A lovely thing about being in New York is the changing seasons. To celebrate one of my best friend’s birthdays, we decided to venture on a catamaran fall foliage cruise that jetted up the gorgeous tree-lined Hudson River to the adorable and historical small town of Cold Spring, NY. Despite the clear skies, it was freezing on the way up thanks to the icy—yet refreshing—air blowing in our faces. Regardless of the chill factor, we picked a perfectly pleasant day to jump on a boat heading upstate. Not only were the views of New York City amazing on our way to our destination, but the foliage was indeed vibrant! Fiery reds, bright oranges and golden yellows—the colors were glowing and fabulous.While on the cruise we had an enthusiastic tour guide pointing out all the noteworthy places that included the Cloisters, George Washington Bridge, huge castle-like mansions, West Point, Bear Mountain and the cute towns on the shore of the Hudson. Once at Cold Spring, established 1846, we were immediately charmed by how quaint the Stars Hollow-esk town was! (Gilmore Girls anyone?) Strolling along the 19th-century waterfront main street was such a contrast to walking anywhere in NYC- I loved it.
The town is filled with boutique shopping that includes a trendy apothecary, a general store, a few interior design spots, clothing shops and some great places to get unique gifts. Oh and if you’re into antiques? You’re in for a real treat! The streets are lined with grand Victorian homes and the waterfront views are picture-perfect. The food is also delicious—we ended up getting brick oven roasted pizzas at the restaurant, Riverside, which not surprisingly had fantastic views of the Hudson. Cold Springs is definitely an awesome place to unwind, relax and enjoy small town living in a beautiful setting.