We spent yesterday in Cold Spring, our go-to destination when we want a taste of something different but don’t want to travel too far and have nothing more than a spare diaper or two on us. In other words, our plan when we haven’t planned.
Cold Spring is lovely for so many reasons. It’s a little town with a sloping hill of a main street ‚?? lined with casual restaurants, caf√©s, a few galleries, and several antique shops ‚?? that leads to the Hudson River.
There are plenty of shops of all kinds, and the general mood is pretty laid-back. One of our favorite places to eat or have a drink is called Silver Spoon. We didn’t make the stop there this time, but it’s been great for catching sports games, grabbing a quick bite (and not just the typical bar fare either), and pretend you’re a local (seems to be filled with regulars). It’s also kid-friendly. Whew.
This storefront is for rent and I hope whoever rents it will keep this cool painting on the facade. It depicts the Hudson River just north of Cold Spring, and that building on the little island is an old over-grown abandoned armory I’ve only seen pictures of.
Once you reach the bottom of the hill, an old passageway leads you under the train tracks and over to the water side. But first, we had to stop at one of our favorite low-key, kid-friendly outdoor restaurants.
The old Cold Spring train station is now a restaurant called the Depot. Every 15 minutes or so a train passes by on the tracks right next to the terrace. At first Jax was scared, but then he and Seth made looking for trains into a game.
This table and little walkway are actually part of the adjoining park. We took a stroll through this passage to take the underpass (that brick structure in the back left of the photo below).
Out on the other side is a pretty jetty with spectacular views of the mountains across the Hudson. It’s remarkable how high ‚?? and how close ‚?? they are at this spot.
More train-related fun: a long cargo train passed us along the other side of the river.
The ducks were a little too friendly and had Jax running for cover.
There’s also some more green space along the river.¬† This is a great field for flying kites or watching the sun set over the mountains.
Good bye for now!