Quaint stores and farm-to-table eats are the pot of gold at the end of a journey north along the Hudson River. The easiest way to reach Cold Spring? Take the Metro-North Hudson train departing from Grand Central; the line hugs the banks of the river. On arrival, stretch your legs out and breathe in a few lungfuls of country air in the 15-acre Stonecrop Gardens - more adventurous folk can opt for a kayak tour with Hudson River Expeditions. Don't leave without lapping up one of Moo Moo's Creamery's ice cream cones, with almost 100 different flavours on rotation. Our order? Butter Pecan and Graham Cracker. If you can time your train ride back to Manhattan in line with the sunset, you've hit the visual jackpot.