When your day off falls on (what feels like) the first day of Autumn in New York, you take to the road with your best friend, throw on a well-crafted playlist, and drive along the Hudson River towards a new destination. It’s not too hot, it’s not too cold, all you need’s a light jacket! (Name that movie).
We were both in desperate need of some small town air, mood music, and good adventuring together; all of which were successfully executed and can be watched below:
the güd eats & dranks
We brunched at Hudson Hil’s Market & Cafe on Main Street where I had one of the best breakfast burritos ever crafted. G sipped on their Hot Apple Cider Buttered Rum — which can only be described as Autumn in a Cup (I drank most of it and was not sorry). We sat on the porch, looking out across the small streets of Cold Spring and drooling over the well-behaved cockapoo sitting under the table across from us; silently devising a plan to fit him in my backpack and take him home.
I caved and got a PSL at this little coffee shop called CupOccino Cafe (I’ve been holding out for The Chipped Cup’s PSL, but I think they’re hesitant to give into the seasonal drinks). Maybe I said decaf, maybe I didn’t, but either way, this latte kept me up until 4 A.M., so here we are. It was worth it.
Not an eatery BUT we did step into Cold Spring’s new bookstore Split Rock Books — whose narrow walls were filled to the brim with books I’ve been dying to read. I walked out with The Artist’s Way; which I could have easily purchased for a few bucks less on Amazon.com, but I believe in contributing more to local businesses, especially bookstores in this digital age, up and running.
If you’ve never been to The Cheesecake Factory, you need to do some self-reflection because you’re severely missing out. I opened this particular CCF in 2011 and worked there all the way up to the day before I moved to New York. We met my sweet mama there for Happy Hour and indulged in the seasonal Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake, which, even after sharing three ways, was enough to roll me back to New York.
Our final stop was to my favorite bar in Connecticut – Rosy Tomorrows. Tucked away off of Exit 2 on Interstate84 (right near a Trader Joe’s – score) stands a haven of many, many Tara Llewellyn memories. I grew up at Rosy Tomorrows. I had my first legal (and illegal, oops) drink at Rosys. I have shared many laughs and developed many friendships around the fire pit on the back patio. To continue making memories there with people who matter to me – whether they’ve been with me countless times or for the very first time – makes it all the more special.
the roadtrip tunes
Last week, I asked some close pals to share with me some music that reminded them of Autumn. I’d venture to say that as the seasons change, so does our taste in music. Most specifically, there are many songs that invite that feeling of Fall for me filled with nostalgia from seasons’ past.
Here are the ones that accompanied us on Monday’s trip:
Roll Away Your Stone
by Mumford & Sons from Sigh No More
I could go on for days about Mumford & Sons. Their albums are the soundtrack to my Autumn season (except for Wilder Mind — didn’t dig that so much. I have hope for Delta, but Babel and Sigh No More will always have my heart). You can read more about my feelings and faves here.
The Ballad of Love & Hate/February Seven
by The Avett Brothers from The Carpenter
My sweet pal Lilian Sun told me to listen to The Ballad of Love & Hate by The Avett Brothers, and I just continued to fall for their music. February Seven was my pick. Here’s what Lil had to say about “The Ballad of Love & Hate” —
There’s something so satisfying about listening to it because it’s so serene and comfortable. It feels like I’m coming home, which is how I feel about Fall as well. Despite it having heavier subject matter, love wins in the end and everything is right in the world.
by Sara Bareilles from Little Voice
Sara B is just simply the greatest. She will forever be on my playlists year-round. Her song City feels like a narration of my nights in New York. I listened to this song on repeat when I first started feeling comfortable here; about eight months into my chapter here in the fall of 2014.
The A Team
by Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran — another staple. His earlier album + brings me a lot of peace, which is something we all identify with so heavily with the fall season.
Somebody More Like You
by Nickel Creek from Why Should The Fire Die?
This was a G pick from his favorite album. He told me on the car ride home that when he was in the fifth grade, he heard this album playing in a bookstore and marched right up to the cashier to ask who they were.
The lyrics “you said you’d love me always, truly; I must have changed” have such a sense of loss and a sense of gaining a new perspective and understanding. The same goes for the feeling of summer into fall. The loss of one season, and the gaining of something new. Ever changing weather, ever changing humans.
by Birdtalker from One
My best friend Danielle gave me this song to add to my Fall Playlist. It is my new obsession. I have been listening to it on repeat, and you should too.
It speaks a lot to change and the process of letting things go, which has always been synonymous with fall for me. It makes you feel like you’re being hugged by a good friend.
There are so many more songs to come as we continue through this new season — stay tuned.