Showing posts with label sleepy hollow. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sleepy hollow. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

October in Sleepy Hollow

"There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October."
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

So, where have I been again? Sorry I kind of cut the postings of my Martha's Vineyard trip short- I've decided to save the last two parts for an especially snowy and chilly day this winter. Why? Looking at some summery pictures of my trip on Martha's Vineyard might cheer us all up when our noses are red and chapped, and we're sick of scraping ice off our windshields! It'll be my little ray of sunshine for you... 

In other news, there's been a lot going on in my life at the moment. Dealing with the loss of my Lola has been a struggle daily, as expected. She was truly a beacon in my life. Without her here, things are undoubtedly emptier, bleaker, less bright. Which is why I've decided to start looking for my own apartment. I feel with Lola's passing, a new chapter is waiting to be opened in my life, so I've been on the hunt for a new place to call home where perhaps I can welcome another kitty in the near future. Jake and I have one particular place in mind which we viewed yesterday. It's very small, but cozy and clean, and is right by Jake's favorite beach! I'm truly praying it works out, but if it's not meant to be, I know there will be others...

On Sunday, Jake and I took our annual day trip to Sleepy Hollow. I know I swore the last year I was there that I wouldn't go back since everything had become so circusy and depressing in comparison to how it used to be, but let's face it: the beauty of this region is still there. And we really just made our own tours again, consciously veering away from all the tourist traps. So, all in all, we had yet another nice trip. 

This is Sunnyside, Washington Irving's (the author of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow) country home. It was expanded from a small cottage in 1835 and remained in the family till the 1940s! It has breathtaking views of the Hudson River, and has been meticulously restored. A must see if you're ever in the area!

 I could get used to this view!

After visiting Sunnyside, we drove over to the Old Dutch Church, the scene of the climatic altercation between the Headless Horseman and Ichabod Crane in the legend, and strolled around the property.

"Here Lyes the Body of James Barnerd Who Departed 
This Life the 4 of March 1768 In the 48 Year of His Age
The Boisterous Winds and Neptuns
Waves have Tost me too and Fro
By Gods decree you Plainly See
I am Harbour'd here Below --"

Jake and I loved that one.

First Gabriel's first wife, then the baby he had with his second. Hard lives...

 "The Headless Horseman Bridge" -- Don't confuse it with the real location, though! If you ever come visit the Old Dutch Church, there is a historic plaque right near the gates of the entrance which marks the real location of the bridge. It's part of a main road, you barely even notice you're on a bridge, but it's there!


After the day was done, Jake and I had dinner at my favorite restaurant in town: Horsefeathers! Good burgers, good atmosphere, an extensive beer list... what more could you ask for?!

Cheers to a spooktacular October!

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Hope everyone is enjoying this enchanting and most wonderful month!
And can you believe it? Next week, Jake and I will be off to Salem!
It seems like only yesterday I was planning this trip, but it's almost here...
New England, here we come!  ♥

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Sleepy Hollow

How's everyone's October going?

Mine's been going along swimmingly! 
from Jack O'Lantern carving (like the one I did above!),
to decorating a new house, to a night of haunted house jumping . . .

This was scary!

. . . It's been quite a SPOOKTACULAR month!
I even went on a little day trip up to Sleepy Hollow, 
New York over the weekend with my boyfriend, Jacob. . .

Jake and I standing on the "Headless Horseman Bridge" ♥

Sleepy Hollow has always been one of the most special places
in my life. I have been going there religiously every October for about seven or
eight years now. I was initially attracted to it because I felt like it had the same
Halloween appeal as the larger-scale Salem, but was much less touristy and had a 
more old fashioned "home town" feel. When I first began coming here, most of their 
Halloween events were geared towards the local crowd; high school haunted hayrides 
that soared through the town, lantern-lit spooky walks through Phillipsburg Manor, 
low-key readings of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" at the Old Dutch Church 
where they'd serve ginger snaps and warm apple cider over the pot belly stove.
It was simply magical, and it kept me coming back year after year...
Of course, things didn't stay the same
I noticed the change a couple of years ago when they officially got rid of Legends Evening 
at Phillipsburg Manor and replaced it with "Horseman's Hollow"- a gimmicky, circus-like 
haunted house with "vampire pirates" and a gruesome Ichabod Crane. Then they changed 
the high school hayride around, replacing the unique and detailed scenes we would drive by
with an overabundance of more "vampire pirates," and forgetting all about the Headless
Horseman that would appear at the end of the ride. They got rid of the original reader
of the Legend at the Old Dutch Church, a theatrical and engaging man who kept you at 
the edge of your seat, to a dumb-downed and overly-kid friendly reader whose voice 
was that of a five year old's, and completely obliterated the atmosphere of the tale.
The swarms of tourists continue to congest the streets more and more every year,
adorned in their "Horseman's Hollow" t-shirts and spoiling the peaceful ambiance
that I once so fondly cherished. You'd be lucky if you can find a ticket to anything
on a Friday or Saturday evening... everything is cluttered... everything is sold out.

All of these things broke my heart as the years progressed, but I kept coming back,
and did so again  this year, because despite all the changes, it still remains an enchanting
and extremely beautiful place. And I wanted more than anything to share it with the man
I love, so I did! This past weekend. And guess what?... We had the best time.

Cute store in town. Howdy back!

Lovely view of the Hudson River

Jake and myself again... Isn't he so cute!

The gift shop at Phillipsburg Manor... See anything you like?

Getting ready for our walking tour of the Old Dutch Burying Ground...

The Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow!

Say cheese!... Bah! The sun was in our eyes!

Sweet little Jack O'Lantern by the door of the church.

Snapping some photos of the cemetery


Taking a walk to the "Headless Horseman Bridge"

(Sorry, couldn't help myself. Too ca-hute.)

Exploring the brook on the way... See the bridge in the background?

King of the Hollow!

Simply beautiful.

Taking it all in...

Lonely gravestone spotted on our walk back.

Silly faces!

I ♥ Autumn ... don't you?

So, even though Sleepy Hollow isn't exactly the Sleepy Hollow I fell in love
with anymore, the heart and soul of it remains... amidst the colorful leaves that go
shushing in the wind, behind the weathered gravestones, underneath the old wooden
bridge, between every kiss and every laugh I shared with the man who holds my heart.
Yes, I just know it's still there.


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