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“Snow day!” When put together, these two words create instant delight. It’s a moment in time for creating memories and bringing joy for young and old alike. When I was a kid growing up in South Carolina, a snow day was a rare phenomenon. In fact, I can count on my gloved hand how many of those I was lucky enough to have as a child. Here in the Hudson Valley, it’s a different story. And there’s snowplace I’d rather be!

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I’ve seen all kind of crazy prognostications that this winter, much like the last, is going to be filled with snow. (My go-to meteorologist, the woolly bear caterpillar and its 13 segments of black and reddish-brown, has forecast a loooong one.) So, let’s plan ahead with 10 fun ideas of things we can do to survive (and thrive!) this winter.

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#1. Snowboarding/Skiing

Take full advantage of the season and the recreational opportunities in the Catskills. There are plenty of adventures on them there mountains! Whether you're a pro or a beginner, get playful and athletic and feel the speed. Or meet me après ski for a cocktail by the fire in the lodge.


#2. Ice Skating

Gliding atop the ice is a thrill whether outdoors on a frozen pond or at a groomed rink. Wobbly? The experts say balancing is all about keeping your head steady, fixing your eyes on a point, and trusting your body to get the balance right. My advice? Take a lesson. Last year, Mohonk Mountain House hosted Olympic champions for demonstrations and classes. I gave one as a gift and have been thanked ever since.

#3. Sledding/Tubing

Sledding or tubing is the basis of three Olympic sports: luge, skeleton, and bobsledding, all of which are based on the sled concepts. I discovered back in South Carolina that you don’t have to have a fancy device to get down the hill. Trashcan lids, flattened cardboard boxes, and beach tubes and floats will work just fine. Make your own Olympic competition, and race to the finish line.

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When the temperature drops below 32 degrees (the colder the better for this), make a concoction of 3 cups water, 1 cup dish soap, and 1/2 cup white corn syrup (that creates a sugar polymer to make a stronger bubble). Take your wand and blow bubbles up into the air so they’ll freeze before hitting the ground. The results are magical crystalline patterns and shapes that will take your breath away.

#5. Snow Angels

Call it a child’s game, but making snow angels is downright fun whether you’re eight or eighty. Lie down in fresh snow and flap your arms up and down and legs side to side to form a stylized angel. If you’re super ambitious, go for breaking the Guinness World Record for the most snow angels made simultaneously in one place. Current record holder: 8,962 snow angels created in Bismarck, North Dakota.

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#6. Snow Graffiti

Fill spray bottles with water and 10-20 drops of food coloring depending on how dark you want your colors. (My advice: skip the color yellow.) Give your kids the spray bottles, and let them go create a masterpiece on the white canvas in your backyard. Who knows—you might realize you have a Cold Monet or Jackfrost Pollock!

#7. Winter Photo Contest

There’s nothing like an expedition with a mission. Adventure out into the winter wonderland and let everyone snap some photos. Post each person’s personal favorite on social media and see whose grabs the most “likes.” Treat the winner to a prize (like an extra cup of hot cocoa!)

#4. Ice Bubbles


#8. For the Birds

Here’s a charitable craft idea. Make your own birdfeeders by stringing cranberries, popcorn, and cereal onto fishing line or ribbon for a beautiful garland that attracts and helps out your fine-feathered friends. String them around a bush or tree that’s visible from a cozy observation spot inside your house.

#9. Snowball Fight

Divide your family into teams and allow time for each side to amass their stockpile. Then, announce the start, and commence the throwing! I’ll let you decide whether the most splattered team is the winner or the loser. One piece of advice: don't wear jeans. When jeans get wet in freezing temperatures, they ice up and are hard to run in!

#10. Bonfire

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Ice Yachting Still Alive and Well on the Hudson River by Rochelle Riservato

A “An ice yacht flits about like a swallow, skimming over the river with the speed and grace of a bird. She is better than a bird, for she takes you along in her flight and gives you the triumph of the wing, as she sweeps, and swings, and trembles on through space…” – from Charles H. Farnham’s “Ice Yachting on the Hudson,” first published in Scribner’s Monthly, August 1881.

of the Hudson Valley with this winter pastime came from the fact that early iceboats were originally built in 1790 by Oliver Booth of Poughkeepsie. This type of craft was thought to be a catalyst, launching the recreational iceboat evolution for the entire nation.

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lthough ice yachting (or ice sailing/boating) started in Europe, by 1790 it was quite a popular winter activity in the Hudson River Valley with Dutchess County’s Poughkeepsie becoming the center of the sport by the mid-1800s. Further bonding


The term “yachting” may lead one to believe it was exclusively a sport for the wealthy; however, quite the opposite is true. Initially, it was a sport for regular sea-faring folk. The 18th century was an era when many already had their own boats and used them for fishing, transportation, and leisure. These folks extended their boats' season by adding ice boating to the mix, allowing them to get out and enjoy the mighty frozen Hudson even on the coldest days. By the 1850s with boats becoming more sophisticated, ice yacht clubs were formed in Newburgh, New Hamburg, Poughkeepsie, and Hyde Park, with much competition between these group members. There were competition awards up for grabs—among them being the Ice Yacht Challenge Pennant of America and the Captain William Drake Flag. Oddly enough, boats even raced against trains along the Hudson; in 1871 the famous boat Icicle, built by FDR’s uncle, John E. Roosevelt, beat the Chicago Express as it traveled from Poughkeepsie to Ossining. In the latter part of the 19th century, ice yachting was in full sail with yacht clubs increasing their registered members. However, the Hudson Valley’s interest faded out during and after World War I, with only a slight revival during the 1960s. Fast forward to the 21st century. Although popularity had, once more, dwindled over the last half century, some dedicated sailors still hit the ice. Rhinebeck resident and member of the Hudson River Yachting Club


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(organized in 1885), John Sperr notes that sailing on ice is a whole other sport than sailing on water because wind and temperature elements are more demanding on the former. And then there’s always the battle with the cold that some may not look kindly upon. Frigid mercury readings require more preparation and stamina for folks that may not relish tolerating 20-degree temperatures for many hours. However, for those who delight in the sport, Sperr says, “the heat of competition keeps them warm.”

“There is something incredibly seductive about gliding across the ice of Tivoli Bay with just the soft rush of the wind in your face, the creak of the rigging, and the clatter of the runners on the ice.” Already short-seasoned, winter weather conditions can further diminish ice-sailing time. Snow amounts, rain totals, wind velocity, and water sedimentation all factor into how long and how ideal any winter will be for the sport.

Although there’s no official website for the Hudson River Ice Yacht Club, Speer has a personal site at where he says the site has been "a consistent source that people frequent to get information about what is happening on the ice in the winter.” Although the site provides useful information for enthusiasts, Speer wants to be certain folks know his site is “unofficial.” Says Speer, “During the season, I try and update my page as the activity dictates—often twice a day—because when things get going, people are clamoring for the latest information.”

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Due to the obvious reasons of unpredictable weather conditions, Speer explains that when it comes to Hudson River Valley iceboating, “it is impossible to plan or schedule any events in advance. The huge variations in winter weather here never give us any certainty of having a good sheet of ice for sailing. When it does happen, such as last winter, the word spreads quickly and people find their way to ice.” He adds, “We give free rides to the willing when the conditions are right—you just have to be there when it is happening. We need the right temperature, smooth ice free of snow and of a safe thickness, and just the right amount of wind—a very fickle combination.”

Another source of local information is available on an independent blog maintained by Brian Reid, a fellow member and secretary and unofficial historian of the Hudson River Ice Yacht Club. Reid owns two classic stern-steering iceboats and his blog has a plethora of information featuring the history of the antique, stern-steering, gaff-rigged ice yachts of the Hudson River Valley, as well as a pictorially beautiful archive of boats, races, stories, and historic articles on ice yachting. The blog is at, where one can see photos of recent iceboating adventures—the latest being from March 2014. Reid’s blog quote states that the March 2014 spectacle “was truly the largest gathering of iceboats I've seen on the Hudson River in the history of the club.” At the 2014 Woodstock Film Festival, a film called Against the Wind, directed by Tomasz Gubernat and Christopher Nostrand, was shown in the screening repertoire. The film was described as such: Against the Wind followed a handful of practitioners of the almost forgotten sport as they take advantage of one of the coldest winters the Hudson River Valley has seen in decades. These yachters are intent on taking full advantage of one of the deepest, longest ice sheets on the Hudson in years, knowing they might not see anything like that again—anytime soon.”


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Mother Nature holds the cards when it comes to adding frustrations and obstacles—or upping the ante and lowering the temperatures for a great season! Nevertheless, there are always those who wait, weather-watch, hope, and pray for those perfect times … even if there’s just one or two days during the entire season they can enjoy this most daunting, adventurous sport. After all, as Sperr reminds us in a quote from an area publication: “There is something incredibly seductive about gliding across the ice of Tivoli Bay with just the soft rush of the wind in your face, the creak of the rigging, and the clatter of the runners on the ice.”


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The Business of Ice in the Hudson Valley by Rochelle Riservato

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As a general rule, blocks of ice were hoisted into icehouses, stockpiled with expediency, and arranged with two to three inches between each block, allowing air circulation and escaping water from the block’s continual melting. Once the icehouse was full, hay was thrown over the bounty’s vastness, which awaited delivery or pickup. Hudson Valley icehouses were widespread during this time, and Hudson Valley ice harvesting lasted over a century. Believe it or not, ice from the Hudson River was shipped to countries as far away as India! By the end of the Civil War, Valley icehouses stored around three million tons of ice during winter. These icehouses were virtual triumphs of building technology with large ones being able to store up to 50,000 tons of ice. The huge icehouses

were owned and operated by several large companies, such as Knickerbocker and Consumer Ice Company. However, there were smaller, independent ice harvesters such as The Binnerwater Lake Ice Company. Started in 1910, Binnewater harvested ice from the Binnewater Lakes in Rosendale and delivered the ice via four ice wagons. Still in existence today and now called Binnewater Ice and Spring Water Company, they sell ice to local mom-and-pop shops and larger stores, as well as consumers who come to their dock for ice. In addition, they now sell bottled spring water, coffee, and coffee products.

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Ice Harvest Relics of the Past . . .

The great variety of tools and technology used to harvest natural ice evolved over time as new methods and technology became available. The first tools were basic man- or horse-pulled snow scrapers and saws, wooden planks to mark off the ice field, and long wooden poles with hooks attached at the end to guide the ice to the conveyer systems. The sleighs and cutting tools evolved into powered- or steam-driven cutters by the 1890s. Many of these vintage tools can be viewed at the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston’s Rondout area at 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston; 845-338-0071;


nnual ice harvesting in the nineteenth century centered on local creeks and the Hudson River from Poughkeepsie to Albany. It was a major source of many families’ annual income. The process of ice harvesting was set in motion as soon as the ice was about nine inches thick. The quality of the ice depended on the different areas of the rivers and creeks from where it was harvested.


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Delightful, right? So how is it that many people experience the holidays as one big onslaught of stress and expense? We’ve been conditioned into feeling that there is a “Right Way to Do the Holidays.” Well, there is. The right way is the way that makes you happy. Even the most rugged individualist may wish to partake of some of the season’s jollies, so here’s our guide to doing that without getting trampled in commercialism’s maw.

There’s something very primal about celebrating in December. With winter coming on, humans have known for centuries that it’s time to light the candles, blaze the bonfires, feast, and laugh together as the shank end of the year shades into the new one’s beginning. Shortly, the longer days will be noticeable, as the sun makes its way back.


} Invite folks over to help dress it.

} Go get your own fresh tree.

Local tree farms are family places that will make your tree excursion convenient and memorable, and you’ll get a better look at the tree’s natural shape if you see it standing naturally, not leaning against a sawhorse after having been all bundled up. Look into eco-friendly disposal methods too—your tree farmer may have some ideas.

The combination of your crew’s various creative inspirations is sure to result in something stellar. And since you’re providing the decorations and raw materials, you can subtly ensure that the end result will suit your taste.

} Make more memories than purchases. The fun of finding

a special remembrance for someone you love is undeniable but can easily get lost if shopping becomes a lengthy list of obligations. Consider a pact with those you love to establish a Secret Santa or gift grab bag tradition that can be part of a gettogether where you all enjoy the greatest gift gift: each other.


Shopping locally means helping your local economy, while getting goods crafted from the heart and hands of your neighbors. } Shop Main Street.

Don’t fall into the “Big Box Trap.” The only thing you will find at the mall, besides overcrowded asphalt filled with people who have forgotten the basics of auto operation, is the same stuff people are finding at every other mall everywhere. Go to Main Street instead.

} Visit Hudson Valley villages and towns where artisanal entrepreneurs and small-business owners have offerings as unique as fingerprints. Wearable art,

wall art, great books, fine foods, toys: whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it. The quality will likely be finer, the service incomparably so. Local shopkeepers are happy to help you find the perfect whatsis for a loved one and wrap it up with a smile. And when you factor in the gasoline you won’t be using and frustration you won’t be experiencing, shopping locally becomes a bargain.

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} Be on the lookout for community celebrations, when shop owners and restaurateurs work together to enchant their turf with holiday glitter. You’ll find specials and parades, cookies and cocoa and Santa, and local families of all descriptions having a blast together. See our events section for ideas.


} Make it fresh. Whether it’s eggnog or cookies, it’s not hard to outdo the preservative-laden offerings of the mass producers. An afternoon of cookie baking with the kids or making special gifts together (check out VISITvortex' rolling pin printing ideas) becomes a priceless memory.

} Get some you time, some spirit time. Whether your cultural tradition involves a Nativity scene, a menorah, a Festivus pole or a Yule bonfire, indulge and enjoy—and take a minute to reflect on the singular resonance of the season of lights and giving.

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And how fun it is to spend a day wandering in and out of shops on quaint Main Streets. While you’re out and about, grab yourself a craft beer or delicious cup of coffee to catch a moment of relaxation and actually enjoy the holiday season.

So many local shops will beautifully wrap your gift too—something you won’t get from the big box stores or those relentless catalogs that come in the mail. Treat yourself.

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DEER HILL FARM CROSS STITCHING Largest cross stitch store in Hudson Valley! Fabrics, threads, leaflets, kits & more! Open Tuesday-Saturday

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1225 Route 9G (Country Plaza) Hyde Park 845-229-0246

8 Old Forge Road, Woodstock 845-684-5074 FIBERFLAME STUDIO Local, handmade, and fair-trade gifts for the whole family. An eclectic, affordable array of treasures for the home, body, and creative spirit! Or, come make your own gifts in our walk-in art studio. 1776 Route 212, Saugerties 845-679-6132

TENDER LAND HOME This frosted glass bowl has the look of alabaster. Striking as a decorative piece, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also food safe. A perfect holiday gift! 64 Main Street, Phoenicia 845-688-7213

SPRUCE DESIGN + DECOR Give something rare and unique... Like these Verglas cocktail glasses and Hemingway ice bucket.

DOWNTOWN ACCORD Primitive to industrial. Lighting, mirrors, ironstone, paintings, cupboard, and architectual elements. Sundays and by appointment. 23 Main Street, Accord 845-706-1070

20 W Market Street, Rhinebeck 845-876-5864

BARE FURNITURE These accent pieces are the perfect solution for storage needs. Store treasured belongings or everyday office supplies. Offering a wide selection of versatile options designed with beauty, comfort, and style in mind. 4737 Route 209, Accord 845-626-0061

WINERACKS.COM Cellar cubes make a great gift for the wine lover on your holiday list. Purchase multiples to make your own wine cellar. Available in pine, oak & mahogany. Showroom & Factory Store 819 Route 32, Tillson 845-658-7181

PEGASUS FOOTWEAR Chic and warm, these lightweight boots are lined with Ahnu’s waterproofing bootie system and armed with Thinsulate insulation to keep feet warm and toasty in rain, sleet, or snow.

POTTER BROTHERS Spy Bravo Goggles with Happy Lens. A mid-sized goggle that features the quickest, fingerprint-free lens change system on the market. Plus, with Happy Lens technology, you will see better, feel better, and perform better with less eye fatigue and superior color and contrast enhancement. Kingston, Poughkeepsie 845-338-5119

KENCO Yukon Carlie’s men’s and women’s pro snowshoe package. This is a great package for beginners or advanced users alike. Comes with snowshoes, carry bag, and poles.

1000 Hurley Mountain Road, Kingston 845-340-0552

Woodstock 845-679-2373 New Paltz 845-256-0788 Rhinebeck 845-876-7474

ROCK & SNOW Handmade sweater knit in Nepal. Insulated with PrimaLoft Gold in the torso, fleece in the hood, pockets, and collar, and nylon in the sleeves for a low-bulk feel. 44 Main Street, New Paltz 845-255-1311 BLUE-BYRD’S HABERDASHERY & MUSIC QUALITY HEADWEAR & BLUES MUSIC Choose from CDs, DVDs, vinyl, harps, tees, ties, suspenders, prints, posters, great hats, and gifts. Hat cleaning & blocking.

MOOSE CROSSING Offering Woolrich flannel shirts for men and women and custom-upholstered twig and hickory furniture. Antler chandeliers, Pendleton blankets, lamps, linens, and wall decor. Route 28 Shokan, NY Open Fri. Sat. Sun. Mon. 10am-5pm 845-657-9792

320 Wall Street, Kingston 845-339-3174

THERESA & CO Entering this shop is always a treat. Find gorgeous pieces like this Willows & Clay jacket and White & Warren cashmere scarf.

LOOMINUS WOODSTOCK Hand-woven scarves, jackets & throws. Studio and store featuring work by American Designers.

303 Wall Street, Kingston 845-339-4202

18 Tinker Street, Woodstock 845-679-6500

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HONORS HAVEN SPA Loved ones can unwrap the gift of wellbeing all winter long with a spa or wellness center gift certificate. Choose from massages, facials, yoga classes, tai chi classes, or spa and wellness memberships. 1195 Arrowhead Road, Ellenville 845-210-1600

10:15 am 5:30 pm Give the giftWOODSTOCK of fitness and well-being. 657.2342 The closer the gym, the more they’ll go! Classes: pilates, zumba, yoga, spinning, fusion, cardio kick, 10/40 Interval, and sculpting!


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3555 Main Street (Rt 209), Stone Ridge 845-687-0000

GIVE A MASSAGE There’s nothing so thoughful as the gift of relaxation. With so many options and services available, you’ll find something for most anyone on your list!

MOUNTAIN FLOAT SPA Floatation Therapy & Massage Gift Certificates Available... GIVE THE GIFT OF FLOAT. 215 Main Street, New Paltz EMMANUEL’S MARKETPLACE

Try Birch Body Care, Buttermilk, Emerson, Mohonk, Mountain Float, New Leaf or Wellness Rx.

3853 Main Street845-256-9800 Stone Ridge 845-687-2214 STONE RIDGE JEWELERS Show your love with a one-of-a-kind piece of Jewelry at Stone Ridge Jewelers. 2821 Route 209, Kingston 845-331-8543

Specializing in: 14k, 18k & platinum Jewelry eXpeRT JeWelRY RepaiR Special ORDeR WORK no matter if you’re spending $10 or $10,000,

you’re treated like gold. WOODSTOCK TRADING POST Always featuring the cutting edge in clothing and jewelry. 7 Tinker Street, Woodstock 845-679-7431

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URSO at GREEN COTTAGE Unique jewelry pieces designed and created by David Urso. Combining the classic beauty and sparkling opulence of the ancient with the clean lines of modernity. 1204 Route 213, High Falls 845-687-0899

B&L JEWELERS 25 years of providing quality jewelry and Repairs all at DISCOUNTED prices. 101 Main Street, New Paltz 845-255-8919

THE ART RIOT Local. Alternative. DIY. 60+ artists and crafters bring you their best - all handmade, all Hudson Valley. Feed a starving artist. Shop The Art Riot.

36 John Street, Kingston 845-331-2421

HUDSON VALLEY SEED LIBRARY Season’s Seedings and Seedy Greetings! More ways to give seeds for the holidays. New: Seedy Greeting cards hold your choice of any seed pack. New: 16 new pack artists now over 120 Art Pack varieties. Plus gift baskets, garden tools, gift certificates and more. 845-204-8769

BARCONE’S MUSIC Give the gift of music! Choose from all kinds of instruments and accessories. Lessons are also available. 528 Broadway, Kingston 845-331-6089

PETALOS FLORAL DESIGN 40 John Street, Kingston 845-514-2800 STUDIO PETALOS Gifts. Plants. Antiques. Art 290 Fair Street, Kingston Offering some of the freshest, longest lasting flowers and plants in the region.

WATER STREET MARKET Take your pick from distinctive antiques, artisan chocolates, hand-crafted jewelry, fine clothing, and so much more at Water Street Market. 10 Main Street, New Paltz 845-255-1403

AGWAY Keep the feathered friends happy with this Green Feeder. Or the gift of an Agway gift certificate will make anyone happy. 145 Route 32 N, New Paltz 845-758-3601

OLE CAROUSEL ANTIQUES CENTER Antiques • Vintage • Home Decor Located in the heart of the Hudson Valley—Dutchess County. 8500 Square Foot Multi-Dealer Center 6208 Route 82, Stanfordville 845-868-1586

MOOSE CROSSING Offering hand-crafted knives, customupholstered twig and hickory furniture, antler chandeliers,Woolrich clothing, Pendleton blankets, lamps, linens, and wall decor. Route 28 Shokan, NY Open Fri. Sat. Sun. Mon. 10am-5pm 845-657-9792

PEACE, LOVE & CUPCAKES Yummy cupcakes and cookies for the holidays!!! Winner of Food Network's Best Cake in the Country! Open Friday through Sunday 12-6pm

BINNEWATER SPRING WATER Give the gift of Fresh Water. Binnewater Ice will deliver right to the home. Keep everyone hydrated and healthy with pure drinking water. 25 South Pine Street, Kingston 845-331-0504

54F Tinker Street, Woodstock 845-247-3687

NEST EGG Country Store Fudge makes a great gift for family, friends, teachers, and service providers. All fudge made on premises! 84 Main Street, Phoenicia 845-688-5851

LUCKY CHOCOLATES Homemade toffee, turtles, and truffles … oh, my! This and so much more deliciousness at Lucky Chocolates. 115 Partition Street, Saugerties. 845-246-7337 CHEESE BARREL Create a fun gift basket from our huge selection of candies, cheeses, gourmet teas & coffees, and local specialties! 798 Main Street, Margaretville 845-586-4666

MAIN COURSE Holiday gift baskets filled with your choice of specialty gifts, kitchen accessories, homemade treats, and gift certificates. Beautifully wrapped and ribboned for you. 175 Main Street, New Paltz 845-255-2600

MOXIE CUP Gourmet cupcakes, baked goods and coffee made with the finest ingredients. Try the 12 Cupcakes of Christmas mini-box that includes 12 holiday flavors in one box. 184 Main Street, New Paltz 845-255-CAKE (2253)

BELL’S CHRISTMAS TREES Come cut your own Christmas tree and shop our cozy gift shop featuring our own local maple syrup, honey, and handcrafted soaps. 647 Mettacahonts Road, Accord 845-626-7849

LOCAL FARMS & MARKETS Create a gift basket for your loved ones made from all local food products. Our farmers have preserved the flavors of the summer and fall harvest. Try Saunderskill, Kelder’s, Adam’s Jenkins-Lueken, Apple Bin or Barthel’s MERCHANT WINE & SPIRITS STONE RIDGE WINE & SPIRITS ESTER WINE AND SPIRITS MIRON WINE & SPIRITS

LOCALLY MADE WINES are always a great gift and will definitely lift their spirits. Try Benmarl, El Paso, or Stoutridge Wineries

Bring along the holiday cheer! TUTHILLTOWN SPIRITS Bringing the tradition of small batch distillation back to the Hudson Valley. A great local gift for your spirits fans. 14 Gristmill Lane, Gardiner 845-633-8734

CHEESE LOUISE Pick up a gift basket with great local foods and treats.

GET FROSTED CUPCAKERY Cupcake bouquets are a perfect hostess gift! Preorder your pies and muffin baskets for the holidays. 323 Main Street, Beacon 845-765-1002 LA DELIZIOSA ITALIAN PASTRY SHOPPE Authentic Italian pastry shoppe of a bygone era. A friendly environment with incredible Italian pastry and biscotti. Near the Walkway.

940 Route 28, Kingston 845-853-8207

10 Mt. Carmel Place, Poughkeepsie 845-471-3636

APPLE BIN FARM MARKET Grab a GIFT BASKET. Whether it be a fruit basket or gift basket, Apple bin has many choices ... candy, chocolates, cookies, candles, soaps, homegrown apples and pears, salsas, jellies, coffee, and more!

810 Broadway, Ulster Park 845-339-7229

COLUMBIA Costumes & Beauty Give the gift of beauty and relaxation. Create a basket of fine beauty products, soaps, and creams to make someone especially happy this season. 66 North Front Street, Kingston 845-339-4996

A GIFT CARD FOR THE HOME to hardware stores or home centers are a great gift that you know they’ll use! ART SUPPLIES Pick up stocking stuffers for your favorite artist. Choose from excellent art materials, cool gifts, and expert picture framing. CATSKILL ART & OFFICE

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LOCAL GIFT CERTIFICATES With so many great restaurants, and accommodations in the area, a gift certificate to a favorite spot is truly a perfect holiday gift.


HARDENBURGH TREE FARM This country holiday shoppe is an excellent place to share some quality time. Enjoy a tractor ride, a cup of cocoa, beautiful farm-made wreaths, and country gifts in an atmosphere of Christmas past. 206 Hardenburgh Road, Ulster Park 845-658-8894

PET COUNTRY Everything for the care, fun, and well-being of your pet. Commercial, super premium, natural, and holistic dog and cat foods, as well as horse and farm feeds, bird, small animal, and aquarium supplies. 6830 Route 9, Rhinebeck 845-876-9000

WALLKILL VIEW FARM Choose a great gift from the market, bakery, or holiday giftshop. The Santa collection is a must see!

EMMANUEL’S PET AGREE Pamper your pet with a new pet toy from Emmanuel’s Pet Agree in the Stone Ridge Towne Centre.

15 Route 299 W, New Paltz 845-255-8050

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Gifts From the Heart Food for the Body Art for the Soul • Hot drinks, savory morsels & sweet delicacies • Vintage collectibles, stylish clothes & designer jewelry • One-of-a-kind decorative pieces and fine art

With more than 20 shops, over 30 antique dealers, music, and some of the finest views in New Paltz, Water Street Market has something for everyone.

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Water Street 845-255-1403 Market Genuine and Fine Quality 10 Main St. New Paltz 845.256.1940 Handmade Tibetan Rugs, Furniture, Jewelry, Arts, Clothings.

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Put Your Feelings Into The Moment

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Christmas UNIQUE GIFTS FOR THOSE THAT ARE HARD TO BUY FOR! Quality Beauty Supplies. Complete Wig Department. Costume Shop: Rentals & Dress Up, Holiday Suits, Hats, Gloves. HOLIDAY COSTUME SALES & RENTALS Reindeer, Santa, Elves, Gingerbread Men and more!


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84 Main Street Phoenicia, NY 12464 845-688-5851 Shop Online:

An Old Fashioned Country Store We are located in the heart of The Catskill Mountains. We carry Minnetonka Moccasins, chimes, puzzles, local books & maps, gemstones, homemade fudge, jewelry, candy, t-shirts, games, crafts and so much more. We are packed to the rafters with fun, practical, and hard-to-find merchandise. Come visit us for a unique shopping experience. OUR HOMEMADE FUDGE IS WORTH THE TRIP!





Gift Wrap and more…


make your own

with rolling pin printing by Shea Lord-Farmer

We hope you have an extra rolling pin lying around! If you don’t, you might just have to forfeit the sugar cookies for this super fun rolling pin printing project!! Learn to make “rolling pinstamps,” then print your very own holiday gift wrap, cards, tote

• Craft foam with adhesive backing (at least 4 sheets) • Rolling pin (with handles is best) • Acrylic paint (non-washable if printing on fabric) • Ballpoint pen • Scissors • Large paintbrush • Cardboard • Newsprint or a roll of lightweight paper Optional: Garments, home wares, blank greeting cards, etc. (Pre-washed and 100% natural fiber is best when printing on fabric. Make sure to read instructions in tote bag section below for heat setting your paint on fabric.)


bags, t-shirts, pillowcases, dish towels . . . anything you fancy!


Making your rolling-pin stamp


Begin by preparing your foam so you are working with a double layer to create your stamps. Remove the paper backing from the adhesive side of one sheet of craft foam. Place the sticky side down onto your second sheet of foam, so you end up with a double layer of foam and an adhesive side still covered with protective paper.


Grab your scissors, and cut any shapes you’d like. Several smaller shapes will make a great repeating pattern and/or background print, but feel free to experiment with different shapes and sizes.


Peel the adhesive layer off of your cut shapes and attach to the rolling pin. It’s helpful to think about distributing your shapes evenly, or scattering them, so that you don’t end up with large empty spots on your rolling pin (which can lead to difficulty when printing).


Next, make a flat piece of cardboard (large enough so that you can roll your entire rolling pin across it at once) into your palette or inking block. Squeeze out a moderate amount of paint and use a large paintbrush to create an even layer of paint.


Roll your rolling pin stamp through the paint a few times so that all of your foam shapes are covered with a thin layer. Play with the pressure here to get your rolling pin to roll smoothly through the paint—not too much pressure, not too little. You’ll find your sweet spot!


With a moderate amount of pressure, roll your inked-up rolling pin across whichever surface you choose to print on. We suggest starting with newsprint, as it’s inexpensive and allows you to play with different designs while creating your very own wrapping paper! There you have it, a repeating, one-of-a-kind pattern, made by you! Try layering new colors, alternating the directions in which you print, and see what you like. Keep on printing. . . or peel off the foam, and try a new design!




Begin by cutting large shapes from your double layer of foam. To gauge your size, test that your shapes will wrap the rolling pin, without overlapping (but don’t remove the protective paper just yet!)


Once you have some shapes with which you’re happy, use a ballpoint pen to draw into the foam with enough pressure so that you’re creating recessed lines and shapes.


Adhere your textured shapes to the rolling pin.


Spread your paint on the cardboard, ink up your rolling pin stamp, and print away! We love layering several different designs on top of one another for a dynamic print with varied shapes, sizes, and colors!

Making your rolling-pin stamp with “carved” designs


Ideas for handmade gifts and holiday cheer Holiday cards: Grab a few blank greeting cards of any color, and tape them down to a flat surface using painterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tape, which should be easy to remove once youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re done printing.

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Ink up your rolling pin stamp, and roll it over the cards, allowing you to create a few hand-printed holiday cards at



Keep it sweet and simple and leave it at that, or layer another design over the top. Use the printed cards as a background for a family photo, collage, or anything you can imagine!

Hand-printed tote bags: Lay a pre-washed tote bag on your printing surface.

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Ink up your rolling pin stamp, and roll it over the surface of your tote. Once your paint dries, flip the bag and repeat.


Once paint dries, lay your bag between two pieces of parchment paper (to protect your iron and ironing board), and press with a hot iron. This will heat-set the paint into the fabric for a bag that can be washed over and over again!


Keep it simple, or add a hand-painted design or handstitched patch! Totes make great gifts, and eco-friendly gift-wrap too!


Onesies, t-shirts, and more: Stretch your pre-washed garment over a piece of cardboard so that there are no wrinkles.

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Ink up your rolling pin stamp, and roll it over the surface of your garment.


Heat-set, and voilĂ â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a funky, hand-printed holiday gift for someone special!

We Spread the Frosting... You Spread the Love 323 Main Street, Beacon


Have fun!

Experiment and share your beautiful creations with the people you love!! Fiber Flame Studio is a make-your-own mixed-media art studio for all ages and abilities. Walk in any time they are open, and dig into a project! 845.679.6132 1776 route 212, Saugerties



unique & unusual flavors vintage toys & cafe

845-246-7337 115 Partition St, Saugerties

2 TURTLE doves...hell, make it 3! Take a shopping break in our new organic cafe!


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BOOK YOUR HOLIDAY PARTIES WITH US. In house or at your house. Order your delicious festive home baked goods

BEACON JUICE BAR & CAFE Juices . Smoothies . Soups Organic . Local Live Music . Film Showings


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MAKING ROCK CANDY by Phoenix Trent

Rock candy brings back childhood memories of laughter and carefree abandon. Candy shops have stocked this tasty treat for centuries, and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing that compares to that crunchy and crisp bite of sweet goodness. So, welcome in the holiday season with delicious cinnamon rock candy. Perfect to include in your next ginger bread house scene, in hot coffee, or for a post-supper treat, this delectable delight will help you usher in some seasonal cheer during the icycold winter months in the valley.


Ingredients: 3 cups white sugar 1 cup water Food coloring (optional) 1 tsp cinnamon oil or vanilla extract (optional) 2 jars 2 clips 2 skewers Large saucepan Yields two rock candy pops

Rock candy looks remarkably like a glistening icicle hanging off a tree branch after a cold winter night, and the tasty cinnamon flavor and fun colors will be sure to inspire endless smiles. Wonderfully charming for the happy holiday months, make this treat a part of your family's tradition.


Very carefully add the sugary solution to each jar, and mix gently. Take your sugary skewers, secure a clip at the top of each, and place into the glasses in a way that ensures that the skewers are not touching the bottom or sides of the jar. These treats take some patience and will start to grow in about three days to a week depending on the environment. When it comes time to remove them, gently break the top with a butter knife and remove the skewer and hang it upside down, allowing the excess liquid to drop off. Pour out all the liquid from the jar and allow the candy to hang in the jar, allowing it time to dry off completely. And, voilĂ , enjoy your very own holiday-inspired cinnamon rock candy!

Add your water to the saucepan, and bring to a rolling boil. Next, begin to add the sugar a 1/2 cup at a time until completely dissolved. Finish by adding 1 tablespoon of cinnamon for an exciting twist on classic rock candy. Take your mixture off the heat, and allow cooling for 15-20 minutes. Next, spread out 1/2 cup sugar on a plate, and dip each skewer into the liquid sugar mixture and then in the plain sugar to thoroughly coat the stick. These sugar crystals will provide a base for your rock candy to grow from. Let them dry for five minutes to ensure that they will hold up when placed into the hot sugar solution. Set out your jars and add a few drops of food coloring to the bottom of each depending on what color you are looking to make.


Dominick’s Cafe 34 North Front Street Kingston, NY 12401 845-338-4552

Make Life Taste Better with Dominick’s Cafe’s specialty desserts, catering and holiday gift ideas! Kingston’s best kept secret is rich in old world flavor and offers authentic home-style cooking. Phone: (845) 338-4552 ~ Fax: (845)338-1628 ~ ~ Gift Certificates Available

Suite Dreams Luxury Suites

Delicious hand-crafted continental cuisine served in our cozy dining room. Fine Catering Available.

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Joy for the Host and Guests


Holiday Parties by Alysse Robin

quite like enjoying a feast of comfort foods in a warm atmosphere with beautiful dĂŠcor, decadent drinks, music, and a crackling fire. However, to pull off your own holiday celebration successfully requires a high level of party-skill savvy and can be challenging in many ways.

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So, let’s not oversimplify these celebrations. It's work to throw a

But there is another option that will allow you to have it all—the food, the fun, the quality time—and you’ll even have time to enjoy the digestivo.

party at your home—a lot of work—

What is it, you ask?

and it involves planning, shopping, cooking, cleaning, more cleaning… and, worst of all, exhaustion and stress. Managing all of that on top of those special details is overwhelming.

PAY AN EXPERT to do it for you!

That’s right, simplify. DON’T cook all week;

pretty much guaranteed to please any picky palate.

Hire a company or restaurant that has a great reputation, and book them months in advance. Do a tasting of the menu items that you want them

DO hire a local restaurant or caterer to cater your party. Better yet, bring your party out of your home and into the community. Hosting your festivities at a local restaurant can allow you to be both the party host to create, and go over details with them, such as plates and the most sought after guest, creating a memoand cleaning to make sure that you are on the same rable and inspired evening for everyone involved. page about expectations and costs.

The best gatherings incorporate those small details that make your party unique and filled with that quintessential holiday spirit and a feeling of really being cared for. I remember one year, all of the napkins at my sister-in-law’s home had napkin rings with our names engraved on them. Another year, the wine rings that help tell the guests’ wine apart were also tree ornaments that we got to take home. Or it could be as simple as the perfect dessert, warm drink, amazing smells, or succulent hors d’oeuvres that make yours a night to remember. 66

When you hire a company to cater at your home, you are free to cater to the guests and the part of party planning that you enjoy — decorations, games, music, gifts. Also, you are

Whatever type of holiday party you are hoping to achieve, hiring the pros will only make it better.

We all need to get out of our homes and enjoy being taken care of in these long, cold months.

Food is always a central component of any party, and having that taken care of will make your party day a treat for you too. Not only that, it will create more good will and holiday cheer in your community, as you will be supporting a local business and promoting them as well.

Eat dinner there beforehand to check out the food, atmosphere, clientele, and culture. Do you want a fancy party, where people wear formal attire and have room for dancing? A casual party, where people gather in wool turtlenecks and enjoy tall beers by the bar?

T his year, spend more time making those distinct holiday memories with your friends and family. Most of all, ENJOY this festive season! A Catered Spread by Cheese Louise

Choose your restaurant according to the type of party you want.


Taking the party on the road by hosting it at a local restaurant is a great way to cure cabin fever.




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by Carlo DeVito

Tis the season to be jolly! One of the best parts of the holidays is eating. Don’t you just love the food around the holidays? Yeah, you might add

an extra inch or two to the old waistline, but it all seems so much fun! Turkey! Ham! Roasts! Sweet potatoes! Apple and pumpkin pie! Cookies! And lots of fantastic other foods! And, of course, it’s time for a few holiday craft beverages, because nothing says special like mixing a little local into the liquid that accompanies your meal.

But sometimes it can all be so overwhelming. So many foods, so many wines. Heck, you’ll need a glass of wine just to get through it all! Forget it! You don’t need to invite a sommelier over just to get through the holidays. We’ve got everything sorted out for you right here. Here’s a little cheat sheet that will make your holidays easier to get through. The Hudson Valley produces a great number of wines and ciders to pair with your foods. The main whites are Riesling, Traminette, Chardonnay, and Seyval Blanc. And the main reds include Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Baco Noir. Keep your holidays sparkling . . . Sparkling wines of the Hudson Valley include Brotherhood, Clinton, Hudson-Chatham, and Whitecliff. Local sparkling hard ciders include Aaron Burr, Bad Seed, Brookview Station, Johnny Mash, Naked Flock, Orchard Hill, True Believer, and Warwick.

Deck the halls with boughs of holly! The holidays are about spending time with friends and family. People gather together to celebrate the ending of one year and the beginning of the next. The fireplace is going. There’s a happy commotion in the kitchen and in the family room.


Who Makes What? } Riesling Benmarl, Brotherhood, Hudson-Chatham, Millbrook, Tousey, Whitecliff } Traminette Palaia, Robibero, Tousey, Whitecliff } Chardonnay Baldwin, Benmarl, Brotherhood, HudsonChatham, Millbrook, Tousey, Whitecliff } Seyval Blanc Cascade Mountain, Clearview, Clinton, Glorie, Hudson-Chatham, Stoutridge

Holiday Shopping Tips Holiday Shopping Tips Lighter-styled fare usually requires more delicately styled wines, while the heavier foods get the bigger wines. Light foods pair well with Riesling and

Traminette or Pinot Noir and Baco Noir or with sparkling wine and cider.

Medium-bodied dishes usually go well

with Seyval Blanc and Cabernet Franc.

Heavier repasts usually require

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There is no question that for an assortment of appetizers, the best and right wine selection during the holidays is sparkling! A number of wonderful local sparkling wines exist. Another great selection might be a dry sparkling cider. You could even serve a Kir using either sparkling wine or cider with some Hudson Valley cassis thrown in to make it that much more special.

} Pinot Noir Brotherhood, Hudson-Chatham, Millbrook, Tousey, Whitecliff } Baco Noir Brimstone Hill, Benmarl, Hudson-Chatham, Warwick Valley } Cabernet Franc Benmarl, Brimstone Hill, Clearview, Glorie, Hudson-Chatham, Stoutridge Vineyard, Tousey, Warwick, Whitecliff } Merlot Benmarl, Brotherhood, Hudson-Chatham, Palaia, Stoutridge Vineyard, Whitecliff } Great Dessert Wine Producers Baldwin, Brookview, Clinton, HudsonChatham, Warwick


Ham: There is nothing like a great bourbonglazed ham for the holidays. Always a family favorite! Pinot Noir, Baco Noir, and Gamay Noir are our best local wine choices here.

Goose, Turkey, Pheasant, or Duck: Pinot Noir, Baco Noir and Gamay Noir are you best choices here as well. If you must have a white, Seyval, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Traminette will all work fabulously.

Pork Roast: This was made for Pinot Noir, Baco Noir, and Cabernet Franc!

Leg of Lamb: Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon and even some of the bigger wines, such as a Cabernet Francs, are the best things to try here!

Roasts: Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet

Pasta Dishes: A Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon or a Cabernet Franc are the options here. They can stand up to the big, spicy, or meaty sauces, but also counter the lighter sauces as well. Cabernet Franc or Baco Noir is perfect with a light marinara.

Sauvignon, and robust blends pair nicely with roasts.

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Vegetarian: This is a tough one, not

knowing the dish. If itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spicy or grilled, you might want a bigger red or a bigger white, such as a Merlot, Cabernet Franc, or Chardonnay. But if the dish is a light one and more delicate, I would recommend Pinot Noir, Baco Noir, Gamay Noir, Riesling, or Traminette.

folks go the other way during the holiday, eschewing more famous seasonal foods and indulging in more exotic cuisine. Chinese, Thai, Indian and Japanese are becoming more and more part of the holiday experience. In most cases, the easy rule above applies. However, it must be said that Riesling and Traminette seem to be able to pair almost universally with most dishes from these rich culinary traditions, especially since they have such wonderful, complex flavors. Rieslings and Traminette are an almost surefire bet and will be a fabulous addition to your holiday repast.

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some of the best cheeses in North America. And there are a ton of wines to try with them. Lovely Rieslings and Traminettes and Chardonnays go beautifully. I also like Pinot Noirs and Baco Noirs for those as well. Unless you have a big, hard, crusty wedge of Parmigianoâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;then you need a Merlot or a Cabernet Franc. For a nice change of pace, you could try some great Hudson Valley hard ciders or one of the beautiful dessert wines of the valley, like cassis or raspberry wines; any of these are a nice little sweet touch if you are offering a cheese course after one of your celebratory meals.


Desserts: Pumpkin Pie deserves a lovely white dessert wine or an apple dessert wine. On the other hand, a pecan pie deserves some local Hudson Valley bourbon.

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Farmers' Markets Beacon Farmers’ Market Open year-round on Sundays from 10am-3pm, the market moves indoors to Scenic Hudson River Center at 8 Long Dock Road in Beacon and continues there through April. 845-234-9325; Hudson Valley Farmers Market Every Saturday 10am-3pm year-round. Located at Grieg Farm, Pitcher Lane, Red Hook; Kingston Farmers' Winter Market Held from December through April at The Old Dutch Church in Bethany Hall on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month from 10:00am until 2:00pm; Rhinebeck Farmers’ Market Following Thanksgiving weekend, this farmers’ market moves indoors to the Rhinebeck Town Hall, 80 E. Market Street from 10am-2pm on alternate Sundays; Rosendale Farmers’ Market During the winter months, the market moves indoors to The Rosendale Community Center on the first Sunday of the month from December through May from 10am-2pm. 1055 Route 32, Rosendale; 845-658-8348 Saugerties Farmers’ Market Held at the Senior Center, 207 Market Street, 10-2pm, on November 22 and December 20. 845-750-0626;

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Brookside Farm Herondale Farm

Local Meat Farms

Brykill Farm A family-owned natural beef ranch where hormones or prophylactic antibiotics are never employed. Animals graze on lush, organically maintained pastures and are rangefinished on USDA certified organic grain. Charlois/Red Angus cross cattle roam over our 450 acres. Gardiner. 845-895-8928; Four Winds Farm A family-owned and operated farm located on 24 acres in Gardiner. 100% grass-fed cows. Poultry is raised outside and fed certified organic grain from Cold Springs Farm. Gardiner; 845-255-3088;

Fox Hill Farm Grass-fed, heritage breed British White, Murray Grey, Red Devon, and cross-bred beef raised on a family farm. Quarters, halves, whole-beef custom cuts, as well as steaks, roasts, burgers, and hot dogs that are 100% beef with natural casing and no nitrates. Ancramdale; 518-329-2405; Full Moon Farm Grass-fed beef and lamb, pastured pork, and free-range chicken. Gardiner. 845-629-1462; Herondale Farm 100% grass-fed and grass-finished beef & lamb and pasture-raised chicken & pork. Committed to raising livestock in an environment of sustainable agriculture. Livestock is 100% free from hormones, antibiotics, and steroids, and their pastures are certiďŹ ed organic. Ancramdale. 518-329-3769; Hickory Field Farm Grass-fed beef and Woodlot Pork, raised humanely and naturally on pasture with no antibiotics, growth hormones,

or animal by-products. Free-range eggs also available. 845-606-2071; Homestead Farms Raises delicious lambs, goats, and chickens, and they also grow many kinds of vegetables specializing in Italian heirlooms. Red Hook; 845-758-3130. Kiernan Farm Grass-fed, steroid- and antibiotic-free Angus-Hereford crossed beef available by phone and pickup at the farm. All cuts available at any amount, from one to 100 pounds. Gardiner; 845-255-5995; Kinderhook Farm Grass-fed beef and lamb that are raised on a 100% grass and legume diet. No grain, antibiotics, growth hormones, or animal by-products. Pasture-raised chickens, pork, and eggs from pastured laying hens. Honey from the local beekeeper. Ghent; 518-929-3076;

Brookside Farm Family-owned and operated and committed to the production of healthy, delicious food without the use of hormones, antibiotics, or pesticides. Grass-fed and finished beef. Management-intensive grazing methods provided for livestock and free-ranging for all poultry. Pigs raised on a ration of 100% organic grain. Free-range eggs also available. Gardiner. 845-895-7433;


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Knoll Krest Farms Award-winning, free-range, antibiotic- and hormone-free chicken. Clinton Corners; 845-266-3845;

Hickoryfield Farm Herondale Farm

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Meadowland Farms All natural, grass-fed, purebred-registered Shropshire, Southdown and Katahdins sheep. Their small herd of beef cows graze freerange on their 100+ acres. All-natural raised rabbits and fruits & veggies offered during the spring, summer, and fall seasons. Clinton Corners. 845-554-6142; Movable Beast Farm Grass-fed and finished beef raised on kelp, certified-organic minerals, natural salts, baleage, and hay. No antibiotics, hormones, grains, pesticides, or herbicides used. Delivery available throughout the Hudson Valley. Accord; 845-626-2790. New York Beef Company Grass-fed, all-natural beef free of antibiotics, hormone implants, and animal by-products; raised on New York farms. Poughkeepsie;

Foxhill Farm

North Wind Farm A family farm located near the village of Tivoli, they have been providing the Hudson Valley with all-natural pasture-raised beef, pork, poultry, turkey, duck, rabbit, goat, quail, and guinea hen. 845-757-5591;

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Pathfinder Farm Dedicated to ecological land stewardship, their pastured, grassfinished cattle rotationally graze, moving every one-three days to fresh pastures of grasses and legumes, which they convert to healthy meat protein. Steaks and roasts available; beef sold by half, by the box, or by the piece. Catskill; 518-943-7096;

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Quattro’s Farm Their farm store has grown with the family, evolving from a simple convenience store to a custom butcher shoppe and specialty store. They pride themselves in having top-quality, prime cuts of beef, as well as fresh poultry and game, sourced directly from our farm. Pleasant Valley; 845-635-2018.

Upstate Farms of Highland In spring, summer, and fall they have a vast array of fresh, local vegetables and fruits. Additionally, they can supply locally made cheeses and dairy products like butter, milk, creme fraiche, and yogurt. When available, they have local fresh poussin, turkey, pork, and occasionally other meats. Red Hook; 845-756-3803;

Temple Farm Grass-fed heritage-breed Devon beef sold in cuts, quarters, or halves. Millbrook; 845-677-8757.

Van Wie Natural Foods Free-range turkey and chicken and natural pork and beef. A full line of specialty products, including chicken, beef, pork, buffalo sausage, and pot pies in two sizes. All artisan and specialty products, including smoked meats, are produced with no artificial ingredients, no preservatives, and no nitrites. Hudson; 518-828-0533;

Thunder Hill Farm Small grass-based farm that raises pigs, cows, sheep, chickens, and turkeys. They sell these products, as well as their own eggs and vegetables at their farm stand. Everything they raise is according to NOFA farmers pledge guidelines. Stanfordville; 845-868-1306; Uphill Farm State-fair champions’ natural beef features heritage breed Galloway, Belted Galloway, and Crossbred Cattle. Clinton Corners; 845-266-5005;

Veritas Farms Two types of heritage-breed turkey. Heritage-breed chicken available year round. Cornish Rock Crosses available seasonally. Pekin duck hatched from eggs laid on the farm. Scottish Highland and Devon beef. Gloucestershire Old Spot and Large Black pigs. New Paltz; 845-384-6888;

Jack’s Meats & Deli Natural free-range and certified-organic turkey available throughout November and December (be sure to order ahead by phone for store pickup); free-range and organic chicken; grass-fed, organic beef and pork; plus unusual meats like ostrich and buffalo. 79 Main Street, New Paltz; 845-255-2244 Smokehouse of the Catskills For over five decades, SmokeHouse of the Catskills (formally Veterans Pork Store) is known by their clients as “purveyors of the finest quality meats available!” Offers many meats, from hand-cut steaks and chops to handmade hot dogs, brattwurst, sausage, kielbasa, and more. 724 Route 212, Saugerties; 845-246-8767; Applestone Meat Co. Coming soon out of Accord. Custom cutting, seasonal game processing, charcuterie, and wholesale meat. Woodstock Meats Offering the finest fresh-cut, high-quality, antibiotic and hormone-free beef, lamb, pork, and poultry. Quality seafood with everyday staples, such as salmon, shrimp, scallops, tilapia, cod, catfish and sole. Also selling produce, sandwiches & soups, and their award-winning all-natural pet food. 57 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock; 845-679-7917;

Quatro Farm

Fleisher’s Inspired by the traditional, old-fashioned butcher shop. Offer meat free of hormones or antibiotics,and full of real-farm flavor. Since that time, Fleisher’s has become a nationally acclaimed butcher shop, still holding to that original aspiration. 307 Wall Street, Kingston. 845-338-6666;


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Top notch, outstanding, and as good as it gets —those are the kind of things people say about The Hop, the cozy place that has taken Beacon and the Hudson Valley by storm. Reviewers from DC and Brooklyn and Manhattan rave about how they wish there was a place just like it in their hometown. The combination of fine brews, artisanal eats, Maybe that’s because “hipster,” in this instance, is not just a façade but a literal reality with depth. The “hip” in The Hop has to do with quality and knowledge and warmth, things that transcend trend. After all, how may purveyors of eats and libations have literally changed the face of local agriculture? That happened at The Hop when a botanist named Justin Riccobono fell in love with the place and its hop-themed décor. He got curious about the plant, and from that seed was born Dutchess Hops, the first commercial hop farm in the Hudson Valley. by Anne Pyburn-Craig | photos by Matt Petricone

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Owner John Kelly studied psychology in college and worked in the field for a few years. But his true love was fine food—arguably a more reliable and direct route to happiness than psychology is able to offer—and when he decided to chuck it and go to the Culinary Institute, the stars began lining up to craft a very special addition to Beacon’s Main Street. “I waited tables through college,” says Kelly.” After I grew tired of what I was doing, I decided to go to the Culinary Institute of America so I could pursue my dream of owning my own place. I cooked in kitchens for a bit before opening the Hop with my friends Matt Hutchins and Chris Kavanagh.” That was in March of 2012, and the moment was ripe for something fresh and artisanal.

Is it a craft beer mart? A gastropub? Kelly defines his baby as “a craft beer and artisanal-fare tasting room.” Reviewers, as noted, overwhelmingly love the place, with most giving it a solid five stars and many sounding as though they wished there were more stars to be given. But there seems to be a tad bit of confusion about what, exactly, The Hop is. Is it a craft beer mart? A gastropub? Kelly defines his baby as “a craft beer and artisanal-fare tasting room. You can come to shop for beer to go, taste beers while you’re here, have a pint and some food with friends, and just relax.” 92

Comfort food like grilled cheese and hearty soup, a standout vegan Reuben, and smallplate treats like porky puffs, fine cheeses, and artisanal pickles — along with a scholarly selection of brews — have the place flooded on weekends, and the guys don’t take that for granted. “People these days are really getting into craft beer and everyone seems to be a gastronome in some fashion,” notes Kelly. “Customers tend to tell us what they like and thus determine the food and beer menu at times. A good example is pumpkin beer. It’s not my favorite, but everyone else loves it, so we do our best to bring in the best offerings. Matt also likes to be creative in the kitchen, but nothing beats a grilled cheese and soup on a rainy cold day.” A combination of personalities also has people coming back for more; along with the food, people rave about the welcome and the savvy service. (“His face lit up,” writes one reviewer about asking his server for some beer information.) “We have the single greatest group of individuals I've ever worked with here at The Hop. I try to let everyone be self-directed and take pride in his/her work. When you allow great personalities to be themselves, they tend to bring their best to the table and make the whole group and space better,” says Kelly. And being part of the growing locavore and local brewing scene, he says, is a treat in itself. “Networking is important. Competition is important. But cooperation is most important. The beer world has a culture of cooperation which makes craft beer so successful.”


Even for people with a smash hit on their hands, today’s economy can serve up rough patches. “Last winter was tough,” says Kelly frankly. “A short holiday season and bad weather hurt everyone, I think the only real critique one has every heard about The Hop is that there could be a bit more seating and more room—and in keeping with the overall theme of staying responsive, that problem was resolved as of November 8. That was opening day for The Hop’s new space at 554 Main Street. From there, it seems likely, the sky is the limit. Talent and taste liberally seasoned with passion would seem to be the right recipe for Beacon’s main drag. In opting out of the mental health “industry,” Kelly has clearly chosen a path that ministers to the happiness of many and brings him enormous fulfillment. What’s his absolute favorite thing about work? “Giving people a comfortable and friendly place to go and enjoy themselves,” he says. “And a place where everyone can learn about what we love . . . beer!”

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or several reasons, the Hudson Valley is a mecca for antique lovers. The valley has four-hundredplus years of people living in houses and using durable goods, for one thing, and a top-shelf community of passionate dealers and collectors industriously ferreting out and lovingly curating artifacts, for another. Put these together with a tourist trade and a populace that appreciates such things, and you’ve got the recipe for Antique Heaven.

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Antiques, officially defined as items over 100 years old, and vintage items, which capture those items aged between 20 and 99, are often of a level of quality that’s hard to find among their mass-produced descendants. A piece of furniture crafted from fine hardwood with dovetail joints is an entirely different animal than a glued-together modern item. A great vintage pin or necklace probably won’t cost more than the latest trinket from the mall and inspires dreaming: what fine lady or gent once sported this on what elegant occasion in the days of yore? And, better yet, no new resources were consumed to create your newfound treasure—antiques are the ultimate refurbished goods.

by Anne Pyburn-Craig


If you’re looking for the thrill of a “score” and hoping to find a piece that’s worth more than what you’re paying or that will appreciate in value as years pass, it’s not a bad idea to do your homework with a good book or some online study of early Americana. Google is a good friend here; most categories of antique and vintage items have collectors who gather at websites devoted to comparing notes about their favorites.

Do your fieldwork too.

The Hudson Valley is laced with shops of all sizes and descriptions and has become a world-class antiquing destination. It’s a business many are in for love, and if you catch proprietors at a quiet moment, many love nothing more than to fill you in on the history of a particular treasure and the criteria they use in spotting good ones.

Get familiar with where to look for maker’s marks and what a patina

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looks like, haunt local barn and estate sales in season, and you may find yourself discovering a treasure for a fraction of its actual value. They’re still out there in the wild. Look for random mystery items that the seller may not have bothered even to identify; a vintage corn planter plucked from a rusty pile of items beside a Catskills garage for a dollar brought its finder fifty dollars on eBay, for example.

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already put in the time and energy and done the research—but competition keeps prices within reason, and the age of the surrounding community means you will pay less for a good old item in the Hudson Valley than you might in parts west. Look for well-established dealers with a reputation to uphold; in a market as educated as the HV, shysters don’t last. And remember, today’s vintage collectible is your grandchild’s valuable antique.

So consider doing some of your holiday shopping at the antique mall instead of the mall-mall. You’ll find home goods, wearables, art, books, and much more. And nothing could be greener (antique

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folks were the original recyclers) or more thoughtful than a carefully chosen piece of history. Hot in 2014, according to Homes and Antiques magazine, are art deco pieces, pearls, and lusterware, along with the offbeat in general (when does offbeat ever go out of style?) and shiny pretty things overall. It has, the magazine informs us, become trendy to mix antique pieces with contemporary items, in case you were waiting for someone’s permission.

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But as with any nonessential purchase, the most important factor is love. Buy the pieces that stir your

heart, and you’ll never go wrong. Buy things you will love to look at and use, that are truly you, and you’ll become part of that item’s lore as it changes hands over the years, just as it has become part of your life.

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Water Street Market 10 Main Street New Paltz, NY 12561 845-255-1403

#4 The Hyde Park Antiques Center 4192 Albany Post Road (Route 9) Hyde Park, NY 12538 845-229-8200

#7 JMW Auction Gallery 612 Washington Avenue Kingston, NY 12401 845-339-4133

#10 Annex Antiques Center

#5 Dew Drop Inn Antique Center

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Mid-Century Antiques 20 West Market Street Rhinebeck, NY 12572 845-876-5864

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#9 George Cole Auctions & Realty 7578 North Broadway (Route 9) Red Hook, NY 12571 845-758-9114

#13 Beekman Arms Antique Market

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But you could lessen the stress. One way to minimize stress and maximize your enjoyment of the season is to also schedule in some ways to relax. Penciling in some time for yourself will keep you healthier.

Lists. Lists. Lists. The advent of cooler weather often involves composing lists. What gifts does everyone want for the holidays? At whose house will you celebrate? And, if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your home, for how many people will you have to cook? What staples should you stock up on before the roads get icy? Just thinking about the items to add to such lists can be stressful.


Here are a few relaxing ideas you may want to include on your next to-do list:

SPA Spa time can help you smile. A day of

pampering might seem like a gift to you, but it can also improve the lives of those around you. Fitting in a little pampering between seasonal chores can help you greet the family and your chores with

Spending some time at the spa getting massages and facials can wipe your stresses away.

a smile. It need not be an extended spa visit, as a little pampering can go a long way. Spa pampering can include everything from facials to pedicures to massages. Some spas even offer a course in stress-management techniques.

MASSAGE Enjoying a massage can make all the difference. Making lists and checking them

twice can tense up your neck muscles. And your poor back might be sore from lugging around bags full of presents or groceries. One way to ease sore muscles and improve your circulation is with a massage. Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Swedish massage, sports massage, or a deep-tissue massage, kneading muscles has been shown to reduce tension on both physical and psychological levels. A massage session may last from 15 to 90 minutes and can be performed by different types of professionals. Most states require licensing or certification.

WATER Water therapy works wonders.

Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t assume water therapy is only for warm weather. Even though leaves are falling or snowflakes are drifting into view, you can use the healing, soothing power of water to calm your nerves and restore your sanity. Hop into a Jacuzzi for a relaxing soak. Float in a pool or try floatation therapy. Water can help you feel much lighter.



“Relaxation is the art of letting go.” Dan Brule

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off exercise as the temperature drops and the seasonal chores mount up, but don’t even think about it. Exercise is an important way to keep your metabolism up, clear your mind, and combat the extra calories you crave around this time of the year. If the cool weather makes it harder to walk outside, take a stroll inside the mall or join a gym.

EAT RIGHT Healthy eating is more important than ever; do not assume that the winter

months are an excuse to eat every festive treat that comes your way. Appetites are naturally

stimulated by cooler weather, as people get into hibernation mode. Indulge a little but stay focused on being healthy. Satisfy your appetite by eating dishes with more vegetables and grains, such as healthy soups and vitamin-rich casseroles. You may have the seasonal urge to eat food with a higher fat content, but stick to healthy fats, such as olive oil.

ACUPUNCTURE Acupuncture can block stress.

According to a recent study at the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health, acupuncture relieves stress, and now doctors know why. It works because acupuncture can block the stress-induced elevations of hormones excreted by the pituitary adrenal gland.

EXERCISE Keep in mental and physical shape with exercise. It may be tempting to write


“The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.”

YOGA Yoga can help you decompress.

Yoga poses are designed to release tension in different parts of the body. And because you pay attention to breathing, it can help slow the pace of your thoughts and make you focus on the present. That may be one reason that yoga has been shown to lower your blood pressure. Yoga can also help increase flexibility, which in turn helps you get through your busy day. According to the American Council On Exercise, after as little as eight weeks, participants in a yoga class can improve their flexibility by as much as thirty-three percent.

MEDITATION Meditation can help you prioritize.

Feeling overwhelmed by your responsibilities can make you feel tense. That’s where meditation can help. Whether you practice meditation in a group or by yourself, spending a few minutes being mindful can help you reduce tension. Meditation can also help practitioners gain a new perspective on their problems, and, in doing so, differentiate between what’s important and what’s not. Twenty to thirty minutes a day can make a huge difference.

Which techniques will you add to your list? By practicing these stress-reduction techniques, you may find it easier to get things done and enjoy the cooler, busier months without losing your cool.


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Happy 145th,

Mohonk Mountain House! Internationally famous, yet familiar to generations of locals who’ve worked and played there, Mohonk Mountain House forms the bedrock of a legacy that has grown over four generations, sprouting non-profit arms (Mohonk Preserve and Mohonk Consultations), while providing a getaway that’s down-to-earth homey and fairy-tale fabulous at the same time. Not many localities can boast of a historic Victorian castle beside a sparkling gem of a mountain lake, much

Founder Albert Smiley’s goal was a place where guests would be renewed in body, mind, and spirit. His vision is recognizable 145 years later: there are no televisions in the rooms, and low-tech, outdoorsy and family-centric pleasures are emphasized. The latest addition, an eco-friendly full-service spa, opened a couple of years ago and was promptly ranked #1 by no less an institution than Conde Nast Traveler. Albert didn’t allow alcohol, but his descendants see no harm in a glass of wine, and not just any wine; Mohonk’s list is regularly recognized by both Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast magazines. by Anne Pyburn-Craig | photos by Jim Smith Photography

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Bert Smiley, the fourth-generation president, started out on the garden crew at the age of ten. As Smileys do, he left the mountaintop for a while to explore, engage, and learn, and he had himself quite a time, switching his major from forestry at Syracuse to economics at Princeton, where he earned a Ph.D. and went on to a post-doctoral fellowship at the Princeton Center for Energy and Environmental Studies. Ten years of service at the Economic Analysis Group within the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice followed before he came back to the mountain as president of Mohonk in 1990. 110

It’s a job he loves. “There’s no “business as usual” when running a resort, and that can be an inspiring and energizing thing!” he says. “One of the most wonderful aspects of this journey has been the people. I’m constantly inspired by the talents and energy of our entire Mohonk team—and the guests we meet are terrific.”

and William Jefferson Clinton. Naturalist John Burroughs came, as he himself put it, ‘to savor and interpret the wonders of nature.’ The Road to Wellville was also filmed here in 1994, and we hosted Anthony Hopkins, Matthew Broderick, Dana Carvey, John Cusack, and Bridget Fonda for six weeks.”

When asked who has been noteworthy over the past 145 years, Smiley says, “Five former Presidents of the United States have stayed at the resort, including Rutherford B. Hayes, Chester Arthur, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft,

Local families who opt for Mohonk celebrations and day-pass guests just looking to soak in the mountaintop ambience are every bit as welcomed as the A-listers. “It’s a pleasure to have people come here to relax and renew and also


“Our goal is to remain ‘the same, only better.’” The new 30,000 square-foot-spa wing, geothermal with a green roof, features an indoor heated pool, comprehensive fitness center, and a yoga/motion studio. The new spa also includes 16 treatment rooms, a solarium with a stone fireplace, relaxation verandas, steam and sauna rooms, and a full-service salon.

The heritage, however, goes deeper than simple good times. “From 1895 through 1916, founder Albert Smiley hosted the annual Lake Mohonk Conference on International Arbitration, for which he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1912,” says Smiley of Great-Granduncle Al. “These meetings were the forerunners of the Hague Conferences, providing a context for the League of Nations and later the United Nations.” Mohonk Consultations, founded by the late A. Keith Smiley in 1980, hosts thought leaders every year; their 2014 conference is on local food security. Bert is active in communal affairs, as Smileys

have been for generations, serving on numerous local and national boards. At holiday time, Mohonk is dressed in updatedyet-classic Victorian finery. “Upon arrival, guests are welcomed by a 60-foot Austrian Pine sparkling with 1,500 LED lights,” says Smiley. “Handmade evergreen swags, Victorian decorations, and many beautifully decorated Christmas trees are on display throughout the house. Families who want to create a festive atmosphere in-room can inquire about holiday decorations, including an ornamented ‘eco-tree’ and stockings hung

to celebrate special occasions. Over the years, we’ve watched young guests grow up and return with their own families,” Smiley says.


above their fireplace, filled with goodies. Cozy wood-burning fireplaces can also be found in 124 of our 259 guest rooms.” Cherished traditions include “a family Yule-log hunt, a trim-a-tree party, the nightly lighting of the menorah during Hanukkah, holiday craft-making, and caroling.” Snow tubing and cross-country skiing are popular when weather allows, and there’s iceskating at the gracious pavilion. 112

The 145th birthday of this unique blend of tomorrow and yesterday—the jewel in the crown of the Gunks—is being celebrated this year with specials, updated menus and décor, and a revamped display of historic art. Whether you’re a neighbor or a visitor from afar, stop in for renewal and refreshment—the dream of the Smileys offers an enchanted oasis from the ordinary world below.

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favor of areas to our north, yet some of the most rugged terrain along the Eastern Seaboard lies right here in our backyard. The Platte Clove area, in particular, has an extensive history of outdoor recreation, offering modern winter adventurers amazing terrain for snowshoeing, ski touring, and cutting-edge ice climbing. Unlike a typical mountain range, the Catskills are not the product of uplift, rather they are a massive plateau thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been scoured and carved by the powers of erosion and glaciation. Mountain streams

delve deep, precipitous paths through the ancient sediments and forested hillsides. Most steep and dramatic is the Platte Clove. Clove is a Dutch word for valley and also means cleaved, and this describes perfectly the Platte Clove. The Platte Kill and Coal Kill, as well as a dozen other small streams, have gouged their way particularly deep, and durable rock ledges have resisted erosion, allowing water to leap off cliff edges into cold clear pools. From the top of the clove to its base, the Platte Kill drops fifteen hundred feet in just two miles. Surrounding the top of the valley are a series summits that circle the clove like silent guardians; High Peak, Indian Head, Twin, Sugarloaf, and Plateau Mountain all combine to create a dramatic space. Looking east from along the top of the Platte Clove and out into the greater Hudson Valley feels distinctly western, like youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been transported to somewhere in the Rockies and gaze out of a steep-walled canyon onto the high plains of eastern Montana or Colorado. To visit the Platte Clove is to be transported, to be surprised, and, in winter, to be challenged.

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On snowshoes or skis, the Platte Clove has many options–from short and sweet to long and arduous.

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Trailheads in this area are along the Platte Clove Road, which goes from West Saugerties to Tannersville. The eastern portion of the road is perhaps the steepest

paved road in the state and is closed during winter from the bottom at Manorville Road to the top just east of the Catskill Bruderhoff Community. So, in the winter one must enter Platte Clove Road from Route 23a in Tannersville. Parking at the Long Path trailhead on the left just east of the Bruderhoff Community allows access to most of the places I will discuss here. The parking lot is typically plowed but snow tires are a must; four-wheel drive may also be key, and having a snow shovel along could save the day.

On snowshoes or skis, the Platte Clove (PC) has many options—from short and sweet to long and arduous. A lovely short loop of about two miles uses parts of the Devil’s Path (DP) and the Long Path. Begin from a trailhead adjacent to the small red artists’ cabin just west of the parking lot and on south side of the road. The Long Path drops steeply down an embankment, then crosses the Platte Kill (kill is Dutch for creek) on a nice little bridge.


The trail then rises fairly gently through a gorgeous stand of large hemlock trees joining the Devil’s Path after just under a mile. Go right on the DP, and follow it along the contour line before dropping down gently to the Prediger Road trailhead. Take off skis or snowshoes and follow Prediger a short distance back to Platte Clove Road, go right, and very soon you’ll be back to the car. This is the easiest possible introduction to the PC. It’s great for skis or snowshoes and is oh-so-lovely in frozen, silent winter.

gorgeous mixed hardwoods and ends at a series of rock ledges with amazing views of the PC, Hudson River, and out onto the Hudson Valley beyond. From the parking area, follow the Long Path out of the back of the lot for approximately one mile to a junction with Huckleberry Ledges Path. The trail here is a four-wheel drive access road and is very nice for skis. Go right at the trail junction, and it’s another 1.4 miles to the viewpoints.

A longer option off the Long Path heading north is to continue past the Huckleberry Point trail junction and out to High Peak. Turn the aforementioned hike into a burly adventure by continuing up the Devil’s Path to the summit of Indian Head Mountain, down into Jimmy Dolan Notch, and then out to Prediger Road

on the Jimmy Dolan Trail. This 4.5-mile loop is quite rugged and lends itself better to snowshoes than skis, as there are a number of steep rock ledges that must be crossed, forcing one to take off and put on the boards at least a couple of times. It’s also steep!

It’s another 2.4 miles to reach the 3655’ summit of High Peak, which has a series of great viewpoints looking southwest back into the PC and over towards the Indian Head/Twin Mountain ridgeline. Except for a final short but steep section, this area offers a nice gradual gain in elevation and crosses a three-mile snowmobile loop that is wonderful on skis.

The PC road itself makes for a wonderful tour as well. By parking at the bottom of the clove in West Saugerties, you can ski up the road—getting a great work out and some of the best views in the our region—and then


make a fantastic cruise back down. This is a really brilliant tour, a real gem that has always stayed under the radar.

What makes winter in the PC truly shine is its ice and mixed climbing. The area

is jam-packed with some of the finest winter climbing in the Northeast. There is something for virtually everyone here. Just below the road is the Devil’s Kitchen with its densely packed array of hundred-foot pillars, terrifying hanging daggers, and dark rock caves. Though access to the base of these climbs is easy, climbing them is anything but. Some of the routes in this tight ravine are truly groundbreaking in the sport. Ice climbing has evolved from simply bashing our way up frozen pillars and waterfalls into combining frozen patches, blobs, and hanging daggers with steep rock edges, cracks, and seams; this is mixed climbing. No place in the Catskill region has evolved along with cutting-edge climbs of this genre like the PC, especially the Devil’s Kitchen.

For those looking for some tamer ice climbs, along the Platte Kill itself are a series of moderate waterfall climbs that

can be combined by hiking down the creek bed and rappelling several times. The lowest falls are called Japanese Falls. Next comes Bridal Veil and then Platte Kill Falls itself. All combined, there are six or more falls that—

Huckleberry Ledges makes for another fine and moderate objective on either skis or snowshoes. The trail passes through


when conditions are right—can be combined with pitches of 30 to 70 feet. To access these frozen wonders, follow the path by the red artists’ cabin next to the Long Path trailhead. The path weaves left of the cabin and drops down to the large pool below Platte Kill Falls. Walk downstream to reach a rappel anchor in a large tree atop Bridal Veil Falls.

The Dark Side is an array of pillars and craggy mixed routes smattered along the hillside

above the Platte Kill and facing north. Wander east into the forest just after crossing the bridge on the Long Path, and search for hidden treasures. These climbs and most others are well-documented in An Ice Climber’s Guide to the Catskill Mountains by Marty Molitoris.

The Black Chasm lives up to its somewhat forbidding name. It offers the most challenging array of steep ice climbs in the Catskills and is

tucked into Coal Kill Ravine down below the Devil’s Path lean-to. This spot is totally ethereal in its winter wonder, festooned with towering ice pillars and the rubble of Coal Kill falls tumbling below layer upon layer of cauliflower ice. Climbing here is for the most skilled and experienced. The gut- and arm- busting length and angle of these climbs and the isolated nature of the place make it a testing ground for all aspiring masters of the sport.


These climbs and most others are well-documented in An Ice Climber’s Guide to the Catskill Mountains by Marty Molitoris. Follow the Devil’s Path until past the Platte Clove Preserve sign and onto blue-blazed DEC land, and look for an indistinct old logging trail on the left after about a ten-minute walk. Follow boot-pack in the snow or forge your own way down the hill to the edge of Coal Kill Creek, and the chasm will be obvious. It is worthwhile for non-climbers to visit this spot, as it is really unique and beautiful.

Outdoor adventure and sport lies at the heart of what make our region so remarkable. In winter, the options for getting out to play are extensive with the Platte Clove at the top of the list. See you out there! J oe Vitti is a full-time rock and ice climbing guide with Alpine Endeavors. He lives with his family in High Falls and leads trips here in the Hudson Valley, as well as climbing areas throughout the United States.

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December 6 Sinterklaas in Rhinebeck Enjoy a daylong, colorful celebration of dance, theatre, and music all over Rhinebeck village. Spectacular Children’s Starlight Parade at twilight, featuring two-story-tall animated puppets carried by hundreds of volunteers. It’s a memorable celebration of children, art, and the light of the winter season. Village of Rhinebeck;

December 6, 5:30pm

High Falls Holiday Tree Lighting 2014 Join us for this holiday community classic featuring carols led by the Rondout Valley Middle School Chorus. Santa arrives by fire truck to commence the tree lighting ceremony and song time. Bring an unwrapped toy for the Fire Department’s toy drive. Hot chocolate and cookies will follow the event at the High Falls Community Church;

Sunday December 7, 14, 21, 28, 1 to 4pm December 6, 9am-4:45pm Festival of the Holidays A day of traditional holiday fun creating handcrafted Christmas cards, decorations, and wreaths; snowshoeing; cross-country skiing; and snow tubing. We continue to offer our traditional camp favorites: climbing, hiking, arts and crafts, and more. If you would like to stay for dinner, the cost is $8 per person. Enjoy a performance by The Bronx Opera from 7:30-10pm in the Castle for a small fee. 2000 Frost Valley Road, Claryville; 845-985-2291;

December 6-7, 10am-2pm A Child’s Christmas Drop in for stories read under the Christmas tree and treats for children ages 3-10; $4. Clermont State Historic Site. 1 Clermont Ave, Germantown; 518-537-4240; events/event-results.aspx?hs=16


The Holiday Whodunit Children become detectives to solve a history mystery. Costumed interpreters throughout the house provide clues to help kids find the solution. No extra charge—Holiday Whodunit included with regular admission price. $8 adults; $6 seniors, 12 and under free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Staatsburgh State Historic Site, 75 Mills Mansion Drive, Staatsburg; 845-889-8851;

December 28-January 1 Winter Sleep-Away Camp From winter arts & crafts and indoor climbing to snow tubing and sled-building competitions, there’s never a dull moment! Campers snowshoe, cross-country ski, build snowmen, play broomball, and even compete in Frost Valley YMCA’s own Winter Olympics. On December 3, we ring in the New Year with a New Year’s Eve party. For kids 7-15. Price starts at $500, plus bus fee. 2000 Frost Valley Road, Claryville; 845-985-2291;

Stock season, some new faces, and familiar local faces of rising talent from the New York Conservatory for the Arts. Tickets $32, $36, $40. Woodstock Playhouse, 103 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock; 845-679-6900;

December 5-21, Weekends December 12 Workshop

Gingerbread House Party A deliciously fun holiday party for children, held annually at the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, 775 North Water Street, Poughkeepsie; 845-471-0589; check website for time:


It’s A Wonderful Life Adapted for stage from Frank Capra‘s beloved holiday film about a small-town man, George Bailey, who forgoes his big dreams to help others. His imminent suicide on Christmas Eve is interrupted by an unconventional angel who shows George the lives he has touched and how different his community would be had he never been born. It’s A Wonderful Life is heartwarming, Christmastime entertainment for the entire family. For ticket prices and showtimes: (845) 876-3080;

December 1214, Friday and Saturday 8pm; Sunday 3pm November 29-30, December 5-7 Babes In Toyland A charming holiday classic set in the worlds of Mother Goose Land and Toyland to delight your entire family. Sparkling with the favorite memorable tunes of “Toyland” and “March of the Wooden Soldiers,” this quirky classic holiday tale will come to life with beloved emerging professional actors and actresses from the Playhouse Summer

The Nutcracker The Catskill Ballet Theatre presents the 4th annual presentation of everyone’s favorite holiday dance performance. Performed by toe-tipping youths who prance across the stage to delight the audience. Ulster Performing Arts Center; Broadway, Kingston; 845-339-1629;

December 20, 11am The Puppet People’s A Christmas Carol Warm your hearts with Dickens’ classic. Watch Mean Ol’ Scrooge as he discovers Christmas is not HUMBUG! The Puppet People’s spectacular show features beautiful marionettes, holiday music, and guaranteed smiles! Treats and a visit from Santa will follow the show. $7 children, $9 adults. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck; 845-876-3080;

HOLIDAY GIFT BUYING: November 23, 10am-5pm Holiday Craft and Book Fair Handcrafted gifts from more than 20 Hudson Valley artists, pop-up cafe, cookie contest, secret gift contest, making cottages for kids, and silent auction. 3643 Main Street Route 209, Stone Ridge; (845) 687-4855;

December 20-21 Living Nativity at the Old Dutch Church Performances at 6:30, 7:00, and 7:30pm. 272 Wall Street, Kingston, 845-338-6759;

December 27, 8pm, December 28, 3pm

David Temple: Sambas in a Season of Joy Guitarist and composer David Temple presents a concert combining music both familiar and new, and both rhythmic and contemplative. In addition to the performer’s original work, the program will feature

raffle will also make the season a bit merrier and brighter.

December 5, 6-8pm November 22, 10-5, November 23, 11-5

Hullabaloo Indie-Style Craft Fair, “Where Arty Meets Party” Hullabaloo is the first annual juried indiestyle craft fair that will bring together the area’s best designers, craftspeople, artists, and other makers to sell their unique, locally made handmade wares to holiday shoppers in a fun, party-like atmosphere. In addition to a diverse selection of high-quality handmade vendors in BSP’s former vaudeville theatre, the event will feature a DJ, a photo booth, a kids’ craft table, and more. Prepared food will be offered for sale in the lounge and BSP’s bar will be open. BSP Back Theater, 323 Wall Street, Kingston; 845-750-8801;

November 22-23, December 6-7, and December 13-14, 10am-6pm Wreath Fineries at the Wineries All 14 member wineries will be decorated and awaiting your visit. Receive a souvenir winetasting glass and a handmade grapevine wreath at your starting winery, then travel along the Wine Trail for wine tasting and an ornament to add to your wreath at each winery you visit. 845-256-8456;


Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol An interactive dinner theater experience to celebrate the spirit of the traditional holiday. $14.95-$39 (845) 8760590;

pieces from Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, Spain, France and elsewhere, highlighting over four centuries of great music: a celebration on six strings! Tickets $20. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, 661 Route 308, Rhinebeck; 845-876-3080;

New Paltz Downtown Unwrapped 2014 Kick off the holiday shopping season with special discounts. Enjoy cider, cookies, and special giveaways from selected businesses open late for the festivities. NewPaltzDowntownUnwrapped

December 6, 3-7pm; December 7, 10am-6pm, December 8, 10am-5pm Annual Catskill Fiber Celebration A juried sale of fiber arts by local artisans, filled with unique handmade home and fashion accessories. A free event with ongoing demonstrations at the Woodstock Firehouse #4, 443 Zena Road (near Sawkill Road), Kingston; 845-750-9295.

Dec. 6-7, 11am-4pm December 3, 7-9pm Evening of Holiday Shopping Shop with the Yuletide spirit presented by the New Paltz High School Choir’s carol singing—while you munch on complimentary refreshments, including homemade Christmas cookies and samples of many of our specialty foods. Sale prices on holiday items and a

Holiday Market at Bethel Woods Artists, crafters, and specialty food vendors will gather in the Market Sheds. Enjoy festivities and the beauty of the season while shopping unique items for the holidays! Music, children's activities, and photos with Santa make for a memorable day. (845) 454-3388;

December 14, 12:30 & 5:30pm


December 6-7, 10am-5pm 24th Annual Arts & Crafts Fair Unison Arts Center presents holiday shopping for gallery-quality handcrafted gift items, ceramics, jewelry, leatherwork, woodwork, children's clothing, wreaths, and blown glass from master crafters and fine artists. Admission $3; free 16 & under. New Paltz Middle School, 2 South Manheim Boulevard, New Paltz; 845-255-1559;

December 12, 6-8:30pm Annual Kinderhook Candlelight Evening Village businesses will begin the holiday sparkle with the annual Candlelight Night. Local businesses will open their doors to receive guests and visitors of all ages. Santa, wagon rides, music, lights, and food will fill the evening. 518-755-0911;

December 13, 11am-6pm Frozendale Daze A community-generated festival that takes place inside and around our Rosendale shops—showcasing the best of our local arts, music and businesses. Bringing together the spirit of our area in a funfilled, colorful and sweet day of shared expression and enjoyment! Craft sales, specials, refreshments, entertainments and more; for updates check FrozendaleDaze?fref=ts


EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY SPECIAL EVENTS: November 23, 10am-5pm 17th Annual International Pickle Festival Everything pickle! Pickle paraphernalia, shirts, tote bags, dilli chili, vendors, contests, and so much more for the entire family. Rain or shine. Rosendale Community Center, Route 32, Rosendale;

November 27 Thanksgiving To-Go To-go dinners must be pre-ordered by Thursday, November 20. A Pilgrim’s Feast consisting of roasted, brined, free-range turkey or braised lamb and a choice of gravy, side dish, stuffing, potatoes, veggies, bread, and dessert. A la carte items (including wholecooked turkeys) and vegetarian options are also available. Pick up will be on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, at Terrapin Restaurant between 11am-2pm. 6426 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck; 845-876-3330;

December 6 Holiday Dinner and Tour Chef Charles Fells of The Artist’s Palate, inspired by historic menus from the estate archives, has created a special dinner for us to celebrate the holidays. Join us for appetizers, a preview tour of the mansion’s 25 decorated rooms, and dinner in the festive West Gallery. Proceeds from this dinner benefit Locust Grove’s school field trip programs. $125/

person or $900 for a table of 8, all inclusive. Reservations required by November 30. Locust Grove Estate, 2683 South Road, Poughkeepsie; 845-454-4500;


December 11 & 18, 5:30-7:30pm Holiday Sunset Sensations Wine and Food Pairing Join us today for the holiday edition of our Sunset Sensations wine and food pairing series. Guest chefs include Ed Kowalski of Crave Restaurant on December 11 and Laura Pensiero of Gigi Hudson Valley on December 18. Inspired by heirloom vegetables growing in the estate kitchen garden, the chef will create three delicious samplings—each accompanied by a cooking demonstration. Kevin Hall of South Side Wines will pair each sampling with a different wine and you’ll be able to tour the mansion’s holiday decorations before we begin. Tickets are $32/person in advance and $35/person on the day of the event, if available.

December 17-19 Holiday Beer Dinner A favorite of Terrapin’s regulars year after year, the Holiday Beer Dinner returns! A perfect chance to take an evening off and relax from the stress that comes with the holiday season, the Holiday Beer Dinner features a three-course dinner of soul-warming food, paired with festive local beers. Reservations are highly recommended. Terrapin Restaurant, 6426 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3330;

December 6-7, 13-14, 20- 21, 26-31, 10am-5pm (last tour departs at 3:15pm) Decorated Mansion Tours at Locust Grove Extravagantly decorated for the holidays, our historic mansion is open for tours on December weekends and also December 26-31. This year, the mansion’s 25 rooms are themed after popular Christmas carols—try and guess them all! Our expert tour guides will take you through reception rooms, bedrooms, and the servant’s quarters as you enjoy one of the Hudson Valley’s most unusual interiors! $11/person. Locust Grove Estate, 2683 South Road, Poughkeepsie; 845-454-4500;

November 28, 29, 30, December 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28, 1-4pm Victorian Holiday Tours at Wilderstein Florists and designers transform the Wilderstein mansion into a magical wonderland and holiday spectacular. Tour the mansion at

November 28-December 31, Thursday-Sunday 12-4pm; Monday, December 29; Wednesday, December 31

A Gilded Age Christmas at the Mills Mansion Visit the lavishly decorated mansion to experience Christmas, Gilded-Age style! The mansion is sumptuously decorated for the holidays and the shop is full of great gifts for your holiday shopping needs. (845) 889-8851;

Candlelight Tours of Clermont Tableaux Vivant of Christmas traditions through the ages, glittering decorations, and wassail and traditional holiday goodies served in the historic kitchen. $10 person; children under 12 free. Clermont State Historic Site. 1 Clermont Ave, Germantown;518-537-4240;

December 20, 11-4pm Christmas at Clermont Open House See this magnificent mansion dressed up for the holidays. A great day for families. Free admission. Clermont State Historic Site. 1 Clermont Ave, Germantown; 518-537-4240;


December 13, 9am-5pm

Holiday Open House at FDR Mansion & Val-Kill Cottage The glorious glow of holiday splendor is abounding. Two-for-one open houses with FDR Library and Home visits first—then from 4-7pm shuttles take guests to Val-Kill cottage for another open house. Both events offer much to see and do for the entire family. From noon-4pm a children’s book festival, free photos with Santa photos, and holiday letterwriting for sailors aboard the USS Franklin and Eleanor. These are all free events with free admission. 845-486-7745; 4097 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park;

Mid Hudson Children's Museum New Year's Eve Celebration Festivities to have the kids welcome in the New Year in their lives with fun and merriment. Schedule will be posted on the website as soon as times are confirmed. 775 North Water Street, Poughkeepsie; 845-471-0589;

December 31

New Year’s Eve at Terrapin Ring in the New Year with Terrapin! A prix-fixe dinner & champagne toast will be offered in Terrapin’s dining room, with early and late

seatings. Terrapin Red Bistro will be open regular hours on a first come, first serve basis. 6426 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3330;



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December 31

Rock and Roll Resort and Turkauz Present The Ball Drop A gala affair celebrating the New Year. Dress to impress. A joint project by Wicked Cool Productions and Hoplite. (845) 626-8888;

December 31-January 3 New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Camp Start your 2015 off right at Ashokan Center with our epic New Year’s Eve dinner and dance, followed by three days of relaxed jamming, dancing, workshops, and great food, surrounded by the Catskill’s winter wonderland. Contas, swing, squares, twosteps, waltzes, and more. 845-657-8333;

December 31

Uptown Kingston New Year’s Eve Celebration A vaudevillian style event happening throughout the neighborhood, featuring jazz, swing, prohibition-style drinks, burlesque, and more! The evening culminates with an old-fashioned ball-drop at the corner of Wall and North Front Streets at midnight.

November 30, 10am Third Annual Phoenicia Turkey Trot Work off Thanksgiving dinner with this 2.4 mile run/walk that benefits the Pine Hill Community Center. Free Tot-Trot for kids 5 and under precedes main race at 9:30am. Groups encouraged to run. Registration $10 for individuals or $20 family. Prizes awarded to fastest female and male racers; special cash prize given to the team with most runners. Registration/sign-in 8-9:45am at the Parish Hall, Main Street, Phoenicia. To register, go to (search for Phoenicia Turkey Trot); Info: Heather: 845-688-7046; Patti: 845-254-4126;

January 10, 11am-2pm Hudson Valley Rail Trail Winterfest Features area food establishments competing for the coveted "Best of Fest" award for the best tasting chili. The event also features a children’s tent, wagon rides, wood-carving demonstration, toasted marshmallows, and roasted chestnuts. $2 admission; children 6 and under free. Held at Hudson Valley Rail Trail Depot, 101 New Paltz Road, Highland;

your own pace; guides available to enlighten you. $10 adults, $9 students/seniors, children under 12 free. 330 Morton Road, Rhinebeck; 845-876-4818;


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