Diversions

October 9, 2018

If you are looking for something to do this weekend that doesn’t involve apples, pumpkins (and you know I love both) or seasonal crowds, look no further than your nearest SUNY. Yes, that’s right, go back to school. The fact is that 93 percent of New Yorkers live within 30 miles of a SUNY (State ...

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Fall is such a beautiful and sensory season: cool, crisp mornings, changing leaves, hot mulled cider, bonfires, and pumpkin everything. I could probably list 10 fun fall activities every day for the month of October. The Hudson Valley and Fairfield County, Conn., have some of the best, most ...

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New York State’s primary election is the same day that this edition of the paper will be in your hands, and I’ve been giving it a lot of thought. It’s no secret that I am a political junkie but not in the partisan sense; rather, as an informed and engaged citizen. I am genuinely interested in the ...

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Summer is waning, school is starting and I am eagerly anticipating a rich, crisp fall. I love al fresco dining, love it more on the water, and the most, as the seasons begin to change. In the spirit of the upcoming holiday weekend and the Diversions “Best Of” lists, I’ve picked my top eight outdoor ...

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A few weeks ago, some of the girls in the office were craving fro-yo and invited me along. I think I may have had frozen yogurt in my past but it didn’t leave enough of an impression for me to actually be sure. However, they were raving about it and I’m game for trying almost anything and then of ...

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I love New York. No secret that I’m a huge fan. I could write an entire column just about the majesty, wonder and vitality of this great state. There is so much to see and do and experience that most weeks I have trouble narrowing down what I am excited about.  This week I had a plan, and then ...

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I know there is no end to the well-known and off-the-beaten-track diversions and excursions in the greater Hudson Valley; I discover new spots almost every day.  However, sometimes I have to travel outside of the radius I’ve created for this column, for work and for pleasure. This week I have to ...

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I’ve decided to devote a lot of time this summer to exploring health and wellness. Being a person who has no preoccupation with age but still has a young child, this is probably not a bad idea. However, full disclosure: we have launched a new healthy lifestyle magazine here at Halston Media, so my ...

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Putnam County: ”Where the country begins” pretty much sums up my view every day as I traverse this beautiful area. At every turn there is a reservoir, farm, trail or the stunning vista of the Hudson Highlands. Less development and fewer traffic lights showcase nature’s bounty uniquely during each ...

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What consistently rates 4.9 to 5.0 on the major customer review sites? What business is both destination and resource, a tradition, a haven, valued, endangered and has something for everyone, at every age?  Hands down, it is your local independent bookstore. They have faced challenges (think “When ...

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I’m so excited to be preparing for a summer jam-packed with diversions! Memorial Day weekend is my official kick-off, but this year the week leading up to the holiday really set the tone for what I’m sure will be a season of adventure. So, while I’m busy planning my routes and exploring new places, ...

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It is almost unfathomable to me that we are out of power again. Weren’t we just recovering from the back-to-back nor’easters of March? Yikes! And while I am still out of power, I consider myself and my family to be fortunate; just a few houses from mine, and all over Westchester and Putnam ...

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Now that I am confident that we have turned the corner on winter and the warm weather is here to stay, it is time to commit to that timeless ritual: change of season, change your closet. I actually like it, that chance to get reacquainted with my favorites and to question once again why some things ...

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If you have a pulse, you are well aware of the reuse/recycle/repurpose trends that are everywhere, regardless of age, background, demographics or even interest. What exactly am I talking about? I’m talking about a trend—or a movement, really, that includes minimalist millennials, thrifty families, ...

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This week I am out in the Midwest visiting my mom, a retired art teacher who lived in New York for more than 50 years. She says what she misses most about the East Coast is the access to incredible cultural experiences, specifically art installations and art museums. So, I decided that she will be ...

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Is it really spring? I am not so sure; still plenty of snow to be seen when I am out and about! But the calendar tells me otherwise. My husband recently returned from Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Fla. On the heels of all the crazy nor’easters, I might add, and since then he has been pointing out ...

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It has been just a few days since our last storm and I hear there is another one on the horizon. Spring cannot arrive soon enough for me! If you don’t have a real diversion planned in the next few weeks or if your kids lost most of their spring break, I have a great weekend getaway for you. I’ve ...

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Where do I start? It’s been a crazy, stormy week, to say the least. Personally, my home was without power for just under a week. We got it back and poof! It was out again. I hope that none of us ever take our heat, hot water and lights for granted again. I can’t believe that I was ever irritated ...

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A few warm days at winter’s end always get me thinking about spring. This week was no exception. I started thinking about gardening and reconnecting with the (no longer snow-covered) land. Here in the Hudson Valley, we are fortunate to have a plethora of local micro-farms, orchards and ...

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So, since last week’s column mentioned wineries but I only talked about New York State products that I love, I thought I’d follow that up with, yes, some of my favorite regional vineyards.  Everyone knows I like to support local businesses, particularly makers, creators and growers of craft food ...

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It’s no secret: I love New York.  I love everything about living here: the beauty, diversity, creativity and ingenuity of the Empire State. (By the way, the Empire State references our state’s great wealth and resources, no kidding!) And I do my best to support the makers, creators and artisans of ...

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So, it’s still winter (many thanks, groundhog) and we are between holidays, but when I was out and about exploring places to score Valentine’s Day treasures I started thinking about thank you notes. Yes, the bane of my existence as a child, but now an exercise that I love and appreciate. I’m not ...

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Valentine’s Day is still a week away and while last week I tempted you with sweets to  give your sweetheart, today I’m all about gifts. I adore charming, unique and thoughtful treasures that show that special someone that you genuinely considered their taste and style. Giving a great gift from a ...

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In less than two weeks we will be celebrating one of my favorite holidays, Valentine’s Day. A little history: St. Valentine’s Day first became a holiday associated with romantic love by “the father of English literature,” Geoffrey Chaucer, in 14th century England. It evolved into the holiday that ...

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A few days this week the temperature rose above 30 degrees. Hard to believe we were excited to experience this “heat wave,” but that’s exactly what it felt like during this crazy, cold winter. Even for those of us who love the four seasons, winter can be long. That’s why I’m so happy when ...

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I run, but I’m not a “runner.” However, as part of the proverbial “new year, new you” movement, and combined with the fact that I did run in the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run (5K) in December, I decided to keep on moving forward—literally. I have committed to the Ridgefield Running Co.’s ...

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‘Tis the season! I have now been asked numerous times about where to volunteer on Christmas Day. Even I was surprised to discover that this is not as easy as it sounds. Volunteering, understandably, has become serious business and the most organized and efficient non-profits promote and fill spots ...

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Another week and I am so all in. All in for holiday celebrations, lights, festivals, festivities; my calendar is full this month. Each week I think I have all the local events covered and I am told about or I discover another one! I wish December could last forever. Even the charitable events on my ...

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No one enjoys the holiday season more than I do. I actually try to do something fun and festive every day, even if that means just visiting a beautifully decorated community and embracing the holiday spirit. I do think, however, that part of what makes this time memorable is how we engage with our ...

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The turkey is barely off the table, but it is officially the start of the gift-giving season: Black Friday. I totally get it, although I don’t participate. I prefer to savor every single moment between Thanksgiving and Christmas with some degree of festivity and I find Black Friday is just too ...

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