An Illustrated Guide to Upstate Picnics By Emily Isabella
For as long as I can remember, picnics have been my favorite way to dine. There is something almost ceremonial about journeying to the perfect spot, laying out a blanket and unveiling the items in your basket. If you pick just the right place, it’s easy to erase the world around you and pretend to step into a Manet painting. The picnic season in upstate NY is fleeting, which makes picnics here even more special. I’ve lived in the Hudson Valley for only two years and have just begun to scratch the surface. On our days off, my husband and I aimlessly explore backroads, following signs for book barns and pulling off the road to scramble down to creeks or document a new wildflower in my sketchbook. These drives have fortuitously led us to some of our favorite unofficial picnic spots that live only in our memory. I hope you are able to wander aimlessly this summer and maybe this list below will help guide you in the right direction.
Emily Isabella is a designer and illustrator based in the Hudson Valley. She has worked with clients such as Hygge&West, Frankie Magazine, Back in the Day Bakery, and most recently illustrated The Picnic, a recipe and inspiration book.