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New York State of Mind

I have always wanted to be a travel writer.  Doesn't everybody?  

I remember years ago when I attended a writer's conference with a wonderful friend and editor. 
A Chamber of Commerce rep was showing us around the city--and by that I mean lunch, coffee and tickets to a MLB game. Curious,  I leaned over to her at some point and asked, "Exactly what kind of people do you try to connect with in your job?"  

"Writers like yourself," she said. 

Ahem. Well, I, uh, didn't know.  

I tucked that little comment away and started dreaming of the luxurious life of a travel writer.  Then I had three more kids.  

Needless to say, I have since let go of that dream; however,  since I am free to do as I choose with my blog, today, I am a travel writer. 

As I blogged about last post, my husband and I headed up to West Point recently to attend the graduation of our son, Ben, from the West Point Prep School (USMAPS).  West Point is located just minutes from the tiny town of Highland Falls, New York.  Who knew Billy Joel lived in that town for a while?  

Well, Captain Fun, of course.  I am not even sure how he came across it, but he somehow found the house where Joel resided before he was so famous.  Overlook on the Hudson is now a Bed and Breakfast, but even if you're not a Joel fan, you'll love this place. (Sinatra, Nat Cole and Tony Bennett prevail at my house, just like my mama taught me.)

Owners Roxanne and Jim Donnery do a superb job as hosts.  Jim lived across the street from the house years ago, and actually remembers the music coming from the attic before it evolved into the album, Songs from the Attic. Now that attic bedroom is part of the B&B, and I can vouch for the view that inspired Joel. 

Whether you are sitting by the pool watching the Hudson roll on, listening to the NYC commuter train a full minute before it chugs by across the river, or, if you time it right, are simply gazing upon thousands of daffodils planted by Mrs. JP Morgan (this is also the site of the original estate), you will be glad you came. 

Before they send you on your way, the hosts serve a breakfast equal to their hospitality.  (And if you want the recipe for Roxanne's Pecan Muffins as my future daughter in law requested, well, good luck with that--and please let me in on it should you get it out of her). 

The owners have been in the house for 30 years, but opened Overlook on the Hudson as a B&B about a decade ago with a desire to offer West Point families lodging during football season and the numerous ceremonies that take place there. (They are booked four years out for graduation--I asked.)  Now they are ready to expand, and I assured Roxanne I would reach my little audience and give them a five star rating.  

With two sons at West Point, I know we'll be back long after graduation.  Tell them that blogger lady with the ten kids sent you. (Maybe she'll give me that muffin recipe.)

A display of Billy Joel's album covers hangs in the attic bedroom. 

Son, Ben, ready for graduation.

The view from the patio. 

The impeccable taste of the owners shows in each and every room. 

1 Comment to New York State of Mind:

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Debbie on Sunday, May 24, 2015 5:13 AM
What a cool place to stay! Why stay at a plain old hotel when you can stay somewhere that inspires you! Good one Margie - of course! Love you Baby Sister!
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