Monday, September 9, 2013
Happy, Happy Monday, Blogland!
I first discovered Red Hook the day before Hurricane Sandy hit New York, put the town underwater and sadly shut it down for some time.
We are coming up on 1 years since it devastated so many people, and only now are most of the places fully up and running again. However, it only made the wonderful spirit of the locals that much stronger! I don't think I have met a more quality group of people or been as welcomed in my life!
Some friends and I walked back to Red Hook this weekend, with only the plan of heading to lunch and walking around a little, but 12 hours later, we were still there and had discovered new friendships. Although we came as strangers to the locals, we left as family...it is an experience I'll never forget!
Red Hook is filled with so much history, unique charm and character, but it really is the people that make the area what it is...and makes for the perfect TV or movie setting, almost like out of a book!
I tried to capture it all through my eyes and my camera lens, which was fun, especially, since you just never kew what magic might exist around each corner.
Manhattan is off in the distance, and yet, you couldn't feel further away from the buzzing city. It takes you to a different era and away from the things in life that may be weighing heavily on your mind.
Thank you to all the wonderful people of Red Hook whom we met on our adventure...enjoy! :)
All images by Liesl Ehardt.
Everything from the crab to the BBQ is truly delish, plus, you'll feel as though you are on vacation while being surrounded by great people and a lovely laid back atmosphere!
Stop in and see Billy, a genuine, kind-hearted and incredible teddy bear of a guy! The locals invited us out to the grand re-opening of it this weekend with endless BBQ, sausages and more and it as delish. Complete with a great bar, the best variety of music I've come across and a flair that makes you feel as though you've ended up in TX!
Give Barry, my new favorite person in this world, a BIG old hug for me, and set yourself down for a refreshing beer on tap, excellent company, fun music and an ambiance so unique, you need to see it for yourself!
Try a wine tasting of 6 different generous wine tasting pours for only $12 or you can do 3 for $6 in a lovely setting with super friendly people, and just out front makes you feel as though you've gone back in time with an old car parked outside this historic brick building.
Right when you are ready for a little sweet treat, try one of their super fresh pies or tarts at one of their colorful, almost candy land-esque, picnic tables. Or if you lack a sweet tooth, as I do, go for the limemade and enjoy a refreshing drink with the perfect blend of tart and sweet!