November 20, 2016
Mapleview Cafe, Poughkeepsie, New York
open all year
Today we spent a second day working on our tobaggans at the Hudson River Museum. None of the toboggans got done – we have to come back if we want to finish them. It was fun anyway and we learned a lot about wood working. On the way home we took a detour for my favorite treat.
We stopped at the Mapleview Cafe in Poughkeepsie, New York on a dark, chilly night. The ground was covered from the maiden snow fall of the season and we were in an unfamiliar area – it felt like the middle of nowhere – but it was a gem in the middle of nowhere. We were initially the only customers there, so we had a nice chat with the owners. They were both culinary school graduates, she from the French cooking school in NYC and he from a school in California. The Cafe menu included a nice selection of soups, salads and sandwiches (of which we partook) and a full array of homemade ice creams (the reason we came). The chefs made everything – even the waffles for the waffle sundaes. The ice cream flavors were varied, interesting and changed regularly. I had a scoop of Pumpkin Spice and a scoop of Cranberry Orange – topped with raspberry sauce. I sampled both their Mulled Apple Cider ice cream and their Bailey’s Cream with Toffee Bits. All the ice cream was great. The cafe served everything in disposable containers containers – sort of a “to go” style (“Diner, Drive-Ins and Dives” candidate?). There was a small outdoor playground and casual seating both inside and outside – outside was not looking to inviting tonight! The Mapleview Cafe was recently featured in Hudson Valley Magazine. This place is worth a visit.