Final New York Review: Favorites

Unfortunately, our wonderful weekend in New York did have to come to an end Sunday morning/afternoon.

I started Sunday very similar to how I started Saturday, with a quick run around Hudson.

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This run included 5 hill repeats on the largest hill I found in Hudson (and there were LOTS), with sets of squats, lunges or planks thrown in between each one.  I totaled about 3.2 miles with the hills.

I was actually really surprised by my pace this run.  I think that can be attributed to being down from the elevation of Denver and the mountains.  My splits were right around 9 minutes WHILE doing hills, with my final mile well under 9.

Running around Hudson really was one of my favorite ways to see the town, which leads me into the point of this post:

Hudson, New  York Favorites. 

Favorite Activity to See the Town:  Running, obviously.   Hudson is in the hills of Hudson Valley, so it isn’t an easy town to run, but it’s beautiful.  Running down Warren St., the main street in downtown, made me feel like I was in the classic east coast and really showcased that element of the town.

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Favorite Food Spot: American Glory

The southern, Louisiana charm of this east coast spot was what really made American Glory a stand out for me.  The staff was so kind, flexible, and hard working, even for our very large group.  We were given the entire upstairs area, including a large TV to watch the Notre Dame football game on AND a pool table.  The bar included a great beer list, as well as spirts and wine. For food, we split the salad with brisket and cornbread, which admittedly may not have been the most logical BBQ option, but it hit the spot!

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Favorite City Gem:  The Hudson B & B

I honestly cannot speak highly enough about our experience at the Hudson b and b.

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The location itself is a large, old and beautiful home at the corner of Union and 2nd, just a block away from downtown.

Carolyn, the owner, is a beautiful, sweet women who is as charming as they come.  She greeted us late Friday night with a huge smile, and graciously made sure we had everything we could ever possibly need.

Our room was beautiful, clean and crisp.  Each room had an air conditioning unit (IMPORTANT), large closet, and nice clean bathroom.

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I should have taken pictures before we messed it up, but trust me, it was beautiful.  Here are some pictures of other rooms and the home itself.

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Each morning we had a made to order breakfast, including fresh fruit while our delicious meals were made.

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Yes — I LOVE PB toast! Judge me!

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Zach’s more appropriate french toast.

Honestly, one of my favorite parts about the B and B was getting to sit and chat with Carolyn, the owner, over breakfast.  She has lived an amazing life and had so many great stories to tell.

Please, if you are ever staying in the area, you must check out the Hudson B and B.  I promise you will get the trust east coast, Hudson Valley experience.

Favorite Element of the town:  The Architecture.

Hudson is an old town, and you feel that driving through.  The buildings and streets are FULL of east coast character and you can just imagine the stories that this city could tell.

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After breakfast and a nice chat Sunday, Zach, myself and friends hit the road back to Newark Airport and eventually to our hometowns.  I genuinely LOVED Hudson and am so glad I was able to spend a great weekend in the small town :).

Question of the Afternoon:  What was your latest travel location?

A New York Wedding: Recap 2

After a long day of travel and AM run around Hudson, Zach and I were ready to begin celebrating Saturday!

Unfortunately I don’t have pictures from the first day of breakfast, but know that it was delicious.  Our Bed and Breakfast was seriously amazing, cannot say enough great things about hudson b and b.

Both mornings, our breakfast was started with a dish of fresh fruit with yogurt and granola to add to taste.

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While we enjoyed our fruit, breakfast was made to order.  The first morning, Zach and I split a 3 egg omelet with mushrooms, spinach and cheese with a side of toast and bacon.  Delicious and perfect fuel for a busy day.

Once Zach and I finished our breakfasts, we met up with friends at red dot for a quick drink pre ceremony.

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It was great to get to meet a lot of Zach’s friends from college before our own big day.  The bar had a great laid back feel.  I only had a bloody mary while there, so I can’t speak to the quality of the food, but I was told they have a great brunch.

After chatting for about an hour or so, we each went our seperate ways to pretty ourselves up for the big event.

The ceremony was at one PM at an old beautiful church in downtown Hudson.

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The church was absolutely gorgeous.  Unfortunately the lighting inside wasn’t great, so pictures don’t do it much justice. Each panel of the walls had beautiful stain glass that added so much character to an already stunning building.

The service was a catholic ceremony, without the Eucharist (a first for me) , and lasted a  little under an hour.

The ceremony ended at two and cocktail with cocktail at the reception site not starting until 5 PM.  Since we had quite a bit of time to kill, a group of us decided to go to American Glory for lunch and drinks.

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I went with my standard riesling for my drink, and split a salad with brisket and a side of cornbread with Zach.  We knew we’d be getting appetizers at cocktail, and wanted to save our appetite.

The group actually got to have the entire upstairs area to ourselves due to our size, so we felt very VIP.  The staff was very sweet and took great care of us!  They even offered to stay open beyond hours for an after party post wedding if we wanted!

At 430, we all started gathering our things to head to the party!

The cocktail hour and reception were held at the Palladian Barn on the Hill in Hudson.

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Honestly, this location was BEAUTIFUL.

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Palladian Barn is an old barn refinished specifically for events like receptions, with plenty of outdoor space to do outdoor ceremonies as well if you wish.

The dinner and dancing were held upstairs.  The dance floor was set up in the center, with both sides being down a half flight of stairs set up for dinner.

Dinner was buffet style and included salad, chicken, man and cheese, potatoes and the standard fair.

The couple and all of their closest friends and family all danced the night away!

My favorite part of the food for the evening was the dessert table that was put out at the end of the night 🙂

I ate my body weight in little mini desserts and left the night filled with love and chocolate.

Unfortunately, due to the very dark lighting inside the site, I didn’t get any pictures of the food or dancing.  But I did steal one from facebook 🙂

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Pointers Zach and I took away from this wedding for our own:

  • Make sure to take time for all of your guests!  Everyone loves you!
  • Enjoy the moment – it goes by too fast
  • EAT

Zach and I could not be more excited for our own big day, and are glad we got to spend this weekend celebrating another amazing couple 🙂