A HUDSON VALLEY BRUNCH ADVENTURE

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Winter in New York City is gorgeous in the movies. The way the snow insulates all the noise and covers up the dirty streets with a clean blanket of white. The people all smartly dressed with perfectly accented scarves, hats, and gloves to go with their wonderfully fitting jackets. On every face, a look of wonder and amazement.

But check it. That’s not how it really is. Winter in the city is the actual worst and everyone knows it. The subways are sweaty, your apartment is never the right temperature, and there isn’t a single bar in the city with a decent place to hang a giant winter coat. Biggest coat of all time. Goose down.

This is why, when given the chance to get our handsome behinds out of this frigid prison for a weekend escape in the stunningly picturesque city of Hudson, we couldn’t pack our bags fast enough. The feeling of leaving New York City by car is hands down the best way to really feel the escape. Watching the Empire State Building slowly fade into the background just as the crescendo hits in Hamilton’s “Wait For It” is an experience so emotional, you might just crash your whip.

The lovely people at Red Cottage hosted us at their newest rental in the Hudson area called Whale and Grove. Now, you might be saying to yourself: “Whale and Grove? Ain’t no whales in no groves.” Well, allow us to explain. The house is set in the middle of a sprawling 18-acre working apple orchard, which couldn’t make you feel like any more of a baller if it tried. As for whales, Hudson used to be one of the biggest whaling towns in the country; ships would sail down the river to the Atlantic to hunt them, then bring their capture back up to the ports to be processed and sold. See, when you started reading this, you didn’t even know you were going to get a history lesson. We’re always trying to give back.

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