saw such an insane range of headstones–some had sunk into the ground, others had statues and buildings built up around them. There were even some that had lasted since the 18th century!

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After spending hours (really, hours) walking around the cemetery, our feet hurt, so we started walking back to town. We hit Main Street for sights and delicious coffee at Coffee Labs Roasters before catching the 5:00 train back to Grand Central. All in all, it was a fantastic trip upstate!

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Have you ever taken a trip upstate? Where should we go next?!

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