All posts by Erin Quinn

The stillness of winter

The stillness of winter

There is no quietude quite like what one experiences hiking in the winter. The air tastes refreshing, as though the hiker is constantly inhaling a mint. Pine boughs are weighted in snow, branches are coated in gleaming rime. Everything appears brighter. It stretches shadows across a frozen pond, or cascades down an ice-encrusted hill. 

Check out these New Year’s Day hikes in state parks

Check out these New Year’s Day hikes in state parks

It’s time to lace up those boots, put that puffer jacket on, slip into some Bernie Sanders-styled mittens and hit the trails in 2022! The Office of New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is offering a host of first-day hikes to help incentivize residents to start the year with an invigorating guided hike or snowshoe at a number of parks throughout the Hudson Valley region.

A look back at Mohonk’s Undercliff/Overcliff Carriage Road Loop

A look back at Mohonk’s Undercliff/Overcliff Carriage Road Loop

One of the Mohonk Preserve’s most iconic routes is Undercliff/Overcliff, that oval-shaped 4.7-mile loop that takes visitors underneath soaring cliffs with rock climbers dangling above to the quietude of more forested Rhododendron Bridge and back along a meandering carriageway that opens up with breathtaking views of Clove Valley and rolling contours of the Catskill Mountains in the distance.

New Paltz Fire Department prepares for move uptown

New Paltz Fire Department prepares for move uptown

The Village of New Paltz Fire Department (NPFD) is eagerly awaiting the completion of its new firehouse, currently under construction at the corner of North Putt Corners Road and Henry W. DuBois Drive, where Fire Station 2 used to sit. Fire chief Cory Wirthmann walked Hudson Valley One through the NPFD’s cramped quarters in the brick municipal building on Plattekill Avenue that has served as its stationhouse since it opened in July of 1950.

A guide to locally sourced and renewable gifts 

A guide to locally sourced and renewable gifts 

In the Hudson Valley we are surrounded by natural beauty. Yet, too often, we can become complacent, almost dulled as to what exists right outside of our own backyards. We stick to the same routines, the walk around the block, the elliptical at the gym, sometimes even the shuffle from the grocery store to the parking lot might be the only bit of fresh air we breathe in a day.