To some, the sleepy villages of western Litchfield County appear to be nothing more than a series of scenic communities nestled in the Connecticut countryside. But the region's bucolic setting is a place where nature meets culture.
Beacon, Cold Spring, and Garrison
Stop me if you've heard this one before: A town thrives in the early part of the 20th century as a center of industry and/or transportation.
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A case could be made for the city of Hudson and the village and town of Catskill as the gateway to the "real" upstate, econo-cultural centers and seats of their otherwise rural counties that are past the outer limits of all but the most determined commuters.
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Get to know Cornwall and Newburgh.
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Get to know Catskill and Hudson.
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Things are never dull in Kingston—never have been. Remember, this is where they relocated the capitol of New York State to keep it safe, only to have it get burnt down. Political rivalries occasionally veer into hot messes worthy of a miniseries or reality show. There exist several excellent novels that can be classified as Kingston noir fiction, and no longtime resident would find the dastardly doings depicted to be much of a stretch. Some crazy shit has happened here, probably always will.
To celebrate Kingston's resilience, rehabilitation, and revolutionary spirit, the biennial Burning of Kingston event is held this year from October 16 to 18.
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Nestled at the base of Storm King Mountain alongside the Hudson River, a close-knit community thrives in a family-oriented oasis. Friendly neighbors and large herds of children abound, the latter summoned home by the "5 o'clock whistle." The Town of Cornwall and its counterpart, the Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson, are two of few remaining Sandlot-esque communities.
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Anne Pyburn Craig explores the thriving cultures of Hudson Valley towns of Rhinebeck, Red Hook, and Tivoli.
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It's hard to overpraise the Warwick Valley. An hour and a world from Manhattan, clever planning, educated entrepreneurial energy, and a welcoming spirit have kept this landscape unspoiled while nurturing the endeavors and souls of local and transplanted creatives alike.
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The Most Famous Small Town in the World flies its peace signs with pride. A casual observer might be forgiven for thinking this place is resting on its hippie laurels, stuck in time. But quirky, iconic Woodstock, home of high-end creative pyrotechnics for well over a century, gifted and burdened with the legacy of the Iconic Concert that Wasn't There, continues to grow into all that mojo through a constant stream of reinvention.
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