If summering is a verb in some circles, why not falling?  Right?

We’ve had a beautiful fall here in Upstate NY this year.  We took a few excursions through leaf-peepin’ country.  Cati and I used to take these excursions on motorcycles, but that’s not exactly a practical option since Nina arrived.  We won’t let her ride a motorcycle until she’s at least four months old, right?  So we strapped her into her car seat and loaded her up. 

Sure, she looks excited, but it didn’t last.  Nacho didn’t fall asleep.

We decided to go north and east into Vermont.  This is roughly our route.

The leaves in NY and VT were beautiful.

We stopped for a diaper change and a Nacho pee-break in Arlington, VT.

We tried to have lunch at J.T. Baker’s, but they’re not open for lunch.  We need to work on our planning [shrug].

Angry about gas prices?  How convenient.

We had a delicious lunch at a street-car in Bennington, VT.  We had a burger and a steamy-hot bowl of clam chowder.  Mmm…

On the way home we stopped at the locally-famous pub the Man of Kent. 

Luckily, we have a fake ID for Nina.  She was able to have a pint and pass out at the bar.

The following weekend, we took a southbound excursion through Hudson and Rhineback– like so.

We stopped for coffee, looked at furniture, and did a little shopping in Hudson.  We also had to change Nina in the bimmer.

Don’t worry, she didn’t mind.  See?

We stopped at Terrapin for some light fare.  We would like to go back for dinner as we had a good impression.  Although the exterior of the building looks as ridiculous as The Excalibur hotel in Las Vegas, it was much nicer inside.

We had fun and inventive tapas, drinks, and desserts.

I hope you enjoyed – we sure  did!

9 Responses to “Falling”

  1. jess says:

    i used to frequent terrapin when i lived in new paltz. it really is an old church!

    also, as you might imagine, mark loves the man of kent.

  2. Albany Jane says:

    Every time I see the black bar I think of those girly magazines with the DO NOT WEAR black bars over the faces of fashion faux pas wearers, hee hee. The NY-VT drive is a personal fave for me – so woodsy, and so many little offshoots you can look at.

  3. chef jason baker says:

    sorry about the lunch thing, we did do lunch but it was too much with the long list of things to do that already existed. next time knock on the kitchen door and we’ll have coffee…looks like you had a great day……….

  4. alex|dimitri says:

    Well, I guess we’ll let them off the hook if it was actually a church. That would explain it.

    I was talking to my colleague in Germany the other day, and he was telling me how they use cameras to catch speeders over there. The camera is connected to a radar detector, it snaps a photo, and sends a ticket, along with the photo of the car and driver, to the registered owner. The police recently started blurring the face of the passengers because too many wives were discovering their husbands’ mistresses when speeding tickets arrived to the house. That’s kinda why I use the black bars– one never knows. ;)

    Chef Baker,
    Thanks for the coffee offer; we’ll keep it in mind for future trips. We’ll be heading up for dinner before too long. We’ve been meaning to do so for a while.

  5. denise ikasalo says:

    Nina is ADORABLE!!

  6. renée says:

    i’ve been wanting to check out terrapin for a while. thanks for the reminder! i enjoyed the documentation of your road trip. what a sweet family!

  7. Gina says:

    I call for a road trip to Terrapin for dinner before the move-that-shall-not-be-named!

  8. alex|dimitri says:

    If anyone knows adorable babies, it’s you. Thanks!

    I’m just glad you’re not sick of us. ;)

    A roadtrip sounds great. Also, I want to go to Bizen in Great Barrington. It’s supposed to be, dare I say it, better than Saso’s.

  9. Kathleen Lisson says:

    Wonderful trip! I’m glad you guys took some time out to enjoy fall!