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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.

Welcome to Autumn
in the Tri-State Region

As summer temperatures start to dwindle, and a few leaves start to turn into shades of red, yellow, and orange, anticipation builds for the most vibrant and very glorious time of year. It is a time when attention turns from refreshing dips

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Welcome Back to School and to All the New Beginnings!

It’s that time of year when our region comes alive with academic anticipation and excitement. All of us at Elyse Harney Real Estate send our best wishes to the students of the area for a wonderful year of learning, connecting,

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Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest

Wineries, Cideries, Distilleries, Breweries, and some of the area’s best Food!  This weekend, on Sept 11th and 12th, Rhinebeck will host its annual celebration of the Hudson Valley’s finest craft beverage and specialty food curators. The Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival, has been one of

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Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Labor Day Weekend is a chance to relax with friends and family as well as an opportunity to indulge in those remaining few Summer-Wish-List Activities while the weather still allows. Continue enjoying all that the Berkshire region has to offer

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Falls Village Cafe

The inviting smell of Irving Farm coffee grabs your senses before you even enter the doors to the chic yet comfortable ambiance of Falls Village Cafe. Ideally located in the village center near the Amesville Bridge and Housatonic River’s Great Falls,

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Farmington River Tubing

Grab your Group and Ride the River. Farmington River Tubing is an alluring sight of tubes piled high alongside Route 44 in New Hartford, CT. There are often equally as many smiling faces eagerly dancing around the buses that trolley “tubers” upstream

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The Rockets’ Red Glare

Celebrate Independence Day under the glow of the Berkshire sky this weekend at Lime Rock Park for a picnic setting spectacular. The celebratory firing of muskets began in the Colonial Days as a means to spread the word of victory. This weekend

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Campgrounds in the Berkshires

Simple and Refreshing, camping is about enjoying more with less. Campgrounds throughout the area make the camping experience easy – tents, trailers, or cabins – you’ll end the day gathered around a fire pit, under the stars, enjoying the exact

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Play, Eat, Drink: Drive-In

Four Brothers Amenia Drive-In is a self-described “boutique theatre,” showcasing mainly family-friendly movies, along with some comedies and dramas. Except for one showing on their popular “Throwback Thursdays,” when a classic movie is featured, all movies are first-run. On weekends, you can expect a variety of pre-show activities ranging

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Summer Music Series

The Hills are Alive with Summer Concerts!  This season we are excited to welcome back live music at some of our favorite venues as well as a few new ones. This year, Catamount Mountain Resort has expanded to include a summer concert

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Pride Along the Hudson

This weekend Pride Along the Hudson will begin its month-long series of events to celebrate the LGBTQ+ communities.  Towns will be decorated with extravagance and festivities. New Paltz mayor, Jason West, whose role in holding controversial gay weddings in 2004 paved the

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Memorial Day 2021

The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy. Each year America joins together on the last Monday in May to pause, reflect and honor the

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Nutrition on Railroad

Cassidy Considine, a North Canaan native, has felt the love from her hometown this past week with the grand opening of her new shop, Nutrition on Railroad, serving healthy shakes and energizing teas. Cassidy’s vision for Nutrition on Railroad was

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Mother’s Day Brunch & Adventure

The value of a moment is often most recognized when it becomes a memory. The Litchfield Hills are a place of homemade memories. Celebrate Mom this weekend immersed in the simplicity of our region. Share the pause of these special

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Farmer’s Markets

On Saturday, Cornwall will kick off our season of weekly Farm Markets! May 1st from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm, the Cornwall Village Green will be decorated with vendors offering beautiful locally sourced products. Browse an array of vegetables, fruits, meats,

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O’Hara’s Landing Marina

Resting on the shore of Twin Lakes in Salisbury, O’Hara’s Landing Marina is a picturesque respite. Mary’s Cafe welcomes visitors each morning for the most delicious pancakes around while she catches up with guests as they plan their day. The Cafe

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Spring at Hancock Shaker Village

From April 17th through May 9th, Hancock Shaker Village will be welcoming visitors to celebrate the newest arrivals to the farm – lambs, kids, calves, piglets, and chicks! The oldest working farm in the Berkshires, Hancock Shaker Village encompasses 750-acres which offer

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Vernal Magic

  Slip into your wellies and wade through the ephemeral ponds throughout the Tri-State region. Vernal pools are home to innumerable species who rely upon this muddy softening of the earth each spring. Recent rainfall has extended this period of

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Seedlings

Fresh glimpses of beauty have begun to decorate the Hudson Valley region as flower buds creep up from thawing soil, local farms welcome new life, animals have begun to wander out of their winter hibernation, and our villages are alive

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Summer Camps

Whether it’s Day–Camp, Sleep-Away, or a few hours divulging in doing what you love – the songs, friendships, & memories made at Summer Camp last a lifetime. Our region’s artistic flair and beautiful landscape provide a plethora of camps that are sure to set the

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How Sweet It Is…

Maple sap is nature’s gift in return for patience throughout the coldest months of the year. Its watery composition is rich in minerals and said to naturally revitalize the body in the same way that its influx of nutrients awakens

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Love to hear the Robin…

The harbingers of spring are back en masse.  There is nothing sweeter than welcoming each morning with the cheerful song of the Red-breasted Robin – a clear strand of whistles announcing the purity and hopefulness of the coming months. On

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The Art of Beekeeping

A honeybee colony is considered a superorganism, a single creature made up of many smaller creatures – a single colony will pollinate a 5-mile radius surrounding its hive! Dan Carr, and his wife Marleen, operate Beavertides Farm, a sustainable livestock

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Norbrook Brewery & Farm Trail

Norbrook Farm Brewery: a frontier of 450-acres surrounding the brewery has been carefully cultivated into a bucolic respite of outdoor recreation. Fatbiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, disc golfing, hiking; there is something for every season.  This winter, they’ve introduced

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SWSA History

With Jumpfest Weekend on the horizon, the deeply-rooted spirit of our winter-loving community is felt throughout the village. The Salisbury Winter Sports Association (SWSA) was founded in the early 1920’s by brothers John, Olaf and Magnus Satre, who were well-known

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Tri-State Ice Fishing

February’s frigid temperatures have warmed the hearts of anglers throughout the Tri-State Region.  Ice Shanties and orange flags decorate the lakes and ponds of our Litchfield Hills.  Ice fishing, once an ancient means of survival, has evolved into a pleasurable

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Land, They’re not making it anymore…

Winter is an ideal time to explore the region. Exposed landscapes reveal the natural contour of a parcel’s topography as well as unencumbered glimpses of what lies beyond.  Wooded areas are brighter and the ground is more firm – these colder

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Save the Date & Book Your Stay: Jumpfest Feb 12-14, 2021

Bundle up and sip hot drinks around the heat of the bonfire at Salisbury Winter Sports Association’s ultimate Winter Festival, JUMPFEST! Book your stay to join the excitement! “Standing amidst the ringing cowbells, with crowds cheering on their favorites, hearing

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Berkshire Country Cafe in N. Canaan, CT

With January’s cold winter days, it is seemingly the perfect time to welcome North Canaan’s newest addition, Berkshire Country Cafe. Conveniently located on Main Street, it’s the ideal stop for breakfast, lunch, or a warm drink while en route to

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With Gratitude

We reflect upon 2020 with deep Gratitude. We have adapted, learned together, and persevered. Through adversity, we have solidified foundations, gained greater appreciations, and embraced one another to expand & strengthen our community. Thank you for trusting us in helping

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1.5-feet of Powder!

The Berkshires are Dreamlike! With nearly 1.5-feet of fresh, powdery snow on the ground, this weekend is the ultimate welcome to the winter solstice! Check out the cross-country trails at Salisbury’s Railroad Ramble or Billings Trail in Norfolk. Ski Butternut

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Snow Making Masters

It is no surprise that Mohawk Mountain will be one of the first to open for skiing this weekend! Our local love of skiing has been so strong for over a century that below-average snowfall in the winter of 1949

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Ski Swap ‘N Sale

This weekend! SWSA’s Annual Ski Sale Date: Dec 5, 2020 Doors Open: 8am Closing: 12pm Drop Off Items for Sale on Friday, Dec. 4th from 4pm-7pm Brand new cross country and downhill ski equipment, snowshoes, ski clothing and much, much

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It's a wonderful life in the Tri-State region