Many Ulster County residents are transplants from busier places, lured by a romantic vision of Life in the Country. We came seeking peace and quiet and less pollution and a slower pace, in bucolic communities where one worries more about deer eating one’s shrubbery than about muggers or burglars or street gangs. Gardiner, with its spectacular mountain views and winding rural roads, has long been such a draw for urban exiles.
But as we grow older, the concept of “livable communities” gradually takes on new shades of meaning. Some of the most attractive assets of a place like Gardiner . . .
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