6 Places to Eat, Drink, Stay, and Play During your Next Catskills Adventure
Wondering how to round out your ski trip to Hunter Mountain? Here is a list of top places to eat, sleep, drink, and explore during your time in the Catskills.
Ice skating is the perfect wintertime cardio workout. Aside from being a blast, skating builds core and posterior-chain strength. It also has lasting benefits for balance and proprioception, that sense of bodily awareness that gives us grace and ease. Here are 6 places to skate in the Hudson Valley this winter.
Chronogram celebrates 25 years of work.
Scenic Hudson actively manages 16 parks and has helped int he creation or enhancement of over 65 throughout the Hudson Valley region. Free and open to the public yearround, these parks are a tremendous resource. Here are three Scenic Hudson parks to check out.
From hanging stockings on the mantle to getting dosed with angel dust, the turning tide of one Christmas—a first-person essay from the Chronogram archives
The Hudson Valley's Best Kept Recreational Secret
Scenic Hudson's parks—16 that the organization actively manages; more than 65 that it has created or enhanced for municipalities and other partners to manage—are one of the region's best-kept recreational secrets.
Hudson Valley venues that are sure to bolster your spirit this New Year's Eve!
With the holidays and Valentine's Day around the corner, it's gift giving season. Jewelry is a timeless gift. Here are four fresh and funky female jewelers heating up the Hudson Valley bijoux scene.
Editorial Director Brian K. Mahoney and Creative Director David Perry talk about the elements of Chronogram's print redesign.
Brief history of Chronogram and redesign
This whole thing began 25 years ago, back in 1993.
Chronogram's Editorial Director Brian K. Mahoney reflects on the 25-year evolution of the Hudson Valley's premiere lifestyle magazine.
From seasonal markets to live performances, the Hudson Valley offers plenty of events for all to enjoy this joyful season.
With a full range of Carhatt clothing, tools, and home and garden products, Williams has something for everyone on your list. Here are five gift ideas to get the inspiration flowing—and when in doubt, you can always purchase a Williams Lumber gift card.
Hiking the Highest Catskill Mountains
With 287,500 acres of state-owned forest preserve, the Catskill Mountain range has a lot to offer hikers. The 3500 Club is a group of committed Catskills outdoor enthusiasts who have hiked all 35 mountains over 3,500 feet of elevation.
The Ashokan Center welcomes students and guests from around the world. Visitors flock to this peaceful place for its immersive Music & Dance Camps
Maybe you're not ready to join the 3500 Club yet, but you can still get to know the high peaks of the Catskills Mountains. Here are three hikes over 3,500 feet to get you on your way.
For lovers of bling great or small, subtle or statement-y, and rough or refined, here are 4 Hudson-Valley-based independent jewelry makers to add sparkle to your life. Mostly NYC expats, these goldsmiths, metalworkers, and artisans have wideranging aesthetics and technical approaches.
Head to The Bakery on Halloween for New Paltz's Ultimate Pumpkin Carving Contest
Every year, in the crisp dusk light of All Hallow’s Eve, thousands of goblins, gremlins, witches, and fairies of all ages descend on the Village of New Paltz for the annual Halloween parade.
This year, the New Paltz Halloween parade kicks off at 6pm on Wednesday, October 31, at the corner of Main Street and Manheim Boulevard. The cast of ghoulish characters will troop down the hill and to the New Paltz Firehouse, where the Lion’s Club will distribute treats.
The Night of 100 Pumpkins
Nearby at The Bakery, another annual Halloween tradition will be underway—The Night of 100 Pumpkins. For the past 28 years, this tucked-away cafe and bake shop on North Front Street has hosted the area’s most epic pumpkin carving contest and Halloween celebration.
These are not your run-of-the-milled canned jack-o-lanterns. Judged by a rotating cast of local artists, including many who have shown in The Bakery’s gallery, the underlying ethos of this contest is to create truly artful, original carvings. Anyone can submit a pumpkin for consideration on October 30 (and get a free cookie for doing so!).
On Halloween morning, the pumpkins get judged and that night, the carved gourds are lit up for everyone to enjoy. Santner estimates that over 2,000 people come through to see the zany display of pumpkin sculptures gourds over the course of the evening. (One year, someone even proposed by pumpkin).
Over 60 prizes, provided by village businesses, are awarded in a broad range of categories from cutest to most peculiar to best panoramic pumpkin, to most petrifying. “The point is not to pick the best overall pumpkin,” Bakery owner David Santner says. “We’re trying to give out lots of prizes.” To make the competition more fair, kids’ pumpkins are judged separately from adults’.
Head to The Bakery between 6-10pm on Halloween, to see the pumpkins illuminated, listen to live African drumming, and enjoy free pumpkin bread, cocoa, and cider. The cafe will also be open for business.
For more information, call (845) 255-8840 or visit www.ilovethebakery.com.
The next time you munch an apple-cider doughnut or sip a steaming mug of cider as you look at the fall colors, you may find yourself wondering why leaves change color. Here is a look at some of the biological mechanics behind fall foliage, plus 5 places to go to see the Hudson Valley's autumn colors in all their splendor.
Here's eight Halloween-themed experiences for every level of spook.
Vintage Trailers & Campers-Turned Mobile Bars and Photo Booths
While the tiny house fad has catalyzed a generation of DIY airstream remodels, many of those refurbished trailers remain stationary. But Hudson Trailer Co., based out of Washingtonville, spruces up vintage tow-behind campers and transforms them into mobile bars and photo booths for rental as whimsical-yet-functional centerpieces for weddings and events.
Back-to-back auto events in the upstate New York: Catskill's 1903 Auto Run and the Woodstock Car Show.
With locations in Amherst and Poughkeepsie, Stamell specializes in violin-family instruments.
For a Creekside Industrial-Chic Wedding Head to Lumberyard
The renovation of Lumberyard's performing art space in Catskill is complete at long last (and debuts tomorrow September 1). But that's not all, beginning this fall, the 1.7-acre creekside property is also available for rental. Choose from two different spaces or do a full property buyout for exclusive access and 12,000 square feet of event space.
Tips, Trips, & Safety: A Guide to Paddling Hudson Valley Waterways
New to paddling? Or new to the area? Get an overview of everything you need to know to paddle the Hudson River and the surrounding estuaries, including safety tips, tide info, and several itineraries so you can kayak or canoe safely.
Join Chronogram for a rockin' Halloween party in the backroom at BSP Kingston.
A Photo Essay by Yva Momatiuk
National Geographic photographers Yva Momatiuk and John Eastcott document a day in nature in the Hudson Valley, aboard their canoe, Edy.
One Jeweler's Experience of the Community-Sourced Pop-Up Repair Shop
Seasoned jeweler Barbara Klar, of Clear Metals, shares her experience of working at a Repair Cafe in the Hudson Valley, fixing an artful pendant necklace made by artist Rolph Scarlett.
Dandelion is Innovating Geothermal Technology and Accessibility
Google-incubated startup Dandelion is revolutionizing access to geothermal heating and cooling systems and bringing this technology to the Hudson Valley.
Summer in the Hudson Valley is ephemeral. Here are the top 10 things to do near you, before it’s all over.
Zak Pelaccio and Friends are Back 8/11 for a Gourmet Picnic
Join Fish and Game farm in Hudson for the fourth annual Play With Fire Cookout.
Earlier this year, Green Mountain Minerals joined Beacon's gallery community with their new storefront at 412 Main Street. Visit the new space to view beautiful, rare mineral specimens and learn the basics of the science of minerology.
The soil in Ulster County contains an abundance of natural treasures—from the sprawl of orchards to the rolling fields where livestock roam and feed. When the weather permits, it’s hard to beat a weekend in thrall to nature’s bounty, but where do you start? We have a few ideas.
Now in its 61st year, Dressel Farms in New Paltz is known for its mouthwatering strawberries and apples, which are also used in the soft and hard ciders of Kettleborough Cider House.
Dolan Orchards in Wallkill specializes in apples, cherries, peaches, pears, plums, and vegetables. CDC Farms in Gardiner is all about handcrafted artisan cheese made with fresh Hudson Valley raw cow's milk. The facility also offers tasting tours, field trips, and private parties. Hepworth Farms in Milton yields more than 400 varieties of organic vegetables, while Four Winds Farm in Gardiner sells heirloom vegetable seedlings along with turkey, pork, and grass-fed beef. Minard’s Family Farm in Clintondale is an ideal autumn stop for its apples and pumpkins, corn maze, hayrides, and a barn market.
Ulster County’s numerous farmers’ markets are magnets for chefs, foodies and locavores in search of the freshest flavors. In addition to organic produce and meats, the Ellenville Farmers’ Market features art from local makers and the Rosendale Farmers’ Market offers live entertainment. Of course, we’d be remiss not to mention the Kingston Farmers’ Market, named “Best Farmers’ Market” in 2016 by Hudson Valley magazine.
These suggestions only scratch the surface. For a full list of farms and markets, visit ulstercountyalive.com and start planning your outing today....
Your Guide to Rockin' Retro Threads Upstate
Vintage and second-hand clothing is a great way to rock a far-out, super individual style without breaking the bank. In addition to the classics (ahem Goodwill and Salvation Army) here are some top-notch vintage shops in the Hudson Valley so you can get yourself some thrifty new threads.
While the weather is warm, take advantage of the glorious Hudson Valley scenic outlooks and pack a picnic. Whether you go with your lover, your friends, or all alone with a book, a fresh air meal is a great way to get outside.
Your Guide to the Best Local Spots for Hiking & Swimming
When the weather is nice the Hudson Valley is a great place to be—with endless natural beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities. Get out there and hike one of these trails ending is a deliciously refreshing swimming spot. Some end in pools, some rivers, and others in lakes—either way they are sure to cool you off.
The Hudson Valley's authentic marketplaces are the future of shopping on foot, as opposed to online.
Summer is heating up at Accord Speedway.
The next Hudson River School Art Trail Hike is on July 27.
Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild hosts a self-guided tour of beautiful Woodstock homes on July 14.