Fringe Benefits: New York goes beyond the five boroughs of the Gotham city to explore easy to reach, yet worlds away destinations.
Katie begins her explorations north of the city in the Hudson Valley region of New York State. This region, easily accessible via Metro North train from Grand Central Station, is home to dozens of wineries, farm-to-table restaurants, historic sites and great State Parks – including Bear Mountain and Harriman.
We meet Colonel Craig Flowers for a tour of West Point Military Academy and learn about the rich Revolutionary War history of the region. Visitors to West Point don’t want to miss the panoramic views of the Hudson River and the Broadway-style entertainment found right on campus at Eisenhower Hall.
Heading East of New York, Katie preps her sea legs for a fishing adventure with Captain Rick Cohen and crew and discovered sometimes it’s not about what you catch, but how you spend your day that counts.
Also on Long Island Katie visits one of the oldest agricultural fairs in the country, the Long Island Fair in Bethpage, NY. We spend an afternoon with President Roosevelt and his Rough Riders, enjoy local farm fresh produce and even try our hand at a corn-husking contest!
Next it’s off to New Jersey where we hike a beautiful segment of the Appalachian Trail, accompanied by Chris Brown of the Appalachian Mountain Club. It’s a stunning autumn day to visit the Delaware Water Gap area of New Jersey – just 90 minutes from New York!
Ready for relaxation, Katie heads to the Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg, NJ. Chef Michael Weisshaupt demos an easy and delicious Branzini recipe, and we explore the region’s largest wine cellar – more than 75,000 bottles!
For more information on New York area lodging, dining and attractions, visit the Destination Guide.