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The Same Only BetterThe Same Only Better   The new spa at Mohonk Mountain House offers state-of-the-art treatments and facilities in a building that blends seamlessly with the grand Victorian hotel   by Anitra Brown   For the last hundred years, Mohonk Mountain House has looked much the same — a fairy-tale castle sitting on a lake at […]
At Home with Michelle MarieThe Max Factor   Michelle Marie¡¯s exuberantly decorated estate is the anti-Bauhaus, where more is definitely more   by Jorge S. Arango Photographs by Michael Polito   When you¡¯re an artist,¡± says 30-something singer, painter, and writer Michelle Marie, ¡°you¡¯re taking a chunk of your soul and putting it out there for people to criticize […]
The ReformersThe Reformers   At last, headway is being  made in improving government in Albany, and Valley legislators are taking the lead   by Yancey Roy   Last year, New York University Law School’s Brennan Center for Justice concluded that the New York State legislature was the “most dysfunctional” in the nation. This putdown became a […]
Restaurant Review: Aroma OsteriaA Night in Tuscany   Fine food in glamorous surroundings at Aroma Osteria       By Bernadette Vail   We were running late and I impatiently steered my dinner companions away from visiting relatives and out to the car for our trip to Aroma Osteria. For years I had been hearing wonderful things about Aroma and […]
Restaurant Review: Ristorante Caterina de’ MediciTuscan Temptations   The CIA’s Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici offers true Italian fare in an authentic palazzo setting   By Grace Turner   The dessert menu at Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici recounts how the Italian-born French queen introduced the use of the fork at a 1535 banquet at Fontainebleau, thereby injecting a sense of refinement […]
Restaurant Review: Le ChateauFrench, Bien Sûr   Savoring the food of the Fifth Republic at Westchester’s Le Château     By Jorge S. Arango   I nearly starved to death last winter!” exclaimed my friend Charlotte years ago, when she was about 95. Her favorite brasserie on the Upper East Side had closed for renovations and Charlotte, who never […]
Le Pique-Nique MagnifiqueLe Pique-Nique Magnifique!   Once the retreat of famed restaurateur Oscar Tschirky — creator of eggs Benedict — and now a haven for the elderly, New Paltz’s Culinarians’ Home hosts an elegant French feast each September   By Leon Freilich   Here’s a reason to look forward to the end of summer: the “pique-nique” at […]
Farmland ForeverFarmland Forever   With programs like Keep Farming, Putnam County’s Glynwood Center is mobilizing communities to search for ways to protect the Valley’s vanishing agricultural resources   by Anitra Brown   Outside Cold Spring, at the end of a two-mile private drive that wends alongside a woodland stream, lies Glynwood Center — part working farm, […]
The Best New RestaurantsThe Best New Restaurants   For a taste oftruly nouvellecuisine, try these18 innovative eateries   by Anitra Brown   Looking for someplace new to dine out?   You’re in luck. Top-level talents are opening restaurants all over the Valley, from Dan Barber’s experiment in agricultural-based cooking at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Westchester to […]
At Home with David & Vicki SmithLove at First Sight   One look at the stunning Federal-period house in Kinderhook — with its enchanting gardens — and David and Vicki Smith knew they had to have it   By Ann Morrow  Photographs by Randall Perry   I bought a house, and I got a botanical garden with it,” says David Smith, […]
Here’s to the LadiesHere’s To The Ladies   We salute six women — among them a farmer, a book publisher, and a college president — whose accomplishments have enriched the Valley immeasurably     by Jan Greenberg   Beginning at Home Cathy Varunok and Dana Effron were nodding acquaintances until the day they — literally — bumped into each […]
Passport to PartyingPassport to Partying   Kick your summer get-together up a notch with a little international flair,be it from Hawaii, Mexico, or Thailand   By Phyllis Segura  •  Photographs by Michael Nelson   One of summer’s happy pleasures is having friends over for a backyard barbecue. Why not spice things up this season by choosing a […]
Jumping for JoyJumping For Joy   Saugerties¡¯ HITS-on-the-Hudson, where horses soar thrillingly over fences, is a great place to spend a summer weekend afternoon   By Anitra Brown   If you have an eye for magnificent horses and world-class horsemanship, then one of the Valley¡¯s great summer bargains awaits you in Saugerties. At HITS-on-the-Hudson, the new, state-of-the-art […]
At Home with Eric David LaxmanCreative Explorer   For sculptor and furniture maker Eric David Laxman, findingthe materials that go into his work is part of the fun   By Mary Forsell  •  Photographs by John Fortunato   When the road crew arrived on Eric David Laxman’s street and began tearing up the pavement to lay pipes for a new […]
The Birdman of OssiningThe Birdman of Ossining   Charlie Roberto’s job is fighting fires in New York City, but his passion is sharing his vast knowledge of the Valley’s natural wonders   By Thomas Staudter  •  Photographs by Kenneth Gabrielsen   Springtime seemed a long way off one Sunday in late March as a breeze from the northwest […]