Hurd Orchards in Holly, NY

Hurd Orchards in Holley, NY

Getting There

I’m gonna start this by saying that even though my mom is a little crazy, she’s the best mom. For real.

At the end of July, I was a bridesmaid at my friend’s wedding in Geneva, NY. The rehearsal was Friday evening in Rochester, and other than flying, taking public transportation to Rochester can be time consuming, expensive and inconvenient. So my mom, I repeat the best mom, offered to drive down to NY the Thursday before the wedding, and then drive back to Rochester with myself and my date after I finished work Thursday evening.

But then the question is, what do you do in Rochester when you have 8 unexpected hours free to play? You leave Rochester (yuk, yuk, yuk).

The first time I even heard about Hurd Orchards in Holly, NY, was when I worked with wedding photographer Tammy Swales, at Tammy Swales Studio, and got to see the final photos of a wedding shot there. It was probably one of the most beautiful and simple weddings I had ever laid eyes on, and one of the many, many reasons I chose to work with Tammy in the first place. But I had never been, and when my mom suggested the trip, I enthusiastically said “yes, please!”

Hurd Orchards in Holley, NY
Hurd Orchards in Holley, NY
Hurd Orchards in Holley, NY
Hurd Orchards in Holley, NY

Events at Hurd Orchards

We arrived too late to attend the “Blueberry Luncheon,” but Hurd has a variety of upcoming events that I desperately need to go to, and will travel to Rochester solely for, such as:

Peaches and Cream Luncheon – Wednesday, September 3rd – 12:30 p.m.
Bushels of amber and coral surround us in peach harvest. Warmth and bounty abound. The canning kitchen hums with activity and excitement as jar after jar of golden peaches is neatly packed, ready for winter enjoyment. The ice cream freezer turns slowly and rhythmically adding music to our anticipation of an afternoon picnic. There are fresh, ripe peaches to savor, juice running down our chins. Come join our celebration.

Hot Cider, Wild Honey and the Songbird Meadow – Friday, September 26th – 12:30 p.m.
As the honk of Canada geese is heard overhead and winged birds fly south – as we pull our sweaters tighter and sip a cup of hot cider, we are reminded of how we share our earth in step with those both great and small. A festival of autumn rituals and traditions with heartwarming fall fare – from sumptuous stew to crisps and cobblers. A meadow walk and talk will follow for those interested.

Pies, Pies, Pies! – Thursday, October 2nd – 12:30 p.m.
Of history and Americana – chicken pies, apple pies, meat pies, fruits pies, veggie pies, herb pies, plum pies, berry pies! Select from our festive farmland board of delectable, homemade pies – with some lovely salads and side dishes included. Come give a blue ribbon to your favorites.

Heirloom Apples and Robert Frost Luncheon – Wednesday, October 15th – 12:30 p.m.
One of our favorite poems of all times is Robert Frost’s ‘After Apple Picking’. So many of his words speak of our world, a country world of pruning and picking, orchard lanes and farming ways, yet a world more profound, more simple and more sophisticated than often meets the eye. Some of our ancient trees, with great and turned trunks and limbs, through our care still yield the fruits of long ago, fruits telling stories, and watching the same world, through the same lens as Mr. Frost’s.

Pumpkin Gourmet Luncheon – Thursday, October 30th – 12:30 p.m.
Pumpkin everything! The fields are full of round orange jack-o-lanterns, flat grey-green pumpkins, golden squashes, deep paprika bumpy pumpkins and tiny little mini pumpkins Enjoy this creative luncheon -eat pumpkin soup, old fashioned pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins and pumpkin cake, even pumpkin seeds – they are delicious, believe me, I’ve tried them!

As an autumn lover, I cannot express the extent of my desire to set up a tent at Hurd Orchards and live there exclusively through November.

Hurd Orchards in Holley, NY
Hurd Orchards in Holley, NY
Hurd Orchards in Holley, NY
Hurd Orchards in Holley, NY
Hurd Orchards in Holley, NY
Hurd Orchards in Holley, NY
Hurd Orchards in Holley, NY
Hurd Orchards in Holley, NY
Hurd Orchards in Holley, NY

Information

Hurd Orchards
17260 Ridge Rd
Holley, NY 14470
(585) 638-8838

Tammy Swales Studio
51 Russell St
Rochester, NY 14607
(585) 203-1441
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Photography and words by Diana Eastman
For more from Diana, follow her on Instagram at @thedianaeastman

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Date Night in Glasgow, Scotland

Hyndland Fox in Glasgow, Scotland
The West End of Glasgow is slowly turning into the hipster’s paradise I’ve always dreamed it could be. Artisan coffee, craft beer, and art museums; what is this, Portland?

But genuinely, the hipster generation, for all their pretentiousness, has an appreciation of local quality that was lost in the popular culture of the 80s and 00s. Words that you’ve heard in Ithaca, NY, Portland, OR, or Brooklyn, NY for years, like “organic,” “community,” “local,” are becoming part of the general vernacular of communities all over the world. Who wouldn’t want to experience the best of what each neighbourhood could offer?

Our mini-hipster date began at The Hyndland Fox. There is literally no way of knowing what type of service the Hyndland Fox offers without researching, a standard hipster business naming practice. My favorite part of The Hyndland Fox, other than the fact that The Hyndland Fox employs servers who wear flower garlands in their hair and offer toasted marshmallow milkshakes, is their weekly “Gatherings;” or rather little weekly events that specialise in a certain delicious food or drink. There’s nothing I love better than eating hipster food.

Later, we wandered over to Brew Dog, across from the Kelvingrove Gallery & Museum. I’ve never been the hugest fan of beer, which has always been fine in the UK since every bar always has a tasty cider for me on tap. Or gin for a wee gin and tonic. I’ve been assured, however, that the beer at Brew Dog is superb, and luckily for me and my slightly upset stomach, they even had root beer. British people seem to have an inherent disdain for root beer, similar to my feelings toward Irn Bru.

I love seeing craft breweries in the UK; it reminds me of the craft brewery movement of the 90s in the states that launched the success of Brooklyn Brewery (tour coming soon!). America, making the world a more delicious place. Our gift to the world may have been jazz, but Britain’s gift to the world was definitely America.

** Not pictured: Our actual dinner at Crabshakk, for several reasons, but mostly because it didn’t last long enough for us to photograph.

Hyndland Fox in Glasgow, Scotland
Hyndland Fox in Glasgow, Scotland
Hyndland Fox in Glasgow, Scotland
Hyndland Fox in Glasgow, Scotland
Hyndland Fox in Glasgow, Scotland
Hyndland Fox in Glasgow, Scotland
Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow, Scotland
Brew Dog in Glasgow, Scotland
Brew Dog in Glasgow, Scotland
Brew Dog in Glasgow, Scotland
Brew Dog in Glasgow, Scotland
Brew Dog in Glasgow, Scotland
Brew Dog in Glasgow, Scotland
Brew Dog in Glasgow, Scotland

Locations

The Hyndland Fox
43 Clarence Dr
Glasgow G12 9QN
United Kingdom
+44 (0) 141 341 6671

Brew Dog
1397 Argyle Street
Glasgow G3 8AN
United Kingdom
glasgowbar@brewdog.com

Kelvingrove Gallery & Museum
Argyle Street
Glasgow G3 8AG
United Kingdom
+44 (0) 141 276 9599

Crabshakk
1114 Argyle St
Glasgow G3 8TD
United Kingdom
+44 (0) 141 334 6127

Photography and words by Diana Eastman
For more from Diana, follow her on Instagram at @thedianaeastman

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Hill Walking in the Lake District

Lake District, England

On 11th July, 2014 the one-year anniversary of my official move from the UK to the US quietly passed. I observed the day with little fanfare and couldn’t help but feel like after a year’s worth of, perhaps, the most difficult transition I have made thus far, I finally feel settled into my new life.

However, feeling comfortably transitioned into a new home does not mean that I do not have a (very) lengthy list of things I dearly miss from my previous one. Luckily for me I was able to take a month off this summer and spend the entirety of it across Scotland and England fully enjoying both of these things that I miss so much. My father who settled in the States years ago flew across to England to join my Aunt, Uncle, dog and myself in the Lake District so that our annual tradition of family walking holidays could continue. We even were able to spend a day going up and around the Langdale Pikes with my cousin, her husband and four year old son whose keenness for walking and hills is incredible for someone his age.

Staying in cozy Primrose Cottage nestled in the tiny village of Bassenthwaite we had little-to-no mobile phone service, certainly no internet and limited tele (though thankfully we were able to watch the tennis in the evenings as Wimbledon was particularly exciting this year). I slept in past 8am, read many books, did the daily quick crosswords in the Times, spent the majority of my days outdoors up in the hills and most importantly, spent quality time with my family.

Even the weather stayed favourable as we stayed dry the entire week we were there (something that’s almost unheard of in the Lakes). It was windy and there were clouds most days (except one day in which we were lucky enough to fish in brilliant British sunshine). I had to wear layers when climbing and even put on a hat to keep my ears warm at the top of Scafell Pike, but I couldn’t have been happier.

Lake District, England
Lake District, England
Lake District, England
Lake District, England
Lake District, England
Lake District, England
Lake District, England
Lake District, England
Lake District, England
Lake District, England
Lake District, England
Lake District, England

Accommodations

Primrose Cottage, Cumbrian Cottages
Bassenthwaite, England

http://www.cumbrian-cottages.co.uk/

Locations

Bassenthwaite, Langdale Pikes, Scafell Pike, Cat Bells, Derwent Water, Skiddaw, Dodd Hill, Watendlath
Northern Lake District,
Cumbria, England

Photography and words by Melanie Craxton.
For more from Melanie, follow her on Instagram at @mcraxton

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