Travel | Happy Anniversary in the Hudson Valley

IMG_1833Sharing a few snippets from last weekend's anniversary adventures in the Hudson Valley, and figured I'd let the photos do (most!) of the talking. ;)

Click through for a peek at our little getaway, in pictures, and find out all of the best bits that we'd highly recommend!

travel essentialsPacking is my specialty! The perfect road-trip snacks and sips are key: Nourish snacks, Amazonia coconut water (pomegranate infused!), and dark dark chocolate.IMG_1912Checked in to the darling spot that we found on AirBnB, and were greeted by a garden complete with kiwi vines, persimmon trees, and all the veggies you could ever hope for.  (MY DREAM!)10549899_429712013838720_1274382603_nDinner at a sushi spot right on the Hudson River... Did anyone else get to see the moon rise on Friday night?! Gorgeous!IMG_1914Exploring Newburgh on our morning run... So many cool old buildings!10523276_1506944142869421_1956875933_nCoffee and fruit in the parlour of our Bed + Breakfast.  The space was SO cool - Originally a convent built in the 1850s, and now a residence with an art supply store on the first floor.  (The hosts were darling, and we will definitely go back!) IMG_1780Our Saturday excursion began when we were picked up by the kind folks at Buick and driven to a nearby raspberry orchard for a delightful lunch + lemonade in the sunshine!IMG_1787IMG_1807My handsome hubby in his Westward Leaning sunnies, vintage shirt, custom jeans and Aldo leather sneaks.IMG_1801IMG_1824Lunch was a fresh mix of colorful veggies prepared by Chef Mona Talbott.  (My fave was the raw zucchini noodles with toasted almonds, fluffy goat cheese and fresh herbs!)IMG_1827 FARM DOGGIE!  Fetching sticks like it was her job. ;)IMG_1841Next we headed to a local whiskey distillery called Hillrock Estate.  This was easily the highlight of the trip, and even if you have the slightest interest in how this award-winning liquid gold is made - I would HIGHLY recommend a visit for the tour and tasting.IMG_1846Mr. Pepper all ready to head inside!  We both totally geeked out over the whole scientific process that goes into creating G's favorite drink, and I loved getting the chance to see him so giddy. :)IMG_1857It all starts with a handful of grains...IMG_1870The copper distiller machines were actually quite gorgeous, and I was fascinated to learn that the byproducts that don't get used in the process are sent off to a factory in Kentucky to be turned into other types of non-consumable alchohol (like ethanol + acetone)!IMG_1864 Just a dude hanging out with some barrels.IMG_1875Tasting time!  (Complete with fresh sourdough baguettes and LOTS of local cheese.)IMG_1885Last stop on Saturday was an incredible eight-course dinner at a restaurant in Hudson, NY called Fish + Game.IMG_1891The decor of the whole place was incredible, but these "stacked" chesterfield sofas in the entryway had me swooning! IMG_1899Dinner was served upstairs in the private loft filled with lots of natural light and more lovely details.IMG_1901Slow-cooked egg and thai chili over fresh salsa verde.IMG_1908A wine pairing to go with each course!IMG_1907My favorite dish of the night was this simple salad made with tender turnips, strawberries & sorel leaves over a balsamic and unripened-strawberry vinaigrette. After wrapping up dinner with our new friends, Buick kindly drove us back to our B+B in Newburgh where we finished off the night with card games and live music at the local brewery... It was certainly a weekend to remember, and such a lovely way to celebrate our seven years of marriage together!