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Why the Hudson Valley survives as a destination for new visitors

As I drive around from job to job, often herding kids to a widening array of events, I like to remember what pulled me up here to the Hudson Valley. I also like…

(Photo courtesy Art Omi)

Where to see art in the Hudson Valley

Art in the Hudson Valley is in conversation with our forests and mountains. The Jervis McEntee show last year at the Dorsky Museum at SUNY New Paltz helped me appreciate late fall where…

Mountain Jam, the Woodstock Radio event that runs at Hunter Mountain
the fi rst week in June, carries on a tradition of musical festivals stretching
back past 1969’s big event through Soundouts to the Maverick bow-outs
of the early 20th century. (Photo courtesy Mountain Jam)

Assessing the Hudson Valley music scene (or lack thereof)

I once asked Kingston musician and BSP booking agent Mike Amari whether we have a scene in the mid-Hudson region. How does one define a scene? Should we worry our heads about it?…

Country Living extravaganza at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck

Antiquing the Hudson Valley

In cafes, antique shops, yard sales and attics alike, Hudson Valley furniture embodies the area’s history, from the colonial Dutch period to the heyday of the Catskills hotels. With the housing market turning…


Historic destinations of the Hudson Valley

As one of the oldest settled regions in America — Dutch traders arrived a few years after Henry Hudson’s journey up the river that bears his name in 1609 to obtain beaver pelts…


Thoughts on Hudson Valley restaurants

A century ago the Catskills were dotted with farms, many farmers rented rooms out to summer guests, who ate just-picked food cooked by the farmwife. Modern agribusiness has pretty much done away with…


Seasonal spring fare in the Hudson Valley

Anticipating all that appears as the earth comes back to life at this time of year, we welcome the transition from frozen, packaged, processed, dried and far-flung foodstuffs to the fresh and new…

The Rip Van Winkle course

Golf the Hudson Valley

Golf, according to Arnold Palmer, “is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated; it satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening — and it is without…

Greene County has a dramatic scenic diversity, from quiet riverside haunts along the Hudson River to its Catskills-surrounded Mountaintop area, home to some of the area’s top ski resorts. Seen here is the approach up Route 32 from the New York Thruway.

Greene is green: The life and times of Greene County

Greene County rolls up from the Hudson River, north of Kingston and south of Albany, to some of the highest peaks in the Catskills. Then it levels out, reaching for Delaware and Schoharie…


Want to get married in the Hudson Valley?

What makes a romantic setting for a wedding? The Catskills are replete with splendor that will evoke a sense of awe and ensure that the ritual will be memorable. Many of the big…

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