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…

Weeds you can eat

Peter Dykeman and I are strolling through a sunny field in Rhinebeck looking for food – not garden crops, for which it is far too early, but edible wild plants. I’m expecting that…

Navigating the naturalist’s neighborhood

It isn’t easy locating Slabsides, the log cabin built by literary naturalist John Burroughs in 1895. Owned and maintained by the John Burroughs Association (JBA), which was founded in 1922, the year after…

Rejuvenate at a spiritual retreat

Today, even when we’re at home alone, we’re likely plugged into e-mail and the Internet, with hardly time to relax and step out of the constant media buzz. That makes a stay at…

Home sweet hound

Because Michelle Davis has a passion for dogs, her dog-boarding service in Saugerties, Bed & Biscuit, isn’t so much a business as a hobby. She doesn’t board more than five dogs at a…

Curtain rises on the new Saugerties Performing Arts Factory

In the meantime, Erica was feeling rather overwhelmed having to manage both the business and a major renovation and landscaping project, so she took a pottery class – and loved it. “It eased…

Tobe Carey’s newest documentary, Sweet Violets

The white and purple flowers that will soon be proliferating in the woods, fields and yards of the mid-Hudson Valley were once an important part of the Dutchess County economy. Tobe Carey’s film…

Anemone season runs through May at Battenfeld’s in Red Hook

One of the characters who appears in Sweet Violets (see related piece on our Explore Hudson Valley website) is Fred Battenfeld, a fourth-generation Dutchess County farmer whose grandfather started growing violets back in…

New Scenic Hudson parcel adds to explorable Black Creek wilderness

Black Creek, located in the Town of Esopus, is one of the few (if not the only) Hudson River tributaries that were never industrialized or developed, thanks to much of the surrounding terrain,…

Down to earth

John Gill is surveying his fields after last night’s heavy rain, and it doesn’t look good. Yesterday the creek that borders his property was clear, but this morning it’s brown from the topsoil…

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