Now that Hillary Rodham Clinton is leaving her secretary of state position, she says she's looking forward to "stepping off the very fast track for a little while." Here are recommended hangout spots for the Chappaqua resident in the Hudson Valley.
No year of relaxing in the Hudson Valley is complete without a weekend trip to the Mohonk Mountain House, a picturesque and full-service 259-room resort in New Paltz. Hillary Rodham Clinton would certainly enjoy unwinding with a visit to the spa. She might also enjoy a walk around the 99-acre grounds and a opulent meal in the dining room.
Although Hillary Rodham Clinton is clearly a fan of the Jacob Burns Film Center, having visited the Pleasantville venue to watch various films in the past, she can increase her support and involvement in the arts by becoming a member. Though basic memberships start at $75 per adult and exceed $10,000 for “executive producer” status, Jake Railton, the film center’s membership assistant, recommended the “film buff” level to Westchester County residents such as Clinton.
If Hillary Rodham Clinton wants to support the Hudson Valley art scene, she might consider visiting Storm King Art Center, a 500-acre outdoor sculpture park featuring giant sculptures of steel, wood and stone in Mountainville.
Blue Hill at Stone Barns, arguably the best restaurant in the Hudson Valley, brings freshness and regionality to new heights. Chef Dan Barber presents diners with a grocery list of products available that day, and they just sit back and enjoy the experience. Whether or not Hillary Rodham Clinton has been to Pocantico Hills restaurant, it's worth a visit (or revisit) in the near future.
When Chelsea Clinton married Marc Mezvinsky 2 1/2 years ago in Rhinebeck, she and her groom served a gluten-free cake made by Westchester bakery La Tulipe Desserts. The Mount Kisco patisserie now offers seasonal, four-session baking classes in which students learn to make cakes, tarts, chocolates and other confections ($500 per person). Assorted sweets are pictured in the venue's display case.
If she's looking for a volunteer opportunity, Hillary Rodham Clinton might consider a gig at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Historic Site in Hyde Park. She could lead tours and help with event planning at the former president's area estate. Park Ranger Veronica Coffey of Highland Falls is pictured speaking to a group outside of the FDR home.
Judge Judy Sheindlin will honor female high school students who have partcipated since October in the Her Honor Mentoring program, which she funds, and her daughter, Larchmont resident Nicole Sheindlin, directs. (May 15, 2013)
For many, there’s no better way to relax while spending time in nature than gardening, and if Hillary Rodham Clinton wants to return to seeding and sowing a plot of land, as she did in a White House rooftop vegetable patch, she might join the volunteers who tend the splendid Bellefield gardens at the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites in Hyde Park. Another option is to join the Chappaqua Garden Club, a nonprofit organization that has been conserving and tending to local flora since 1928.
Another arts venue with available memberships is the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Katonah. Hillary Rodham Clinton would certainly enjoy the venue's 68th annual Caramoor International Music Festival this summer, which includes a performance by Croton-on-Hudson's Audra McDonald. The gardens aren't too shabby, either.
The Hudson Valley is laced with numerous scenic walks. One might consider a stroll across the scenic Walkway Over The Hudson, the world's longest elevated pedestrian park that spans the Hudson River between Highland and Poughkeepsie.
If Hillary Rodham Clinton wants to take a mother-daughter cooking class, she might consider a Saturday session with Chelsea at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park ($250 per person). Here a student is pictured working on her chopping skills.
A Chicago native, Hillary Rodham Clinton grew up cheering for the Cubs, who also happen to be the favorite Major League Baseball team of comedian Bill Murray. Perhaps Murray, a Palisades resident who is part owner of the Hudson Valley Renegades minor-league baseball team in Wappingers Falls, could reignite Clinton’s baseball passion by taking her to a game at Dutchess Stadium. Mascots Rascal, Rene Gade and Rookie are pictured here.
Housed in a 1790s farmhouse, Crabtree's Kittle House, a high-end restaurant that features a world-class wine selection, is located near Hillary Rodham Clinton's Chappaqua home. If she hasn't already spent an evening sampling their prix fixe dinner, which might include Hudson Valley fois gras with rhubarb compote and hazelnut brittle or a slow-cooked Hudson Valley lamb duo, she should grab the next available reservation.