It's hard to believe that tomorrow is already the first day of October! Where has this year gone?! Before fall officially arrived, I spent my final few days of summer upstate in Nyack. It was my first time there, and it was the most beautiful and quaint little town. I had the best time. It was great to get away, unplug, and send off summer in style!
I stayed at The Time Nyack - a fairly new hotel that just opened up a couple months ago. The building itself is a converted warehouse, and I loved the whole industrial meets contemporary vibe. It's located right off the highway, and a short convenient walk from Main Street's shops and restaurants.
The town itself is pretty small - quaint (as I mentioned earlier) is the perfect word to describe it. In an effort to take it all in, and be more present - I actually didn't take a ton of pictures, but here are some highlights from my visit:
My first meal was lunch at Pal's Deli. I was craving a good roast beef sandwich, and this little local joint hit the spot!
In town, there's tons of bookstores. I was drawn to this place called the Nirvana Bookshoppe because of this painted wall on the outside of their storefront. Unfortunately, they weren't open that day - but it was still a charming find!
I got a smoothie from Main Essentials - a super affordable and healthy option for vegan / vegetarian meals. I couldn't believe that everything on the menu was under $7!
To solve my sugar craving, I stopped into the Tree of Chocolate and treated myself to a couple goodies including these beauties!
One of the main attractions in Nyack is the Edward Hopper House - the childhood home of the renowned American painter. The space is a historic landmark and art center - housing original furniture and artifacts in addition to featuring some artwork from current local artists. As a huge art history geek, it was a real treat to walk the grounds.
I stopped into Turiello's Pizzeria because I'm a sucker for a good pizza place. Their margherita didn't disappoint!
The Nyack Library looked like a cottage straight out of a fairytale - completely constructed of stone and covered in vines. Right next door to the library is the Art Cafe. I didn't end up eating here because I had just eaten, but had heard great things about it. Next time I'm in the area, I'll have to stop in!
I scored a $3 flamingo pin at The Kiam Records Shop - best $3 I ever spent! ;)
Thieves Market Antiques was my favorite antique store in the area (there were many). It was run by an older couple, and they had some amazing tins and other treasures. Unfortunately, they were getting ready to close when I popped in.. so I didn't get to look around for as long as I would have liked. I'm still glad I stumbled upon it, though.
I hit up Casa Del Sol for some chips, salsa, guac, and tacos. They had these colorful mosaic tables outside - and I totally just wanted an excuse to eat at one of them, haha!
Sunrises and sunsets are one of my absolute favorite things to experience when I'm traveling - so naturally, on my final night in Nyack, I caught the sunset by the waterfront. The air was so cool and crisp - it felt like fall was definitely on it's way!
On my last morning before checking out of the hotel, I woke up early to eat chocolate cake in bed for breakfast, LOL. I had bought it from this amazing bakery called Pastisserie Didier Dumas the night before. I wouldn't have ended the trip any other way. ;)
If you drive a little further upstate from Nyack, you'll hit Bear Mountain State Park. I didn't end up going there after Nyack this time around, but if you have a car - I definitely recommend stopping by for a hike or to check out the views! It's absolutely breathtaking.
So long summer ~ autumn, I'm ready for ya!