The features in this issue of Hudson Valley are, to me, the perfect trifecta for November, the month in which we have a holiday devoted to being thankful. All three articles — Top Doctors, Winter Getaways and A Bountiful Feast — represent the things for which I am most thankful: my health, good times with my family, and delicious local food and holiday traditions. I am also thankful for my job at Hudson Valley magazine and the exceptional staff and contributors who make my work life so enjoyable. So this month, I am turning the editor’s letter over to them to answer the question: What are you most thankful for?
Equine-therapy days spent in the saddle, shared with good friends, that truly fill my heart with happiness and clear my mind of stress. Because we all need those kinds of days. — Carol Berman, account executive
The moments in life that show there can be calm surrounded by storm. I am grateful for the hope that comes with that knowledge. — Patrice Athanasidy, writer
To be surrounded by such a naturally spectacular place, full of hiking trails and stunning views. It continually inspires me and fosters a sense of wonder. — Sarah Daniels, assistant editor
Our audience development manager Patti Devine is grateful for many Valley perks.
That the Hudson Valley has cellphone service (I previously lived in the western Catskills for six years), a large selection of great restaurants, amazing views of sunsets over the Hudson River, access to outdoor activities, art and culture, easy access to NYC, and plenty of interesting people to meet. — Patti Devine, audience development manager
That we’ve largely climbed out of our economic recession and that more people on the whole are being hired and, in states like New York, set to receive more manageable wages. It’s more fun and fair when everyone has access to the same quality of life. — Kenny Herzog, digital managing editor
To have been born in the time of movies and technology. I am also thankful to live in the Hudson Valley, a land of sublime cuisine and culture. – Malachi Price, editorial intern
Warm pumpkin lattes as I walk to class on chilly autumn mornings, and fresh cider donuts from local farms on the weekends. – Amanda Clark, editorial intern
There is too much for one small list, but most importantly, I’m grateful for my husband and two children — plus one on the way! – Rosemary O. Fernandez, contributing writer
My new job at Hudson Valley magazine. – Jennifer Borrero, account executive