Hudson Valley Weekend, Days 2 and 3
Continuing from last week, the Hudson Valley is a great destination for American history buffs. Some of the great names that helped shaped this country lived and worked in in the areas in Dutchess and Westchester Counties.
The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Home, Presidential Library & Museum in Hyde Park is a great start for a morning tour. Peeking inside the family home gives insight into one of America's most powerful and only disabled president. It also displays a television from the 1940s, as if FDR's wheelchair isn't history enough!
The library and museum exhibits all sorts of interesting information about the President and his very active wife, Eleanor Roosevelt. A pioneer of feminism and civil rights activism, Eleanor was also known to have relationships with women as her own marriage was more of an emotional and professional partnership.
Tarrytown should be already marked on your map as a lovely getaway for the urbane gay or lesbian traveler. This charming village's MetroNorth station is right on the Hudson, and its thoroughfare is Main Street which sports red brick buildings (such the Tarrytown Music Hall), featuring turn-of-the-century architecture. There are numerous gift shops, vintage furniture stores, and antiques galore. There are several cafés such as Coffee Labs Roasters (7 Main St; 914-332-1479), a pet-friendly place offering fresh and fantastic coffee.
There is a strong gay presence in Tarrytown that includes openly gay owners of some of the Main St businesses. Christopher Brazil of Michael Christopher Antiques (23 Main St.; 914-366-4665) is one such owner who affirms a widespread gay population north of New York's five boroughs. His store is full of classic European antiques including a beautiful wood-inlaid men's vanity (the mirror is at eye level because, according to Brazil, "a man would never sit to groom himself" back in the 19th century.