Back in April (this post is way overdue, I know), we decided to get on the train and get the F out of the city. I can’t begin to explain to you how necessary it is to escape the hustle of New York City – bringing only an overnight bag, our cameras, and Kodak – to find a close destination that’s full of nature and R&R. Since we just moved here, we are still exploring the best spots for a little weekend getaway but we randomly came across a tiny village up the Hudson River called Cold Spring and it had everything we were looking for: hiking, brunch spots, nature, dog-friendly everything. So we hopped on the Metro North and an hour later, we were there.
First things first, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know about AirB&B. I’m a huge fan of always AirB&B-ing because of the pet-friendly option since we bring Kodak literally everywhere. Yes, there are dog-friendly hotels everywhere, but for around the same price, you can get a whole house/apartment to yourself with a full kitchen. Full kitchen = the easiest way to save money while on vacation. Even cooking one meal in that kitchen can save you money from going out.
Our AirB&B was the cutest little cottage about a 7 minute walk from Main Street. We dropped our bags off and grabbed some deli sandwiches at a little hole-in-the-wall on Main Street before our hike. One of the most memorable parts about Cold Spring was the people who live in that cute-ass little town. Everyone we talked to was happy, helpful and talkative. Such a nice change from the city.
100000% Best Brunch in Cold Spring: Hudson Hil’s. They have an amazing craft beer list, the menu features a special Eggs Benedict (which if you know me, variations of EB are my go-to), and they’re totally dog-friendly. SO dog-friendly that the waitress even brought Kodak a treat and a dog bowl full of water. I got one of the specials and it was f-ing incredible. Eggs Benedict on two jalepeno & cheddar biscuits and a side of country potatoes. SO GOOD. Andrew got the Eggs Creole which had cornbread, eggs, sausage, shrimp and hollandaise sauce. We went on Easter Sunday so there was a short wait but we scored a table on the front porch and I was in heaven.
We got a recommendation from our AirBnB host to try Cupoccino’s on Main Street and it was perfect. Great coffee, outdoor seating and the price was right!
Well, it was still winter weather during our visit but Moo Moo’s supposedly has the best ice cream in town. Yup.
Pretty Good Pub is actually the name and they have incredible burgers with a wide selection of crafts beers to go with it. You can’t go wrong there.
There are a million little trails to hike in Cold Spring and it’s only a 15 minute walk to get to them from Main Street. We started at the river and saw people fishing on a little beach along the Hudson. We walked across the highway and hiked up to Breakneck Ridge and it took us almost an hour to get to the top of the mountain because we take so many goddamn photo stops. Once at the top, the views of the river and town are unreal. Quick tip: BRING LOTS OF WATER. There aren’t any water fountains along the hike. Learn from our mistake. On the walk back to town, we found a grassy little field next to train tracks and a little pond where we watched Kodak frolic around and stare at some geese.
As soon as we hopped on the train to head back to the city, we were already planning our next trip back to Cold Spring. We were told that Cold Spring is the best over summer because you can kayak and explore the river.
This isn’t good-bye, Cold Spring.