Farmers Market Friday – Down to Earth in Rye, New York

Small and Sweet If you’re looking for an unpretentious market with abundant offerings from local growers and producers, the Rye Farmers Market is a great one to add to your list. Small but sweet, Rye is home to one of Westchester’s pocket-sized markets and is one of my favorites among the many that take place each week around the county. I find that I head east to Rye more frequently than many of the more elaborate destination-type markets Despite my {Read More}

Farmers Market Friday – Tarrytown & Sleepy Hollow, New York a.k.a. The TaSH

Welcome to Farmers Market Friday! It’s no secret that I love farmers markets.  From the time the first spring ramps and asparagus hit the tables in May until there’s nothing but kale and onions in late November, I get pretty much all of our produce from one of our local markets.  Where I live in New York’s Hudson Valley, we are blessed with a huge variety of farmers markets. Some are destinations in themselves featuring live music, story times for {Read More}

An Old-Time Memorial Day in Rhinebeck, New York

I have to admit that I love a parade—the more old-fashioned, the better.  Thanks to the foresight of my husband’s grandmother, we are fortunate to have a family house in the beautiful upstate New York village of Rhinebeck, which is home to one of the sweetest Memorial Day parades around.  It’s our tradition to watch the parade as it passes by our driveway each year.  Our girls scramble for candy tossed out by the Boy Scouts, my mother in law {Read More}

Fearless in the Forest – A High Ropes Adventure in the Berkshires

“Dude! You just crushed that one!” “Whoa! That was awesome, Buddy!” “You totally killed it! You definitely need to get a job here when you get bigger!” These were just a few of the exclamations that echoed through the forest yesterday during our visit to Ramblewild, an incredible tree-to-tree adventure park located at the base of Brodie Mountain in the Berkshires. This was my second visit to Ramblewild in as many months, the first time being a field trip my {Read More}

The Headless Horseman Rides Again! Halloween in the Hudson Valley

A bright blue sky, a chill in the air and a touch of gold on the leaves signals the onset of autumn in New York’s Hudson Valley and there is one Hudson River village that takes center stage at this time of year.  As the setting for Washington Irving’s famous Legend, Sleepy Hollow and its surrounding area has become one of the most iconic Halloween destinations in the country.  Just 20-miles north of New York City overlooking the majestic Hudson, {Read More}

The Dutchess County Fair – An August Tradition

Yesterday was our 10th visit to the annual Dutchess County Fair in Rhinebeck, New York. Since 1842 the fair has been the largest in New York State and has been held on at its current location in Rhinebeck since the 1950s.  The fairgrounds are home to not only the 6-day fair but to other events throughout the year including a popular antiques fair, car shows and the Sheep and Wool festival that takes place every October. Rhinebeck’s 170-acre fairgrounds are {Read More}