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Our Top 10 Most-Read Posts of 2016

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If there’s one thing clear about our readers from this list of the most-read articles Hudson Valley Magazine published in 2016 it’s this: you want to explore everything our region has to offer. Among our most read articles are guides to the best new eateries, top hiking and biking spots, and pieces of the Valley’s extensive history. Here, starting at number 10, are the articles our readers clicked on the most this year. 

 

Partners in Time

Eight local couples in the food industry take us through the peaks and valleys of working and living together.

A loving couple conceive a business venture, turn it into a reality, and toil side by side. Dream job or disaster? To find out, we spoke with eight couples in the Hudson Valley who are both life partners and business partners in the food industry.

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The Valley’s Most Fun Fairs and Festivals

When it comes to enjoying summer, nothing beats a great festival. Whether you’re crazy for country music or crafts, Shakespeare or cabaret, our carefully curated selection will keep you busy straight through to fall.

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Hudson Valley Real Estate Values in 2016

Up and down the Valley — from Columbia and Orange and even Sullivan County — the real estate market is flourishing, with houses available at all price points just ready for the taking.

The Hudson Valley didn’t see much of a winter, but it’s the real estate market that seems to be brisk this year, at least if you ask the agents in the area. Beacon is flourishing, inventory in Windham is moving along quickly, and homes that are priced well are selling within weeks.

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9 People to Watch in 2016

What do you get when you mix a nontraditional rabbi, a 23-year-old cosmetics guru, and seven other visionaries? Nine intriguing locals who are transforming the Valley and the world around them.

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Top 30 Hiking and Biking Adventures

We bring you the best trails the Hudson Valley has to offer.

Hikers and bikers in the Hudson Valley are having a field day. Never before has there been such an extensive trail mix to sample. Walkway Over the Hudson now bridges paths on both sides of the river, making it possible to trek seamlessly for some 20 miles. The Harlem Valley Rail Trail finally got its long-awaited extension, stretching all the way from Wassaic to beyond Copake Falls for more than 40 miles. Plans are in the works to connect New Paltz to Minnewaska’s 90 miles of carriage roads. The proposed seven-mile-long Fjord Trail from Cold Spring to Beacon is taking shape, and rumor has it that a route from Beacon to Hopewell could be next. So get out and join the movement. Happy trails!

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Remembering David Bowie

The music legend, who passed away on Sunday, lives on through fans and fellow artists alike.

We don’t really think of Woodstock as being particularly cutesy. But that’s what David Bowie told Interview Magazine in 2002 about his first impression of the legendary Ulster County town. “I went into Woodstock once and I hated it; it was just too cute for words,” Bowie said at that time. (Gee, he would have positively despised Rhinebeck!) Still, just 10 years later, the iconic rocker — who sadly died after an 18-month battle with liver cancer on Sunday, January 10, 2016, just two days after his 69th birthday and the release of his final album, Blackstar — purchased 64 acres of land atop a pretty mountain just outside of Woodstock. Apparently, he felt differently about this wooded retreat. “This is not cute, on top of this mountain: It’s stark, and it has a Spartan quality about it. In this instance, the retreat atmosphere honed my thoughts,” he told Interview.

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Best of Hudson Valley 2016

This year’s list is bigger than ever with 288 winners, covering everything from Artisan Bread to Yoga Studios.

This year’s list is bigger than ever with 288 winners, covering everything from Artisan Bread to Yoga Studios. (Next year we’ll come up with a Z category.) How did we choose? The Editors’ picks are a year-round process. In fact we are already gathering ideas for 2017. As for the Readers’ picks, that process begins in February, when our online ballot goes live. Thankfully, you’re not shy about sharing your opinions, as more than 14,000 ballots were cast during this year’s voting period.

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Best New Restaurants

The nine hottest new eateries in the region.

Just when you thought the Valley’s dining scene couldn’t get any hotter, along come these nine new eateries, each of which puts its own unique spin on the fine art of eating out. From a “veggie-centric” spot in Troy to a seafood palace on the Newburgh waterfront, these establishments offer innovative dishes to suit every taste and food preference, whether you’re a carnivore, a vegan, or anything in between.

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The History of the Irish Alps

The Jewish had the Borscht Belt, but the Irish also once claimed their own little corner of the Catskills.

In September 2010, the main building at the Blackthorne Resort in East Durham burned to the ground. The resort lost its office, dining hall, and bar in the fire, but Kevin Ferguson gained an epiphany.

Ferguson, 55, is a journalist in Arlington, Massachusetts. He grew up in Northern New Jersey. But much of his heart and soul resided at that lost building in the Catskills. As a child, he spent nearly every summer there among a clan of Irish immigrants and first-generation natives in what was known as the Irish Alps.

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The Real History of Letchworth Village

Letchworth Village was both a model for compassionate care and a symbol of institutional abuse — and it helped make Geraldo Rivera a household name.

Ileana Eckert is now the superintendent of the North Rockland Central School District, but during high school and college in the 1970s, she worked a part-time job at Letchworth Village in Thiells. This community-within-the-community had housed mentally and physically disabled children and adults since 1911. It was one of the biggest employers in the area, and at one time had a worldwide reputation as one of the most progressive centers of its kind. Eckert worked in the cafeteria and remembers a loving, compassionate environment. “The people I knew were so caring,” she says, “and the patients I saw every day felt happy and secure.”

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