My doctor told me one of the best reasons he liked for living in the Middletown area is that he could be fly fishing in a beautiful stream during the day and that same evening enjoy a show on Broadway.
He was right. We’re Middletown, and were right in the middle of things.
For an autumn trip we decided to check out a place just over an hour away at the beginning of the Catskill Mountains.
My wife, Ellen and I along with our friends, Barbara and Ted Baker, of Marlboro headed off to the Ashokan Center in Olivebridge, NY.
For many years my wife accompanied her 6th grade students from the Middletown Enlarged City School District for a week long stay there learning about nature, history, arts, and the environment. She wanted to see the place again. She was impressed by the improvements made in new buildings for teaching and lodging.
The Baker’s visited here as children. Their aunt and uncle owned the property and eventually donated it for educational use. They hadn’t been there in many years but were very pleased with the looks of the center and how well their aunt’s home is being cared for. Barbara and Ted remembered the trail to a covered bridge now more than 125 years old. It made for an enjoyable hike and some great pictures.
If you know of other nearby Covered Bridges, within an hour or so of Middletown, please share the information via a comment on this post.
We stopped at a nice restaurant on the way home. Check out the post on the Gunk House Restaurant for details.
Use this link for more information on the Ashokan Center.