Hudson Valley Lifestyle


From style to sustainability, Chronogram’s Lifestyles section follows how those in the Hudson Valley live their lives.

Seriously Sustainable, Right Down to Your Underpants

Seriously Sustainable, Right Down to Your Underpants

Ulster County-Based Company Between the Sheets Makes Ethical Lingerie & Loungewear
Ulster County-based lingerie and loungewear company Between the Sheets makes ethical and environmentally sustainable intimate wear.

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Sasquatch Sightings in the Hudson Valley

Bigfoot Researchers of the Hudson Valley Band Together to Gather Evidence
As a teenager, Gayle Beatty heard a distinctive, unrecognizable scream while camping one night the woods. In 2011, she heard it again on the Animal Planet show "Finding Bigfoot," and ever since has been on a mission to gather evidence of the existence of Bigfoot and to educate others.

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15 Hudson Valley Wedding Venues with Onsite Accommodations

A round-up of 15 fabulous Upstate wedding venues with onsite lodging so your friends and family can stay close and celebrate all night long.

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FEAST at Round Hill: A Lush Hudson Valley Wedding Venue with Award-Winning Catering

If your perfect Hudson Valley wedding involves a picturesque private estate and catering by chefs with 20 years of experience crafting thoughtful menus, then FEAST at Round Hill might just hit the sweet spot.

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The Kartrite: New York State's Largest Indoor Water Park

The Monticello Resort and Indoor Water Park is Set to Open in March 2019
In March 2019, The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Water Park will open its doors. The new Sullivan County attraction will be the largest indoor water park in New York State, offering a two-acre, four-season experience with an impressive array of slides and rides.

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Expansions to the Hudson Valley Rail Trail System

New York State currently has 110 rail trails totaling 1,152 miles, with another 683 miles of railbed identified as “potential.” The plan, laid out by Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2017 and funded to the tune of $200 million, will create the largest non-motorized transit option in the US. Here are some of the rail train connections and expansions coming to the Mid-Hudson Valley.

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CO: A Synergistic Coworking Space in Rhinebeck

CO, a coworking facility in Rhinebeck, NY offers a clean, open-plan space for individual work and team projects, fostering an environment of productivity, collaboration, and inspiration.

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Lumberyard Prepares for the 2019 Wedding Season

On November 17, Lumberyard, Catskill's lynchpin cultural, hosted its very first wedding. With ethereal visions and a late autumnal color palette, Lumberyard's Theater/Ballroom was transformed into a sylvan wonderland for the wedding, with the help and donated services of a handful of local Greene County wedding vendors.

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Windham Mountain Resort: New & Improved

With $8 million in capital improvements made over the off season, Windham Mountain is set to receive a record number of guests on its well-groomed slopes.

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Unshattered: Stitching Lives Back Together

This Dutchess Nonprofit Employs Women Recovering from Addiction
Unshattered is a nonprofit located in Hopewell Junction that teaches women recovering from addiction how to sew and employs them making upcycled handbags, totes, and makeup kits.

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Cross-Country Skiing for the Novice

Workshops & Resources for Beginners
This January, Mid-Hudson Adirondack Mountain Club will launch a series of introductory cross-country skiing workshops.

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From the Archive: The Money-Making Ethic

Chronogram originally published "The Money-Making Ethic" in January 1999. Since then, Karl Widerquist has become one of the leading voices of the worldwide basic income movement.

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2019 Hudson Valley Wedding Vendor Picks + Tips

We've rounded up our top Hudson Valley wedding vendor picks for 2019, plus asked industry insiders for some pro tips on choosing the right vendor for your big day.

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3 Cultural Events to Spice Up Your January

January happenings around the Hudson Valley.

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6 Hudson Valley Hikes You Can Do in Under 60 Minutes

Got some time to kill? Opt for one of these six hour-long hikes, which will have you up, admiring the view, and back to the car in no time. Difficulties range from easy to strenuous and technical.

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5 Experiences to Gift this Holiday Season

From Glass Blowing to Knitting Here are 5 Original Experience Gifts
This holiday, instead of giving another thing, why not opt for an experience gift. Here are 5 boutique shops/artisans in the Hudson Valley that offer workshops (and gift certificates) so you can give someone on your shopping list a jumpstart on their next hobby.

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Hunter Mountain Itinerary

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.

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6 Spots to Ice Skate in the Hudson Valley

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.

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3 Scenic Hudson Parks You're Probably Overlooking

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.

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Scenic Hudson's Dual Mission of Land Preservation & Environmental Activism

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.

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Here's Where to Spend New Year's Eve in the Hudson Valley

Hudson Valley venues that are sure to bolster your spirit this New Year's Eve!

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4 Women Jewelry Makers in the Hudson Valley

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.

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2018 Holiday Event Roundup

From seasonal markets to live performances, the Hudson Valley offers plenty of events for all to enjoy this joyful season.

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5 Holiday Gift Ideas

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.

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Peak Experiences: The Catskill 3500 Club

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.

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Ashokan Center Celebrates 10 Years

The Ashokan Center welcomes students and guests from around the world. Visitors flock to this peaceful place for its immersive Music & Dance Camps

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3 Catskills High Peaks Hikes

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.

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4 Wildly Different Hudson Valley Jewelers You Need to Know

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.

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The Night of 100 Pumpkins

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 ...

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The Science of Leaf Color Change & Where to Go to Enjoy the Hudson Valley Fall Foliage

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.

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Halloween Events in the Hudson Valley

Here's eight Halloween-themed experiences for every level of spook.

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Hudson Trailer Co. Brings The Party

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.

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Woodstock Car Show 9/23

Back-to-back auto events in the upstate New York: Catskill's 1903 Auto Run and the Woodstock Car Show.

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Stamell Stringed Instruments: Your Local Luthier and Music Store

With locations in Amherst and Poughkeepsie, Stamell specializes in violin-family instruments.

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Lumberyard in Catskill is the Area's Newest Wedding Venue

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.

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Kayaking & Canoeing the Hudson Valley

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.

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Hudson Valley Events

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Open Contemporary Drawing for Adults @ Art Omi

Open Contemporary Drawing for Adults

Wed., Sept. 19, 5-6:30 p.m., Wed., Sept. 26, 5-6:30 p.m., Wed., Oct. 3, 5-6:30 p.m., Wed., Oct. 10, 5-6:30 p.m., Wed., Oct. 17, 5-6:30 p.m., Wed., Oct. 24, 5-6:30 p.m., Wed., Oct. 31, 5-6:30 p.m., Wed., Nov. 7, 5-6:30 p.m., Wed., Nov. 14, 5-6:30 p.m., Wed., Nov. 21, 5-6:30 p.m., Wed., Nov. 28, 5-6:30 p.m., Wed., Dec. 5, 5-6:30 p.m., Wed., Dec. 12, 5-6:30 p.m., Wed., Dec. 19, 5-6:30 p.m., Wed., Dec. 26, 5-6:30 p.m., Wed., Jan. 2, 5-6:30 p.m., Wed., Jan. 9, 5-6:30 p.m., Wed., Jan. 16, 5-6:30 p.m., Wed., Jan. 23, 5-6:30 p.m., Wed., Jan. 30, 5-6:30 p.m., Wed., Feb. 6, 5-6:30 p.m., Wed., Feb. 13, 5-6:30 p.m., Wed., Feb. 20, 5-6:30 p.m., Wed., Feb. 27, 5-6:30 p.m., Wed., March 6, 5-6:30 p.m., Wed., March 13, 5-6:30 p.m., Wed., March 20, 5-6:30 p.m., Wed., March 27, 5-6:30 p.m. and Wed., April 3, 5-6:30 p.m. — This weekly drawing group offers time and space for individuals who wish...
Westchester Wednesday Dance with Ballet des Ameriques @ Tarrytown Music Hall

Westchester Wednesday Dance with Ballet des Ameriques

Wed., Oct. 10, 7-8:30 p.m., Wed., Feb. 20, 7-8:30 p.m., Wed., April 24, 7-8:30 p.m. and Wed., June 26, 7-8:30 p.m. — French-American choreographer Carole Alexis and her Ballet des Amériques dance company bring...

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