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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,…

Celebrations of love

I work as an event planner. My day job often requires I step outside myself to behave as though I’m someone with fastidious organizational skills and effervescent social acumen. One of the primary…

You and your betrothed need to talk

There are 405 photographers listed in the Hudson Valley area on popular wedding website TheKnot.com. There are 93 caterers, and 66 bands/DJs. There are 387 venue suggestions. What kind of decorations will you…

Bring on the renewable-term contract

In an article posted shortly after the Supreme Court declared marriage a universal right, Mike Adams, editor of the Natural News website, decried same-sex couples as “begging the government for a license to…

My thoughts on marriage

Lately the Catskills have become one of the prime areas for destination weddings. New venues, from renovated barns to golf courses and even resuscitated Borscht-Belt resorts, are popping up all over the place…

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