This is the last post for New York state – in fact, we dabble in Massachusetts and New Hampshire before arriving in Maine! I’ve decided to group the last few segments of this leg of the trip together, so settle in as we take a walk over The Hudson, a glimpse of how the Americans do rehearsal dinners, and a wander through Woodstock.
As so many people were travelling to the US for my sisters wedding, they organised a few events surrounding the wedding to keep people busy. The evening before the big day, all their guests were invited to the Walkway Over The Hudson – a steel cantilever bridge spanning the Hudson River between Poughkeepsie on the east bank and Highland on the west. We met, we walked, we photographed. Stunning views and glorious sunshine, it was a great way to catch up with people and meet new friends in the wedding group. As Poughkeepsie is off the tourist track, it wasn’t busy and great to see the locals using the bridge to run, cycle and skate.
The tradition of a rehearsal dinner is definitely an American thing, and not something I’ve come across in the UK before. My brother in law tells me it’s quite a big deal, for some, almost more so than the day, as it’s all their nearest and dearest. The groom’s speech at this is often more in-depth and poignant than on the wedding day. His family have many great chefs, and they put on a beautiful event for us all where we ate gorgeous Californian-style beef and salmon, followed by traditional blueberry and apple pies. I managed to get some snaps of my outfit for the event which you can see here. It was actually my favourite part of the whole wedding and a tradition I would love to see in England!
And the final photos in this post document our trip up to Maine. We took a day to slowly meander, first stopping at Woodstock, which was around 40 minutes from where we were staying for the wedding. On arrival, and after a bit of Wikipedia-ing, we disappointingly discovered the actual Woodstock festival took place 60 miles north of the small town and merely borrowed its name. However, Woodstock without a doubt plays on this with guitars lining the streets, a sprinkling of aging rockers singing along to their own acoustics, and a really mellow vibe. It’s worth a look around with a few coffee houses and shops to browse. As we carried on up, we stopped at our first diner for lunch in Massachusetts, followed by evening ice creams in Meredith, New Hampshire where we caught the sunset. We arrived late that evening at our lake house in Casco, Maine to start the second part of our holiday, New England style…
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