by Anna Rice
Fashion publicist Anna Rice visited Nyack on a weekend last month and wrote about her trip at the BlondeBananaBlog.com. She offers a refreshing outsider’s perspective on our village’s bars, restaurants and its free parking.
I took a short trip outside of the city to explore the river villages of Nyack and Tarrytown. Although I’ve lived in NYC for almost two years, I’ve never explored much of the state outside the five boroughs. One of my 2013 travel resolutions was to explore New York more, and this quick trip on the Metro North Railroad was the perfect start.
This area is really beautiful, with mountains everywhere and stunning riverside views. The villages themselves are so cute, with plenty of Zagat-rated restaurants, stylish shops and historical sites.
Nyack has a row of interesting stores, carrying everything from Moroccan and Indian imports to contemporary fashions and antiques. It’s definitely worth stopping into each boutique on S. Broadway Ave to pick up unique knick-knacks for your house or apartment.
There are plenty of bars and restaurants on Main Street if you find yourself in Nyack at night. And free parking, too!
The Nyack Library was one landmark that caught my eye. The building is very pretty and unlike any public library I’ve seen before. There’s also a cute cafe next door called Art Cafe. Perfect for cozying up with coffee + a newly borrowed book?
I have to admit my favorite part of Nyack was brunching at Strawberry Place. This local restaurant is cash only and there’s always a wait on weekends – but it’s worth it! Since I’ve been making an effort to eat healthy, I started off with a veggie omelet (which was very good) before splitting this delicious nutella, banana and strawberry waffle with my brunch partner Camila.
If you’re looking for a weekend escape from the city, even for a day, the towns along the Hudson River make an affordable destination. Even the train ride there, which will only cost around $20 round trip, is enjoyable with a scenic route along the water.
I enjoyed my winter weekend visit, but would definitely recommend heading here once temperatures start to warm up. There are so many things I’m looking forward to on my next trip, from exploring the historic estates on millionaires row to visiting the Sleepy Hollow lighthouse. Is anyone else so ready for summer?
Anna Rice is a fashion publicist in NYC full time, world explorer part time. When she’s not at her day job, she blogs about travel and style on a real girl’s budget. To read about her visit to our sister village to the right of the river, visit at The Blonde Banana.
As Others See Us is an occasional feature that publishes what publications outside of Nyack say about the people and places in the Lower Hudson Valley.
Photo Credit: ©2013 Anna Rice