Throughout a current journey to the Hudson Valley, I made a decision to go for a motorbike experience alongside the Wallkill Valley Rail Path from New Paltz, NY to Kingston, NY. That leg of the path — which is about 13 miles in complete — crosses gushing rivers and weaves by means of lush forests. However across the midway level — seemingly out of nowhere — I got here throughout a pizza place. It’s known as Rail Path Cafe. It’s a part of Larsen Household’s Stone Mountain Farm. And sure, it’s accessible by automotive. But it surely’s extra enjoyable to reach on two wheels for an ideal mid-point snack or meal.
What’s Distinctive: Just about the whole lot is exclusive about this place, beginning with its location alongside a motorbike path. It felt prefer it popped up out of nowhere in the course of the woods. Orders are taken in a trailer after which hand delivered to the kitchen, which options an oven that appears prefer it belongs in a Tim Burton movie. The seating space comprises mismatched furnishings strewn throughout a shaded space within the woods. You couldn’t ask for a cooler setting to get pleasure from a pie on a pleasant spring day.
What To Eat: The menu modifications frequently based mostly on what’s in season and the produce comes from native gardens and farms. Once I was there within the spring, pies ranged from “The Easy” (tomato, mozzarella and basil) to the extra inventive — just like the “Crimson & Inexperienced” containing pesto, romano cheese, caramelized onions, marinated crimson cabbage, and dill bitter cream. One other funkier sounding pie was the “Curry” that includes candy potato curry sauce. I opted for the “Shitake” pie that includes pesto, caramelized onions, recent greens, shitake mushrooms, mozzarella, and romano cheese. It was removed from the very best pizza I’ve had — and suffered from a flatbread-like crust. I appreciated the recent components though a heavy hand of cheese overshadowed the onions, which have been barely noticeable.
What To Know Earlier than You Go: Rail Path Cafe is simply open seasonally, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Should you do drive, you possibly can truly lease a motorbike on web site by means of Blissful Trails Bike Rental. For a brief, leisurely experience, head north 1.5 miles to the Big’s Ledges Trailhead, lock your bike to a tree, and take a 0.75 mile hike as much as a shocking vista overlooking the Shawangunk Mountains. By that time, hopefully you’ve labored up an urge for food. It’s time to go again to Rail Path Cafe and revel in a pizza or two.
Throughout a current journey to the Hudson Valley, I made a decision to go for a motorbike experience alongside the Wallkill Valley Rail Path from New Paltz, NY to Kingston, NY. That leg of the path — which is about 13 miles in complete — crosses gushing rivers and weaves by means of lush forests. However across the midway …