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Columbia County destinations

Blessed with stunning scenery, drenched in history, and providing shopping opportunities from antiques to handicrafts, Columbia County has a lot to offer visitors. Besides the obvious points of interest (Olana, Clermont, Lindenwald, Hudson’s…

Shopping in the Hudson Valley

Some Catskills villages are even sleepier than they were a hundred years ago, with not much shopping besides a general store. While these communities have a rural appeal, you may need to head…

The best things to do in Dutchess County

Growing up in New Jersey, just 40 minutes from New York City, I was well into my twenties before I took the time to explore and visit the urban destinations that millions of…

What does Ulster County have to offer?

The answers would vary if one asked people on the street what drew them to Ulster County. Some were born here. Some came here for college and never left. Others settled here for…

Places to stay, resorts and spas

We no longer have the grand Catskills resorts and mountain houses which accommodated up to 300 guests, or the boarding houses that were really just spare rooms in residents’ Victorian homes. However, those…

Why I’m still alive today

I was ten in 1966. My Uncle Ian took me skiing, which was about as close to religion as we got. Every weekend all winter long we drove up from Bearsville to Belleayre,…

Here comes summer

Beware of ticks and teens, poison ivy, rabies and snakes   Summertime, and the living is … well, actually, it’s dangerous. The thought seems at odds with the sunshine, the green leaves, the…

All the world’s a stage

Fran Platt presents a comprehensive survey of regional cultural events Bard SummerScape, June 25-August 16, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson Bard SummerScape brings topnotch performers in the fields of music – including classical, opera and…

Attendance is activism

John Burdick surveys the regional musical scene with a fine-tooth comb   As press releases, event announcements, links, lineups, and requests for coverage race across my virtual desk like a flickering news ticker…

County fairs of the Hudson Valley

Jen Holz captures the rare beauty of 4H youth   A boy rests against a snoozing goat, his cowboy hat tipped over his eyes, her Nubian ears softy flicking against his cheek. He…

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