"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

Sept. 29-Oct. 3 Cold Spring, NY

“Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back, and reasons to stay.” –Dalai Lama

This weekend was our final salute to summer. We spent five wonderful days with our family in a little town on the Hudson River, just 50 miles north of Manhattan. Cold Spring is an unspoiled, charming village directly across from West Point, surrounded by the beautiful Hudson Highlands. The central area of the village is on the National Register of Historic Places due to its many well-preserved 19th-century buildings, constructed to accommodate workers at the nearby West Point Foundry and is full of eclectic boutiques, antique shops and farm-fresh eateries. 

We spent hours enjoying the pool...even though the air temps were in the mid 60's. The kids didn't care, they had a blast and didn't mind that they were shivering and turning a little blue. We played games, did a little exploring, painted rocks, built LEGOS, ate delicious food and made wonderful memories.

The highlight of the weekend was our day at LEGOLAND. The newest LEGO park opened this summer and is located on more than 150-acres in the foothills of the Catskills Mountains. We went Friday morning and what a great day it was...the weather was beautiful, the crowd was small and the view of the surrounding hills was spectacular. Everyone had a wonderful time.

The House
The kitchen
The bedrooms
The bathrooms
Fun in the pool
View of the Hudson River and surrounding mountains from the Cold Spring Pier.
What would a summer celebration be without ice cream? We found a cute little shop that served gelato and good coffee.
Cold Spring
LEGOLAND New York is the newest and largest LEGO Resort in the US. It features 15,000 LEGO models, containing 30 million LEGO bricks. We were all excited to see what the park had to offer.
The large modals were so impressive...made completely out of LEGOS.
The kids enjoyed seeing the modals, riding the rides and creating things from all the LEGOS.
I think the Brick Party carousel was the girls favorite ride.
Stan even found a friend to spend a little time with.
My favorite part of LEGOLAND was Miniland, especially the modals that made up NYC. The building in the center of this picture is the Edge located at 30 Hudson Yard. I was at this building in August.
From left to right...the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and World Trade Center including the 9/11 Memorial and the Oculus.
All five boroughs of NYC were represented in Miniland plus others well recognized places in the country. Here are just a few of what we enjoyed looking at. The Capitol Building is made of 163,836 LEGO bricks.
A few pictures of the kids really enjoying themselves.
What would a theme park be without rides? Some were geared for the very and and a few were even exciting enough for the adults.
More amazing modals
Our last night at the house and our final goodbye to summer. It was a great summer full of adventures and memories.

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