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Recommended: Day Trip to Cold Spring NY

2012 May 28
by Jess

The carefree days of summer have arrived!

As someone who is self-employed I can’t honestly say that any season is carefree, but the vitamin D and stress relief a day in the sun can bring certainly brings down the stress levels.

Memorial Day was spent at one of my favorite day trip destinations, Cold Spring New York.

Getting there from NYC: 

  • By Train: Take Metro North via the Hudson Line to Cold Spring. Travel time approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • By Car: Check out google maps. Travel time approximately 1 hour, 20 minutes.

What to do:

Hike: There’s a hike here for everyone as there are several trail heads within a mile or so from the train station. They vary in level of difficulty and length. My two favorites are Mt. Taurus and Breakneck Ridge.

Talk to Locals: Before heading to the trails, drop in to Hudson Valley Outfitters to talk to buy a trail map and talk to the locals to get recommendations about which trail is best for your group. Also stock up on last minute supplies like bug spray and sunscreen while your there, as well as use a real bathroom before heading into the woods.

Eat: Pack plenty of water and a good ‘ole fashioned pb&j to eat on the trail, but be sure to check out the pizza specials at Riverview. I promise you’ll be super hungry after a long hike. On super hot days stop in Go-Go Pops for a juice, smoothie or fruit pops.

Returning home after a day of being out on the trails with good friends is as refreshing and renewing as any day at the beach.

What’s your favorite way of escaping NYC or your town for the day?

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  1. May 28, 2012

    sounds like you had an awesome memorial day!! i love breakneck ridge!

  2. May 28, 2012

    I love driving up to Beacon, NY to spend a day at the Dia: Beacon. It’s only a 90-minute drive from NYC and you get to see fantastic art in a fabulous space!

  3. May 28, 2012

    Breakneck Ridge is my favorite hike! And I always (always!) build in a post-hike stop at Go Go Pops. I was actually planning on going up there today for a Memorial Day hike as well, but a Highline stroll won popular vote. Your post made me really wish we had gone!

  4. May 28, 2012

    That looks great. I actually went there a couple of years ago but during the fall, so it was all red and gold. I imagine it would be fun in spring too! Those ice creams alone have me thinking… :)

  5. May 29, 2012

    A trip up here is definitely in order – your last recommendation was so good I’ll have to check this out :) A few weeks ago you recommended this little bakery called Two Little Red Hens so this Saturday my bf and I stopped by after playing soccer in the Park. I’m STILL thinking about the chocolate peanut butter cupcake!

    • Jess permalink*
      May 29, 2012

      So glad you liked Two Little Red Hens. I love that place!

  6. May 29, 2012

    Another great spot in the Hudson Valley (almost directly across the river from Cold Spring) is Storm King Art Center, a huge outdoor sculpture park. There are also picnic tables there so you can bring lunch and spend the day. It’s also close to Woodbury Common Outlets for some shopping! :)

    • Jess permalink*
      May 29, 2012

      Good to know! Thanks for the info!

  7. May 29, 2012

    OH how wonderful! Looks like so much fun!

    Here there is so much traffic that is more frustrating trying to drive & get back than just staying close to home & enjoying that way….

  8. May 29, 2012

    We used to play then in sports! (I’m from Southampton Originally)

    Cute town


  9. June 1, 2012

    I definitely plan on checking this out soon, it looks amazing and great little escape from the city!

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