Mountain Bliss Two Bergen families make cozy neighbors in the Catskills BY AMELIA DUGGAN Photos by Ted Axelrod Flowers courtesy of Joseph Verlezza, The Little Flower Shop, Ridgewood
any Bergen residents own second homes in the mountains, along the Jersey shore, at Cape Cod and in almost any resort community in the country. Just about 100 miles from Bergen and minutes from Hunter Mountain ski resort, two families, from Ridgewood and Tenafly, enjoy four seasons of fun.
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MR. DEER’S HOUSE
This classic Adirondack house was originally constructed in the early 1900s as the summer retreat for the archbishop of Albany – hence the crosses on the shutters. More recently, the owner’s children have called it “Mr. Deer’s House,” a nod to the deer head – complete with full rack of antlers – prominently mounted above the main room’s fireplace. The house and barn, which sit on 5 acres, have undergone more than a few renovations over the years; the barn was converted to a carriage house in the 1950s. A just-completed renovation-addition to the house achieved the family’s goal of ➤