Due to a partial weekend working, we only had Friday night and Saturday to ourselves this Labor Day so we needed to stay somewhat close to home on this last “official” weekend of the summer. As a result, the destination of choice was easy, the beautiful Catskill Mountains!
We decided on the charming Fairlawn Inn B&B in Hunter. We stayed in the Glenwood Room on the main level. This cozy Victorian style room was warm and inviting with its brass bed and assorted Victorian décor! The Inn itself has so much charm and beauty that you become lost in the ambience swept away to another place and time. The gourmet homemade breakfast was superb! Each table setting was uniquely eloquent offering individual carafe of fresh brewed coffee. An assortment of fresh fruit and muffins started our breakfast followed by a choice of specials. We highly recommend the 4 cheese omelet.
We dined at the Bistro Brie & Bordeaux French restaurant in Windham. (BestOf Hudson Valley Maagazine 2008) To start we delighted our taste-buds with assortment of French cheese and seasonal fresh fruit. Then I enjoyed the Penne Rigatoni Pomodoro (Penne, Tomatoes, Basil, Garlic, and Olive Oil) while my honey savored his Steak Frites à la Bordelaise (Grilled New York Steak, served with Homemade French Fries and Green Beans). And yes, you know how we feel about dessert so we shared (as we normally do) the most delectable
Traditional Crème Brûlée before heading back to the Inn for a comfy & relaxing evening.
First stop was at Traphagen Honey & Gourmet Shop located at the end of the Village of Hunter on the Right across from The Office of All Service’s Hunter-Windham.
Unexpectedly while passing the entrance to Hunter Mountain we came across a sign that read “Skyride Today” and just as unexpectedly I agreed to take the lift to the top! The view, as you can imagine was simply breathtaking! While I’m not a skier I would highly recommend taking the lift to the top to enjoy all the beauty of the spectacular views, seasonal plants (like the brilliant Devil’s Paintbrush we saw) and more. I can only imagine what the Fall Foliage must look like (shih, perhaps we’ll take another trip). We even saw the Fairlawn Inn from the lift-amazing!
Driving along route 23A enjoying the scenic views and peaceful countryside was both relaxing and special. Special because it was another of our very famous “day-trips” that we love so much! We came upon the Mountain Candle shop in Tannersville which of course was calling my name so we just had to stop and see what special treasure we would uncover. Wooden roses! The most beautifully crafted wooded roses were just waiting for us inside!
Searching for a place to pull off and do a little fishing we came across the North-South Lake off Route 18 in Haines Falls. While we didn’t catch any fish, we did manage to catch a little sunburn, and an ice cream for dessert (LOL). We did discover that boat rentals are available; perhaps our next visit will allow enough time for us to row around the lake.
As always, I wish you days filled with happiness and “wonder” – take the time to “wonder” what it is that made you smile today)!