Field Trip: Cold Spring, NY
Ok, that’s what I wish I looked like boarding the train. In reality, I was a wilted, tired chic desperately trying to escape the sizzling streets of Manhattan. My destination: appropriately-named Cold Spring, NY. What better way to recharge your batteries than a field trip to a charming little village brimming with antique stores?
Just a quick (and scenic!) train from Grand Central Station will land you here, on Main Street. On this warm summer day, the air smelled like a mix of sweet hydrangeas and freshly cut grass…an instant soul-soother.
Quaint on the outside, organic on the inside: Cold Spring Apothecary offers all-natural products for everything from skincare to bug repellant.
…and I was so glad I did! At this charming little bistro, you can nibble French cuisine while lounging on the front porch! As most porches tend to be, it was the town’s sweet spot for socializing. We all sat around sipping cold Chardonnay and chatting like old friends, pausing occasionally to share a laugh with people passing by on the sidewalk below.
I tried the special: an Arugula salad with chilled watermelon and (since the chef ran out of feta…darn!) fresh Parmesan. At the table next to me, the escargot smelled so good I almost grabbed a fork to help them finish it off!
Over at “Once Upon a Time” Antiques, I met Barb and Bob, the store’s owners for the past 27 years. They pointed to this painting, hung proudly near the front door, and explained that they were painted for the Bravo show “America’s Next Great Artist”. Cheers to them, the local celebrities!
Inside Archipelago At Home, I found so many unique treasures I practically needed a truck to get it all home. Tim, the owner, is a fellow designer and a joy to chat with while browsing his shop of curiosities.
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Buy your tickets at Grand Central Station (kiosk or ticket counter) and take the Hudson Line to Cold Spring. My off-peak ticket was $24.50 round trip.
Planning your trip
Check out the official Cold Spring website to plan your adventure.
From Cold Spring, take a taxi (or a walk) up to Boscobel , a mansion built in 1804 that now houses an impressive collection of Federal Period-style decor.