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Elyse’s Country Journal brings you a glimpse of the Tri-State Region’s unique charm! Browse our collection of blog posts, photos, and eclectic articles to feel the vibe of the Berkshires, Litchfield Hills, and Columbia & Dutchess Counties’ Hudson Valley. Please email us if you have something you would like us to post or blog about.

Berkshire Country Store in Norfolk, CT

Norfolk’s Berkshire Country Store is the “Ice Box” of Connecticut’s hottest topic. Located in the center of town at 6 Station Place, the country store opened its doors this past week offering a full breakfast & lunch menu, pastries, hot drinks,

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Winter’s Rose

Poinsettia’s are the highest selling potted flowering plant in the United States – over 34 million plants are sold each year!  What’s more surprising is that these sales yield an estimated $60 million in worth over the course of only a

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Gifting… Treat Yourself… Locally!

It is better to give than to receive.  As you search for that perfect gift this holiday season, treat yourself to stress-free local shopping at the many unique and trendy boutiques that surround our Tri-state region.  The Berkshire charm is

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SWSA Ski Swap 12/3/2016

“A pair of skis are the ultimate transportation to freedom.” – Warren Miller The Berkshire Mountains, Litchfield Hills, and Taconic Range seamlessly converge in a beautiful blend of year-round outdoor recreation and exploration.  With its winter identity as an idealistic family

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#ThrowBackThursday: Happy Thanksgiving!

Each year our family rejoices in the tradition of a Thanksgiving Day Hike at Bartholomew’s Cobble in Sheffield, MA, where we visit our favorite Copper Beech tree. With time, and perhaps without realization, this tree has become a family heirloom

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Flowers of Remembrance

In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place: and in the sky The larks still bravely singing fly… -excerpt from “In Flander’s Fields” by John McCrae (1915) Bright red Poppy flowers spread hopefulness

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Lakeville, Conn. A Norman Rockwell Kind of Place

Click the below article to read Wall Street Journal’s featured article on our beloved Lakeville, CT. “Lakeville, Conn. A Norman Rockwell Kind of Place“ Weekenders and younger families are settling down in the scenic village By BILL CARY Oct. 14,

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Salisbury’s 2016 Fall Festival

Indulge in a hearty breakfast of freshly made blueberry pancakes, then wander Main Street for attic treasures, global crafts, and previously-loved books and jewelry in the villages’ churches. Admire the beautiful quilt show.  Purchase delicious homemade baked goods and learn how to make

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Apple Picking

Apples symbolize the prosperity that can come from perseverance. Stories of Johnny Appleseed and his fellow English Settlers continue to be passed down with pride from one generation to the next. The apple truly represents the American Dream; a fruit whose

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Pomme d’Amore

Tomatoes, once a forbidden fruit, quickly evolved into a bountiful vegetable embraced by all. Originating in Peru, tomatoes were once believed to be poisonous – earning a scientific name that translates to “wolf peach” and represents the belief that this

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NECC’s Chef & Farmer Brunch Challenge

DATE/TIME: July 31st, 11 am – 2 pm LOCATION: Hotchkiss Fairfield Farm, 406 Sharon Road, Lakeville CT 06039 North East Community Center is kicking up their 6th annual Chef and Farmer Brunch a notch this year with a new twist

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White Hart Provisions: General Store Cafe

  In addition to offering incredible food and overnight accommodations, today the White Hart Inn debuted it’s latest coup: White Hart Provisions. The general store cafe’s entrance from the White Hart’s Undermountain Road opens to a retro chic cafe with decadent drinks

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Connecticut’s “Secret Corner”

“Round the corner there may wait, a new road or a secret gate.” – J.R.R. Tolkein The Litchfield Hills are often dubbed “The Secret Corner.”  Nestled between the Southern Berkshires and Hudson Valley, our private corner of solitude boasts quintessential villages, artistic communities

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Litchfield Hills Rail Trails

Just as Connecticut’s Northwest Hills are an interconnected web of talents and personalities, the area is also heavily woven with scenic rail trails that have progressively evolved with our communities. The tristate region where New York, Connecticut & Massachusetts converge,

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2016 Trade Secrets

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. ~Robert Louis Stevenson Trade Secrets is a two-day garden event that includes a rare plant and garden antique sale – dubbed by many to be

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Moving Day: A Blank Canvas…

Spring is a time of renewal: a time to plant seeds of new hope that will flourish with the arrival of warm weather.  “Spring Cleaning” describes our instinctual urge to refresh our surroundings – and in real estate the timing is

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“Built in 1775, I’m older than the United States…”

Preservation Personals: Enjoy the Solitary Beauty of Rural New England Like J.D. Salinger By:Filip Mazurczak This home is available for Sale: EH3208 In the 1960s, J.D. Salinger—author of the perennial bestsellers The Catcher in the Rye and Franny and Zooey—was

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Real Estate’s Pot of Gold: Our Agents

Saint Patrick’s Day originally began in honor of the patron saint of Ireland and is now shared by all nationalities with jubilant, carefree celebration. Like that of the Irish spirit, Elyse Harney Real Estate is a compilation of jubilant souls

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Berkshire’s Backyard Chickens

   Backyard Chickens have become the new family pet of the Berkshires.  Aside from the obvious benefits of free-range eggs, keeping a small flock of chickens facilitates a connection with an all around more wholesome lifestyle.  Raising chicks gives families the

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Spring’s Tonic

Maple sap is winter’s reward for patience throughout Mother Nature’s coldest months of the year.  Sap begins to run from trees when temperatures dip below freezing at night and are followed by day time temps above freezing.  This year’s weather

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A Region of Love

“Love is the spirit that motivates the artist’s journey.” -Eric Maisel The Berkshires are notorious for stimulating our inner spirits.  A region rich with beauty, culture and energy – the tri-state area is charged with passion. This weekend, the courageous spirit

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Waves of Warmth

Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow on Groundhog Day, meaning we’ll have an early spring.  Today, children are celebrating their first “Snow Day” of the season. Just like the ocean life is a constant ebb and flow. “El Nino”

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Le Soleil

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.” ― Walt Whitman Bright rays of sunshine warm our spirits even on the coldest of winter days.  Like all living things, we bask in the energy of the

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Cheers to 2016

  Thank you for an amazing 2015… & Cheers to a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous 2016!

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An “On Demand” Market

  As Millennials begin to seek home-ownership, they come equipped with a lifetime of experience in having abundant information available on demand – and a heightened ability to quickly filter through listings of interest.  Due to this trend, professional real

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What a Wonderful World…

Well I see skies of blue And I see clouds of white And the brightness of day I like the dark And I think to myself… What a wonderful world…. The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky

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Yankee Magazine: Salisbury, Connecticut

YANKEE MAGAZINE (December 2015) Salisbury, Connecticut| Could You Live Here? Author: Annie Graves Tucked away in the Nutmeg State’s Litchfield Hills, Salisbury, Connecticut, is a lovely town where it’s possible to take flight.   photo by Anne Day

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Renovated Barn in Sharon, CT

Renovated Barn in Sharon Featuring Unique Details Monday, November 30, 2015 By John Torsiello When Ruth Adams set about designing her garden at the home in Sharon, her overall intent was to create a place of serenity. Well, mission accomplished.

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Burgers & Frites: Lakeville, CT

Burgers & Frites (& escargot-to-go) Fresh local food, BYOB, and familiar faces have quickly set the stage for Lakeville’s newest community rendezvous – B&F: Burgers and Frites. Chic country-style decor and casual seating accentuate the restaurant’s contemporary menu that closely reflects local

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Those Whom We Are Always Proud

  “As we express our gratitude we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them” – John F. Kennedy The Harney Family and the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation have come together to

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Harvest Moon: October 27, 2015

“There’s a full moon risin’ Let’s go dancin’ in the light.” -Neil Young The Harvest Moon, with its vibrant color and magnitude, encapsulates the illustrious warmth of autumn. Each fall the sun’s southward movement is met by the moon’s northward momentum,

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Congratulations to Dick Herman

Congratulations to Dick Herman on operating Oblong Bookstore for 40 years in Millerton,NY. In honor of this remarkable achievement, Harney & Sons Fine Teas has made a special tea that Dick is now giving away at his store: Oblong Oolong.

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