I will tell my grandchildren that my garden mania began during covid-19 quarantine of 2020. The year when I probably visited over a dozen of gardens and parks in New Jersey and New York, seeking to escape the shutdown for a brief moment. There is something so peaceful about planned gardens — symmetry of the laid out paths lends one a sense of control, no matter how subconscious. Strolling among the pruned bushes, formal alleys, wisteria-covered pergolas and meticulously manicured lawns, I found respite from the dumbfounding news and politics. I’ve now visited almost a dozen of different gardens around New York and New Jersey, and am so happy to share my favorites, so you might visit them this fall as well.
I almost don’t want to tell anyone about what is perhaps the best day trip from NYC. It is the ultimate secret weekend getaway from the sweltering city. Really. It’s so delightful that it would be a shame to over-advertise. But I will. Because keeping it to myself and the locals is just torture. Towering… Continue reading Day trip from NYC to the idyllic Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Westchester, NY