September 16, 2012 by fifi + hop
Today was supposed to be “organizational” day – we still have a few boxes to unpack, more than a month after our move – and in general just getting caught up with all the school info. given to us the past week and a half, and all the odds and ends we still have to take care of in order to make this settling-in process feel complete. But being such a gorgeous September Sunday, of course we weren’t going to stay in. We briefly discussed the day and spontaneously made our way to Pocantico Hills, NY, where the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture is, home to the famous Blue Hill restaurant.
We had been to Blue Hill for dinner before, a stunning setting at dusk, but we had never come during the day to walk around and explore the grounds. With the farm, greenhouses, beautiful rolling hills, farmers market and more, it was the perfect place to meander around with the girls. They had a blast and so did we. Come to think of it, it may have been their first time in a greenhouse. Or at least in a while. They had all sorts of questions for us about all the vegetation being grown – most q’s we couldn’t supply answers for – but it didn’t matter because they were so visually stimulated and just soaking it all in.
We slowly made our way up the hill to the café, which serves simple fare like sandwiches, quiche and scones. But simple it did not taste! Incredibly fresh and scrumptious, we inhaled ours in no time. Their cornbread is to die for. We knew from dining at Blue Hill that the food is exquisite, but it was good to know that the casual café is just as delicious. Even the girls’ cheese sandwich off of the kids menu was amazing. Sitting outside by the courtyard, in the shade with cool drinks in our hands, it was the perfect lunch.
After perusing the farmers market and gardens, we ended our trip with walking around the farm to see the animals. Always a crowd pleaser with the kids, they loved it. The sun pouring through the trees and a slight breeze in the air, it was the quintessential relaxing and picturesque day. I have to emphasize the relaxing part, because to not have to go through the whole business of remembering where we parked and finding our car, dealing with the traffic to get out of the city, and then after a day’s end having to go through the exhausting process of looking for a parking space, it made a huge difference to the quality of our day.
Let’s see how it goes though..maybe next weekend it’ll be a NYC museum I’m in the mood for. A 35 minute train ride, however…should be doable.