Archive for November, 2013

Place to Stay in New Paltz

Posted on: November 28th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

800px-Mohonk_Mountain_House_2011_View_of_Mohonk_Guest_Rooms_from_One_Hiking_Trail_FRD_3205New Paltz, like much of the Hudson Valley, is blanketed with cozy bed and breakfasts, and boutique hotels, which range from budget friendly to ultra luxurious.  However you will find some all inclusive hotels which will cater to your every need.

Hungry Ghost Guest House – Touted as one of the world’s best “active retreats”, the Hungry Ghost Guest House is a great place to go for anyone who enjoys an active lifestyle! Mike is an elite distance runner and takes pleasure in taking guests on guided runs through the area.  The b&b is also only a short distance from over 70 miles of great running trails as well as great cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

Inn at Orchard Heights – This beautifully restored Queen Ann Victorian home was built in 1888 and boasts luxurious, spacious accommodations.  Enjoy sitting in the comfortable parlor, or take some time to enjoy the view of the surrounding mountains.  Start each day with hearty breakfast prepared by your hosts and served with homemade delicacies.

Moondance Ridge Bed and BreakfastMaplestone Inn  – Start each morning with a gourmet three course breakfast, created from herbs from the house’s own garden, and produce from local farms. Enjoy private walking paths, a pond with a waterfall, and gardens that are gorgeous, even in winter.

Maplestone Inn – Sitting on seven  acres of lawn, garden and forest, Maplestone Inn is a beautifully renovated farmhouse built in 1790.   Enjoy time in your spacious room, with a private bath.  Enjoy easy access to the nearby spa for massages and spa treatments.  Start each day with breakfast in bed, or enjoy a sumptuous three course breakfast downstairs in the dining room.


Mohonk Mountain House – A stay at Mohonk Mountain House will drain away all your tension and stress. This gorgeous Victorian style castle was built in the 1860s, the house showcases the beauty of Victorian craft work and woodwork, with its ornate fireplaces and window frames.  The resort sits on the shores of Lake Mohonk, and in winter features fantastic ice skating, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.  Also enjoy an award winning spa, a heated pool, and a solarium for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Places to Eat in New Paltz

Posted on: November 27th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments


New Paltz’s university has helped to draw many serious art students and like minded people.  While this mainly includes writers, painters, and actors, it also extends to those who practice the culinary arts.  New Paltz has a thriving restaurant scene, with many fine, innovative dining establishments.

Restaurant at Mohonk Mountain House  – Established by twins Alfred and Albert Smiley in 1869, the Mohonk Mountain House seeks to offer top notch service to all guests who walk through its doors.  Their menu is a display of the best that the Hudson Valley has to offer, featuring products from local producers and farms.  They also have many vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options for those with dietary restrictions, and are happy to accommodate those who prefer to keep Kosher.

Gilded Otter Brewing Co. – A hidden gem in upstate New York, The Gilded Otter is a great place to stop and enjoy some great food and drink! Their beer offers a taste of the Hudson Valley in a fun, inviting atmosphere.

La Stazione – House charmingly by the former railway station for the Wallkill Valley Railway, dining at La Stazione is an experience not to be missed.  They are dedicated to providing excellent service and quality meals.  Choose from an array of Italian dishes, fit to satisfy any mood!

Rock and Rye Tavern – Located in New Paltz’s historic district, Rock and Rye offers delicious cocktails, fantastic wine, and great craft beer in a beautiful, historic atmosphere.  Their menu is inspired by local farms and artisans in the area, using local produce and products to create a seasonal menu.  Enjoy gorgeous views of Shawangunk Ridge, and a cozy atmosphere great for relaxing with friends or making new ones!

A Tavola – Run by duo Nathan and Bonnie Snow, A Tavola highlights fresh, local produce and ingredients, using them to enhance the rustic, authentic art of Italian, family-style cooking and dining. Their seasonally inspired menus focus on bringing the farm to your table through fresh, homemade Italian classics and pasta dishes.

Things to Do in New Paltz

Posted on: November 26th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

800px-Huguenot_houses_in_New_PaltzNew Paltz and the surrounding Wallkill Valley are home to some spectacular activities.  In winter it is full of opportunities for skiing, cross country skiing, and snow shoeing.

To experience some of the area’s natural beauty, visit Minnewaska State Park Preserve.  It is a location not to be missed.  Walk down one of the many carriage paths or trials, which provide excellent hiking, and cross country skiing, and horse back riding.  A walk to Awosting Falls should not be missed, especially in winter when the falls freeze and form massive icicles hanging over the ledge.

Join them this week for their Thanksgiving Day Walk Off! Saturday the 30th of November, come work off that extra helping of mashed potatoes with a easy 2.5 mile walk to Awosting Falls.

To experience some of the history of New Paltz, visit Historic Huguenot Street.  Learn about the families who settled New Paltz and see some of the original homes which began the whole town.  See how the Huguenots lived in the late 17th and early 18th century, when the town was founded, and learn all about their way of life.  A tour is highly recommended at this interesting and highly informative location.

To experience some of the great wines that the Wallkill Valley has to offer, visit Robibero Family Vinyards  and Adair Vineyards.  Tour the wineries, and the vineyards, and learn about these great businesses while you try their delicious wines and relax.

For fun snowshoeing and cross country skiing, traverse the Wallkill Vally Rail Trail.  This 12.2 mile trail follows the former path of the Wallkill Valley Railroad, which closed in 1977.  Pass through open fields, woods, farms, on the journey between New Paltz and Gardiner. It’s a great place for bird watching, as well as for watching other wild life.  You’ll also encounter gorgeous views of Shawangunk Ridge and the Wallkill River.

Named one of the best city escapes by Outside magazine, the Mohonk Preserve is an experience not to be missed! This season it offers fabulous cross country skiing, downhill skiing, and snowshoeing to all visitors.  Enjoy miles of trails, including links to Minnewaska State Park Preserve, gorgeous views, and varied trails to match the experience of any visitor.

New Paltz, NY

Posted on: November 25th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

800px-Downtown_New_Paltz,_NYSitting in the Wallkill Valley, the pleasant college town of New Paltz, New York is alive with culture, nature, and history.  Home to the State University of New York at New Patlz, the area draws many students of the arts who have helped to develop the town into a thriving center of arts and culture.

Settled in 1678 by French Huguenots, New Paltz is among the oldest communities in the United States today.

Though originally planning to build on the flats on the west side of the Wallkill River, the settlers thought better of it when warned by Native Americans of the yearly floods on the riverbank.  Instead they built on the eastern bank, which has a higher elevation. As a result, many of the buildings dating back to the early 18th century still remain in the town.

Higher education has been of supreme importance to the members of the community since the early 19th century.  Several establishments were opened along Heguenot Street and North Front Street in the 1830s, and in the late 19th century the college was built where the State University now stands.

Beyond the town’s thriving main street filled with fun shops, and restaurants, lay the Shawangunk Mountains.  One of the premier rock climbing destinations in the U.S, these mountains also provide so much more, including great cross country skiing, and sledding in winter.

A Winter Wonderland in Mont Tremblant

Posted on: November 22nd, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

Skiier_on_Mont-Tremblant Mont Tremblant was established as a ski resort by American explorer Joe Ryan.  In 1939 it was just the beginning of the ski craze and no one could know that this sport would become such a popular pastime.  Today, Mont Tremblant boasts some of the best skiing on the eastern seaboard of North America and people from all over the world come to test its slopes.


This week marks the opening of Mont Tremblant’s 75th Ski Season! Today, the 22nd of November, celebrate at the mountain by participating in fun games, winning door prizes and, of course, skiing the slopes!

There are plenty of things to do in Mont Tremblant.  The mountain provides excellent skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, and snow shoeing, but if those aren’t for you there is plenty more going on! Take a ride in the gondola and take in the view, then spend the day in the casino, enjoying their many slot machines and gaming tables, as well as their excellent restaurants.  Spend the day at the spa getting pampered and rejuvenated.  Take a helicopter tour of Quebec! There’s so much going on in this beautiful village.

As you wonder the charming streets you’ll notice that there are many enticing places to eat in Mont Tremblant.  Fine cuisine is in no short supply, each restaurant prepared to take you on a culinary journey from hungry to satiated and satisfied, while entertaining and dazzling your taste buds.

Many of the places to stay in Mont Tremblant are just feet away from the lifts, or the pedestrian village, giving you excellent access to the slopes! And location doesn’t mean sacrifice.  Stay in luxury and pamper yourself while staying so conveniently close to the mountain its never more than a few steps from the hotel lobby.  If something more quiet is your preference, there are many gorgeous bed and breakfasts which offer seclusion and comfort just a few minutes away from the village.

Mont Tremblant is a fantastic winter getaway! Offering great skiing, relaxation, and fun all in one location, there’s no reason not to make it your next destination!

Places to Stay in Mont Tremblant

Posted on: November 21st, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

Accommodations_at_Mont_Tremblant_Ski_ResortMont Tremblant began its famous history as a tourist resort.  In the last century it has had a lot of time to grow and to gain some spectacular accommodations.  Whether you’re looking for a resort that’s walking distance to the ski lifts or a charming b&b in the heart of the village, you’ll find something for you!

Hotel Quintessence – Named the best small hotel in Northeaster America by Conde Nast Johansen and winner of the Trip Advisor’s 2013 Travelers Choice Award for luxury, Hotel Quintessence is Mont Tremblant’s first name in luxury.  Offering gorgeous views, comfort, luxury and service, a stay at Quintessence is unparalleled.  Enjoy a cozy fireplace in your spacious room, which affords gorgeous views of the lake or mountains, and attentive, discreet service, all just a few minutes walk from the village.

Le Sommet des Neiges – This elegant hotel features luxurious, elegant suites equipped a fireplace with excellent ammenities, and its front door is just 100 feet from the gondola! It’s the perfect place to grab your skis and GO! With direct access to the slopes, and snow school, along with gorgeous views, and a sauna or saltwater whirlpool in which to relax after a long day on the mountain, Le Sommet Des Neiges is the perfect place to stay for your ski getaway.

Lodge de la Montagne – Transport yourself back to when Mont Tremblant was first established.  Enjoy a pleasant log cabin feel, complete with snowshoes and canoes on the walls, creating a warm, inviting atmosphere.  Located near the pedestrian village, Le Lodge Montagne is within easy walking distance to the gondola, giving you quick access to the slopes and the casino.

Auberge Le Voyageur –  Located a few kilometers from the ski station, on the cycling trail of “Le P’tit Train du Nord”, Auberge Le Voyageur offers you a great getaway after a long day of fun on the slopes.  Start your day with a gourmet breakfast and end it by relaxing in front of the fireplace in their inviting living room.

Au Ruisseau Enchante  – Sitting at the edge of a lovely stream, 10 minutes from Mont Tremblant, Au Ruisseau Enchante lives up to its and offers guests an enchanting stay.  Enjoy a delicious breakfast that includes local cheeses and homemade bread and jams.

Le Boise Du Lac – Sitting on the shores of Lake Duhamel, Le Boise de lac offers friendly and comfortable accommodations just a few minutes away from Mont Tremblant.  Relax by the fireplace in your room, or take a bath in your large tub before you begin your day with a continental breakfast. This B&B is close to town yet far enough away to remain peaceful and intimate.


Places to Eat in Mont Tremblant

Posted on: November 20th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

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This gorgeous resort town is home to countless unique and delicious places to eat.  Fine dining, cafes, creperies, and delicious french patisseries are all only part of what you’ll find in Mont Tremblant.

Le Cheval de Jade – Featuring fine French cuisine, Le Cheval de Jade specializes in fish and seafood.  Enjoy meals prepared with fresh, local, organic ingredients wherever possible, and watch the chef prepare his flambeed recipes before your very eyes! Owned and operated by chef Olivier Tali and his wife, this restaurant provides friendly, unpretentious service while delivering a meal so delicious you are likely to remember for years to come.

C’est la Vie – At C’est La Vie, la vie est belle! At this unique restaurant you’ll see your food cook at your table, on a heated volcanic rock.  Serving Belgian and French cuisine, this unique restaurant is an experience not to be missed!

Le Grill St Georges – This upscale eatery is a warm, elegant place to dine in the village of St Jovite, offering fine cuisine and a cozy atmosphere.  A culinary gem at Mount Tremblant, Le Grill St Georges will provide a dining experience to be remembered.

Bistrot Les Copains d’abord – At Copains there is something on the menu for everyone.  From the conventional to the luxurious, you’ll find something to suit your tastes.  This three star restaurant features a delicious, intriguing seasonal menu inspired paired perfectly with their international wine list.

Le Petit Cachee – Offering fine cuisine with a strong Meditteranean influence, Le Petit Cachee features fresh, seasonal produce.  Choose from their a la carte menu or from their always changing blackboard specials.  Chef Bruno is excited to share his passion with you in this beautiful Laurentian village where he continues to experiment and innovate with fine cuisine.

sEb L’Artisan Culinaire – Inspired by and prepared with fresh, local ingredients, the menu at L’Artisan Culinaire provides a true gastronomic journey. Chef Sebastien Houle uses his history with his grandmother in Sicily, a master chef in Brittany, and studying molecular gastronomy in Spain to create a culinary adventure.

Things to Do in Mont Tremblant

Posted on: November 19th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

Mont Tremblant offers great opportunities for relaxation, fun, and even romance in this gorgeous European style ski resort village. This weekend marks the opening of Mont Tremblant’s 75th Ski Season! On the 22nd of November Mont Tremblant will be opening its slopes at 8:30 A.M, embarking on their 75th ski season.  Come help them celebrate by strapping on your boots and sliding down the slopes! You might just catch a glimpse of snowboard Olympic medalist, Jasey Jay Anderson, or win some great door prizes! Be a Part of The Tremblant Story from Tremblant on Vimeo.   After the slopes have opened at Mont Tremblant Ski Resort you’ll find tons to do! Skiing, cross country skiing, snow boarding and much more! And that’s just out on the slopes!  Don’t have your own skis? Don’t even know how to ski? That’s no problem! Snow School is a fun family affair, and rentals are easily obtained on the mountain. If skiing or snowboarding sounds a little too adventurous, but you still want to have fun in the snow, stop by Adventures Neige! It’s snow tubing at its best! Try different trails of varying difficulty.  It’s fun the whole family can enjoy! While a view from the top of the gondola can’t be beat, one you’ll really never forget is one from Heli Tremblant.  Tour Quebec and see it as you’ve never seen it before. Each helicopter tour is unique, and it will give you a new perspective of this gorgeous area.  Take in the impressive mountain range and the quaint villages carved into its side as you fly overhead. After a long day on the slopes you’ll love to stop by someplace warm like Casino de Mont Tremblant.  Boasting 500 slot machines, and 16 gaming tables, and a seafood and grill restaurant, it’s easy to spend an evening or two in this establishment. To relax away those weary muscles, sore from hitting the slopes, make an appointment at Scaninave Spa. Offering the age old Scandinavian tradition of hydrotherapy, this spa is the perfect place to soothe away worries and tension.

Charming Mont Tremblant, Quebec

Posted on: November 18th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

Clock_tower_at_Mont-Tremblant_ResortBoasting world class skiing and snowboarding, Mont Tremblant, Quebec is one of the top winter destinations on the eastern seaboard of North America.  Enjoy fabulous skiing, food, and relaxation in this resort town.

Part of the Laurentian mountain range, Mont Tremblant has an elevation of 875 meters (2,871 ft), making it one of the tallest peaks, and its name translates to “trembling mountain.”

The village was first settled in the late 19th century by Antoine Labelle, a parish priest.  In 1892 the Lac Mercier train station was established in what would become the village of Mont Tremblant in 1904.  It connected the area to Montreal making access to the mountain extremely easy.

In 1938 American explorers Joe Ryan, Harry Wheeler, and Lowell Thomas climbed to the summit of Mont Tremblant.  Ryan vowed to create a world class alpine village in the area.  He began construction on a ski resort in the area, and in February of 1939 the Mont Tremblant Lodge was opened.  Today that lodge is part of the Pedestrian Village.   The resort began to play host to visitors from all over the world.

Lowell Thomas, who was an American radio broadcaster, helped to make the resort popular by advertising it on his radio show.  Named after him at the resort are a triple ski lift on the north side of the mountain, and several ski trails.

A casino was opened in 2009 at the base of the soleil trails, serviced by the gondola which runs from the main resort.

Today, Mont Tremblant is home to some of the East Coast’s best skiing, and is a world class resort destination.  It is the perfect place for winter family fun or a romantic getaway!


Escape to Saugerties

Posted on: November 15th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

Dubois-kierstede-house (Saugerties Historical Society)Bordered by the Hudson and the Catskills, Saugerties is a gorgeous getaway that has much to offer.

Established in the 17th century, Saugerties has a long history.  It was purchased from a Native American chief and thrived after it was established, becoming a leading producer of tar and turpentine.  It was sacked by the British during the American Revolution and much of it was destroyed.  It had one of the largest water powered industries in the world during the 19th century.

Though the town is very quiet, there is plenty of things to do  in Saugerties, and it is the perfect place to come and relax.

Stroll through its delightful historic streets and take in its charming shops and restaurants, or simply relax at your hotel and enjoy the peaceful tranquility.

Saugerties is surrounded by great camping!  If a peaceful night in the woods sounds rejuvenating to you, then a stop at the Saugerties/Woodstock KOA is in order.  Sleep surrounded by nature and the beauty of the Catskills while not giving up the amenities to which we’ve all grown accustomed.

Along with great camping, Saugerties has some truly wonderful and unique places to stay.  Stay in gorgeous boutique hotels and bed and breakfasts and will cater to your every need, allowing you to have the ultimate relaxing vacation.  Saugerties’ most unique accommodation, though, is its historic lighthouse.  Stay in the former keeper’s quarters and get a taste for what life was like living the lighthouse, with antiques, gorgeous views of the Hudson, and a wonderfully secluded, intimate feel.

Some of Saugerties’ hotels, such as Diamond Mills have fantastic, award winning restaurants.  However, there are plenty of other amazing places to eat in Saugerties.  Allow your culinary vacation to be as relaxing, unique and entertaining as the rest of your vacation when you dine at one of Saugerties’ fantastic establishments.  Try food from all the around the world without leaving your seat, or have exceptional local craft beer or wine paired with an equally exceptional meal prepared from ingredients from local farms.  It’s all possible in Saugerties.

Saugerties is the perfect place to escape from the city and relax.