We had fun visiting Bad Seed Cider Company at Wilklow Orchards in Highlands, NY. Toured the fields, and enjoyed some great hard cider in their very popular tap room.
Read our story here: New York Cork Report
Bad Seed Cider Company
43 Baileys Gap RD
Picture yourself high in the sky with a birds eye view, on the watch from the crows nest of a tall masted schooner, yet you are on solid ground, a bridge in fact with a beautiful view, north and south, of the mighty Hudson.
Walking or on your bike, it is quite a spectacle. A modern structure that connects the rail trails from Highland to Poughkeepsie and beyond, east and west.
At both ends are information centers and great signage to guide your journey. Along the bridge are bits of Hudson River history and trivia.
On the Poughkeepsie side there is a guide to side trips around town.
On the west end there are food trucks and a picnic area. Parking is easy on both.
Walkway Over the Hudson
There are few things to my mind more blissful than sailing. Yes it is some work and you do have to know the tricks, but that moment when the wind is just right, your lines are taught and you can just sit back and guide the rudder, that’s heaven.
Here are some ways to partake
Come Sailing on board the sloop Clearwater
Black Swan Sailing
Croton Sailing School
Hudson Valley Magazine Cruises and Sailing
Take a walk in history, in this museum in a forest, West Point Foundry Preserve.
Until 1818 Cold Spring was just a tiny settlement on the Hudson River, that began to change with the opening of West Point Foundry as years went by the town became a hub of industrial production for decades to come. It is all ruins now, the story of those times is beautifully told here.
Entrance to the property is at the south end of Cold Spring at the end of Foundry Street. There is ample parking, maps and the trails are marked. The first structure you will notice is an artistic rendering of one of the famous gun platforms made here.
You can walk north on a trail that follows the river up to the Cold Spring Train Station and then on through town and back to the preserve.
Or walk south east toward the ruins and the old foundry building, which is being restored now. The paths on this route are made of metal. Fitting to the location, but rather odd at first. Along the way there are markers that point out portions of a mobile audio tour available at http://www.foundrytour.org/
Further along there is an artistic recreation of what was once the massive waterwheel. It is quite stunning compared to renderings on display of what the original building that housed the giant wheel looked like.
Interesting elements like these stairs are found throughout this museum in the woods. There are lots of regular walking paths that branch off in different directions for fun exploration. The trails are marked.
Along the way there are benches to sit, take a rest, contemplate the beauty.