Have fun speaking French (for all levels), hiking, drinking wine and testing cheeses!
You will meet your group and your guide (French of course!) in Manhattan 175st subway station or in Fort Lee NJ (please contact the event host to organize your pick up), at 9.30AM and hit the road in a comfortable van to the beautiful Silver Lake forest located near Tuxedo Park, Upstate New York.
-transportation from/to NYC or NJ depending where you live
-delicious wine and cheeses from France
-state licenced hiking guide
-your hiking clothing, backpack and water (this is an easy hike, sneakers are fine!)
We’ll start this easy 4-mile loop trail with a quick stop at the park visitor center, where we’ll learn about the history and geology of the area and take in a stunning view of the lake from the center’s back porch.
Our hike begins on a paved entrance road. We’ll cross a beautiful grassy field and then pass the stone foundations of a former church, the ruins of the Sterling Furnace, and the concrete and brick remnants of former mining operations.
Just beyond these ruins, we’ll have another beautiful view of the lake, and it’s also a chance to take gorgeous photos.
After passing a quiet, sparkling pond, we’ll reach the lake and enjoy a picnic together on a small sandy beach, surrounded by pine trees and sunlight dancing off the water. We will drink delicious French wine and enjoy a French cheese tasting while chatting both in French and English. From the beginner to the native French speaker, we all communicate in French as much as possible with one main goal: having fun.
Feeling rested and full, we’ll continue our hike south along the trail which continues to run above the lake, with some minor ups and downs.
We’ll catch glimpses of the lake as we walk, and we’ll also see and hear all kinds of birds. This easygoing 4-mile loop finishes at the visitor center parking lot, where your guide will drive you back to the city. You’ll be back home around 6pm.
Perfect for: All levels of hikers who are curious about the French language, wine, and cheese