Cold Spring, New York is a short ride (a little over an hour) on Metro North from Grand Central Station, but a world away from New York City. Step down from the train platform and be transported. This is a perfect place to go for the carless New Yorker. The town is right off the train stop, and everything is within walking distance. On weekends, this is a popular destination.
Welcome to idyllic small town America, complete with flag-draped gazebo.
Known for its antique shops, Cold Spring’s main drag is the appropriately named Main Street, lined with cute storefronts selling antiques, flea market goods, gifts and more and many restaurants to choose from. I liked The Country Goose, a charming shop with gourmet food products, soaps, children’s items, tea, products from the British Isles and more. The owner is a charming woman who also makes gift baskets.
Not far from the train station is a the trolley stop where you can board and head to Boscobel House. There’s a little park here where a band plays big band music while people eat ice cream cones outside on park benches. The Village Scoop serves up ice cream in fun flavors like cannoli (made with mascarpone) and cherry pie.
If you walk west toward the Hudson River, you’ll see the gazebo and the historic Hudson House, built in 1832 and one of only two accommodations in town.
The accompanying restaurant has scenic patio dining. The bread is of note–a popover with strawberry butter.
I got the lobster and avocado roll. I enjoyed the unique addition of avocado.
What to Eat: ice cream from Moo Moo and the Village Scoop, popovers and classic American fare from Hudson House, artisan ice pops from Go-Go Pops.
Where to Shop: The Country Goose for gourmet food and gift baskets, The Gift Hut for unique toys for kids, Back in Ireland for goods made in Ireland.
What to See & Do: The 1928 gazebo, the Hudson River view, Hudson House historic inn, Boscobel House and Gardens, Putnam History Museum, kayaking.