In just a few weeks, my boyfriend, Adam, is turning the big 3-0!! I wanted to make this milestone a birthday he will remember, so I decided to gift him an experience instead of just buying him stuff. So, I did some planning and booked us a little country getaway about two hours out of NYC in Tivoli, NY. I found a cozy and beautiful little home on Airbnb, bought our train tickets, and researched the area for fun places to eat. Then I counted down the days… for months! It was so hard to keep it a secret from Adam for so long, but I did it! Last week the moment I had been waiting for finally arrived. We packed our overnight bags and headed off on his birthday adventure.
Check out the photos from our Airbnb below (I’ve also included some restaurant recommendations at the bottom, in case you want to make this trip yourself). The home was perfectly bohemian and I obsessed over every room. Every detail was so thought out and visually pleasing. We loved playing Scrabble by the fire at night while sipping drinks, and napping in the living room hammock during the afternoons. I even took a bath (which I never do) and the natural light from the bathroom skylights made it extra special. The space made me feel so relaxed and inspired, and we both had an amazing time! Happy Birthday, Adam!! <3
WHERE TO EAT:
The village of Tivoli is extremely small. You can walk through it in under ten minutes. But, I think because of its proximity to Bard College, the main street is surprisingly home to some delicious food. Check out where we ate below:
The Corner at Hotel Tivoli – Our first night in Tivoli, I treated Adam to a special birthday dinner at the mediterranean restaurant inside the village’s hotel. We were a little apprehensive at first – the menu seemed a bit fancier than what we are used to – but it turned out to be a memorable and delicious meal! The restaurant was small, intimate and beautiful, and the staff was extremely friendly and helpful. It was also nice that, although the menu was sophisticated and the location was beautiful, the people inside were diverse, down to earth and casually dressed. We didn’t feel at all out of place. Adam started with a round of oysters, which was presented beautifully, and they were so tasty he ate them in about 60 seconds! They also gave us a delicious loaf of bread, which we dipped in olive oil and sea salt. For our main courses, I had chicken tagine – it was full of flavor and the chicken was so tender it came right off of the bone. Adam had one of their specials that evening – I can’t remember what it was called, but it was a spicy curry chicken. He wolfed it all down! Their drink selection was also great, with wine, specialty cocktails, and beer. This would be a great place to come just to sit at the bar. I had two glasses of Finger Lakes Dry Riesling, which were amazing, and Adam had a few local beers. To finish our meal, we shared an ice cream sundae topped with pecans and hot fudge. It was the perfect size and was soooo creamy and good. Everything about our experience here at The Corner was perfect, and I’ve been finding myself thinking about this meal almost every day since. It was the perfect, special location to ring in Adam’s 30th year!
Murray’s – Murray’s is a café located in the bottom floor of a beautiful old church in Tivoli. We visited on our second day for breakfast and coffee. The space is quiet and peaceful – full of people writing and reading, and some artsy Bard students visiting with friends. We both ordered the biscuit with eggs and sausage, and it was sooo fresh and good. We also ordered lattes and they were beautifully presented and tasted great. We were bummed that this place was closed on our last morning in Tivoli, because we both wanted to go back a second time!
Sante Fe – For our last dinner in Tivoli we stopped at this Tex-Mex restaurant. It’s really cute on the inside, with a giant papier-mâché dragon hanging from the ceiling and a cute bar area. They gave us free chips and salsa to start with, which were delicious, and, on the advice of our cab driver, I ordered a margarita, which was so good I had to have a second. Our food hit the spot! It wasn’t the best Mexican food I’ve ever had but it was definitely tasty. We both left feeling very full (and slightly tipsy).
My name is Abby Formella and I'm a 26 year-old working girl living in the lovely borough of Brooklyn, New York.