Bundle up to enjoy "Waterfalls" artist, Olafur Eliasson’s “The Parliament of Reality” at Bard College. The outdoor exhibit was installed last spring, but the 24-tree-ringed pond and stone bridge take on a special, stark beauty in winter. Take a short drive east on Route 199 to visit the "other" Red Hook and its indoor, monthly Winter Farmers Market at the Elmendorph Inn (7562 Route 9, Red Hook; 845-399-4582). Inside the former stagecoach stop, snack on scones and pain au chocolate from Gigi’s Market as you examine winter vegetables and fresh-baked breads and pies. In the afternoon, head south on Route 9 to Poughkeepsie’s Walkway Over the Hudson, a 120-year-old former railroad freight bridge that opened for pedestrians in October 2009. The longest elevated walkway in the world, it provides stunning views of the Hudson River and Valley. Robust souls can also hike a three-and-a-half-mile trail that crosses the more diminutive Mid-Hudson Bridge. Sate your stoked appetite at Soul Dog Neighborhood Eatery & Bakery, a high-end hot-dog joint just five minutes from the Walkway that tops Applegate Farm wieners with creative fixings like caramelized onions and Thai peanut sauce. At night, watch a live broadcast from the Met or see a classic like 2001: A Space Odyessy in Poughkeepsie's Bardavon 1869 Opera House, a restored neoclassical gem complete with working Wurlitzer organ and a hand-painted dome ceiling. Have a post-show bite at the Artist’s Palate, a bistro and wine bar decorated with the works of local artists.
5. Oddball Day
Published on Dec 17, 2009 as a web exclusive.