This weekend I took a trip upstate to a charming bed & breakfast, the Alexander Hamilton B&B, in Croton-on-Hudson. Kevin and I left on Friday right after work, and luckily we didn't hit much traffic. It took us a short hour and a half to get there, and the was pleasant. Thirty minutes out of the city I was surprised to see so many trees. Living in the concrete jungle, I forget that the rest of New York actually
has grass and trees and stuff.
Compared to the bed and breakfast we stayed at in Hudson which was kind of creepy, we really liked the Alexander Hamilton House. We stayed in the Victorian room which had a little room off the bedroom with a daybed and a big bathroom with a little boudoir. There were several other bedrooms on the second floor and the first floor has a few sitting rooms, the kitchen, and the dining room. The B&B also has a pool. While it was a little too cold to go swimming, it was the perfect temperature to keep our windows open at night. It was peaceful not hearing cars zooming by and sirens and cars honking. Instead we could be lulled to sleep by the soft chirps of the crickets.
For breakfast on Saturday morning, we had coffee, juice, fruit, chocolate chip muffins, and french toast. After breakfast I took a little nap and then we headed to Bear Mountain State Park to go hiking. We used AllTrails to help us select a trail. We chose the Major Welch Trail loop which was about 4 miles and took around 3 hours to complete. Difficulty: strenuous. I'm in pretty good shape, so I figured I'd have no problems climbing the mountain, but I was definitely breathing hard and sweating profusely climbing up the steep incline. That mountain is no joke. In fact, Kevin admitted he was a little sore in the morning. On the way down we took the Appalachian trail because…well because going up a steep mountain is one thing, but without hiking shoes, the descent is a little scary and I had visions of
losing my footing and injuring myself as I bounced down the mountain.
I'm not the only hiker who took that route. A commenter on the trail page wrote,
“”It is a very steep incline up mostly rock on the Major Welch trail. Going
down this way would be difficult. The Appalachian Trail section makes for pretty much the easiest descent you can ask for. The views of the Hudson in both directions are stellar. I wish there wasn't a road to the top though. The bikers like to ride up there and the traffic noise is present through some of the hike. I recommend this for anyone who is looking for a challenging hike that doesn't want to spend all day out on the mountain.””
Once we got down the mountain, Kev and I had a late lunch at the Bear Mountain Inn restaurant. I've been wanting to stay at the Bear Mountain Inn for a while, but they recently underwent renovations and with the nice weather and wedding season madness, all of the rooms were booked every weekend I looked into staying there. There were a lot of people at Bear Mountain State Park and in the Bear Mountain Inn restaurant and gift shop this past weekend. It was a gorgeous day out and perfect weather for hiking, so it was no surprise many others had the same idea.
On Sunday morning, we had an early breakfast at the Alexander Hamilton House before driving back to the city. Breakfast consisted of coffee, juice, blueberry muffins, and an egg casserole. We left full and satisfied. The inn keeper at the Alexander Hamilton house was extremely nice and welcoming, and I'd definitely go back. Kevin and I had a really good weekend. If anyone is looking for a little retreat, I definitely recommend staying at the Alexander Hamilton house and driving to Bear Mountain State Park. The fresh air and time spent in the “”wilderness”” was definitely something I needed to ease my mind before getting back into the daily grind.