Winter is approaching here in the Hudson Valley. You must prepare your wardrobe, your furnace, your insulation – but also your mind. Others can help with the first three areas, but I am an expert on the fourth. Follow these 14 easy steps for mental winter preparation:
“I went from exterminating them to marveling at them,” says Chris Harp of New Paltz. “They taught me.”
Disregard old memories of what wallpaper used to be—those shabby chic floral patterns and shades of dusky rose striping. To the delight of interior designers, who have been nudging clients to be more open minded, wallpaper has made a comeback in the design world, and it’s no longer just for historic B&Bs or formal dining rooms. From mural papers that fill an accent wall with a breathtaking vista, to contemporary patterns like palm fronds, modernized toile, or bold-hued illustrations, homeowners are welcoming a change from solid painted rooms.
The Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health is reminding people to be vigilant of bats entering their homes this time of year and offering tips on how to keep bats out as well as how to remove a bat if it does enter a residence.
Short-term rental guests can’t get enough of Ulster County. According to Airbnb, the county had significantly more guests using the service this summer (Memorial Day to Labor Day) than other mid- and lower-Hudson Valley counties, despite Ulster’s comparatively modest population.
It could be one of Dutchess County’s best kept secrets. The Wethersfield Estate and Gardens is off the beaten path — well, gravel road — near the village of Amenia. Just the right amount of privacy and bucolic splendor make it the perfect getaway for an early 20th century industrialist, particularly one who enjoyed horse riding and generally communing with glorious nature.
Friday-Sunday, May 24-26: Go at your own pace on a self-guided tour of the Oliver Bronson House and other architecturally significant Hudson homes, each with a room that showcases the work of a local designer.
The brown marmorated stink bug has exploded since making its way to New York State in 2007, causing millions of dollars in crop damage and making a nuisance of themselves to homeowners. A new citizen-science program in the Hudson Valley is seeking help in distributing the samurai wasp, the stink bug’s natural predator.
Not so long ago, before we mastered wood, stone and iron, we sought refuge in caves, huts of mud and sticks, or slept under the stars. We weren’t so different from the animals. In some ways, we still aren’t.
Man With a Van moving company, based in New Paltz, started small, very small, in fact, borrowing a friend’s beat up old van to move someone from one Manhattan walk-up to another on New Year’s Eve 1992. Today it has four employees, plus owner David Miller.