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Fascinating and Unique New Store Open in Saugerties, NY

It's a great place to get cool and interesting gifts for someone. There are so many cute little shops here in the Hudson Valley and you can pretty much find anything you need around here. I was on Facebook the other day and came across a post about a new store that opened up in Ulster County and it looks pretty interesting and very different. It's not your average store, but it's definitely one to add to your shopping list.

Notorious Mob Boss’ Rhinebeck Farm Hits Market For $1.5M

How would you like to own the former Hudson Valley retreat of a famous New York crime boss?. A 98-acre farm once owned by the head of the Genovese crime family is currently listed for 1.5 million dollars. The property is located in both Rhinebeck and Red Hook and features a caretaker's studio, three barns, an in-ground pool that "needs work" and a massive 8,200-square-foot indoor riding rink.

Safety tips for encountering wild animals in urban areas

Some of our communities are seeing a good amount of wildlife outdoors, and we're not talking about a stray cat or dog. People in the Capital Region have reported seeing bears in populated areas. The last one in the city of Albany heading into June. The Onondaga County Sheriff's office...

Local Firehouse to Hose You Down and Feed You Hotdogs All Summer

A Hudson Valley fire department is inviting the community to come by the firehouse and play under the hose. Summertime can get oppressive in the Hudson Valley. The heat and humidity can make it hard to even go outside to get the mail. And if you don't have air conditioning, it's almost impossible to find any relief from the brutal conditions.

Popular Ulster Pizza Shop Closed for Summer Due to Medical Issue

Summer is here and that means lots of partying and barbecues, and going out for easy meals like pizza. One Ulster County town is going to be missing their favorite pizza this summer, but that’s not even the part that has residents and pizza fans concerned. They’re far more concerned about why their favorite pizza won’t be available this summer.

Heirloom Tomatoes With Peanut Salsa Macha From The Lil’ Deb’s Oasis Cookbook

Since opening its doors in 2016 in Hudson, New York, Lil’ Deb’s Oasis has established itself as a colorful and quirky hub for culinary excellence. The restaurant has picked up several James Beard Award nominations, and earlier this year was named a semifinalist in the categories of Outstanding Hospitality and Best Chef: New York State. Lil’ Deb’s takes a playful and creative approach to tropical comfort food — and now, with the release of its first cookbook, “Please Wait to Be Tasted,” its dishes are accessible beyond its Upstate footprint.

The ice cream of the crop

As we begin the summer season, nothing is more appealing than the prospect of a nice scoop of local ice cream on warm, sunny afternoons. A city dweller myself, I can confidently proclaim that the Hudson Valley is home to some of the finest ice-cream shops in the state. With such a wide selection, it’s difficult to pinpoint the perfect location for the whole family. Here is a short list of five of my favorites in Ulster and Dutchess counties that you’d be missing out on not to try.

Upstate New York Hikers Beware Of Rare Deadly Snake

Hiking can be, and should be, an adventure. However, most don't want it to be a dangerous activity. Deadly snakes can add some anxiety for the every day hiker. In the New York, certain venomous snake sightings are on the rare side, maybe until this year. According to an article...

Skin Care Entrepreneur David Krause Left New York City to Revive an 1830s Catskills Home

David Krause didn’t intend to relocate to the country. He spent 15 years living in New York City, first as a student at Pratt Institute, then as a fashion designer, and, most recently, while cofounding vegan skin care company Alder New York. But when the pandemic hit, he decided to fulfill his chief creative officer duties from the historic Catskills home he’d recently purchased as a weekend getaway. It soon became his permanent abode.