October Drive and Dine: Leaf Peeping Through the Catskills

The changing of the season is upon us and one of the true jewels of living in our region comes with the changing of the leaves.  To enjoy this annual spectacle, we’ve scheduled a terrific D&D over the Helderberg escarpment and across the northern reaches of the Catskills Mountains.  Plenty of scenery to enjoy, complimented by stretches of hill-outlined straightaways and a variety of winding roads through hamlets ending in “Ville” and “Hollow”.  It’ll be an enjoyable two hour run, culminating with a stretch along the Hudson River and ending with lunch at Yanni’s Too, at the Coeymans Landing Marina.  Chef Mark Yanni is known locally as  “The Calamari King”, offering several variations to choose from.  But the menu also plays to mass appeal, with any type of surf, turf or vegetable dish that might take care of your appetite (yannisrestaurants.com).

The plan is to meet by 10 am at Stuyvesant Plaza, in Albany (1475 Western Avenue, if you’re plugging it into your GPS).  If you’re not familiar with where it is; it’s where the Northway (I-87 South) drops down into Route 20 (Western Ave).  The plaza is just two minutes south of I-90 and has several options for breakfast (Starbucks, Bruegger’s Bagels, Peaches Café and Bountiful Bread).  If you’d like more specifics, feel free to contact Bryan Hollenbaugh (bryanhollenbaugh@aol.com).

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