"Off the beaten path" tag

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…

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…

Swimming holes

Corinne Mol discloses open secrets and secret secrets   A great way to survive sweating hot days and to get the most out of summer is a dip in your favorite river, stream,…

Carless love

Summer in the Catskills without an automobile   How is summer in the Catskills if you don’t drive? Still festive. My reasons for not driving are numerous: I grew up in Manhattan, I…

Sacred places

Dante DeCecio writes about theatre camps and abandoned buildings   Walking through the hilly and forested small towns of Ulster County, you can see the signs of summer everywhere. Trees puffed up with…

On the Hudson: Piermont to Manhattan

Note: This week’s column is the final installment of a series recording my experience as a participant in the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign. I paddled my kayak down the Hudson River alongside…

On the river: Catskill to Kingston

This week’s column is part of a series recording author Rich Parisio’s experience as a participant in the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign. He paddled his kayak down the Hudson River alongside dozens…

Mills-Norrie State Park

I must confess I had to steel myself for this walk in the blazing sunlight of a torrid July morning. But I was already at the park for a kayak tour from the…

Explore with the Kids – Places to Go

In all the days and years that have followed, I don’t know that I’ve ever experienced that same utter certainty of the goodness of life that was as palpable as the sound of…

Up at Mohonk

One of the pleasures of living in New Paltz is the constant sight of the Shawangunk Ridge. The defining visual element of our landscape, it frames and bounds our view to the west….

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