What do two single sisters do for Valentine’s Day? Go snowboarding of course! The best thing about living in Rockland County is that Hunter Mountain is only a 1.5 hour drive away. We decided to beat the winter blues and head up to Hunter for some snowboarding. Since we didn’t want to kill ourselves, we decided to take private lessons and really learn how to snowboard. We arrived at the Learning Center at 8:45 AM (our lessons started promptly at 9 AM). I was very impressed by how efficient and friendly the staff was. We met our instructor, Tim on the slope at 9 AM. He was so friendly and patient with us first timers. He also happened to be really good looking;) After two hours, we were already riding down the green slope, learning to carve, and most importantly, stop. For all of you non-winter sports people this is a pretty big deal. Yes, I was scared shitless and five year olds were zooming past me but I made a promise to myself that I must do things that scare me. LIVE IN THE MOMENT! Tim said that if we kept it up we would be pros in no time.
I love New Paltz. It’s this small hippie town 1 hour North off Rockland County. I found out about New Paltz because Sarah (sister) went to college there and I would look forward to visiting her. There are wineries, great restaurants and if you love the outdoors, there are tons of things to do. The people are so friendly and mellow you wonder how do they live their lives differently? If you ever find yourself on the NY State Thruway and happen to pass exit 18, definitely stop by. I was FREEZING. My poor sister wanted to shut me up so she brought me to Water Street Market. I needed caffeine and something hot STAT. Mudd Puddle was the perfect place. I had the Funky Gunk a mocha drink flavored with almond and hazelnut with a shot of espresso and fresh whip cream-YUM. This is the kind of place where you walk in and just feel completely at ease. The menu is written in chalk on a big blackboard, there’s a poetry wall, and there is a little nook with mismatched cushioned chairs. I don’t want to leave. After the coffee, we stopped in Eden Boutique. They have the most unique and beautiful jewelery. The boutique is so whimsical I couldn’t stop saying “so pretty…ooooo…pretty…” It’s like a fairy’s house. Time for dinner! We walked over to the Village Tea Room for our romantical Valentine’s Day dinner. The restaurant is in a red colonial house with Christmas lighted archways leading up to the entrance. All I could focus on when I walked in was the dessert area. The hostess seated us in a small room to the left of the restaurant and since it’s in a house, it was very intimate. Sarah and I kept laughing at how we were the only non-couple in the restaurant. O well! I ordered the turkey pot pie with sage biscuit. It was the perfect combination of creamy with flaky aromatic biscuit. There were big chunks of turkey and carrots. It was the best example of comfort food. For dessert, I went against my norm and ordered the honey bee cake which was so light and delightful. What I love most about this place is they are a member of slow food and use locally grown produce in their menu. I’m planning my next visit to sample the teas and breakfast menu.