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Lucy and Ethel On the Road

October 24, 2016

I love traveling with Jama, my dear friend of nearly 50 years. She’s enthusiastic about new experiences and never fails to remind us we’re just two girls born in Indiana having adventures. For her autumn visit I decided we should explore Dutchess County, NY — not just for the foliage and attractions, but also for the chance for her to meet Colin.

We began in Rhinebeck, a charming village catering to the horsey set so much in evidence throughout the county. Boutiques and cafés line the Main Street, and displays of riding boots and leather-trimmed jackets testify to the dominant recreational pastime here.  Bread Alone, a cute bakery/café, was the perfect spot for Sunday lunch before heading out to the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome.

Sunday afternoons from April to mid-October you can catch a show featuring aircraft replicas from the early days of flight to WWI German and British bi- and tri-planes. Vintage Indian motorcycles and a few cars and farm tractors from the era round out the collection. Sadly for us, the air show was cancelled due to the murky weather. Nevertheless, a few pilots, anxious to show off, took some loops over the field, to the delight of the small crowd.

After a brief visit to Katherine and Jermaine’s to introduce baby Colin to Jama, we checked in at our B&B, the Millbrook Country House, our home for the next two nights. The house, nearly 200 years old, is Italianate in design, with a lovely garden in back — which we could imagine is stunning in the summer. The owners, Lorraine and Giancarlo, are an interesting and gracious couple who lived in Italy for several years before buying the inn.

Dinner on this night was at Les Baux, a tiny French bistro in town, and the food was exceptional.

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