What a Grand Weekend!
I went to the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, NY
with my friend Kim from County Line Road.
We've been Flea Market buddies for years
and this seemed like the perfect adventure for us.
Friday's torrential rains kept us indoors at the Coxsackie Antique Mall
which was interesting and kept us dry...
We had dinner at The Culinary Institute in Hyde Park
and that was a lot of fun.
Here's the entrance to the American Bounty restaurant:
This beet salad with goat cheese and capers was delicious
and so beautiful.
Seriously, between the colors and the artistic presentation, this could be a painting!
Then this whimsical dessert, which was fun, too.
The glassware was adhered to the board on a bed of honey.
Maybe a bit too much honey, but I have to remember this idea...
The Red Velvet Whoopie Pie was the best.
We arrived at the Country Living Fair as it opened on Saturday morning.
It was crowded.
We saw lots of interesting things and I'll show you just a few.
Loved this regal Lion on a bed of boxwood.
And this pair of shutters-
Too bad they wouldn't fit in my suitcase...
Lots of creative inspiration, too.
Check out this lampshade covered with buttons!
Love this "Welcome" pillow.
I may have to try my hand at this in my colors...
We both made a beeline over to these vintage Christmas trees...
We both collect Christmas Tree Pins (which you can read about here).
They were a bit pricey, so we didn't buy any.
I spotted this large demi-john filled with white lights and I may have to try this myself...
We managed to cover the whole Fair in three hours.
That left us time to visit the Vanderbilt mansion and walk the grounds a bit.
Quite the setting, with amazing views.
Next, we headed down to Poughkeepsie, NY to walk across the Hudson River.
They have re-purposed an old railroad bridge into a spectacular pedestrian bridge
high above the Hudson River with panoramic views in all directions.
You can read all about it here.
It's 1.28 miles across (one way) and 212 feet in the air.
This is a view from the center of the walkway to the south.
Walking across the river!
Pictures really can't capture the panorama.
Looking north from the center of the bridge.
This was really the highlight of the trip.
Amazing American ingenuity!
The next day, we took a tour of Franklin D. Roosevelt's home in Hyde Park.
That was a very interesting place in another amazing setting.
Makes me want to watch "Hyde Park on the Hudson" and see more of FDR and Eleanor.
Interesting couple, to say the least.
The only loot I brought home from the Country Living Fair
was this pretty green pitcher
and this charming little bird statue.
They both made it home safely in my suitcase.
Fun, fun, fun!
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