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Posted by on Jul 16, 2013 in Blog, Travel, Travel Planning | 0 comments

Day Trips from New York City: 3 Hudson Valley Travel Itineraries

Day Trips from New York City: 3 Hudson Valley Travel Itineraries

  Most people come to New York and spend all their time beneath the skyscrapers of Manhattan without realizing that magnificent outdoor scenes and vibrant towns lie just north of “the City” (a New Yorkers shorthand for “New York City”). Check out these three day trips in the Hudson Valley for a dose of fresh mountain air, trails, waterfalls, rivers, and local food, wine and cocktails. Day Trip from New York City: The Wine & Whiskey Trail Historic Gristmill & Restaurant Micro-batch distillery Two locally-owned wineries with mountain and farm views Dinner in town owned by New York City Chefs See more of the Wine & Whiskey Trail Travel Itinerary. Day Trip from New York City: Heights of the Hudson Valley (Bridges & Ridges) Secluded mountaintop resort in a Victorian Castle style The longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world Sky Top Tower with a view of 6 US States Farm to Table Food See more of the Heights of the Hudson Valley: Bridges & Ridges Travel Itinerary.  Day...

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Posted by on Nov 28, 2012 in Culture, Road Trip USA, Uncategorized | 0 comments

American Craft Beer Culture and Tips for Homebrewers

American Craft Beer Culture and Tips for Homebrewers

After driving more than 4,000 miles across the United States visiting craft breweries along the way, I’ve added words like sparged, wort, and flocculation to my vocabulary and picked up a few insights into American craft brew culture, trends, and tips for homebrewers (scroll down to see Tips for Homebrewers video below!). Quality  & Freshness Fermentation is often described as an art and a science, and rightly so. Brewers pay careful attention to every step of the process to achieve the desired style, flavors, color, and alcohol content. In order to maintain the integrity of a particular style of beer, Epic Brewing Company in Salt Lake City, Utah mimics the water chemistry in Germany, for example, by using a carbin filtration process. “The malt doesn’t know its not in Belgium!” says Steve Koonce of Epic and goes on to say how the brewery avoids ‘house flavor’* by removing mineral content from the water prior to fermentation. Maintaining consistency from “keg to keg, year to year” is important in the...

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Posted by on Oct 28, 2012 in Blog, Road Trip USA, Travel | 0 comments

Gravensteins, Grapes, and Olive Groves in Northern California

Gravensteins, Grapes, and Olive Groves in Northern California

You know it is going to be a good day when it begins by chasing a flock of wild turkeys from the backyard. Heather says everyone has their own turkey-spooking technique. I was lucky enough to see hers but sad I missed the opportunity to create the next viral YouTube video phenomena. Perhaps it is just as well. I arrived to Northern California several days ago to spend time with my dear friend and former housemate, Heather. An internationally-traveled California native, Heather gave me private tours of in the Bay Area and Sonoma County, telling stories about the buildings, fields, people, local economy, politics, protests, and personal history. I learned that gravenstein apples are the predominant apple crop in Sebastapol but that they have a short season and don’t ship or store well, so many of the orchards have almost completely transitioned to vineyards. If you can get your hands on the gravensteins though, they make a mean pie! After the orchard, we tasted wine from Taft Street Winery, Graton...

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