My parents decided to visit me a different weekend other than Family weekend instead of braving the crowds during those festivities. I began planning the weekend weeks ahead of time so I could pick all of the restaurants we would eat at and all of the places we would visit. We started off Friday night at the Culinary Institute of America’s American Bounty restaurant. The CIA is just minutes away from Marist and has five amazing restaurants where all the food is made by students. American Bounty focuses on food of the Americas. On our visit we had four courses: starter, main course, cheese, and dessert. Yes, there was a cheese course. All of the food perfectly cooked and artfully arranged. Even if fancy food isn’t your thing, I recommend going at least once.
The next day began with apple picking at Weed Orchards. My favorite part of this trip was using the apple picking tool with a claw at the end to get the apples at the very top. I ended up leaving the orchard with enough apples for a month, a pumpkin, and a bright red candy apple. We made it back to Marist in time to watch the football team play. We enjoyed cheering for the Red Foxes and eating traditional game day food such as soft pretzels and nachos.
Our day continued with a trip across the river to New Paltz. We walked up and down Main Street, which is filled with bookstores, record shops, and coffeehouses. I could have spent all day there. Another place in New Paltz that we didn’t have time to visit is historic Huguenot Street where you can take a step back in time to the 17th century. For dinner, we crossed back over the river and went to the Dubliner Irish Pub. I walked in and it felt like home. There were cozy armchairs and a fireplace. The food was fantastic too. I ordered George’s Burger, which is a huge burger covered in barbeque sauce, melted cheddar cheese, and crispy bacon. This was a fantastic end to the day!
Sunday was a little more relaxed. We visited the Vanderbilt mansion and gardens in Hyde Park. This was the perfect place to go to see the beauty of the Hudson Valley. All the trees were changing colors and beginning to lose leaves. The house itself was absolutely stunning. Next, we grabbed lunch at Mole Mole, a Mexican restaurant across the street from Marist. To end our great weekend, we took a stroll across the Walkway over the Hudson, the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world. It gave us striking views of the entire Hudson River. After such a jam-packed weekend, I was exhausted but it was worth it. I had fun with my parents and got to explore new places around Marist. I am already planning their next visit!
– Rachel Forlifer