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Destinations: Open Garden Days in the HV

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Kevin Lee Jacobs’ April garden, Valatie, Columbia County

There are a multitude of places where growing things reach up to kiss the sun, and most of us will never see them. Why? Because these places exist as people’s private home gardens, and unless you receive an invitation, you’ll never know what beauties live there. Thanks to the Garden Conservancy’s Open Garden Days, however, we can finally explore these tucked-away oases and take in their gorgeousness with our very own eyes.

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Category: Top Stories, upstate new york

By: kandyharris | 17 April 2014 01:00 PM | No Comments

Walton Farmhouse, $1,500/month

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This c.1850 farmhouse up in Walton, Delaware County might be an economical choice for a summer getaway to the Catskills. During the peak summer season, the house, which is located on 7 acres, is only $1,500 a month ($500/week or $117/night, so it’s actually cheaper to rent by the week or month). After the peak season is over, the rent becomes even cheaper, dropping down to $700/month in the winter. It looks like a sweet place. Includes an antique kitchen, screened-in porch, pretty views, a clawfoot tub, and private deck. While the owner doesn’t provide specific info on the location of the house, we know it’s near Walton, which looks like a cute village that’s close to lots of outdoor activities, like hiking, fishing, horseback riding, and golf. The farmhouse accommodates max. 4 guests in 2 bedrooms. So far, the availability is wide-open for the summer.

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Category: Delaware County, Rentals, Rural, Walton

By: kandyharris | 17 April 2014 10:00 AM | 1 Comment

Christmas for Music Nerds

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April 19 is Record Store Day. Did you know? We didn’t, but we do now, thanks to music writer Peter Aaron at Chronogram. So make your music wish list and head over to one of the HV’s independent purveyors of sweet tuneage. Not sure where to go? That’s why the Internet was invented. Someone over on this site took the time to compile a list of records shops around the Upstater area, both brick and mortar as well as online sellers. Where’s your favorite record store? While you’re thinking about it, enjoy this short video about Record Store Day. And here’s the official Record Store Day website, which will tell you which local stores are participating.

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Category: upstate new york

By: kandyharris | 16 April 2014 03:30 PM | No Comments

Car-Free Upstate: Beacon Cottage, $600/week

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Here’s a rental in Beacon that’s less than $100 a night and walking distance to the Metro North, Main Street, the waterfront, and the Dia. It’s tiny for sure, essentially a studio with a divider between the bed and kitchen. Still, could be an inexpensive base of operations if you want to travel around by train, bus, bike, or foot. The cottage is on the owner’s property, which has its advantages and disadvantages. Advantage: If you need anything, they’re right there. Disadvantage: Not much privacy. Not the “getting away from it all” kind of privacy some of us crave, anyway. But it’s neat, cute, and right in town. Oh, and the rate goes up to $105 on the weekends, and July is completely available.

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Category: Beacon, Car-Free Upstate, Dutchess County, Rentals, upstate new york

By: kandyharris | 16 April 2014 01:00 PM | No Comments