Nyack / Bear Mountain

We spent the weekend in Bear Mountain for my high school best friend Cynthia’s wedding, with stopovers each way in Nyack (one of my favorite day trips).

You can get to Nyack from NYC by taking the MetroNorth to Tarrytown and then taking the Tappan Zee Express Bus across the Tappan Zee Bridge into Nyack. We rented a car for the weekend (about $140 from Hertz with handy AmEx discount), and the drive took only about 45 minutes from the UES. Driving bonus: Another half hour or so away, you’ll find Woodbury Common, a very, very excellent outlet mall with zillions of stores including Off 5th, True Religion, Balenciaga, Chanel, and J.Crew.

After the jump, shots & snippets from the trip, plus a delicious twist on Eggs Benedict.

Road food: pastrami sandwiches from Sables (also famous for lobster salad & matzo ball soup) accompanied by Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray celery soda (no no no bad – sort of like sweeter and yet somehow more bitter ginger ale – but if you must try it, you can buy some HERE).

I originally wanted to stop in Nyack because I remembered that back in the day, when I used to come here with my parents, there was a vintage comic book store on Main Street that I thought Kendrick might love to check out. It’s since closed, but has been replaced by another fantastic vintage comic book and toy store called Funny Business (check out their online store HERE). The best part? That’s their mascot, Parker, pictured above. He kept me entertained while Kendrick perused 1970s Avengers figurines.

Afternoon Riesling at The Hudson House, a converted jail and town hall in Nyack.

Cynthia’s wedding was held at the beautiful Overlook Lodge, in Bear Mountain (a little over an hour from the city; tough to get to without a car). The Lodge is very rustic and so lovely, with various-sized rooms available to hold different parts of the function (Cynthia and her husband set up food stations throughout).

A little twist on Eggs Benedict, found at Casa del Sol, in Nyack. Just spread a little goat cheese on toasted slices of baguette and top with poached eggs, fresh sliced avocado, crispy bacon, and maybe a sprinkling of cilantro.

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