Since downtown Jersey City tightened up their parking rules (exponential overgrowth and issuing way too many passes for very few spaces), I have been living car-less for a while. I love the freedom, but I sometimes miss the ability to get up and go.
Game Plan: Chapel of Sacred Mirrors in Wappingers Falls, NY to see the art work of Alex Gray, and then some hiking in nearby Cold Spring, NY. All reachable by public transportation: PATH, NYC subway, then Metro North (COSM: New Hamburg stop, Cold Spring: Cold Spring stop).
Game changer: Your dear nature/art loving friends have a car 😁
I’ve always wanted to visit for a Full Moon party, but a lovely spring day visit will do. There is a $5 fee to visit the house where much of Alex Gray’s artwork is displayed throughout the building, which also serves as a really cute Bed and Breakfast. Visit the Mushroom Cafe for a beverage or a healthy snack. Take some time to wander around the grounds surrounding the main house.
Cold Spring, New York
There seems to be a number of trails to follow in the area, but the main entrance can be find as “Washburn Trail” on Google maps. The trails are not super easy, require a bit of maneuvering, but are definitely fun. My fashionable Steve Madden boots served well for selfie purposes only. I had ugly hiking shoe envy for sure.. Lots of fresh air and beautiful views! Across the road of the trail entrance is a park, also with some beautiful views overlooking the Hudson River.