Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Hudson River Valley

The adorable house we rented was in Saugerties, about 20 minutes north of the Duchess County Fairgrounds. At first I thought it was silly to go further than we needed to, but it turned out to work in our favor, as the traffic was lighter than if we had been coming from the south.

As a bonus, we were within walking distance of so many cute places, like this bookstore/coffee shop.

Love this original tiled floor!

The shop had loads of comfortable couches and chairs and creaky wood floors where there wasn't tile.

Lots of the houses on "our" street had already decorated for Halloween; another one nearby had a giant spider on the roof.

The restaurant we ate at on Friday night was called Rock Da Casbah, and the food and beer was delicious.


But our favorite discovery was The Perfect Blend, a yarn and tea shop, just around the corner! The shop was open late on Friday and Saturday, and even served snacks, which allowed us time to visit. We plan to spend even more time there next year as it was super cute and inviting.

This little mouse was on one of the shelves, leaning against a teapot. Don't you love his little scarf?

Cute little shop sample; I love the way the embroidery on the shoes match the buttons!

I was excited to see a Guernsey Wrap knit up, as I bought Green Mountain Spinnery's Weekend Wool for this pattern as my big Rhinebeck purchase. I chose the Pumpkin color way and will share my progress as soon as I get started on it.

Two little knit chickens, hanging out with the tea.

On Sunday, rather than eating at the fairgrounds, we drove to Red Hook and ate in this diner. While it was a small place, it was a great choice.

Last but not least, we were lucky enough to eat breakfast at Lox of Bagels on Sunday and we loved it so much that we went back on Monday morning, on our way home. Not only was the food delicious, but the service was outstanding!

The lady behind the counter told us she was a relatively new knitter and she agreed to let us take her picture with us. (From left to right: Melissa, me, our new friend, Lori, and Kristin, although you'll have to click on the photo to see Kristin for some reason). We can't wait to see her next year too!



  1. This sounds like a fantastic time. I sincerely hope you get to enjoy these wonderful places ( and people!) again next year. The yarn and tea shop looks dreamy!

  2. Perfect trip in every way! I am so happy you had a great time.