Here's How to Plan a Refreshing Day Trip to Cornwall
The small town beauty is a hub for adventure, art, and all the good eats.
MARK DI SUVERO MON PÈRE, MON PÈRE, 1973–75 STEEL 35' X 40' X 40' / 4" GIFT OF THE RALPH E. OGDEN FOUNDATION / © MARK DI SUVERO, COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND SPACETIME C.C.
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Cornwall is the picture-perfect small town when you need to get away from your busy life. With a plethora of thriving local businesses and sights, it’s hard to fit all the action into one day. Gear up for a lively 24 hours of good eats, abundant history, and adventure with this itinerary.
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9 a.m. – Fuel up for the day at Fiddlestix Café
Before you begin your action-packed day, power up with a filling breakfast at this local favorite. If you’re pining for a luxurious meal, indulge in the Fiddlestix classic, Strawberry Fields Forever, a decadent strawberry and cheesecake-stuffed French toast. If you want to go light, try the Carbo What?? Omelet made with egg whites, grilled turkey, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, and goat cheese.
319 Main St, Cornwall
10 a.m. – Sip on a coffee at 2 Alices Coffee Lounge
On your way to your next activity, stop into this quaint, local coffee shop for delightful brews. With tons of hot and cold drinks available, everyone in your group will find something to put pep in their step. Keep it simple with coffee or tea or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, take a peep at the specials menu. The mocha raspberry and green tea lattes are just as delicious as they sound.
311 Hudson St, Cornwall-On-Hudson
10:30 a.m. – Find new perspective at Storm King Art Center
Storm King Art Center, the gem of the Hudson Valley art scene, houses magnificent (and humongous) sculptures that are worth exploring at your leisure. The collection includes work from Maya Lin, the lauded artist and creator of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., and many other notable artists. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Hudson Highlands, this art center is an ideal place to get a dose of culture while still enjoying the beauty of the area.
1 Museum Road, Cornwall
12 p.m. – Chow down at Woody’s Farm-to-Table
After exploring the picturesque landscape of the Hudson Valley, why not taste some of the local bounty? Woody’s Farm-to-Table considers itself an old-fashioned burger joint with a modern twist. Enjoy the Classic Woody’s All-Natural Burger served on a brioche bun with lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickle with your choice of sauce. For those who love leafy greens, try the Green Goddess Grilled Cheese with mozzarella, local goat cheese, spinach, avocado, and herb mayo served on multi-grain bread. Throw in the eatery’s famous Onion Hay to top it all off!
30 Quaker Ave, Cornwall
1:30 p.m. – Channel your inner explorer on a Storm King Adventure Tour
See the region in a whole new way on the Bannerman Island Castle Kayaking and Walking Tour. The adventure offers all you could want in a vacation: history, nature, and light exercise. Thrill seekers will love the chance to spot the ghosts that are rumored to roam the haunting ruins. More likely, however, everyone will enjoy learning about the space’s rich history, including its time as a military surplus warehouse and a Scottish castle-esque residence. From the river to the island, the scenery is unparalleled.
178 St, Cornwall-On-Hudson
6 p.m. – Experience authentic Swiss cuisine at Canterbury Brook Inn
Take a figurative trip to the Swiss Alps at Cornwall’s Canterbury Brook Inn. Skip the traditional and go for authentic dishes like Wienerschnitzel or swiss cheese fondue. No matter what you order, save room to end the meal with a plate of warm apple fritters with vanilla sauce. Maybe it’s all in our head, but we’d argue that the food tastes even better at a table outside under the tea lights and next to the creek.
331 Main St, Cornwall
8 p.m. – Drink and be merry at Painter’s
If you want an extensive drink menu and friendly atmosphere, Painter’s is an excellent place to grab a cocktail after dinner. Sip on the Painter’s Brazilian Rose, a blend of Cachaça, vodka, blood orange, passionfruit, and mango juices or, if you’re still feeling adventurous after your kayak trip, try out the Burn Orange Kir with Lillet Blanc, Artichoke liqueur, and an orange slice.
266 Hudson St, Cornwall-On-Hudson
10 p.m. – Unwind at Cromwell Manor Historic Inn
After a jam-packed day, there’s nothing better than calling it a night in a warm, cozy bed. The Cromwell Manor Historic Inn, a longstanding bed and breakfast in the region, is idyllic for a day trip overnight. The inn’s main building was built in 1820, but the original house goes back to 1764. If you’re feeling a little worn out from kayaking, you can even schedule a side-by-side massage in your room.
174 Angola Rd, Cornwall