A visit to Fishkill – Lunch at the Dutchess Biercafe

After our visit to the Fishkill Supply Depot we went into Fishkill proper and had lunch at the Dutchess Biercafe.


My lunch: three different types of sausage, potatoes and sauerkraut. Amazingly I managed to get through all of it. Photo by Ken Cross


Ken studies the maps while I study my flight of four different beers: Bosteels Kwak; Westmalle Dubbel; Allagash Pictavia and St. Bernardus Abt 12. They were much smaller than they look in the picture – honestly.


Ken is not a heavy eater. Here he considers the massive burger they put in front of him.


Inside the men’s room. Sorry I couldn’t resit.

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.

At the flea market


Above – A view of one of the aisles. There were several.

Back in August we went with some friends to the Elephant Trunk Flea Market in New Milford, Connecticut. According to their web site:

The Elephant’s Trunk Country Flea Market began in 1976. The first markets found aisles named after New York City streets or alley-ways. The market was always held on Sundays, and in 1976, the presence of fifteen vendors was considered a “big” day!

The market in those early years found dealers set up on the lawn in front of the 19th century Victorian house, which faces onto Route 7. Over 40 years, this local secret has become a popular New England tradition for people seeking a truly authentic experience. Typical Sundays feature over 500 vendors and an ever-changing mixture of food trucks from all over the east coast.

No two weekends are alike, always a different mix of vendors, merchandise and food. Everyone is always welcome to participate as a buyer or a vendor and that is what makes this non-exclusive marketplace so unique…you just never know what types of treasures are waiting on the field.

Awareness has increased significantly over the last few years as the Elephant’s Trunk has been featured in multiple seasons of Flea Market Flip™. People recognize that they have things they want to sell, projects they want to make and collections they need to add too. The Trunk meets all their needs and is just a fascinating experience. Please join us on any Sunday from April through December. We guarantee you’ll be a fan of the Trunk for years to come.


Yes, there is entertainment too.


Old Bottles.


African statuettes.


An army of lego people.

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.

In search of Sybil Ludington – A haunted inn

Our next stop would take us to Carmel, NY but first a break for lunch at Smalley’s Inn.

Smalley’s Inn was opened in 1852 by James Smalley who was at various times the sheriff, coroner and treasurer of the town. His daughter, Elizabeth, was only a toddler when she died, and there’s the belief that a portion of the basement was used as a morgue when Smalley was the coroner. The ghost is thought to be that of Elizabeth.

Above – an interior view. Below – Ken and the Cigar Store Indian.

Taken with a Sony RX100 M3.