Harvest Cafe, New Paltz. For our first stop we decided to have a late lunch at the famous Harvest Cafe which was located in the charming Water Market. A great part of the allure of this Cafe was that the second floor possessed a fantastic view of the Mohonk House and Preserve. Renee and I decided to brave the frigid cold by eating outside so that we could fully take in the view. (given Renee's cough and cold that she is sporting today, we may have wanted to re think that eating outside thing). I had the Roasted Chicken Sandwich while Renee had Roasted Chicken Salad Platter. Both meals were excellent, and fairly reasonable in their prices.
The Cheese Plate: After eating our highly enjoyable meals at the Harvest Cafe we went next to The Cheese Plate. We purchased a thin slice of slightly aged Quebec Cheddar. We both agreed that this might have been the best cheddar that we had tasted. The taste had a slight, tart kick to it with a soft, unimposing texture. We both highly recommend this cheese to any cheddar lovers out there.
It all seemed surreal, it felt like we were in an entirely different country. The great news was that we were only 90 minutes away from New York City. This view of the Catskills reminded us of our honeymoon trip to Quebec last year. (Compare these two shots)
As we made our way back home we were grateful for the beauty that we encountered on this trip. It felt so good to reconnect and to be rejuvenated by God through his majestic creation. It was only an afternoon but getting away for a few hours and experiencing God's wild artistry in New Paltz was exactly what the doctor ordered.