November 2016 – We flew into JFK for a quick weekend trip into Manhattan and the Catskills of New York. We spent the first afternoon walking past the bridges, visiting the One World Trade Center, and exploring Central Park.
The Trade Center’s elevator was an experience in itself, although it was a quick ride. The graphics are pretty amazing, and the views from the observatory are great. We took the subway to the northeast corner of Central Park and spent a couple of hours walking through the park. As the sun set, the temperature dropped dramatically and the wind got a bit unbearable for us. We ducked into a restaurant for some pizza then continued onto our first Broadway show, The Book of Mormon. The show was pretty funny, the experience was definitely worth it, and we actually sat next to a couple of fellow Floridians.
After the show, we spent the night at our hotel in Jersey City and then picked up our rental car to head north to the Catskill mountains. We didn’t have a lot of time to spend on this trip, but we were able to hike to the Giant Ledge and Panther Mountain of New York before traveling to our hotel in Tannersville. The temperature was quite chilly, especially as we increased elevation on our hike. We stopped
for a picnic lunch and felt like our fingers were going to freeze, so we quickly took in the views and kept moving.
We stayed at the Sun view Inn in Tannersville. When we first arrived, no one was around but we found a note on the office stating to call a phone number. When we finally reached a spot with cell service (our phones don’t work well outside of the southeast), we called the number, and a woman emerged from the house next door. She checked us in and gave us the key, along with some friendly recommendations of places to eat nearby.
The inn was incredibly clean and comfortable. It had a cozy, home-like feel to it and was thankfully warm inside. We drove down the road just a couple of minutes to the downtown area, where we ate at the Last Chance Antiques & Cheese Cafe. Although a bit pricey, it was cozy and delicious.
The next morning, we visited the Kaaterskill Falls before driving a very scenic route back to New Jersey to return the rental car. This was our first fall visit to New York. It’s a beautiful time of year, and we will definitely be back.