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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.

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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Antiquing for Gifts

Drive through just about any town in Litchfield County, the Mid-Hudson Valley or the Southern Berkshires, and you are sure to encounter an Antique Store. In fact, in towns such as Millerton, NY, North Canaan, CT, and Sheffield, MA, you’ll

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Turkey To-Go!

The warm smell of Grandma’s homemade cranberry sauce, the precision of setting the table, the games, the drinks, the laughter – Our greatest Thanksgiving memories are in the shared experience. Living in a region rich with delicious locavore cuisine, we

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Southern Berkshire Camping

Cold air, dark night, warm fire, bright stars: there is a refreshing levity to autumn camping. Somewhere between flip flops and sweaters we have welcomed the month of November.  Porches are lined with firewood and lawns tidied in preparation for the coming

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Cathy Franklin Group of Elyse Harney Real Estate

Cathy Franklin is a 28-year real estate veteran and one of the top real estate brokers in the country. Primarily in Manhattan at The Corcoran Group, Cathy is well known for her marketing and deal-making prowess. She also has extensive

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Once in a Blue Moon

Only Once in a Blue Moon do we get to celebrate Halloween with the light of a blue moon shining brightly above. The phrase “Once in a Blue Moon” depicts the rarity of the second full moon in one month,

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Stingy Jack

“Clothes make a statement, costumes tell a story.” Halloween is one of the oldest celebrated holidays in the world.  It began as an Irish custom to welcome the energies of deceased ancestors while also warding off evil spirits who may

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Berkshire’s Autumnal Pearl

Horse chestnuts, encompassed by prickly, husk-like shells, are the autumnal pearl of the Berkshire Mountains.  Each October brings a sprinkling of horse chestnuts that decorate the region’s majestic landscape creating a scavenger hunt of good fortune.   These beautifully sleek nuts are

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Hikes with a View

“Autumn paints in colors that summer has never seen.” Race Brook Falls, Monument Mountain, Brace Mtn., Alander, Mohawk Trail… Our summits are bursting with color this season! While leaves are soaking up abundant amounts of sunshine all summer long, the

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