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Walkway Over the Hudson

A lot of people ask me how I keep my slim figure BMI from breaching 30. Well, considering that some days I down 4,000 calories in food and drink, keeping my weight in check is a balancing act and exercise sure does help. My whole family is pretty active and when we get together we like to do outdoorsy stuff. Since the winter has been insanely warm, we were able to do lots of fun outings like our recent trip to the Walkway Over the Hudson.

The Walkway is now a Historic Park and mile-long pedestrian bridge, but it started life out as a railroad bridge linking Poughkeepsie, NY to the opposite side of the Hudson. The bridge stands 212 feet above the river and is 6,678 feet (1.3 miles) long, making it the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world. The 19th century structure once served as an important trade link between New York and New England but it was completely abandoned after a fire in 1974. It was refurbished, pedestrianized, and inaugurated as a public park in 2009.

Mamma Parla, Lauren Parla, and I walked the bridge before our epic dinner at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, an hour’s journey from Poughkeepsie. But if you want to work up an appetite and eat locally, the Culinary Institute of America is just a few miles upriver, visible from the Walkway’s towering span.

2017-02-17T15:20:46+00:00 January 26th, 2012|Categories: Culture, Travel|0 Comments

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  1. Tom January 26, 2012 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    Thanks Katie. I never knew about the Walkway Over the Hudson until now. And we’ve always wanted to eat at the CIA. Road trip!

  2. mart January 27, 2012 at 11:23 am - Reply

    Tell me they don’t really ask how you keep it below 30? Are people that experienced in guessing BMI these days? Do you do a yearly artery checkup as well 😉 Thinking about this you have a potential hazardous job not? Would they have special insurance policies for people with your occupation. I smell a book on the ins and outs of a food critical enthusiast blogger.

    Cool bridge btw, expensive to in upkeep, a 1 mile bridge only for pedestrians. Must have some great views from there.

  3. Sarah May January 27, 2012 at 11:58 am - Reply

    Wow, I love bridges and iot is especially cool that it is for pedestrians. in Rome that would mean vespas as well.

  4. Sheila January 30, 2012 at 4:15 am - Reply

    Wonderful that you enjoyed Walkway. Since we have been devouring (no pun intended) your blog in anticipation of our upcoming trip to Rome, we’d like to reciprocate and recommend an alternative to the CIA restaurants next time you’re in the area: drive north a couple of miles to Red Hook and check out Mercato Osteria/Enoteca, where Chef Francesco Buitoni turns out some amazing food. Some faves are the chicken liver bruschetta, lacinata kale salad, carbonara (made with local eggs and guanciale), house made ravioli, dreamy carcioffi a la romana (in springtime), and… I could go on, it’s just all good–and if you need a walk after your meal, drive down to River Road and do Poet’s Walk which is a lovely amble down to the Hudson River!

  5. Sheila January 30, 2012 at 4:15 am - Reply

    Wonderful that you enjoyed Walkway. Since we have been devouring (no pun intended) your blog in anticipation of our upcoming trip to Rome, we’d like to reciprocate and recommend an alternative to the CIA restaurants next time you’re in the area: drive north a couple of miles to Red Hook and check out Mercato Osteria/Enoteca, where Chef Francesco Buitoni turns out some amazing food. Some faves are the chicken liver bruschetta, lacinata kale salad, carbonara (made with local eggs and guanciale), house made ravioli, dreamy carcioffi a la romana (in springtime), and… I could go on, it’s just all good–and if you need a walk after your meal, drive down to River Road and do Poet’s Walk which is a lovely amble down to the Hudson River!

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