On our way north we stopped in a few quaint little towns on the shores of the Hudson River. There's so much to do, but with a toddler in tow we focused on some of the highlights in the lower east side. While Joseph napped we drove around in Sleepy Hollow and checked out the church and cemetery made famous by Washington Irving in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. When he woke up, we walked around Philipsburg Manor, an 18th century working farm with a water powered mill.
On a tip from an insider we drove up to Cold Spring, a 19th century village on one of the most dramatic bends of the Hudson River, where we were assured we would have breathtaking views. We were not disappointed, especially at the aptly named Riverview cafe. There was an adorable little train store, and we let Joseph pick out a treat for being so good in the car. He chose "Percy," and has opened the door to a new obsession, Thomas the Tank Engine and his multitude of friends.
Joseph fell asleep in the car on the way back to Tarrytown, Percy clutched in his hand, and was still asleep as we dragged him onto the bus for our tour of Kykuit. This mansion was home to 4 generations of Rockerfellers, and sits on a measly 87 acres, high on a hilltop overlooking the river.
This was surely enough for one day for all involved! The next day we headed further north to the Upper Hudson Valley for a brief stop in Hyde Park, home of FDR.
And then we kept driving until we got to Lake George.........