Hudson Valley Lifestyle


From style to sustainability, Chronogram’s Lifestyles section follows how those in the Hudson Valley live their lives.


Foraging for Spring Wild Edibles with Dina Falconi

Supplement Your Farmed Veggies with These Wild Edibles You Can Forage in Spring
Clinical herbalist and author of Foraging and Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Cookbook, Dina Falconi shares some great wild edibles to find in April.

Tags: Outdoors

Path to the Future: Ashokan Rail Trail

The Ashokan Rail Trail is the region’s latest linear park transformation, 11.5 miles of previsouly inaccessible path along the Ashokan Reservoir.

Tags: Outdoors

Upward Bound: The Resilience of Local Bookstores

Even in the Internet-Era, Independent Hudson Valley Bookstores Thrive
According to a February 2020 Forbes article, the American Booksellers Association has seen a 49-percent leap in its membership in the past decade. As of early March, local bookstores were on the rise.

Tags: Art of Business

Quarantine Sounds Better On Vinyl

Hudson Valley Record Store Owners Recommend 6 Records to Listen to While Stuck at Home
We reached out to Hudson Valley record store owners for their current favorite vinyls to shack up with during these socially distancing days.

Tags: Music

Social Distancing on Overcrowded Trails

As people wander through nature to breathe in fresh air during a national crisis, some trails and preserves have closed temporarily because of overcrowding.

Tags: Outdoors

Trail Etiquette in the Age of COVID-19

More people than ever are using the parks and trail systems across the nation, with overcrowding even forcing some parks to close. Aside from following social distancing practices and staying at least six feet away from other hikers, standard trail etiquette is more important than ever now so that we can all cooperatively steward our natural resources.

Tags: Outdoors

7 Ways to Get Out of the House While Maintaining Social Distance

However you decide to spend your indeterminately long reprieve from society, there may be no better mental health booster than getting outdoors. If we can’t get back to reality we can at least get back to nature. Here are 7 social distancing-compliant outdoor activities you can do in the Hudson Valley to get you out of the house and stop you from going stir-crazy.

Tags: General Arts & Culture

Hudson Valley Shops With Online Stores

As COVID-19 Rocks Our Local Economy, Support These Small Businesses by Shopping Online
It's never easy owning a small business—margins are always tight even in the best of times. With coronavirus outbreak in New York State, many small businesses have been forced to close down their brick-and-mortar locations to support preventative measures, but many of them have taken to the internet to keep providing you with the products you love—from artisan home goods to flowers to soaps and candy. Help these Hudson Valley businesses stay open through the COVID-19 pandemic by shopping online.

Tags: Shopping

6 Ways to Support Hudson Valley Businesses and Creatives from Home During COVID-19

Main Street Needs You More than Ever
Our local independent business community is the savory seasoning that makes te Hudson Valley lifestyle superb. Here are some ways we can support them during this odd moment of social distancing and staying in..

Tags: General Arts & Culture

6 Bucolic Wedding Venues in Delaware County

If you have caught on to the barn wedding fever, Delaware County is a dream destination, with a variety of spacious, dressed-up barns that have been outfitted with chandeliers and dance floors, while maintaining the worn-in charm that comes with exposed wood and handmade furniture.

Tags: Weddings

7 Hudson Valley Shops Modernizing the General Store Concept

Once upon a time, you could buy whatever you needed in the center of town at the General Store. Today's creative Hudson Valley retailers have reinvented the concept with curated blends of the essential and the fanciful, bringing groceries and much, much more back to Main Street with passion and flair.

Tags: Market

(N)ice Catch: A Portrait of Ice Fishing in the Hudson Valley

A peak into the world of upstate ice-fishing and winter anglers.

Tags: Outdoors

Chapel Restoration: Cold Spring's Riverside Cultural Mecca

When this little riverside chapel first opened in 1834, people came by riverboat to see the first Catholic church north of Manhattan and the West Point band made the mountains ring. These days, it's a cornucopia of ecumenical culture — complete with a pipe organ and some of the most slammin' sunset views the Hudson Valley can offer. Come get to know The Chapel Restoration.

Tags: Weddings

Style on Lafayette: The Hudson Valley's Largest Consignment Shop

From the $5 Rack to Brand-Name Couture, There's Something for Everyone at this Suffern Shop
Lovers of better fashion will rejoice in the finds to be had at Style on Lafayette in Suffern, where a second-generation thrifting master accepts only the best and loves helping you find The Dress—and the purse and shoes to go with it. The Hudson Valley's biggest vintage and second-hand clothing store, with 1,700 square feet of browsing space, is worth the trip from anywhere—and now available in cyberspace, too.

Tags: Beauty & Fashion

9 of the Best Places to Get Married in Ulster County

From rustic barns to quaint farmhouses, historic manors, and converted factories, Ulster County has some of the best wedding venues in the Hudson Valley. Here are nine of our favorite places to tie the knot.

Tags: Weddings

The Ultima Dress: Garrison Designer Creates an Ultra-Minimalist 21-in-1 Garment

From Long-Sleeve Hoodie to Cap-Sleeve Mini Without Missing a Beat
Yuli Ziv is a design and data entrepreneur with a gift for being ahead of trend. After lots of travel and long, high-pressure days, she retreated upriver to Garrison and created the dress whe'd have loved to have during all of those hectic years — but thanks to her, we'll have it now. Introducing a minimalist multi-tool for your wardrobe.

Tags: Beauty & Fashion

6 Swoon-Worthy Putnam County Wedding Venues

Planning your Hudson Valley wedding? These six venues in Putnam County offer a blend of downstate convenience and upstate scenery, including sweeping views of the Hudson River and the Catskill. Whether your wedding fantasy involves a country club, a farm, or an historic mansion, whether you want waterside casual with a barbecue smoking or black-tie elegance beneath a crystal chandelier, these six versatile venues are ready to help you bring the day (or weekend) of your dreams to vivid life.

Tags: Weddings

5 Events in the Hudson Valley This Week

Black History Month events, plus film, live music, theater, and more.

Tags: General Arts & Culture

Preserving Hudson Valley State Parks, One New Acre at a Time

Find out which state parklands could soon be getting an upgrade, and how it can help preserve our beautiful environment.

Tags: Outdoors

Portrait of a Modern Hudson Valley Hunter

Though attitudes about guns, animals, and the culture that grew up around the sport of hunting are changing, today’s New York hunters have a diverse array of motivations.

Tags: Outdoors

Four Hudson Valley Parks Perfect for Sledding

Slide into your winter weekend with some of our favorite local hills for sledding.

Tags: Outdoors


With Scenic Hudson Land Trust’s acquisition of 508 acres on the Hudson River just north of Hutton Brickyards, Kingston may just get a new state park.

Tags: Outdoors

2020 Picks for Best Hudson Valley Wedding Venues

We’ve rounded up 16 of our favorite Hudson Valley wedding venues for 2020 across four categories: waterfront, historic, working farm, and locally sourced menus.

Tags: Weddings

Seasonal Wedding Catering 101

Working with a Hudson Valley caterer who focuses on seasonality, like Kingston's Blue Mountain Bistro-To-Go, is a little different from working with caterers whose menus are the same all year round. Here are three tips to help you get ahead.

Tags: Weddings

All Downhill From Here: Hudson Valley Ski Resort Updates for the 2020 Season

This winter already has several large snowfalls under its belt. Want to make the most of the powder? Here’s an update on what’s new slopeside at the region’s ski resorts.

Tags: Outdoors

Petal Pushers: 8 Hudson Valley Floral Designers Who Will Make Your Wedding Bloom

For couples tying the knot in 2020, early winter is peak period for seeking out vendors. We’ve rounded up Hudson Valley floral stylists that will make your wedding, er, bloom.

Tags: Weddings

New Year’s Eve Fun and More Among This Week’s Hudson Valley Events

Another assortment of delicious doings right here in the Hudson Valley—including.

Tags: General Arts & Culture

Gifts that Give Back: A Hudson Valley Gift Guide

If you're looking to return to the true giving spirit of the season and do a little more with your presents, consider shopping for gifts that give back this holiday season. We've rounded up

Tags: Shopping

Five Hot Holiday Happenings in the Hudson Valley

Between swigs of eggnog, try to make it out to one of these sure-fire seasonal events.

Tags: General Arts & Culture

Five Fine Events in the Hudson Valley

In this week’s roundup of Hudson Valley happenings, the seasonal theme continues, augmented by a solemn-but-triumphant commemorative event at Bard College.

Tags: General Arts & Culture

Phil Kline’s ‘Unsilent Night’ Debuts at Art Omi this Christmas

The Sonorous Holiday Classic Returns to the Hudson Valley Saturday, December 21st
The music of composer Phil Kline, a veteran of New York’s downtown scene, is set to transform the Art Omi Sculpture & Architecture Park into a winter wonderland on Saturday, December 21. A luminous soundscape played by the audience; Unsilent Night is a free, participatory, outdoors event that has been celebrated worldwide every December since 1992.

Tags: Holiday Events

4 Reasons to Think About Estate Planning, Even if You’re Not a Millionaire

Why you should consider estate planning at any age or income level, from kids to your pets to your email account.

Tags: Money & Investing

Gifts From Hinterland: New York-Made Gift Baskets from Women Artisans in the Hudson Valley

Designer and hospitality industry veteran Jennifer Salvemini has curated locally sourced gift baskets for the holiday season, bringing together handcrafted artisanal goods from women makers in the Hudson Valley.

Tags: Shopping

Effortless, Sexy, Cool: River Mint Finery Opens in Kingston’s Stockade District

Kat Hammill and Cindy Joffe have been running their chic, minimalist women’s apparel and accessories boutique together since 2015 while living a cool 1,000 miles away from each other, in Rhinebeck and Atlanta, respectively. Their Kingston location is now open.

Tags: Kingston

Gear Up: A Gift Guide for the Outdoor Enthusiast

Six Hudson Valley outfitters—Mountain Tops Outfitters, Potter Brothers, TRT Bicycles, Rock and Snow, Esopus Creel Fly Fishing, and Old Souls—share their holiday season gift picks for the outdoor enthusiasts on your list.

Tags: Shopping

Winter Wonderland 2019: Hudson Valley Holiday Event Round-up

A round-up of the region’s best holiday happenings, including Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night, Sinterklaas, Winterwalk on Warren Street, Polar Express Train Ride, Poughkeepsie Celebration of Lights, and Made in Kingston.

Tags: Holiday Events

Fluff Alpaca: Spinning a Cozy Business Plan

Love should be like alpaca fur: waterproof, hypoallergenic, warm, silky and durable. At Fluff Alpaca on Warrern Street in Hudson, you'll find alpaca treats for you and those you love that are beautifully designed and practical — yet so lush and cozy they'll spoil you silly

Tags: Beauty & Fashion

Gentleman Farmer: A Mood and a Lifestyle

Sustainable Men's Grooming Products for Today's Renaissance Man
Berkshires-based menscare brand Gentleman Farmer offers a full line of products that are vegan and cruelty-free and contain no sulfates, parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde or formaldehyde-releasing agents, mineral oil or other petrochemicals, synthetic fragrance or propylene glycol.

Tags: Beauty & Fashion

Lux-ury: Artisan's Garden Offers Vintage-Inspired Handmade Couture in Woodstock

According to designer Lisette Lux, "haute couture is dead," but that didn't stop her from finding a modern version of hand-crafting high end garments for her new Woodstock boutique Artisan's Garden, where you can find handmade 1940s-inspired bridalwear, dressed, jackets, and

Tags: Beauty & Fashion

Vassar's "House of a Thousand Treasures" is a Welcoming Hearthstone for Your Next Event

The Vassar Alumnae House, on the college's campus in Poughkeepsie, is a Tudor-style mansion rich with period details like leaded glass windows and wood paneling. When not hosting events for alumni/ae, the decadent space is available for rental for events small and large from bar/bat mitzvahs to weddings.

Tags: Entertaining


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"Tools & Teachings for Trying Times" for grades 9-12 @ Maya Gold Foundation

"Tools & Teachings for Trying Times" for grades 9-12

Tuesdays, 4-5:30 p.m. and Thursdays, 4-5:30 p.m. Continues through April 30 — This 4-week program is an offering to Hudson Valley teens designed to...

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