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Hudson Valley Good Stuff
Hudson Valley
Editor-in-Chief of Hudson Valley Good Stuff
Interests: travel, spa, restaurants, family fun, desserts, life in the hudson valley
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I just wanted to say thank you to those of you who have shared my blog posts in social media and in real life too. The Hudson Valley Good Stuff Facebook Page has hit 1,905. It would be great to reach the 2,000 mark as the website will be launching its new Wordpress look soon! I'm very excited about that. Please tell your friends about HVGS, and then they'll tell their friends and so on and so on as the Faberge commercial goes. I'm very thankful for all of you for getting the word out, and especially grateful to my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2013 at HudsonValleyGoodStuff
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This past weekend my husband and I went on a day trip to Saratoga Spa State Park. We take the kids to Saratoga Springs once a year for an overnight get away, but we always go in the winter. This was our first time going without the kids, and during the Summer season so it was a totally different experience. We decided to check out the Victoria Pool, which is inside the Saratoga Spa State Park. It was constructed in 1934 so it has a bit of that 1940's retro feel, especially in the charmingly spartan locker rooms. It is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2013 at HudsonValleyGoodStuff
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Happy Father's Day to all you Hudson Valley Dads out there! I hope you had an awesome day. We had a very busy weekend, and it seemed fitting to celebrate Father's Day at Stella's Italian Restaurant. Tom had the eggplant parmigiana stuffed with beef special. I had the baked lasagna. My daughter had the spaghetti and meatballs. She really loved the meatballs. They were the largest meatballs she's ever eaten! (She ate all the meatballs, but we took home most of the spaghetti. The portions are very generous and shareable here). The service was very friendly, and we got to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2013 at HudsonValleyGoodStuff
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My husband and I had a really delicious Indian dinner at Little India Restaurant in Saratoga Springs. I have been craving Indian food for months, but for our date night in Saratoga Springs, a friend of recommended other restaurants (Perry's, The Stadium Cafe). I had skipped lunch so I was feeling famished by the time we arrived in Saratoga Springs around 7pm. Finding parking in the streets of Saratoga Springs on a gorgeous Friday night in June proved impossible. Tom made a few wrong turns, and we ended up finding parking on a side street that seemed miles away from... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2013 at HudsonValleyGoodStuff
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I found out via the Save Hoffman's Playland Facebook Page that the park might close after the 2013 season, and its future is uncertain. I really hope the owners find a way to keep it alive, but I also feel that they deserve a happy retirement after years of making families happy. (Here is a link to a great article by reporter Mike DeMasi of The Business Review if you'd like to know more of the backstory of the potential closing). All this to say that if you have beening to go to Hoffman's Playland, Summer 2013 is the time... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2013 at HudsonValleyGoodStuff
Hi Ann, This is true! They are just getting started though so I think they are testing the weekday lunch crowd in Saugerties first.
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Le Canard Enchaine is a French restaurant in uptown Kingston that my husband insists we dined at over 10 years ago when we were weekenders. I have no recollection of this. To my knowledge, I have never dined here. (News: We won 10 gift certificates to Hudson Valley restaurants in a silent auction at a fundraiser recently and I was excited that Le Canard was one of the restaurants that donated a gift certificate because I love French food, and I like trying out new-to-me restaurants so I can blog about them if the food is really good). It was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2013 at HudsonValleyGoodStuff
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Have you seen the new Food Truck in Saugerties at 208 Ulster Avenue? I happened to be in Saugerties today running an errand and I remembered that I wanted to try out the new food truck which sits right across the Lumber Yard. I met the husband and wife team who own the Shack Chef Foodtruck at the Monday Night Groaning table at Duo Bistro. George invited me to try a lunch special. Their menu has something for everyone. It is mostly New American gourmet cuisine. I ordered their 1/4 pound of smoked salmon on a bed of greens. (You... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2013 at HudsonValleyGoodStuff
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Bring the family to Zoom Flume for Father's Day Lobster Mac n Cheese lunch special at Duo Bistro in uptown Kingston Father's Day is coming up next weekend. Here are a few ideas for spending Father's Day in the Hudson Valley. 1) Dads get free admission into the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston on Sunday, June 16th. 2) You could take him to see Paul Green's Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Byrdcliffe in Woostock. 3) Take him Kayaking on the Kingston Rondout. A Day Away Kayak Rentals will be open from 9am-7pm. 4) Take Dad out to the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2013 at HudsonValleyGoodStuff
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I really love bagels. When I lived in Queens and Manhattan, I used to eat them a few times a week because delicious bagels are so easy to find in the city. In the Hudson Valley, I have to drive to get a good bagel, and until yesterday when I walked into Sunrise Bagel & Deli (496 Albany Avenue in Kingston) I was never really satisfied. As soon as I walked into Sunrise I got a good feeling. There were about 10 people waiting in line, including a few cops which is always a good sign. (I've noticed that police... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2013 at HudsonValleyGoodStuff
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Woodstock Farm Festival Wednesdays started on May 29th and will run until October 23rd for the 2013 season. It's a lovely community scene, and as one vendor says, it seems to get bigger and bigger every month. If you drive by, it just looks like a small farmers market, but there is large area behind the market that has a few more vendors, a few restaurant stands, a live band, and a dozen or so picnic tables to dine at. It's very relaxed and kid-friendly. If you happen to be in Woodstock on Wednesdays from 3:30 to dusk, you should... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2013 at HudsonValleyGoodStuff
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A friend who lives in Sag Harbor suggested that I visit the South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center (SoFo) in Bridgehampton. I have been going to the Children's Museum of the East End, which is right across from it, for a few years now. I like SoFo because it is a very quiet space, and has that college marine biology atmosphere, but with much nicer decor. Kids really enjoying looking at the animal exhibits through the small holes on the ground floor, and cute gift shop. For my family, the real fun was downstairs in their Touch Tank... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2013 at HudsonValleyGoodStuff
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The dining room at Terrapin Restaurant in Rhinebeck Terrapin Red Bistro Bar Warm white and green asparagus salad Grilled Ahi Tuna Fish Tacos Tapas-sized dessert Terrapin Red Bistro Restaurant in Rhinebeck invited Hudson Valley Good Stuff to lunch last week. The last time I ate there was three years ag during the week of Chelsea Clinton's wedding. (A friend and I had lunch on their patio to people watch during the media circus). This time I'm by myself and enjoying a rare quiet lunch in this elegant setting. The restaurant was once a church, and maybe that is why it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2013 at HudsonValleyGoodStuff
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The Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck started today. It was really pouring this morning, and I almost turned around, and said forget it, but I really wanted to check it out so I drove through the rain. Despite the rain, the parking lot was filling up quickly. Looks like Saturday and Sunday's weather will be drier which will be better for vendors and fair goers. Unfortunately, most of my outdoor photos came out blurry, but it's worth checking out if you love browsing and shopping for cool crafts, home decor, antiques, and good old shabby chic stuff. Here is more... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2013 at HudsonValleyGoodStuff
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DIG's Sylist & Owner Daisy Kramer Bolle Karina Penelope dress, earrings by Maya, necklace by Maya, shoes by Miz Mooz. Styled by Daisy Kramer Bolle of DIG the Shop in Saugerties.Michael Bloom Photography Window display at DIG the Shop in Saugerties I was excited when I heard that I was going to be the subject of an "I Am Ulster County" profile in Ulster magazine, but then I remembered my wardrobe crisis. I had nothing pretty to wear for the photo shoot. I didn't want to wear my standard uniform of yoga pants and denim jacket. I've visited DIG the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2013 at HudsonValleyGoodStuff
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Got a little wine wanderlust, but can't travel beyond the Hudson Valley right now? Well, you're in luck this weekend. Here is information I just received from the Shawangunk Wine Trail's about their "Around the World" event on June 8th & June 9th: "Shawangunk Wine Trail is pleased to announce Clearview Vineyard, a new Warwick-based vineyard and winery, has become the 14th member of the growing Trail. Clearview Vineyard will participate in the Trail’s upcoming Around the World event, Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9, representing Greece. Clearview Vineyard celebrated the grand opening of its 3,800-square foot winery and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2013 at HudsonValleyGoodStuff
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First Fridays in Saugerties is this Friday night, June 7th. There is a little something for everyone: wine tastings at Partition Street, exquisite fashions and an An Dao jewelry trunk show at Dig the Shop, a Sundae bar in honor of National Chocolate Ice Cream Day at Lucky Chocolates, yummy brews and gastro pub fair like mahi-mahi ceviche at Dutch Ale House, and specialty cocktails and specials at Diamond Mills Hotel and Tavern. Also, I wanted to give a hearty shout-out to a new HVGS sponsor Light House Home & Entertaining Essentials. They always have a fun First Friday party.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2013 at HudsonValleyGoodStuff
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The Seafood Boil theme feast at Duo Bistro's Monday Night Groaning Table was belt-busting delicious. Duo Bistro has decided to have their Monday Night Groaning Table once a month instead of once a week. The price for this one was $30 per person, which did not include drinks. I met and sat next to Karen a Kingstonian and, fellow solo diner, who is a regular at Duo Bistro, but had never experienced the Groaning Table before. For the first course we were served platters of oysters, shrimp, mussels, and salad. Then came a plate of steamed lobster, clams, mussels, sausage,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2013 at HudsonValleyGoodStuff
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Wish #12: Take an Indian cooking class One good thing about the Blogathon is that it will force me to publish all the Draft blog posts I've kept in the cooker for some reason this year. In 2012, I started off the new year with a Wish List with places and things I wanted to check out in the Hudson Valley in the year to write about for the blog and/or magazine assignments. Well, here is my list for 2013. (I'm happy to report that I can check a few of these wishes off my list as "DONE"!) I know... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2013 at HudsonValleyGoodStuff
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I stopped by to say Happy Anniversary to Trends Hair Design Salon in Kingston today. Lots of happy ladies, and one gentleman stopped by while I was there for a little celebratory wine and nibbles. Here is a blog post I wrote about a haircut Adrienne gave me last May. I think I may need another Summer bob soon if this heatwave continues, and a fresh manicure too! Trends Hair Design, 29 West Strand Kingston, NY (845) 340-9100. Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2013 at HudsonValleyGoodStuff
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My husband and I had delicious light gourmet lunch at Bread and Bottle in Red Hook about a week ago. I heard great things about the Bread and Bottle so I was happy to have lunch there for the first time. It's a very airy, spacious, and sleek wine bar. The menu features mostly light fare including paninis, salads, bar snacks, and antipasti. We shared a few items from the antipasti section (2 veggies-hummus and curried cauliflower, 2 meats--wild boar pate, and a mousse pate). We both ordered smoked salmon, goat cheese, and spinach panini sandwich for our entree. I... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2013 at HudsonValleyGoodStuff
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If your kids like fire trucks, dressing up in fire gear, and learning about fire safety and emergencies, then they will love the FASNY Firefighting Museum in Hudson, NY. We went there with the kids a on a rainy Saturday. It is a bit off-the-beaten path, but there are signs in Hudson that lead you to the way. The firefighting museum is very spacious. It's like being in a huge airport hangar full of fire trucks. (There are over 60 fire trucks on display, and the ones that kids are allowed to sit in are marked with a "Spotty" Dog... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2013 at HudsonValleyGoodStuff
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Night Market on the Kingston Rondout is a new event with Parisian-style antique market, free tastings, live music, crafts, a photo booth, and even a tarot reading. Night Market takes place on 3rd Fridays of the month. I went for a leisurely stroll towards the end of Broadway. (The festivities are between McEntee and the Waterfront). It was fun meeting Nancy of Kingston Happenings, the folks at Milne At home Antiques, Karmabee, The Green Space, and seeing Savona's and Mole Mole packed with people. I didn't dine out that night though. I just wanted to check out the scene for... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2013 at HudsonValleyGoodStuff
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Woodstock Film Festival volunteers selling tickets Cheers to the 1st Annual Taste of Woodstock! Buddhalove Smoothie, gazpacho and sandwiches from Little Apple New World Home Cooking tent Joan Quigley serving lentil salad at the Garden Cafe Bread Alone had a magnificent spread! Visitors enjoying the 1st Annual Taste of Woodstock Maria's Bazaar got the prize for most generous tasting in my book! Peace Love Cupcakes are incredible! Sunfrost served kale cakes and turkey meatballs Chicken tikka from Mountain Gate Indian Restaurant Kevin from The Red Onion serving very spicy and yummy calamari What a delicious night I had covering the... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2013 at HudsonValleyGoodStuff
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I checked out a brand new store in Red Hook, NY called Living Eden recently. The co-owners Bobbi Jo Forte and Bonnie Schweppe were both there, and their enthusiasm for the fair trade products, and made in the USA items, gourmet goodies they sell is contagious. (Watch out or you may end up buying a lot of cute stuff you didn't plan on buying!). There are organic cotton shirts with foreign names and their meaning on them, gluten-free play-dough in their small kid's section. Tucked away in a side room is a gluten-free market, with shelves of super healthy gourmet... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2013 at HudsonValleyGoodStuff