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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.

A Tea Garden in Tivoli

American Garden Design Inspired by the Japanese Way of Tea by Bettina Mueller “For anyone who has considered taking on the challenge of transplanting Japanese culture to a new setting, here is a great example, with hints on gardens, tea

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Fall Harvest Festivals

The first glimpses of foliage have arrived; uniting us all in celebration of the region’s majestic mountains, crisp autumn air and the bounty of the season’s harvest.  Fall festivals decorate the tri-state region this weekend as we embrace the beauty of the

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NYT: Buying a Second Home First

“Buying a Second Home First” by Michelle Higgins (New York Times, Real Estate, September 11, 2015) Dismayed at what their money will get them in the city, some are looking to the country to purchase weekends homes of respite.

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A Berkshire September

September by Helen Hunt Jackson The golden-rod is yellow; The corn is turning brown; The trees in apple orchards With fruit are bending down. The gentian’s bluest fringes Are curling in the sun; In dusty pods the milkweed Its hidden

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AMERICA’S BEST NEW RESTAURANTS 2015: White Hart Inn

AMERICA’S BEST NEW RESTAURANTS 2015 The Dining Room at the White Hart Inn (Salisbury, CT) by Andrew Knowlton and Julia Kramer · August 4, 2015 Bon Appetite named the White Hart Inn’s Dining Room one of the Best New Restaurants of

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The “Ice Box” of CT: Norfolk

Quirky – in the most charming way.  Norfolk, contrary to being dubbed the “Ice Box” (due to its reputation of having the coolest temperatures in Connecticut), is a closely-knit and warm community that proudly embraces its brisk reputation.  Home to Infinity

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The Rockets’ Red Glare

The celebratory firing of muskets began in the Colonial Days as a means to spread the word of victory.  Fireworks, invented by the Chinese over 2,000 years ago, have since replaced early American customs as we continue the tradition of celebrating the

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Berkshire-American Pride

Flags symbolize unity – From childhood clubs to large corporations and countries throughout the world, a flag is an expression of pride.  Each flag tells a story through deliberate design. On June 14, 2015 we celebrate Flag Day to commemorate

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Tri-State “Waterfalling”

The varying terrain throughout the Berkshire Mountains, Litchfield Hills, and Oblong Valley is decorated by a plethora of waterfalls.  Dramatic forces of nature that demand attention yet simultaneously calm our senses with their sound, cool misty air, and turbulently churning pools

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Litchfield Hills Memorial Day

  Each year America joins together on the last Monday in May to pause, reflect and honor the abbreviated lives of those who have sacrificed everything for our freedom.  Pride pulses throughout towns nationwide as we parade colors of red

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Trade Secrets Garden Event

A host, of golden daffodils… Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. Continuous as the stars that shine And twinkle on the milky way, They stretched in never-ending line Along the margin of a bay:

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Mother’s Day Berkshire Brunch

“When you thought I wasn’t looking” When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator, and I wanted to paint another one. When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you feed a

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Litchfield County: The Secret Corner

The Litchfield Hills are often dubbed “The Secret Corner.”  Nestled within the Southern Berkshires and Hudson Valley, our private corner of solitude boasts quintessential villages, artistic communities and unlimited outdoor recreation.  With the spring real estate market alive with activity, let

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Summer Camp Sampler by Berkshire Style

Berkshire Style did a fabulous job compiling all of the local summer camps that are available throughout the Southern Berkshires, Litchfield Hills & Hudson Valley regions. Berkshire Style: Summer Camp Sampler

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Eco-Friendly Homes

Love thy raindrops!  The Tri-State area is one of pride and camaraderie – a place where residents find beauty and purpose in the simplest of things.  Instead of weathering the storm, the Berkshires dance amongst it and find reasons to celebrate.

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Berkshire Vernal Basins

April Showers Bring May Flowers… and officially kick off the Tri-State Region’s infamous Mud Season.  Despite its gooey name, the surge of water throughout the Berkshires that has resulted from melting snow and warm spring rain is also accompanied by

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Chestnut Ridge Farm

Main Street Magazine (April 2015):  Chestnut Ridge Farm by John Torsiello “Entertaining has always been an integral component of life at Chestnut Ridge,” said Elyse Harney Morris of Elyse Harney Real Estate.  “The equestrian lifestyle lends itself to fabulous social

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MapleFest in Sharon, CT

400 enjoy sweet hint of spring: MapleFest in Sharon By N.F. Ambery, Special to The Register Citizen SHARON, Connecticut It was a sweet time: There were taps on the trees, sap in the buckets and tours on the trails. The

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Architect Homes: Streamlined Yet Sophisticated

Architect Homes: Streamlined Yet Sophisticated by Nancy Keates Many luxury buyers seek homes with complicated floor plans, high-end finishes and the latest technology. But architects’ homes are often simple, sophisticated structures that merely look expensive.

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NYT Review of Falls Village Inn

New York Times Review of the Falls Village Inn (Falls Village, CT) “A Review of the Falls Village Inn in Connecticut” by Christopher Brooks MARCH 28, 2015 “If the grandeur of the Falls Village Inn, underscored by its whitewashed siding,

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Tri-State Pizza

There is nothing quite like the taste of the pizza that you grow up eating as a child; it sets the bar for every slice thereafter.  Perhaps this is why the Grand Opening of Haystack Pizza in Norfolk, CT was

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Tri-State Seedlings

Spring has (almost) sprung!   As sunshine slowly melts the remains of a long winter, we joyfully welcome its sporadic warmth and the arrival of the Spring Equinox.   The Equinox, with its Latin origins meaning “equal-night”, is a turning point in

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Treasure Chest of Real Estate 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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Discovery Land’s Silo Ridge: Amenia, NY

When Rural Meets Resort: Hamptons Style Development Comes to the Hudson Valley By Julie Satow New York Times – Real Estate: March 6, 2015 “This is a brand-new approach for this area, no question about it,” said Elyse Harney Morris, a

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White Hart Inn: Salisbury, CT

Our beloved White Hart Inn in Salisbury, CT continues to make headlines!  It is truly an exceptional community gem. Click here to read New York Times’ Travel article that was published on March 4, 2015

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Hudson Valley Hues

Norfolk, CT Sunset (March 2015) “Pink sky at night – sailor’s delight.” Pinkish hues have recently saturated many sunsets throughout the Litchfield Hills – leaving me to ponder the truthfulness of the sky’s color as an indicator of fair weather as I

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Berkshire Maple Sap – A Spring Tonic

    Maple sap is winter’s reward for patience throughout Mother Nature’s coldest months of the year.  Native Americans, as well as many Asian cultures, have ancient customs that include the consumption of maple sap as a natural spring tonic. 

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The Berkshires: an Astrological Sheep

        Clean your homes, decorate with red, prepare your lanterns and celebrate! February 19, 2015 welcomes the Chinese New Year.  The first day of each lunar month is marked by the darkest day of the moon’s cycle and moves

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Private-School Sales Bump

New York Times: The Private-School Sales Bump on the Upper East Side by Julie Satow For the next several weeks, many New York City families will be in a state of apprehension as private schools begin sending out their acceptance letters.

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Mortgage Shopping and Credit Scores

Mortgage Shopping and Credit Scores by Lisa Prevost (New York Times: 02/01/2015) Borrowers need not avoid shopping around for the best mortgage deal out of fear that allowing multiple lenders to “pull,” or check, their credit will chip away at

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