Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Traveling Thursdays: Storm King, NY


It's been too long since I've last blogged (um, how has it already been a year?!) and since tonight was a making-new-goals and reflecting-on-my-life-decisions kind of night, I figured I'd add one to the list -- start blogging. 

I realize it is not Thursday, but I wanted to do a traveling post because lately I've been feeling a little suffocated by routine. Since holidays are much harder to come by now, I've tailored this post to the kind of travel you could do in a day. 

First up -- Storm King. 



Storm King is a beautiful outdoor sculpture garden that lies along the Hudson River in upstate New York.  At over 500 acres with hundreds of sculptures (from Serra to Noguchi and everything in between), to call it a garden is to completely belittle the size of the place. 

And that is precisely why I love it - the sheer size, the wide open spaces punctuated with sculptures that are larger than life, the sun warm on your skin, the wind tangled in your hair, the air fresh and dewy. Your senses are at once elevated and muted, heightened and calmed.  

So pick a warm, breezy weekend, bring a friend and go check it out before the sun sets too early and it gets too cold to do anything but snuggle in bed. 



Ideal for: When you're feeling outdoors-y but don't want to break a sweat.
When to go: I went in autumn - when the air was crisp, but honestly any warm, sunny Sunday will do.
How to get there:  It's an easy one hour drive away from Manhattan. (Tip: If you rent a zipcar, simply show your receipt and you get 2 tickets for the price of 1!). Or for those who don't drive, it is easily accessible via bus or train (CoachUSA/Shortline, NJ Transit, MetroNorth Railroad).
What to do: You can rent a bike but personally I prefer walking. I mean, the whole point of escaping the city was to breath a little slower and smell the flowers, right?

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