A Hudson Valley Fourth of July

Happy Monday! I hope you all have had as good a Monday as possible after a long weekend. It’s been a long day in these neck of the woods as we were up at 4:45 this morning! After the Sunday trains had sold out, we decided to catch the 6:40 train from Rhinebeck back to New York City. It was an early morning, but it allowed us an extra night of vacation and by 8:30 I was at my desk working away!

In addition to the Hudson Valley Hike post I wrote last night, I wanted to give you guys a bit more of a look at the fun weekend we head together! What better way to do that than a quick sentence per picture recap?

Each of our nights included hours talking around the small charcoal grill while Bo and Bob grilled rib-eye, lamb chops, spareribs and chicken each night.


Walking through the town of Kingston, NY was the perfect way to spend a morning. There are adorable shops, cafes with Kombucha on tap, lots of little restaurants, and bakeries on almost every corner.


We fell in love with Fleisher’s Meats so much so that we bought four nights worth of meat there on the first day as well as enough bacon to feed in army. The only thing that makes this butcher even better is that I just discovered they have another location WALKING DISTANCE from our new apartment in Brooklyn!


Each morning we were able to watch deer dine on leaves and flowers while we sipped our tea and coffee.


Happy Fourth of July from a local Woodstock resident!


These Levain Bakery copycat cookies didn’t last 24 hours in our house, thanks to a few cookie monsters. It’s safe to say that Kristin was right – these are incredible!


Thank you Greatist to providing us with the most delicious guacamole recipe this weekend!


Regardless their age, boys will be boys!


Little known fact, Bo wishes he was at the Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well Tour or the live simulcast this weekend.


This uphill road never seemed to end, but the lake views at the end of the hike certainly were gorgeous!


Just taking a break along the lake to enjoy the views and fresh air.


This morning, these train station stairs signaled the end of vacation.


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  1. Lauren July 7, 2015 / 1:06 pm

    Sounds like a lovely weekend! I’m totally saving that cookie recipe-yum!

    • ashleyd July 7, 2015 / 1:14 pm

      You will absolutely love the recipe! You can make even bigger cookies than I did as Levain is known for LARGE cookies! I was just trying to allow everyone plenty of tastes. 🙂

  2. Angie July 11, 2015 / 12:34 am

    Bo can still catch the Fare Thee Well shows online. My husband went to the Sunday show, which I regret not going, and we’ve watched it online since then. I highly recommend it. We watched the rest online and they were great.

  3. Courtney July 12, 2015 / 3:11 am

    I’m from Hudson Valley….definitely head up to Beacon one day!

    • ashleyd July 14, 2015 / 1:27 am

      Thanks Courtney!

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