With Friday on the horizon, we can’t help but daydream about mid-morning lattes, leisurely walks through the park or a weekend getaway to, say, New York City. It is the weekend, after all. Anything’s possible. Especially since this week’s Secret Snique hotel is located in the Big Apple itself. Though we can’t announce the hotel name until tomorrow, we can assure you that it’s fabulous. If you can’t make it to Manhattan this weekend, you can still celebrate with a classic Manhattan cocktail. It’s traditionally made with whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitters, but we love this elderflower variation. Cheers, fellow travelers!
Photo courtesy of Cheri Loughlin
3 oz. Eagle Rare bourbon
3/4 oz. St. Germain
3/4 oz. Noilly Prat dry vermouth
Dash Angostura bitters
Place liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Stir or shake according to preference until completely chilled. Strain into chilled martini glass. Enjoy!
The Headless Horseman Pursuing Ichabod Crane, by F.O.C. Darley; Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Museum
T’is the season for spooky! Our recent offer at The Tarrytown House Estates got us thinking that this might be the place to go this Halloween. After all, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, one of our favorite ghost tales, takes place in this very corner of the Hudson River Valley. Here a few locations connected to the story that guests can visit (though we suggest going during the daytime).
The Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow – Though renovated following a 1867 fire, this church, which features prominently in Irving’s Legend, retains much of its original appearance.
Sleep Hollow Cemetery – Adjacent to the Dutch Church, this is the final resting place of Washington Irving, as well as many other famous New Yorkers, including Andrew Carnegie and members of the Rockefeller family.
Sunnyside – Overlooking the broad Hudson River below, this meticulously designed 10-acre estate was Irving’s home until his passing in 1859.
The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze – We can all agree that being chased by a headless horseman wielding a flaming pumpkin is no fun, right? But harmless jack o’ lanterns? That’s another story. 4,000 (harmless) carved pumpkins light up the night at this annual event.