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Woodbury Common Premium Outlets

#1 Tourism Destination


Orange County

Woodbury Common A Simon Premium Outlet in Central Valley is the #1 Tourism Destination in Orange County. It is also the FLAGSHIP Outlet for the Internationally known Simon brand.

Woodbury Common has been going through a huge expansion that will be completed in 2018. But, don’t let that stop you from visiting if you haven’t been there.

They are known World-Wide for the #1 LUXURY Brands in the Retail Industry. There are over 220 shops with more on the horizon.


The aesthetics of the exterior have changed and grown and include several waterfalls throughout, as well as outdoor sitting area’s nestled with Hudson Valley views.

You’ll find brands like Tory Burch, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Burberry, Coach, Tommy Hilfinger, Kate Spade,  J. Crew, The North Face and more all at savings of 25% to 65% every day.


Let’s Eat

Market Hall is the indoor Foodie Experience At Woodbury Common. There are now 15 different dining experiences offered from Just Salad  to Shake Shack. Market Hall is located between the Hamptons and Adirondack districts. Shake Shack, Yo! Sushi and Le Pain Quotidien are located in the Niagara district and we recommend you visit these eateries as well. Le Pain Quotidien offers simple organic fare that includes coffee, amazing salads, signature tartines and baked goods. Magnolia Bakery (which originally started in NYC) is scheduled to open soon.



View from inside Market Hall at Woodbury Common

Besides Bringing the #1 Luxury Brands, Woodbury Common offers added value in customer service and amenities like Wi-Fi. Locals shop here as well as tourists from all over the world.

Coach and Shortline USA offer daily buses almost on the hour from the Port Authority in NYC. 


Besides offering TOP Lifestyle Brands, consumers love the “Shopping Trolley” offered by guest services that runs on weekends and holidays, and the additional “guest service” locations located throughout the shopping experience. You’ll find Ambassador’s throughout the outlet to assist you.


Woodbury Common employs over five thousand people and that makes them one of the top employers in the area. 

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Making Strides of Hudson Valley is an American Cancer Society Walk in it’s 21st year! Over 10,000 walkers participate in this outdoor walk annually. This years event is on Sunday, October 16th. To sign up and participate click here!

Photo Courtesy Woodbury Common

Photo Courtesy Woodbury Common

Holiday Shopping

The Holidays are always a special time at Woodbury Common. With the kick-off of Black Friday sales to strolling carolers and of course Santa Claus! 

11/27/2015 Woodbury Common Premium Outlets Black Friday

11/27/2015 Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
Black Friday


Simon Shopping Destination International Campaign is Focused on TOURISM. That is the reason Woodbury Common is the FLAGSHIP Outlet Known Around The World!

Woodbury Common also offers a VIP Shopper Club that offer additional savings, exclusive online offers, invitations to local events, inside info on your favorite brands, email updates and more! Become A MEMBER By Clicking Here!


WC also has an extensive Social media program where you can follow on Instagram  Watch the arrival of Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato promo + video below

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Tailgating ARMY Football Style



You don’t have to live in the Hudson Valley to know about ARMY Football and tailgating on Saturday’s in the Fall. People come from upstate, down state, out of state and beyond to take in a game. Tailgating is part of the day’s festivities with people showing up by 9 am and setting up to cook, eat, relax and enjoy the game.

Get Your Tickets to the NEXT home ARMY Football Game Here 


Some start off the day cooking a breakfast sandwich on the grill.


For others, there’s nothing like a bagel.


The key ingredient is friends and family together.


So, line up the coolers…and let’s see what’s cooking!





















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Weed Orchards + Winery

Flowers, Pick Your Own Orchards

Cider, Pizza + More
















Weed Orchards + Winery in Marlboro

Pick Your Own Flower, Fruit + Vegetable Orchard. 

Weekend Barbecues, Cider, wine + pub menu and

The BEST Pizza I’ve had so far in the Hudson Valley

Oh yes, they make their own candles too!

Try the apple a house favorite and perfect for this time of year!

Plan YOUR Wedding in Their Outdoor Church

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New Form Prospective

NFP Studio



We LOVE Finding out about Fashion in the Hudson Valley.  Living so close to Manhattan and knowing that NYC is the fashion capitol of the world, it’s surprising there aren’t more young fashion designers finding their way to the Hudson Valley with it’s less expensive rents for studio’s and design shops.




We’re so glad Gail Travis of New Form Prospective (NFP Studio) found Beacon!

In these rapidly changing times, NFP fosters the concept of transition, transformation and evolution. Gail Travis has designed a collection of smart geometric shapes and styles that are of the moment, but NOT bound by time! Each piece has the ability to LINK, LAYER, FOLD, SNAP, SHIFT or CONNECT, creating a platform for PERSONAL EXPRESSION.

Ultimately, encouraging each individual’s NEW Form & Prospective!

NFP: Spring 2017 – new perspective coming soon….

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NFP: Sag Harbor Trunk Show @shop_addo this weekend! Getting ready for Fall!

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NFP: Getting excited to leap into Fall!

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Designer Gail Travis calls the flagship Beacon studio her base. What started as a pop-up store a few years ago is now open by appointment only. She also has a store in NYC at 215 Mulberry Street. 

Flagship store

Beacon NY Flagship Store & Studio

After working in the high-end fashion design world in NYC for 10 years for companies such as Calvin Klein, Shelly Steffee and Vera Wang, Gail was fatefully guided to design her own brand free from mainstream trends. The GAIL TRAVIS Collection is inspired by her surroundings, personal interactions, experience of movement and architecture and structure. Ultimately, these inspirations morphed into the modular building-block of her designs.  

Knitted sweaters (NIT), hand felted dresses (FELT) and tops and foundation jersey pieces of TANKS, BODYSUITS & LEGGINGS (PHRAME) collectively present a unique line of architectural building blocks.

NFP additionally offers a distinctive line of TUNICS, DRESSES and FLOOR-LENGTH GOWNS using a signature felting technique, one of the oldest methods of fabric-making.

NEW  FORM PROSPECTIVE marries felting with diaphanous featherweight jerseys in subtle, muted colors creating stunning, sophisticated, modern foils for layering knits. 





We Encourage you to View Gail Travis NFP Collection by clicking the NFP logo below

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When in NYC Visit the NFP Shop at 215 Mulberry Street

Photos Courtesy NFP Studio 

Fall Fashions Arriving at Groovy Blueberry Clothing Co

Embroidered Sheer Tunic Top

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Groovy Blueberry Clothing Company

Embroidered Sheer Tunic Top available in Black, Blue + Turquoise

Western Pattern Shawl

Western  Pattern Shawl 

Navy & REd Poncho

Bold Chunky Stripe Navy and Red Poncho also available in Gray + Brown

Women’s Autumn Rainbow Yoga T-shirt, Hoodie + Yoga Pants


See The Blue Spinner, Eclipse Jawbreaker, Charcoal Swirl and other original Groovy Blueberry tie-dye selections.


Browse N Buy Their NEW Arrivals

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Did You Feel That

Something’s Happening…Did You Feel That

No, Listen! I’ll wait for you.

Yup, I felt it…I bet you did to! It’s that time of year, fall is coming and we need to start thinking what are we going to wear!

You see, something happens after July 4th.  While we are enjoying Summer barbecues, beaches and HOT Summer days, retailers are putting their summer season clothes on sale.


Eileen Fisher The Lab- Irvington. Photo By Melissa Tyler

It starts innocently enough, a few transitional pieces start showing up in stores and online. I’m sure your getting emails from your favorite stores that strategically show a brands inventory. By August 1st, it’s official! We are in full swing Back to School mode, or in my case, time to build your work wardrobe for a new season.  Last week, I visited the Eileen Fisher Lab Store in Irvington. If you follow my features, you may have read my previous story on Eileen Fisher and you know that Irvington is the headquarters of the Eileen Fisher brand.


Eileen Fisher – The Lab, Irvingtoon. Photo By Melissa Tyler

Dear Reader, Something is happening in my life and it’s effecting my my closet. Maybe it’s my age, maybe it’s the times we are living in, Maybe it’s HOW the world is changing. Maybe I am changing. Whatever it is…take heed…once you learn to LET THINGS GO…Change is Good! Um… Sometimes. GC-T3931-BONE-ALT

Take some advice. Start looking through your own closet. Take time to take some stock of what you own, what looks great on you and what doesn’t. A new season gives us the opportunity to do this.


If your looking to update your look or fill in pieces this is the time to get organized and really be honest with yourself.

Go ahead…go to your closet and try on EVERYTHING…create some new looks and outfits. You know that sweater you love from a few years back? It may not look that great anymore. Or, on the other hand, you may find something that needs to be replaced or matched up with something new.


Make sure you have the basics. This means a basic black dress, white shirts, skirts that are the right length and look flattering for your age and figure and tops and sweaters to get you into Indian Summer and cooler days.

Taking it easy.

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I updated my closet with a NEW black suit that is modern and I can’t wait to wear it for work and events. Eileen Fisher offers modern polished looks that are classic.

Browse + Buy online for the latest looks from Eileen Fisher

Visit The Lab in Irvington, Bloomingdales in White Plains, and the Eileen Fisher outlet store in Central Valley.



Less but better.

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Green jeans. 🌎 (And by that we mean 100% organic cotton.)

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Essentials with potential.

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Victory Cup Polo + Farm Bash: Pawling

Get Your Farm Bash Tickets Here 

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Join thousands of spectators at The Victory Cup  for “The Best Party of the Summer” and watch intense polo match-ups on a gorgeous polo field at Kirby Hill Farm in Pawling  on Saturday, July 16th.

Join us on July 16th in #Pawling, NY for our #VictoryCup #FarmBash #Polo Match. 🏇👒🍽

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Dress to Impress! Gates open at 11:30 am for VIP Pass holders only for a GH Mumm Mimosa and Tito’s Bloody Mary Station in the VIP Tent. A Catered lunch in the VIP Tent will be catered by Chef Rich Parente of Clock Tower Grill. 

The days event includes a polo match, local farm to table food, 30 food and alcohol tasting partners, and a  Farm to Table Diner served on a long table after the match in the middle of the field. Gates open for General Admission at 1pm. Activities include a sponsored car show, VIP Art Show, Children’s Playground and the Green Chimneys Traveling Barnyard. 

The Victory Cup is proud to be a kid friendly & pet friendly event! 🏃🏼🐶

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From 1-2pm enjoy the National Anthem by local artists, a flyover and then the Diamond Properties Polo Battle Begins!

Ticket prices for our New York Farm Bash event on July 16th are increasing at midnight TOMORROW!

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3PM is the Stomping of the Divots and charity partner Green Chimneys Birds of Prey Show.  Green Chimneys’ renowned Farm & Wildlife Center is home to 50 birds of prey. 

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A tribute to supporting local, sustainable agriculture the event is held in the Hudson Valley on a working and picturesque farm in Pawling. This is not your typical uptight polo match. Come ready to party and enjoy an awesome farm to table meal prepared by Chef Rich Parents of Clock Town Grill on the polo field, after the match, and with the polo players!

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A VIP Fashion  Contest is scheduled for 3:30 with VIP Best Dressed Awards

The hat contest that we'll always remember. 👒🏇🎉

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From 4-5 pm are Final Polo Match Chukkers, the Black Stone Check Presentation to Charities and Sponsored Player Awards and Trophey Presentations including a GH Mumm Champagne Sabering.

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Sarah Vickers and Kiel James Patrick at the 2015 Victory Cup Polo event in Patterson, NY. Photo by Melissa Tyler

Dinner On The Field Click Here For Tickets

Happy Flag Day! 🇺🇸

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Victory Cup is committed on ensuring an unique experience. Their goal is to maintain and improve the quality of the event, refine the VIP and General Admission experience, while slowly and consistently growing the event each year.  In 2015, two thousand attended and approximately $25,000 was donated to various charities. 

Just 55 miles north of Manhattan, you can take the train too! MTA is a partner of the event.  Kirby Hill Farm is a modern equestrian center an hour north of New York City. Located on a rolling countryside of forest and trails. This 5-star equestrian facility provides horse enthusiasts with premium boarding, training and recreational options for nearly every discipline and skill level. Kirby Hill offers boarders top level equestrian care featuring 85  stalls, two indoor riding arenas and more than 30 paddocks located on 247 picturesque acres.

#NationalSelfieDay 👒🏇📸

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 The Victory Cup has broken the mold and throws a polo match that everyone can enjoy. This event is all about meeting great people, respecting the sport, the horses and the players and having a great time!

Victory Cup, presented by Black Stone USA was an annual social event and fundraiser that Senator Greg Ball held during his time in office. Now that Greg has returned to the private sector, Victory Cup lives on as a private, for profit event and

‘The Best Party of the Summer’

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The event Hosted by Black Stone (a technology and marketing company) is a fundraiser, in part, for their cherished not for profit ‘Green Chimneys’.

Valley Table Magazine is also a sponsor of the event

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Come on out and enjoy a gorgeous day of food, fashion, majestic horses, beautiful people and heart pounding polo at the Victory Cup! Now, in its tenth year. The Victory Cup has become the networking destination drawing polo enthusiasts and novices alike!

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The Thayer Hotel Summer Giveaway

Time To Getaway

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Tell Us Why You Need A Getaway!

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The Hudson Valley Story is Kicking Summer off with The Thayer Hotel in West Point! In celebration,  The Hudson Valley Story is giving away a night of deluxe accommodations for two at the historic hotel with old world charm! 

To enter, tell us YOUR STORY in a short paragraph or two, why you need a getaway!

Email us at 

Please include your name, address, phone number and email address in the email as well.

Please Submit your Email by June 31, 2016

The Thayer Hotel celebrated their  90th Birthday on May 27th this year at West Point!

Watch the video of history and everything The Thayer Hotel has to offer.

The Historic Thayer Hotel at West Point is known for it’s history and old world charm, while offering superior lodging facilities and hospitality. This hotel with it’s stone facade is framed by lofty battlements and towers and suggests the look of a medieval fortress overlooking the Hudson Valley. It is the only hotel with views of the Hudson River from New York City to Albany. 

This one-of-a-kind hotel offers a full range of modern amenities. 

This Accommodation Giveaway is a $225 Value with some blackout dates that apply.

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We can’t wait to hear YOUR stories!

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  • In-room copy of West Point Leadership:Profiles of Courage

Chamber Foundation Derby Party


The Chamber Foundation’s DERBY PARTY hosted by the Leadership Dutchess Class of 2016 was a great success. The event drew over 200 people, Saturday, May 7th at the Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Cold Spring. As part of the event, guests viewed the big race while enjoying cocktails and southern style hors-d’oeuvres, live entertainment, raffles and a parade of horses overlooking serene views of Cold Spring Mountain.


The Therapeutic Equestrian Center offers an environment  where people with disabilities can overcome physical, psychological and emotional barriers. Through equine-assisted activities, both on horseback and on the ground they bring new found joy and abilities to their clients.


Nicholas Shannon, Executive Director of The Chamber Foundation and Sanya Gudim, Vice President Therapeutic Equestrian Center

The event featured a “Hat Parade” contest, Derby winner selection, silent auction, raffles, catered buffet, desserts and more! Proceeds from the Derby Party will benefit the Chamber Foundation and its efforts to build a qualified workforce throughout Dutchess County.






The Chamber Foundation, Inc., was established in 2002 to promote education and training programs for local youth and professionals with the goal of enhancing the Hudson Valley region’s future of economic growth. Its mission is to provide educational opportunities for youth and the workforce, to build and strengthen personal and business capacity, develop leadership skills and foster a commitment to community service.




Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Cold Spring is a serene and healing environment where children and adults with a range of disabilities experience physical, emotional and cognitive growth that is possible through equine-assisted therapy. 


Equine- assisted therapy can help improve the quality of life for people with disabilities as diverse as autism, down syndrome and cerebral palsy. A person on a horse is in the best possible position to encourage the development of normal muscle tone, balance and coordination. The rider typically forms an emotional attachment with the horse in a guided fashion (helping groom or feed the horse, for example) can evoke positive change. 




For More Information about The Chamber Foundation Click Here

For More Information about Therapeutic Equestrian Center Click Here 

Feature Photos By Melissa Tyler


Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern

Luxury Boutique Hotel 

100 miles north of New York City, in the village of Saugerties Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern is a Destination Luxury Boutique Hotel. With  picturesque views of the Esopus Creek and Catskill Mountains and close proximity to the Hudson River, it has become a favorite place for guests visiting from New York City, New Jersey, Long Island, Connecticut, Albany, upstate New York, as well as the Hudson Valley. IMG_0419

The Cantine Paper Mill, built in 1888 formerly stood at this very location. The mill closed its doors in 1966, and a fire in 1978 devastated the original building leaving the lot vacant for many years.  In 2010, Thomas Struzzieri; President and CEO of Diamond Mills, acquired the property. He would take his morning run by the property and thought it would be a great location to open a luxury property that would accommodate special occasions in Saugerties.

 You may recognize Tom’s name from HITS Horse Shows  Tom has a vision for creating things. He has created  HITS Horse Shows, a world class horse show circuit, Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern; a luxury boutique hotel in the Village of Saugerties, as well as the 2015 opening of  Black Barn Restaurant in NYC.



Today, 7000 square feet of versatile conference and special event space make up Diamond Mills. The conference and special event space is unrivaled by anything in the area. The hotel is compromised of 28 guest rooms and 2 suites.  The suites have two floors. One is called The Tower Suite and the other the Esopus Suite. All guest rooms have outdoor sitting areas with views of the rushing Esopus Falls.

The village of Saugerties is a short walk up the street where guests can enjoy shopping and local eateries. The boutique hotel offers in room mini bar, overstuffed duvets, luxury Egyptian cotton linens, room service from the Tavern, and complimentary wine and cheese social each evening in The Tavern.





May through October is the high season for weddings at Diamond Mills. The Grand Ballroom includes a terrace overlooking the Esopus Falls  and accommodates up to 300 guests.  In the evening. the the falls are lit and makes for quite a view.  For smaller weddings and parties the Fireside Mezzanine accommodates up to 25 guests.


Waterfalls at Night at Diamond Mills By Kevin Ferguson Photography

Waterfalls at Night at Diamond Mills By Kevin Ferguson Photography

We sat down and talked with Mark Rice, Concierge at the hotel for five years and Morgan Marks; Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the hotel and the Tavern.  Mark tells us how guests are pleasantly surprised to find Diamond Mills in the quaint village of Saugerties. They like how the hotel  accommodates weddings and includes world class cuisine at The Tavern.  Guests like the staff, great housekeeping and like to dine at The Tavern. 



Wedding guests have such a good experience at Diamond Mills they often tell a relative or friend and wind up coming back for additional weddings. That is how most of the hotel’s wedding business has grown.

HITS Horse Shows

Many of the exhibitors and spectators for HITS Horse Shows also find their way to Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern.   They stay at the hotel or come by for cocktails and dinner after a horse show.  Exhibitors come from all over the country and Diamond Mills offers a nearby barn with stables for equestrian owners. The outdoor patio is a great place to experience a few cocktails with the Esopus Creek view.


A conference room is also available for meetings and luncheons and many local professionals use the space to host meetings with clients.


First Friday’s are held every month in Saugerties. It’s a night of live music, tastings and shops are open late. The hotel also features a popular buffet on First Friday’s from 5-10 pm for $25 per person. There are different themes for each month’s buffet from seafood to Italian, Irish food and more. It’s Best to check the website for upcoming months.


The next surprise is when you turn the corner into the dining room at The Tavern. The dining room is large, airy and modern but elegant and decorated in a color scheme of camel and grays. The tavern is open for Lunch, Dinner and Brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

Shrimp Cocktail with wasabi mayo and cocktail sauce (pictured below), oysters, salads, flat-breads. burgers and entrees like Flat Iron Steak, Sandwich of the Day and Salmon Greek Salad are on the menu for Lunch. Favorites for lunch are: Italian Flat-bread, healthy salad bowl and Burgers. Menus Change Seasonally and are created by  CIA Alumnus, Executive Chef Giuseppe Napoli

Dinner Entrees include: Pheasant, rabbit, short ribs, cod  and salmon. To view the dinner menu click here.

Signature cocktails at The Tavern are created by Bar Manager and House Sommelier Alison Berlin. You’ll find an assortment of local Craft Beers as well as specialty cocktails that change seasonally. Currently at The Tavern ise the “Sunflower” made with Catskill Distillery Curious Gin, Triple Sec, Elder flower Liqueur, Fresh Lemon juice and “Spring Fizz” made with Gin, peach brandy, lemon house-made, grenadine, sugar, egg white and Angostura Bitters.


Diamond Mills’ sister property, The Saugerties Steamboat Co. will open as a recreational oasis offering kayaking, paddle boards and fishing charters starting in Summer 2016. The venue will also host weddings and special events.

Diamond Mill Hotel and Tavern

has continually been named

BEST of Hudson Valley since it’s opening from

Hudson Valley Magazine

To Find out more about what to do in the area like hiking trails, adventure tours, horseback riding, historic sites, the Saugerties Lighthouse, Levon Helm Studio,  HITS Horse Shows, Bethel Woods LIVE and other destination events Click Here

Mark Rice; Diamond Mills Hotel Concierge

To Book Your Hotel Reservations Click Here 

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