nyc-etc: cold spring

November 21st, 2014

For a place I’ve known and loved for almost 30 years, I can’t believe I’ve waited this long to share Cold Spring with you.

But I’m kind of glad I did because – as lovely as it’s always been – it’s gotten even better over the last few years, thanks to a few new additions.

About 50 miles north of Westchester County (and easily accessed via Metro North from NYC), Cold Spring is one of the most picturesque of the Hudson River towns. I make a couple of trips up there every year, and each season brings something different.

Let’s start with the breathtaking river views:

cold spring

I spent a picture-perfect mid-fall day there recently, cold enough to layer up but mild enough to sit and enjoy the spectacular foliage.

cold spring

cold spring

I then strolled up Main Street.

Main Street has always had great vintage/antique shops – I especially love Bijou Galleries and Cold Spring Antiques Center for unique serving pieces, old bottles and additions to my out of control ever-growing collection of Pyrex. If Noah’s with me I’ll give him a few dollars and let him have at the “bargain basket” of small toys (that always makes him feel like he’s hit the jackpot).

bijou cold spring

cold spring antiques center

cold spring antiques center

cold spring antiques center

Cold Spring also has a solid food scene – my faves being the charming Le Bouchon (for lunch or dinner) and Moo Moo’s Creamery for ice cream.

le bouchon cold spring

le bouchon cold spring

There’s a great toy store too, with a small but carefully edited selection of quality children’s toys, games and art supplies.

I always found the town somewhat lacking in the “handmade” department, but in the last few years two fantastic shops opened up to change all that.

Cold Spring General Store had me at hello. Seriously – I wanted to buy pretty much everything in the shop. Books, accessories, home goods and edibles – all beautifully packaged and perfect for gifts and stocking stuffers.

cold spring general store

cold spring general store

cold spring general store

cold spring general store

cold spring general store

Cold Spring Apothecary is a spare, zen-like space specializing in handcrafted, small-batch face and body care, candles and more.

cold spring apothecary

cold spring apothecary

I flipped over the packaging and had a hard time settling on a candle (one of my weaknesses) to take home. I picked the seasonal “Burnt Leaves” and I’m already sad that I didn’t buy two. I can think of several people on my holiday list that would love an indulgent candle or hand lotion.

cold spring apothecary

Cold Spring is the perfect 1-day getaway, but if you stay overnight I highly recommend the uber-charming Pig Hill Inn. I’ve stayed there many times over the years and it never disappoints.

cold spring pig hill inn

My “take-aways” from the day:

cold spring general store cold spring apothecary

Have a great weekend!

cold spring

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