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Winnakee Land Trust Opens Vlei Marsh to the Public

Winnakee Land Trust Opens Vlei Marsh to the Public

The Winnakee Land Trust opened Vlei Marsh to the public on June 1, a 165-acre nature preserve that is Rhinebeck’s second largest wetland area. Multi-looped, newly upgraded trails at Vlei Marsh take visitors through both wetland and forest, home to scores of mammals, amphibians, and birds. A 30-year-old accredited land trust and nonprofit, the WLT focuses on protecting and stewarding forests, farmland, natural habitats, and water resources from development, for both ecological health and community enjoyment. They have expanded into acquiring and maintaining land in the Hudson Valley in the past few years.


Fun in the Sun: 6 Ways to Enjoy Putnam County This Summer

Just about an hour from Manhattan or Kingston is picturesque Putnam County, a slice of the Hudson Valley with a personality all its own. Whether you’re looking for a day trip out of New York City or you’re a local out to enjoy the surrounding area, this jewel of a county boasts plenty of the region’s rustic appeal—from outdoor fun to dining, nightlife, shopping, and more—that are sure to keep you coming back to stay a while. Want to explore it for yourself? Here are six activities that will give you a taste of what Putnam County has to offer this summer.


Hiking Post-COVID: Rules of the Trail for 2021

Following a year of unprecedented trail use, several of the area's nonprofit conservation groups, state parks, and preserves are shifting their rules


7 Must-Visit Public Gardens in the Hudson Valley

Get Your Annual Garden Inspiration at these Meccas of Horticultural Expertise
Everything is blooming. Celebrate the rejuvenation of spring and the plenitude of summer with a visit to these seven masterful gardens in the Hudson Valley. Ranging from Asian-inspired to traditional English gardens and sanctuaries for native species, these gardens vary wildly but all offer an inspiring setting for a peaceful stroll or a romantic jaunt.


Riverkeeper Sweep Returns for Its 10th Anniversary Event on May 1

The annual day of service offers volunteers from Brooklyn to the Adirondacks the opportunity to help rejuvenate sites along the Hudson River and its tributaries
After nine years, 804 projects, and 275 tons of debris removed from the Hudson River and its tributaries, the annual Riverkeeper Sweep has become one of the region’s most enduring environmental traditions. With over 120 project sites and 17 new projects that will offer anyone who wants to volunteer the chance to get involved, this year's 10th anniversary event on May 1 is shaping up in peak form.


Shuffle Off to Buffalo: The Empire State Trail is Now Complete

With the completion of the 750-mile Empire State Trail in December, New York can now claim the longest state multiuse trail in the US. The EST connects 20 regional trails to create a continuous route from New York City to Canada and from Albany to Buffalo and is expected to draw 8.6 million residents and tourists annually.


Parting Shot: Porcupine in Hemlock | December 2020

A photograph by Nora Scarlett from her new book, Ledge Lake Leaf Labyrinth, which is an homage to the Shawangunks.


Old Souls in Cold Spring is a Destination for the Well-Lived Upstate Life

The shop is home to a collection of outdoor gear from brands like Patagonia, Marmot, and Filson curated to the needs of the Hudson Valley and Catskills, as well as fly fishing gear and home goods
Whether you’ve lived upstate all your life or just made the move in the last few years, there’s one thing everyone can agree on: some shoes just aren’t made for the outdoors. Or, for that matter, are many coats, bags, sweaters, or socks. From heritage brands known for style and longevity like Patagonia, Filson, Marmot, Pendleton, Yeti, and more to fly fishing gear and home goods, Old Souls in Cold Spring is a must-visit for goods curated to the needs of everyday life in the Hudson Valley and Catskills.


Kingston Point Park is Getting a Soccer Field And then Some

As sea levels rise and the tide of relocators rolls in, the City of Kingston prepares to make improvements to Kingston Point beach, including building a soccer field, making facilities ADA-compliant, and making the beach climate change resilient.


Death by Misadventure

Instagrammable Upstate Spots are Danger Zones for Out-of-Towners
Urbanites fall foul of a tricky Upstate environment.


Hudson Valley Alpaca Farms

Once marketed as “the investment you can hug,” alpacas are both highly lucrative fiber animals and undeniably adorable.


Nature & The Outdoors Winners

The 2020 Chronogrammies winners in the Nature and Outdoors category.


Picnic Spot Highlight: Vanderbilt Mansion

A spotlight on Vanderbilt Mansion, Chronogrammies winner in the Nature and Outdoors category.


Campground Spotlight: North/South Lake

A spotlight on North/South Lake, Chronogrammies winner in the Nature and Outdoors category.


Outdoor Apparel & Gear Shop Spotlight: Kenco

A spotlight on Kenco, Chronogrammies winner in the Nature and Outdoors category.


Riding the Curve: Hudson Valley Bike Shops Enjoy a Boom in Sales

Bicycles are the COVID-19 Hot Commodity that No One Saw Coming
Across the nation, during COVID-19, sales and repairs of bicycles have increased astronomically, leaving many bike shops booming in an otherwise quiet economic period. While increased sales in metropolitan areas have more to do with avoiding the pandemic petri dish of public transportation, in rural areas like the Catskills and the Hudson Valley, folks are turning to biking as a socially distant way to exercise, enjoy nature, and spend time with the family.



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Manitoga: Design • Art • Nature Tour @ MANITOGA / The Russel Wright Design Center

Manitoga: Design • Art • Nature Tour

Mondays, Fridays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 12-1:30, 1-2:30 & 2-3:30 p.m. Continues through Nov. 8 — Visit MANITOGA, the House, Studio and Woodland Garden of pioneer industrial designer,...
Newburgh Mall Carnival @ Newburgh Mall

Newburgh Mall Carnival

Thu., June 17, 5-10 p.m., Fri., June 18, 5-11 p.m., Sat., June 19, 12-11 p.m., Sun., June 20, 12-10 p.m., Mon., June 21, 5-10 p.m., Tue., June 22, 5-10 p.m., Wed., June 23, 5-10 p.m., Thu., June 24, 5-10 p.m., Fri., June 25, 5-11 p.m., Sat., June 26, 12-11 p.m. and Sun., June 27, 12-10 p.m. — Enjoy midway fun for the whole family with rides and games for...

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