Book Scouting in the Hudson Valley

We launched our 2011 book scouting trip at 6:00 am, pausing to scoop up coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts in Geneva, NY and stopping only when we reached the Taconic Parkway which runs along the east side of the beautiful Hudson River Valley from Albany toward New York City.  Along the Parkway we spotted a doe and a young fawn, and several wild turkeys, one with a brood of poults (baby turkeys!).  I’m sorry to admit I was not quick enough to capture them on camera.

But I did manage to capture photos from a gaggle of classic old cars that was following us down the Parkway:

And at our first book stop of the trip, I  captured a photo of Maureen Rodgers, proprietor of Rodgers Book Barn (Hillsdale, NY) and her capable assistant Sue:

Maureen Rodgers and her assistant Sue in front of the shop

Rodgers Book Barn has been in business for forty years and is located on a beautiful winding road in a hilly and wooded paradise.  There are two floors of interesting titles (very reasonably priced) in the main barn, plus a small annex with oodles of hardcover books for $1.00.   We had a wonderful time browsing and chatting with Maureen and  Sue.  The shop has lots of interesting nooks and handy places to sit while you peruse the books.

It’s a perfectly charming and unique book shop in an idyllic setting, and was recently featured in The New Yorker.

Rodgers Book Barn - Hillsdale, NY

Here is a sampling of the books we purchased there:

A few of the books purchased at Rodgers Book Barn

Maureen Rodgers was kind enough to tell us about and direct us to a book sale in Poughkeepsie, NY (about twenty minutes south).  The Poughkeepsie Public Library Sale was being held in a large warehouse-like location this weekend at 900 Duchess Turnpike, Rte. 44, and we spent a few hours there after saying goodbye to Rodgers Book Barn.

Here are some of our book purchases from the Poughkeepsie sale:

A few of the books we purchased at the Poughkeepsie Book Sale

We ended our day at the Doubletree Inn in Tarrytown, NY which has an excellent restaurant called “Bistro.”  Their Chilean Sea Bass was superb!! Actually the best restaurant meal and service we’ve experienced in a long time.

Tomorrow we will be up early to catch a Metro train into Manhattan.  You may not hear from us for a day or so, as I’m not into dragging all our computer gizmos along for our stay there, but we will catch you up on that leg of the journey on Sunday or Monday for sure!


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