New Hudson Valley Top Towns List; Best Interior Design Tips; Gardening Trends 2012 (Editor’s Letter)

A word from Hudson Valley Editor in Chief, Olivia J. Abel

It’s a hard job, but somebody has to do it.

I’m talking about picking seven hot hometowns for this issue. Because when you live in a region as large and diverse as the Hudson Valley, your hometown choices are seemingly endless. SoHo-style living in a loft in one of our cities? Yep, we’ve got it. An old farmhouse in a tiny rural hamlet? Check. Mountain resort villages, bedroom communities, cozy college towns? Yes, we have all those, too. The seven communities we chose to highlight in this issue certainly run the gamut — from Beacon (my hometown), a funky city that continues it’s amazing arts-fueled transformation; to the tiny Greene County village of Athens where renovation buffs are eagerly snapping up a surprising number of architectural gems. So, whether you are looking for a new place to call home or you simply want to find out what is going on in another neck of the woods, check out our cover story, beginning here. You’ll also be interested to see if real estate prices are up or down in your town. We’ve got all the revealing stats for communities in six different counties; you may be surprised at what you find! 

I’ve become obsessed with the idea of planting a pawpaw tree in my Beacon backyard

Also in this issue, we queried nine of the hottest interior designers in the region to discover their favorite picks (from colors to fabrics to furniture), their biggest coups, their best hard-won advice (measure twice folks, measure twice), and even their favorite kitchen gadgets (I had never even heard of an onion saver before). The fun starts here. For all you gardening enthusiasts out there, we also have an article on one of the hottest trends around — creating an edible landscape. What I didn’t realize is that many edible plants also make for surprisingly easy-to-maintain and highly decorative landscaping. And finally, I have to admit that after reading this article, I’ve become obsessed with the idea of planting a pawpaw tree in my Beacon backyard. You don’t know much about the pawpaw? You vaguely thought it was a tropical tree bearing oversized fruit? Me too. But it turns out that the pawpaw is native to the Hudson Valley and bears a large fruit that is often described as a one-of-a-kind cross between a mango and a banana.

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See, you really can learn something new every day.

Happy Reading.

Olivia J. Abel
Editor In Chief


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