Thrillist.com: 13 Best Restaurants Not in NYC

Eggplant Balls from New World Bistro Bar

Eggplant Balls from New World Bistro Bar

Thrillist.com recently posted their list of the 13 best restaurants outside of NYC and the boroughs, and almost half of them are Upstater-area eateries. Fish & Game in Hudson got the nod, as did Woodstock’s Bear Cafe, Brushland Eating company in Bovina, New World Bistro Bar in Albany (owned by Saugerties’ New World Home Cooking chef Ric Orlando), and Brasserie 292 in Poughkeepsie. Good list, but there are so many others we could add onto that: China Rose in Rhinecliff, Henry’s Farm to Table in Milton, La Florentina in Kingston, Boitson’s in Kingston, Miss Lucy’s Kitchen in Saugerties, Peekamoose in Big Indian, Mexican Radio in Hudson (but that’s also in SoHo and Schenectady so maybe it doesn’t count), The Heron in Narrowsburg, and on, and on, and on. We could go on for several more paragraphs and broken down into subcategories. But we’d rather hear from you! Please tell us your favorite restaurant in the Hudson Valley or Catskills or both. We love to hear about new discoveries and old favorites.

Categories: Food & Drink Upstate Living

Tags: Catskills Food Hudson Valley

By: Kandy Harris | 25 July 2014 03:30 PM | 1 Comment

Hankering for a $50,000 Lake House? Us, too.

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But wait! A lake rights house. Different from a house on the lake. Lake rights means you can use the lake, but you’re not not close enough to jump off your back deck into the water. The advantage of lake rights over lakefront is that, given that the house is set back from the lake, it’s usually cheaper. And $49,900 sounds pretty okay with us for this cute 903-square foot 1 bed cottage just feet from Mohican Lake in Glen Spey, Sullivan County. Could it use some sprucing? Well, yeah. We affectionately refer to this type of overhead lighting as “crack den lighting,” so that’s out. And the bedroom is a little drab. But it comes with a wood stove, wood floors, and a half-acre of land. Plus, there seems to be some kind of outdoor storage shed that we’re really hoping isn’t the bathroom. We’re also wondering if this is a cash-only property. Some of these cheapies are, so something to keep in mind.

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Gardiner Farmhouse + Red Barn, $300,000

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As we end our week looking at properties around the Shawangunk Ridge, we once again return to Gardiner to drool over this delightful piece of farmhouse beauty on 4.5 acres. Located just north of the Orange County border, this seems like an option for someone looking for a big ol’ renovated farmhouse upstate on plenty of land, pristine interior, and not too far from the NYC. In fact, it’s only 90 minutes away. Head a bit further north and you’re in the village of New Paltz. So we like the location, but we LOVE the big red barn that’s included with the property. What’s it like inside?

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Categories: $300k to $499k On the Market Upstate Living

Tags: Farmhouses hudson valley real estate Ulster County

Town: Gardiner

By: Kandy Harris | 25 July 2014 11:30 AM | No Comments

Chronogram 8-Day Week: The Block Party Returns!

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Last year’s Block Party was so much fun, Chronogram is doing it all over again on August 16. The festivities begin at 4pm with an opening procession down Wall Street in uptown Kingston and will go into the wee small hours with a dance party at BSP Kingston. If you didn’t go last year, you missed out on all kinds of fun, food, music, and dunking tank action. So put it on your calendar for this year. Enjoy tasty treats from area food trucks, make your own art at Catskill Art Supply’s DIY art tent, dunk someone in the tank while contributing to Angel Food East, and from 6pm-9pm, sample local spirits during the distillery tasting (only 300 tickets available at $10 for the tasting, so get them while they’re hot), and a whole bunch more. Here’s the complete schedule. See you August 16 on the block.

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Categories: Destinations Events Upstate Living

Tags: Chronogram 8-Day Week

Town: Kingston

By: Kandy Harris | 24 July 2014 04:00 PM | No Comments

Walk the High Falls Conservation Area


Your intrepid blogger recently took a jaunt out to Columbia County to lay eyes on the county’s tallest waterfall at the High Falls Conservation Area. We had no idea what was in store, since we had only recently discovered it by stumbling upon it on a map. High Falls (not to be confused with the one in Ulster County) is located in Philmont just outside of Hudson and is part of the Columbia Land Conservancy. The preserve consists of 47 acres of land and 2 miles of easy trails, perfect if you’re looking for somewhere to take the little ones or just want a laid-back stroll through the woods. But the area’s crowning glory is the waterfall itself, which we heard long before we encountered it while taking the green trail, the quickest route to falls viewing. As we came around a corner, the 150-foot waterfall suddenly loomed before us beyond a fenced viewing spot. From our perch, we sat silent for a while, staring in awe of the magnificence of it all, thinking, “Why didn’t we know about this place sooner?” Looking at the map, we realized that we could take the blue trail down along the Agawamuck Creek and follow the creek almost to the bottom of the falls. However, as we got tantalizingly close to the falls, the trail ended, so we did what any Merrell-wearing Upstater would do: We got our feet wet and traversed the creek all the way to the falls, where the thunderous noise of the water hitting the rock below almost drowned out any conversation.

Now, you’re going to want to swim when you get there. It’s so inviting, that big clear pool at the bottom of the falls. Sadly, swimming is not allowed. But we will tell that, unlike Bish Bash Falls, there’s no ranger waiting to write you a ticket if you do. In fact, when we ventured out there on a Friday afternoon, there was nobody there at all except a couple of guys sitting on the far edge of the pool. So did we go in? That’s classified information, but swimming or no swimming, we will definitely be back. Next time you’re in Hudson, wolf down your falafel platter and take a short drive to Philmont to experience the falls. You will not be disappointed. Photos of our excursion after the jump.


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Categories: Destinations Kids & Family The Great Outdoors Top Stories Upstate Living

Tags: Columbia County Nature

Town: Hudson Philmont

By: Kandy Harris | 24 July 2014 02:00 PM | No Comments

Bohemian Streamside Cottage in Kerhonkson, $229,000

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This property is pretty far from the Shawangunk Ridge, where we are exploring this week, but we could certainly envision ourselves having one helluva summer here, taking daily swims in our own private swimming hole, lounging with coffee in the gazebo, or wandering the 5 acre lot alone with our thoughts. We even like the funky interior of the house as well as the detached workshop/studio. But (and here’s where you’d hear the needle scratch off the record), we all know by now the risks involved with waterfront living, and, indeed, this one is in the high-risk category. Still, can’t we just look and daydream?

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Categories: $200k to $299k On the Market Upstate Living

Tags: Catskills Ulster County Waterfront

Town: Kerhonkson

By: Kandy Harris | 24 July 2014 11:00 AM | No Comments

Arts, Music, and Pizza Served Fresh in Wassaic

latern inn pizza

Wassaic is known as a sleepy town, but it’s about to get a lot less sleepy once the first of August rolls around. That’s when the Wassaic Project arts, music, film, and dance festival kicks off in the old grain elevator that houses the once-yearly event. We’ve posted about the Wassaic Project lots of times before, but the rural hamlet in Dutchess County got a big shout-out in the New York Times Style Magazine last week…because of their pizza. That’s right. The July 16 article  touts the newly-revamped Lantern Inn (now named simply The Lantern), which offers a menu of wood fired pizzas and, on Fridays, a fried chicken dinner. The Wassaic Project and the Lantern are entwined together with family ties: Dick Berry and Tony Zunino purchased that grain elevator that became the home of the Project, which was founded by Bowie Barnett-Zunino, Tony Zunino’s daughter, and her husband, Jeff Barnett-Winsby, who just happens to be the Lantern’s manager. Add Wassaic to your list of day trips and come experience a big helping of culture served with a wood-fired pizza. Still not convinced? The Wassaic Project Summer Festival is free. Need further arm-twisting? There’s a Metro North train station less than a mile away from the Festival. Now you’re convinced.

Categories: Destinations Events Food & Drink Kids & Family Music

Town: Wassaic

By: Kandy Harris | 23 July 2014 03:30 PM | No Comments

A Bit of Country in New Paltz Village for <$200,000

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From the “Good Things Come in Small Packages” File: A 1930s cottage in the village of New Paltz, tucked away down a residential street, footsteps from Main Street and the Trailways bus terminal. The house is around 1,200 square feet and the lot size is a postage stamp size of .16 acres, but somehow they managed to squeeze in a koi pond and a backyard deck into it. There’s nothing we don’t like about the interior, from the bay window in the living room to the little hints of exposed brick to the abundance of natural light throughout. The price is decent, but this is the village of New Paltz we’re talking about here, folks, so the property taxes are high.

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