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  • The Hudson Valley's Getting Crafty!

    Westchester Craft Crawl is back for its 2nd biannual outdoor artist-organized tour, this time featuring 58 regional professional craft artists across 10 stops in 4 towns along the Hudson River. Save the date for Saturday – Sunday, May 15-16, 11am – 5pm, and get ready to hop in your car with some friends to meet the makers and purchase some amazing hand-crafted art. And by the way, it’s free. How did it begin? Westchester Craft Crawl’s founder Leigh Taylor Mickelson had been working in clay for 25 years, but had never participated in craft and art shows, but in 2020, she was slated to participate in the Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst fair for the first time. When it was cancelled, she decided to do something - not just to sell her work, but to create an opportunity to interact with other artists and craft lovers. She contacted two clay friends in her hometown of Ossining, they met at the local brewery, Sing Sing Kill Brewery, and the Westchester Craft Crawl was born. Mickelson states, “My co-organizers Alexandra FitzGerald and Loren Maron and I reached out to our contacts and all of the artists were just as eager for this kind of interaction. We pulled the event together in about 10 weeks.” Last October’s event was a huge success, with over 2000 people visiting 28 artists spread out over 8 stops in three towns. “It was a safe, outdoor, socially distant opportunity for people to come shop, visit artist studios and mingle with artists and art lovers.” This Spring, the Westchester Craft Crawl is back and has grown, expanding up into Peekskill and featuring 58 professional artists from Westchester, New York City and the Hudson Valley region. The Crawl features 10 tour stops between Tarrytown, Ossining, Croton, Cortlandt Manor, and Peekskill with each stop hosting multiple artists working in clay, wood, fiber, metal, glass, jewelry and mixed media. Additionally, the crawl features 10 fabulous Tour Stop Sponsors offering refreshments and other craft-centered stops you won’t want to miss on your crawl. Here’s the line up and there are no rules as to where you begin or where you end. Westchester Craft Crawlers will receive a “Passport” at their first tour stop visit. If they visit 6 or more stops, they will be eligible to win special handmade prizes, donated by participating artists. Co-organizers will collect completed passports at your final stop and will have a drawing after the event. Winners will be announced on social media and posted on their website and will be contacted directly. How fun is that? HERE’S THE MAP To make your tour as easy as possible, here’s a Google Tour Map. Click on this link and you will see all the tour stops and tour sponsors dotted and listed. TARRYTOWN, NY Tarrytown has a lot to offer in and of itself, but for the Crawl you have one chock-full tour stop at Maker’s Central, a community of makers sharing space in the heart of the town. This is an indoor location, so they will be checking temps and counting heads at the door to make sure their artists and visitors are safe. And if there is one restaurant to go to for a quintessential local experience, it’s the Tarrytown tour stop sponsor, Horsefeathers. TOUR STOP • Makers Central - 84 Central Ave, Tarrytown, NY - Connor McGinn (Pottery) - Natalia Woodward (Printmaking, Illustration) - Dan Sabia (Woodworking, Craft Food) - C-Los Carpentry (Furniture, Woodworking) - Pivot Concrete (Home Goods, Candles) - Michelle Edgemont Designs (Floral Design) - Cape Lily (Floral Design) TARRYTOWN TOUR STOP SPONSOR: Horsefeathers, 94, North Broadway, Tarrytown, NY OSSINING, NY Crafters'Ossining is the heart of the crawl and where it all started, so there are five tour stops featuring 30 artists within a 2-mile radius. So, plan on spending a chunk of time in this quaint little town. For that reason, there are also three spot-on options for refreshments and you have to hit Melita’s before you go. Year round, Melita Home Furnishings is a great resource for fair trade gifts, furniture, tableware and jewelry, but for the crawl she is bringing in three local artists, so you’ll also see them there. TOUR STOP • Loren Maron Studio - 26 Beach Road, Ossining, NY - Debra Abrams (Jewelry) - Michael Alexander Jewelry (Jewelry) - Arzadesign (Leather Accessories) - Adam Chau (Functional Pottery) - Fresh Cut Glass (Glass) - Loren Maron (Functional Pottery) - Wendy Lin (Jewelry) - Sharon London (Wearable Fiber) - Paz Sintes (Textile Jewelry) - Rina S. Young (Jewelry) TOUR STOP • Alexandra FitzGerald Studio - 6 Park Ave, Ossining, NY - Alexandra FitzGerald (Functional Pottery) - Clay N Macrame by K (Ceramics, Macrame) - Don Reynolds (Functional Pottery) - Sherri Tiesi (Fiber/Plush) - Woehr.D Industries (Mixed Media, Sculpture) TOUR STOP • Leigh Taylor Mickelson Studio - 71 Stone Ave, Ossining, NY - Jess Palmer (Functional Pottery, Jewelry) - Hayne Bayless (Functional Pottery) - Leigh Taylor Mickelson (Ceramic Garden Sculpture & Pottery, Jewelry) TOUR STOP • Aron Johnston Studio - 70 Stone Avenue, Ossining, NY - Aditi Chang (Non-Wearable Fibers, Baskets) - Folkloric (Jewelry) - Aron Johnston (Mixed Media, Painting) - Lisa Medoff (Jewelry) - Elaine Thompson (Illustration) TOUR STOP • Gerber & Peckay Residence - 55 Van Cortlandt Ave., Ossining, NY - Daniel Bellow Pottery (Functional Pottery) - Col de Mar (Leather Accessories) - Mateo Mattia (Leather Accessories) - Susan Pillay (Wearable Fibers, Baby Clothes) - Sattva Woodworks (Woodworking) - Tackussanu Senegal (Textiles, Baskets) - Su Chi (Functional Pottery) OSSINING TOUR STOP SPONSORS: First Village Coffee, 123 Main Street, Ossining, NY Sing Sing Kill Brewery, 75 Spring St, Ossining, NY Melita’s Home Furnishings, 125 Main Street, Ossining, NY Good Choice Kitchen, 147 Main Street, Ossining CROTON & CORTLANDT MANOR, NY These two tour stops are nestled in woodsy residential areas of Croton and Cortlandt Manor, but don’t let that stop you from checking in. Both stops, hosted by participating artists, have incredible guest artists you won’t want to miss. And our two tour stop sponsors are in the heart of the town of Croton and are both local favorites. Treat yourself! TOUR STOP • RCI Pottery - 233 Hessian Hills Road, Croton on Hudson, NY - Ekologic (Wearable Fibers) - Posh Felt (Textiles) - RCI Pottery (Functional Pottery) - Sondra Sardis (Wearable Fibers) - Stonecrop Beadworks (Jewelry) - Vintage & Vine (Mixed Media) TOUR STOP • Sherwood Forest Design - 6 Oak Lane, Cortlandt Manor, NY - Kate Missett (Ceramics) - Ketti North (Textiles/Mixed Media) - Sherwood Forest Design (Painted Wood Bowls) - Mindy Kombert (Mixed Media, Ceramics) - Red Rover Clothing (Wearable Fiber) - Selma Karaca (Wearable Fiber) CROTON TOUR STOP SPONSORS: - Baked By Susan, 379 S. Riverside Avenue, Croton, NY - The Black Cow, 4 Old Post Road, Croton, NY PEEKSKILL, NY Peekskill is known for being artist-centered, so adding this town to our tour made a lot of sense. You’ll find artists just outside of town at the famous Hat Factory, a large industrial complex that has been converted into affordable studio spaces, alternative commercial space and open floor plans for small businesses and organizations. It is also the home of our Peekskill tour stop host, Peekskill Clay Studios, one of the region’s premier clay art facilities, which will be hosting a sale of work by its clay artists. Six additional craft crawl artists will also have their booths there, including two artists local to Peekskill. While in the area, be sure to make it to town and hit tour stop Quirkshop on Main Street, featuring handmade wearables and accessories you can’t resist, as well as two local food and bev favorites – Birdsall House and Peekskill Coffee House. They ARE Peekskill, through and through. TOUR STOP • Peekskill Clay Studios at The Hat Factory (1000 N. Division Street, Peekskill, NY) - Peekskill Clay Studios (Functional Pottery) - Bolted Lightning (Jewelry/Accessories, Home Goods) - Jessica Dubin (Functional Pottery) - Karla Gudeon (Illustration) - Jennifer Hoertz-Mulcahy (Wearable Fibers/Hats) - LFABRIKA (Wearable Fibers) - Jon Townley (Functional Pottery) - Two Knitwits (Wearable Fibers) TOUR STOP • Quirkshop (23 N. Division Street, Peekskill, NY) - Jeorjia Shea (Wearable Fibers) - and more \ PEEKSKILL TOUR STOP SPONSORS: - The Hat Factory, 1000 N. Division Street, Peekskill, NY - Peekskill Coffee House, 101 S. Division Street, Peekskill, NY - Birdsall House, 970 Main Street, Peekskill, NY

  • Upstate Getaway Giveaway - Catskill Animal Sanctuary

    Who loves Animals 🐷🐮🐑🐔? It's time for another upstate getaway giveaway, and this one is for all our animal lovers out there. In honor of their 20th anniversary, we have teamed up with a staple in the Hudson Valley, Catskill Animal Sanctuary, to offer one lucky fan a weekend full of animal cuddles and a 2-night stay at The Homestead. Catskill Animal Sanctuary is a 150-acre refuge in New York’s Hudson Valley; the animal sanctuary has seen more than 5,000 farmed animals, representing 11 species, rescued from cruelty, neglect, and abandonment since 2001. Currently, more than 300 animals call The Catskill Animal Sanctuary home. Built in 1813, The Homestead has been meticulously and conscientiously restored with eco-friendly materials. Many of them salvaged from old barns while still featuring the original wide-plank wood floors, exposed brick walls, elegant fireplaces, and rocking chair porch. There are three guest rooms and a suite, each named after a beloved animal. The winners will enjoy a two-night stay in their farmhouse; a chef-prepared breakfast, a swag bag of Sanctuary merchandise, and a Sanctuary tour where you can get up close and personal with our rescued farmed animals. Valued at $1250.00 We are so thrilled to announce this giveaway and help support some incredible organizations; we wish all of you the best of luck. ENTER HERE

  • Hudson me your Ooh-La-La!

    By guest blogger "JoJo Wanders Official" Oh, how I long for the days of crowded city cafes, unconventional chats over stemless glasses of dry pale pinky rosé or giant goblets of tangerine hued slightly bitter aperitifs, dreamy artsy-inspired walks through Montmartre, crazy midnight Eiffel Tower-view Vespa rides up and down the Champs-Élysées and let me not forget…my once true o-b-s-e-s-s-i-o-n …cutesy couture fashion gazing through the back alleys of my beloved…City of Lights. If I just close my big brown eyes super tight and focus really hard…I can almost feel it…a gurl can dream, can’t she? It’s no secret that global exploration has been…nonexistent for most. Or has it? What if I told you, right here in the Hudson Valley you can have your over-the-ocean travel cake and eat it too? Really? Oui…si…yes…absolutely monsieurs and madames! The region is brimming with internationally toned delights, and in my case, as a bona fide Francophile, I think this valley has a whole lotta’ ooh-la-la goin’ on! Ooh-la-la? What is that exactly? Here? …here in the Valley? It’s not as simple as adding the preverbal “la” or “le” in front of a restaurant or hotel name. It’s more about what I characterize as… carefully curated…attention to details…a bit imperfect…handmade…that something special… a dash of “je ne sais quoi” …unique touches that make me…you…think or say out loud…yup…you got it…” ooh-la-la”! I think one of the most obvious examples of Hudson Valley’s faraway flair (full-on Frenchieness at times) is its food scene. Now, I’m not suggesting that it’s French-centric nor am I a notable foodie critique franchise offering yet another app type review (seriously not!) …but from my experience what exists up and down the river valley is a culinary culture bursting with a true worldwide taste that can virtually “transport” you…Italian, Greek, Thai, and yes…you guessed it…French cuisine too! My take is that the region has manifested itself into a place reminiscent of what I’ve seen and experienced in some of my…our… favorite overseas places…voila! It’s sort of my France à la mode! Café-styled outdoor dining is everywhere…from Rhinebeck to New Platz to Cold Springs…and many other river edged towns. Boutique chalet-styled stays, or chateau-grand spas are dotted here and there…some even amongst vineyard vines…and every so once in a while, I actually catch the “vroom,” “beep-beep” of a European scooter blazing by as if it were touring along the Côte d’Azur. Specialized boutiques stocked with handmade, crafted-in, fill the shelves of select boutiques and one-of-kind shops too...”ahhhh.” It’s true there’s without a doubt some…ooh-la-la goin’ on here! Read on and learn how this Frenchie-at-heart (well actually, I’m a descendant of one of the Louis’) fed her deep desire for all things French while wandering through the Hudson Valley: Brassiere Le Bouchon (Cold Spring, New York) …is a quintessential French brasserie. Bold rouge and bright white checked table cloths immediately greeted me while the menu served up some of the best-known French classics. Mon Favorite: Escargot Parisienne…s-n-a-i-l-s (Yeek, I know!) in a buttery, parsleyed, garlicy edible potion…I say potion because just the thought of eating this delight magically puts me into a daydream. A Touch of Ooh-la-la: I loved the graphics used everywhere. They were definitely reminiscent of an artistic era gone by…La Vie en Rosé played in my head as I sipped slowly on my glass of Bordeaux-styled wine…just like I once did on the Rues far away. Paulette (Cold Spring, New York) …part boutique, part café! Paulette gets its French roots from its founder, Jacqueline (just her name alone…) From the moment I stepped into the chic blanc space, I knew it was amour at first sight. If I didn’t know better the carefully selected fashion and trinkets reminded me of a well-known Paris based shop once known as the “it-girl” of Paris’s Rue Saint- Honoré. Mon Favorite: Everything! …but if I had to choose…the edgy jet-black leather goods are what caught my eye first. For sure, reflective of the effortless frenchness I’ve come to love. A Touch of Ooh-la-la: Café au lait… “oui!” I, j’adored how “Paulette” invited me to stay a bit…to hang with my gal pal while we enjoyed our hot heartwarming beverages…now why didn’t think of this perfect coupling?! Supplies for Creative Living (Cold Spring, New York) …a one-of-a-kind venue of artistic expression! From the moment I stepped into the tiny retail studio, I felt as if I was surrounded by the delicate tools of a European master…watercolors, inks, and pencils of every imaginable kind. Mon Favorite: Shop owner and artist, Grace Lo, thought of everything! Examples of colorful handmade swatches, numerous doodle test pads, and even an active worktable…every engaging detail put me into a creative state-of-mind. A Touch of Ooh la la: I loved the petit hand-painted landscapes (Grace’s very own) that were gently sprinkled yet… slightly hidden throughout the shop. It reminded me of the time when I uncovered some adorable vintage watercolors amongst hundreds of trinkets at one of those famous French markets…it was pure bliss! Mirbeau (Rhinebeck, New York) …a foresty escape. Built as a day retreat and the second of New York’s own, Mirbaeu is a scene out of a French impressionistic painting but with a slightly modern twist. I’m not a spa girl but based on the glowing faces I saw exiting…I am pretty sure it’s worth a whirl. Mon Favorite: Brunch was da’vine! Frilly yet delicious cocktails and a bowl of piping hot…gooey, cheesy French Onion Soup. A Touch of Ooh-la-la: The view from the exterior porch lined in black and white stripes was magnifique like a clip in a period movie. Just as we got cozy, some local wildlife emerged to greet us…as if it were queued! Le Petit Bistro (Rhinebeck, New York) …”Bon appetit,” say we. On a second visit to Rhinebeck, I scored a sunny outside table…this is definitely a favorite in these parts. Whether you are looking for that French touch or want to confirm its star status, Le Petit Bistro is one to try…a moi-try! Mon Favorite: I couldn’t help myself…I had to have the French Onion soup. There’s something about the cheese, bread, broth combo I love…and as I suspected…it didn’t disappoint. A Touch of Ooh-la-la: Aside from the carefully prepared dishes, the aesthetic alone was chez, chez la vie (my Fran-glish…ha,ha)! The menu cover looked just like an antique print I found years back at a famous borcante (French for antique market) on the outskirts of Paris. Take it from me…jojo…while we patiently wait for our borders to open completely, with a little touch of your imagination, a bit of creativity, and some site searching (like here on HVH) you too can find your slice of international heaven…here…locally…ooh-la-la! xo jojo Psssst…Just between us Francophiles…I hear RUNA (limited service at the moment) in New Platz is a must!

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  • Crossroads Brewing Company | New York | Hudson Valley Happenings

    Popular Brewery • Taproom Crossroads Brewing Company What They Are about There are two locations, one in Athens and the other in Catskill. After years of planning and searching for a suitable property to build their brewpub, Ken Landin and Janine Bennett purchased the Brooks Opera House in historic Athens in October of 2009. A year of renovations later, Crossroads Brewing Company opened with a 7 barrel brew house and a tiny tasting room where the first beer was poured on October 1, 2010. The work didn’t end there and renovations continued with the pub opening in June of 2011. Finally, the full kitchen and restaurant opened in June 2012. The unique building was once again the pride of the beautiful, riverside village, just as it was in 1893 Our Notes Great beer, good food, and a relaxing atmosphere. Read More Reviews on The Blog Crossroads Brewing Company 21 2nd St Catskill and Athens, New York Upgrade Listing to Add Phone Upgrade Listing to Add Email Website Upgrade Listing for More Links Upgrade to a Premium Listing Google Map Advertise on Instagram Learn More HVH Choice Learn More Ad Spot Available Learn More

  • Watkins Glen State Park | New York | Hudson Valley Happenings

    HVH Pick Hiking • Scenic Vistas Watkins Glen State Park What They Are about Watkins Glen State Park is located outside the village of Watkins Glen, south of Seneca Lake in Schuyler County in New York's Finger Lakes region. The park's lower part is near the village, while the upper part is open woodland. It was opened to the public in 1863 and was privately run as a tourist resort until 1906, when it was purchased by New York State. Initially known as Watkins Glen State Reservation, the park was first managed by the American Scenic and Historic Preservation Society before being turned over to full state control in 1911. Since 1924, it has been managed by the Finger Lakes Region of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Our Notes Great for family adventures Dog friendly (2 dogs max) Gorge trail is seasonal, so call ahead Fishing and boating Biking and Hiking Read More Reviews on The Blog Watkins Glen State Park 1009 N Franklin St Watkins Glen, New York (607) 535-4511 Website Facebook Google Map Advertise on Instagram Learn More HVH Choice Learn More Ad Spot Available Learn More

  • Dog Wood | New York | Hudson Valley Happenings

    Popular Restaurant • Bar Dog Wood What They Are about Dogwood Beacon offers an eclectic and exciting menu, and there’s something for everyone. Appetizers run the gamut from Stuffed Tots (tater tots ), to Tandoori Chick Peas or Thai Chili Wings, as well as more standard fare like onion rings, soups, and Bavarian pretzels. There are lots of fresh salads to choose from including Beet & Goat Cheese, Insalata Caprese, Grilled Tuna or a Bistro Salad, and others. Entrees can be meatless like Veggie Flatbread, Stir fry, Veggie Nachos, or Mac n’ Cheese, as well as some carnivore comfort food like Chicken Pot Pie, Roast Half Chicken, and Meatloaf Dinner. There’s even a special menu for kids. Then there’s the beer, but not just one or two. Dogwood has 16 beers on tap including an ever-changing array of the most exceptional craft beer from the Hudson Valley and beyond. The wine list has a great selection, and the cocktails are a mix of the traditional and the unique. Try the Winter in Cozumel or the Brain Duster to name just a couple. Friday, Saturday and Sundays also feature live music, with local or regional bands and performers. Check on the event calendar to see what looks good to you! Our Notes A neighborhood haunt that truly delivers on craft beer, hospitality, and food. Good for so many different situations family, dates, music or film event, taste bud happiness. The standard menu is always great, but the specials are where it's at. You have to order the fried pickles, they are the absolute best! A Beacon must! Read More Reviews on The Blog Dog Wood 47 E Main Steet Beacon, New York (845) 202-7500 ​ Website Facebook Instagram Google Map Advertise on Instagram Learn More HVH Choice Learn More Ad Spot Available Learn More

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