01 November 2013

Date Night: The Berkshires

Hearts seem to follow us everywhere we go.

Reading The Red Tent by Anita Diamant.

Three friends suggested this place, and it def lived up to the hype!

All of my motorcycle layers. Under Armor rocks!


A wine shop. 
The Eggs Nest in Highland, NY.

All of his motorcycle layers.

Culinary Institute of America. We're hoping one of the kiddos attends college here.

Flying clown outside The Eggs Nest.

Village of Great Barrington, MA.

Recently My Sweets and I had the opportunity to get away for a night. (Twice in one week, actually!) We planned to ride motorcycles to The Berkshires with another couple, but at the last minute our friends' vintage bike was still in the shop and they had to cancel. We already had Grandma lined up for babysitting, so we went ahead anyway.

Of course we missed our friends at dinner that night, but what a treat it was to spend 24 hours alone with my guy. We had nowhere we had to be, so we set our own pace. I read several chapters of this novel on the ride up. Tom says it's a testament to how comfortable I am on the bike -- it's become my favorite place to read. The autumn air was brisk, the mountainside foliage bursting in beautiful shades or burnt orange and red, and all of our conversations uninterrupted.

We drove through Hyde Park and stopped at the CIA campus to grab lunch at one of its five restaurants. No luck! All five were booked solid. By the time we reached Rhinebeck I was starving, and we were lucky to sneak a table at Aroi Thai before they closed to prep for dinner service. I fulfilled my craving for Pad Kee Mao. Then I bought two Turkish head wraps in a little hippie shop and a bottle of Prosecco for the hotel room, so it was a fruitful stop.

We did some more scenic riding along the Hudson and later checked into a hotel in Great Barrington, MA. The quintessentially "New England" inns were all full due to it being Columbus Day Weekend and peak foliage time. Plus, they all require a two-night minimum stay. Our hotel was more than clean and comfy though. We even took advantage of the hot tub and air hockey table before we left for our 9pm dinner at The Red Lion Inn in Stockton. Let me tell you... it was soooooo delicious.

The next morning we walked around Great Barrington a bit. My Sweets fell in love with a too-pricey pair of beaten up cowboy boots. I snuck into a local chocolate boutique for my English toffee crunch fix. Then we headed toward The Eggs Nest in High Falls for lunch before returning home to the kiddos. A perfect date night, if I do say so myself! Thanks to Grandma DJ for holding down the fort.

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