Blog :: 12-2015

Walk It Off!

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Like many of you, we occasionally have holiday houseguests. After the pleasure/pain of menus, marketing, cooking and cleaning up, there are still hours in the day that need to be filled by something other than food consumption, preparation and cleanup.

A wonderful choice is a walk, or if you are young and/or ambitious, a more challenging hike. I live on one of the most beautiful roads in the Town of Northeast (Millerton) and I often simply forget to walk there.

When I go out walking with guests, I appreciate anew the beauty of my natural environment. If you live on such a road, take advantage of it. Perhaps you live on some beautiful land and rarely make time to walk just for pleasure. Just do it!

If you and your guests are ready for something more challenging, don’t forget our local public hiking trails such as Lion’s Head or the trails of Taconic State Park (Millerton). There are also less rigorous walking trails at the Sharon Audubon Center, Millerton/Amenia Rail Trail, and Bartholomew’s Cobble. It is amazing what some cold air and exercise will do to restore true holiday cheer!

 

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    Hometown for the Holidays

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    Where we shop, where we eat and have fun -- all of it makes a community home. In the Northwest Corner our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of and create a distinctive character for each of our towns. And the holiday season offers residents an opportunity to buy gifts crafted by our neighbors.

    For every $100 you spend doing your holiday shopping locally, $68 recirculates into the community, supporting local jobs and reinvestment initiatives.

    We have a large body of artisans offering unique jewelry, fine art, ceramics, pottery, holiday wreaths, fresh and dried flower arrangements, woven goods and more. Our farms and local food purveyors offer fresh meats, poultry, vegetables, baked goods, jams, cheeses herbs, milk, nuts, apple cider, and locally produced wine, beer and liquor.

    To discover where you can purchase local offerings, please check out Best Bets on our website as well as local newspapers and flyers.

     

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      Let it Snow!

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      Okay, I hear the groans. Let’s set thoughts of shovel-ing aside for the moment and focus on enjoying our great out doors. Remember that many people travel from afar to vacation here!

      If you have the right outdoor prep routine, you’ll be able to thoroughly enjoy hiking on our beautiful land trails, skating over our pristine iced lakes, or soaring down our many ski slopes, cross or downhill.

      Here are my favorite tips:

      First, moisturizer holds body heat. Glob it on right after shower/bath.

      Next, make sure you have non-cotton socks and that you don’t walk around in them before booting up. Socks on immediately followed by boot. Keeps your tootsies warm.

      Make sure your scarf allows your breath to escape or you’ll get chapped cheeks and lips.

      Layer up and you’re good to go.

      We live in a gorgeous spot - get out and enjoy it!

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