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What’s it like to fly over the Hudson Valley in a hot-air balloon?

What’s it like to fly over the Hudson Valley in a hot-air balloon?

“The beauty of ballooning here is the topography,” says Chris Healy, a balloonist with 33 years experience. “It’s just a beautiful place to fly. I’ve flown most places in the country, and if you’re flying in California, or Arizona, out toward the desert, you’ve really got to like brown. And if you’re going to fly down South, you’ve got to like flat. But here we’ve got the Shawangunk Ridge to the north, we’ve got the valley carved out by a glacier and the Hudson River. Rolling green hills, farmland, lakes and streams: This really is one of the best areas in the whole country to fly in.”

Check out what’s new at Olana

Check out what’s new at Olana

In the spirit of its founder, the great Hudson River School painter Frederic Church, Olana’s 2019 season of events is rich in adventurous, thoughtful and in some cases downright experimental programs – not necessarily the staid curatorial approach that one has maybe been conditioned to expect of historical sites.

Book your float now for 28th annual Hudson Valley Balloon Festival July 12-14

Book your float now for 28th annual Hudson Valley Balloon Festival July 12-14

You don’t need to go all the way to New Mexico to enjoy the splendor of hot-air balloons massing in the sky, or to cross experiencing a skyride in one off your bucket list. The much-loved Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival is returning to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck from 4 p.m. Friday to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 12 to 14, for its 28th annual visitation.

Informational meeting in Kingston next Tuesday will discuss expanded trail network

Informational meeting in Kingston next Tuesday will discuss expanded trail network

With state acquisition of a significant infill parcel, hikers are now able to walk only on state land from less than a mile off the Sawkill Road next to the Thruway westward several miles to within a stone’s throw from the Zena Road in Woodstock. A public information meeting has been scheduled for next Tuesday, May 7 at the Senate House Garage at 4 North Font Street in Kingston at 6 p.m. to discuss efforts to improve the trail network connecting the lands open to the public in the 3000-acre-plus Bluestone Wild Forest.

Flower power in Red Hook

Flower power in Red Hook

Battenfeld’s Farm, the world’s largest producer of hybrid anemones, grows primarily for the wholesale flower trade, but locals can pick up self-serve bouquets in their greenhouse.