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Lovely 2 Bedroom COZY COTTAGE in the Town of Newburgh.  Two Bedrooms, 1 NEW Bath, COUNTRY STYLE KITCHEN with WALK-IN PANTRY. Newly Refinished Floors throughout, New Windows.

1050 Square Feet.

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Lot’s of Sunlight Fills All The Rooms!

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Washer/Dryer Hookup Available. Cable Ready.

Tenant Pays All Utilities and Responsible for Lawn and Snow Maintenance. Landlord provides lawn mower for the renter to mow lawn.

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Walking Distance to Newburgh Waterfront. Close to I84 + NYS Thruway



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Landing Hardwood floorsThis Cozy Home has a Front + Back Porch, Deck and a FULL Fenced in Backyard. 

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Dining at Valley Restaurant at The Garrison

Dining + Inn + Weddings + Golf


 The Garrison in Putnam County is a Destination Restaurant in the Hudson Valley. It’s a favorite among locals, weekenders and people who like to take a drive out of the city for dinner.

Last week,  I toured The Garrison which is also a Hudson Valley destination wedding location and includes a four room Inn and an 18 hole golf course. Now, I know what everyone else is raving about!

The Valley Restaurant and The World End Bar are the two main dining areas of the signature critically-acclaimed fine dining restaurant.  The Valley Dining Room exudes a combination of country charm and modernism. Both have stunning views and outdoor dining is available on the patio. Dinner is served Thursday – Sunday starting at 5pm and Weekend Brunch is served on both, Saturday and Sunday from 11:30am to 2:30pm. Reservations are recommended.

This is the place where you can watch the sunset, sip cocktails and enjoy a delicious

Farm to Table Dinner or Weekend Brunch.

The World End Bar got it’s name because it has a view of the bend on the Hudson River.  In it’s pioneering days, if you didn’t know how to steer the boat around this curve you could crash.


 Vincent Mocarski is the Executive Chef who has been at the Garrison for 16 years. He makes everything in-house and that starts with the sauces and stocks.  The Garrison also has their own Pastry Chef, Kirstie Castellano who makes house baked breads, desserts and ice cream.

IMG_9644 A house favorite here is the Parsnip Soup. Which is a Duck Confit Brioche with Chives. It goes well with the mild taste of the Herb Focaccia.  Herbs and vegetables are farm fresh and from their own garden. They grow plenty of fresh herbs that are used in everything from cocktails to desserts, as well as vegetables like baby carrots, squash, tomatoes, zucchini and a wide variety of other vegetables.

The Hudson Valley Story Says:

The Garrison is a place to Sit + Sip + Savor All The Flavors Of A Well Defined Menu.

The Garrison Outdoor Dining Patio. Photo Courtesy of The Garrison

The Garrison Outdoor Dining Patio. Photo Courtesy of The Garrison

Couples like this restaurant for it’s spectacular view, atmosphere and everything tastes so fresh.  It’s a place to start off with a cocktail. The Garrison is known for their Extensive Wine List and After Dinner Drink Selections. They also make house made syrups and tinctures that include fresh ingredients for cocktails. Two house favorites are: The Garrison’s Manhattan which is made from local bourbon from Warwick Valley Distillery, blood orange made syrup and local sour cherry liqueur. Gin Martini’s are also made with local Warwick Valley Gin, Elderly Flower Liqueur, Fresh Squeezed Grapefruit Juice and a Splash of Champagne.

IMG_9610 The Menu at the Garrison is very Farm To Table. It changes from week to week and offers in season different daily specials.  Fresh herbs and vegetables from their garden are included and prepared in a way only the The Garrison can.

Small Plate favorites here are Wild Cod Tacos with scallion and cilantro, Maine Lobster Sliders with Old Bay Fries or Salad, Maryland Crab Cakes and Raw Oysters.

The Tripple B is a popular selection available Thursday evening and during Brunch on the weekend. It consists of Beer or a Bloody Mary, Beausoleil Oysters and a Burger.

IMG_9659Dinner Entree favorites are Valley Wagyo Beef Burgers, Long Island Duck Breast and a Weekly Fish Special. The Long Island Duck Breast is a Hudson Valley Foie Gras  served with Duck Fat Potatoes and Grilled Ramps.

Dessert Is Truly A Treat

IMG_9677The Hudson Valley Story says:  The Strawberry Shortcake is A Must-Do! Mascarpone Moose, Chiffon Cake with Strawberries, House Made Basil Ice Cream and Yuzu + Pistachio Crumble. The flavors and lightness of this dessert and the house-made basil ice cream were incredible. I wanted to take a second order to go!

Other Unique crafted desserts include a Churro Ice Cream Sandwich with Mexican Hot Chocolate Dipping Sauce, and a Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Mousse, Whiskey Carmel, Cinnamon Sorbet and Carmel Popcorn. We hear the Elvis Cheesecake is on point and House-made Ice Creams and Sorbets are served.

IMG_9572Brunch offers a variety of dishes including Maine Lobster Omelette,  Nutella with Banana French Toast, Short Rib of Beef Hash, as well as small plate appetizers, Burgers and more.

Guests like the complexity of flavors that come through and that the menu items are unique. Everyone who dines at the Garrison loves the experience. Many of the locals dine here twice a week. They come in after a long day at work in the city and on the weekend. Couples from the city like to drive up for dinner and a lot of the restaurant’s clientele come from the surrounding area and northern Westchester.

IMG_9623 The Inn at The Garrison features four guest rooms. People like to come up for a getaway for a night or two and golf and stay at the Inn. During the winter, several writers have also stayed at the Garrison while working on their next book.

Weddings at The Garrison


The Garrison is a Go-To Destination

In season, from mid April through mid November the Garrison is booked with a wedding every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The view from the outdoor garden and under the Arbor is breathtaking. It is a favorite place that couples from the Hudson Valley as well as the metropolitan area unite.

The Countryside Retreat is just an hour north of Manhattan. It is a favorite for Personalized Service as well as the exceptional views and farm to table food. 

IMG_9557 The Hudson Room is the glass room where Wedding Guests Experience Cocktail Hour

The indoor spaces at the Garrison were designed by award-winning minimalist designer Tony Chi. Classic, neutral and magnified by ample light is the style that everybody loves! The River Room is the Glass enclosed room that has scenic views of the spectacular Hudson Highlands and overlooks the Hudson River.


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Those Magic Green Beans: The Ken Migliorelli Story

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Farming is Big Business in the Hudson Valley!  If you’ve visited a farm stand or farmers market from Dutchess County to New York City, you know the Migliorelli Farm name. It represents  Local + Farm Fresh + Variety + Quality!  Migliorelli Farm is the name people have learned to respect!

I sat down with Ken Migliorelli at his Tivoli farm to get his prospective on farming and this Hudson Valley Story, just as things are getting ready for the 2016 season.

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Ken Migliorelli is a third generation farmer. His grandfather Angelo Migliorelli first brought broccoli raab seeds when he immigrated to New York from the Lazio region of Italy in the 1930’s. Angelo and his son Rocco (Ken’s father) peddled their vegetables by horse and cart up and down in the Bronx from sun up to sun down. Eventually, Co-Op City was built and pushed the last farmers out of the Bronx.


When Ken was about 8 years old, he found bean seeds in his father’s storage area and planted them in a row in the backyard of his boyhood house in the Bronx. He remembers after 4 or 5 days, they started to grow out of the ground. He watered them and tended to them as they flowered and then were ready to be picked. He picked them one day and they had fresh beans that night along with dinner.  That’s when he knew…he wanted to be a farmer too!

He loved watching something grow from a little seed.

That is what Ken calls his Magic Green Bean Story!


When Ken was 10, his father Rocco brought the family to the Hudson Valley. The Migliorelli family first lived on a dairy farm, Ken would milk cows and work in the field. They had about 20 acres of land and about 20 varieties of  vegetables that included Italian greens and tomatoes. In 1975, Rocco and his son acquired an additional 200 acres and expanded their vegetable production.  Ken went on to college for Agriculture at SUNY Cobleskill, and Alford College and received a degree in Agronomy, which is the study of soil and agricultural business.

Union Square Green Market NYC

Union Square Green Market NYC

This is when everything changed for the farm and Migliorelli as a brand. After college, Ken looked at the books and realized there was money to be made at farmers markets.  He expanded their originally base of vegetable production and distribution from the three original markets which included Hunts Point in New York City, Albany and the Boston District, to include Farmers Markets at Union Square, 175th street and Kings Plaza in Brooklyn. Today, Migliorelli works 30 markets, three road stands (Rhinebeck, Red Hook and Mount Tremper) and a healthy restaurant and wholesale business.

In 2002, another 200 acres were purchased. Today, he manages 1000 acres of 130 different varieties of vegetables, mixed fruit, grain, hay, rye and barely. In 1998, he sold all developing rights of his farm to be protected through a Scenic Hudson conservation easement to remain farmland and provide scenic beauty and wholesome food to our local community and the Green Markets of New York City.

Variety + Quality + Local

Mount Tremper Farm Stand

Mount Tremper Farm Stand

“Is This From Your Farm?”  Ken tells us that’s what people want to know. People want local farm fresh food. “They are surprised at how much we grow and like the consistent local quality and variety offered. ” When in season Greens are picked daily for the stands.  During farming season, Ken works from sunup to sundown doing what he loves, watching things grow.


Migliorelli also produces a half dozen fresh products like pair sauce, apple sauce, tomato sauce and juice, a Bloody Mary Mix, and a small line of frozen vegetables available at his farm stands and the farmers markets. Besides fruits and vegetables,  Ken has expanded into meats offering local pork, lamb and poultry. Four Years ago, he started growing grains and now has his own brew-master. He supplies several local breweries and distilleries with rye and barley and has launched his own brand called From The Ground Brewery which will be available at his three farm stands this season as well as some farmers markets.


40+ Seasons 

Farming is about seasons. Typically 40+ seasons. While enjoying farming for 40+ seasons, Ken tells us he’s enjoyed seeing the start up of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA’s) and smaller operations and looks forward to seeing the next generation of farmers put in their own 40 to 50 seasons.

Ken Migliorelli

 In the meantime, Ken looks forward to the future and the next ten to twenty years doing what he loves. Watching things grow! His farm offers cooking greens, salad greens, root vegetables, legumes, squashes, corn, tomatoes, garlic, onions. melons. apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots and of course the Broccoli Raab his grandfather brought over from Italy.

What’s In Season     What’s In The Orchard


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Emerson Resort & Spa Debuts NEW Look

Essence of the Catskills

The Emerson Resort & Spa

If you’ve never visited the Emerson Resort & Spa in the Catskills,  2016 is the year to go!  So, we did!  Yes,  The Hudson Valley Story just spent a couple of days experiencing the resort, spa and new restaurant, Woodnotes Grille, and we were impressed by the service, accommodations, spa and Catskill inspired cuisine. 


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After a multi-million dollar renovation, the resort has a new look that is more reflective of the properties namesake, legendary poet  Ralph Waldo Emerson.  His famous essay “Nature” was the incentive for the development of the Catskill Forest Preserve surrounding the Emerson grounds. Emily Fisher, the owner of the resort worked close with designer Rosyln Cama. Together, they were inspired by the Essence of the Catskills. They brought the outside in with open spaces, large windows that expose stunning outdoor views and an earthy color palette of browns, blues, whites and greens. The resort also commissioned a variety of new NATURE based artwork that includes sculptures, art pieces and paintings by several notable artists.  

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The Great Room at the Emerson Resort & Spa

We toured the new looking contemporary resort, and stayed at the Adirondack-Style Lodge which overlooks the Esopus Creek. Tamara Murray, Marketing Director for the resort tells us that guests that come up from the metropolitan area are surprised at how big the rooms are. The Lodge is one of two accommodation styles.  Guests can stay at  the contemporary style Inn and the mountain inspired Lodge. Both types of accommodations have multiple room styles, including suites with 2 floors.

The Emerson Resort & Spa

Downstairs is a a big living space with a big fireplace, vaulted ceilings,  a full bath and includes a porch and grounds that lead to views of the creek. Upstairs is the loft with and a full bath that includes a Jacuzzi.

The Inn rooms were renovated and include  new furniture, light fixtures and carpeting. Renovations to the Lodge include converting the old Front Desk area to a seating area with couches, tables and the grand fireplace. It’s a great place for families and groups to gather.

Photo Courtesy Emerson Resort Spa & Resort

Photo Courtesy Emerson Resort Spa & Resort

The lobby of the Lodge is picture perfect and an additional space to soak up the atmosphere with friends or just read a book. The Emerson is a place for families, couples, wedding parties, escapes from the city or a great place to stay while visiting family and friends in the area. Some rooms are pet friendly. The grounds feature the Catamount Dog Park,  a place to picnic, play volleyball and bonfires on Friday + Saturday night during Summer.

If you live in the Hudson Valley or upstate this is also a great place to get away for a night and experience a Stay-cation in unique relaxed surroundings, get spa treatments and enjoy delicious  Catskill cuisine. 

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The Spa

Photo Courtesy of The Emerson Resort & Spa

Photo Courtesy of The Emerson Resort & Spa

The Spa renovations will be complete in June 2016.  In the meantime,  spa services are still being offered on-site. Traditional Massages + European Facials + Luxury Spa Pedicure’s are available by appointment. The HVStory suggests you make as many of these appointments as you can! The Emerson Resort provides an experience of relaxation  and well-being in a picturesque setting. The new Spa will debut a new menu of treatments that will combine their natural surroundings with the deep relaxation effects of stone therapy.  A fitness center, steam room and sauna are on premises and yoga classes are also offered.  This is a place to go rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit.

Spa Treatments Are Part of the Emerson Experience!

Emerson Resort & Spa

Besides the views from indoors, the Emerson offers paths to walk and places to sit with views of the Esopus Creek and the peaks of Mount Tremper.

Woodnotes Grill 

Woodnotes Grill

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Catskill Creative Cooking

A highlight of the renovation is the launch of The Emerson’s new restaurant Woodnotes Grille.  The Woodnotes Grille features traditional American dishes. Catskill Creative Cooking is Food you know done the Emerson way, with fresh locally sourced foods, unforgettable flavors and ingredients with little innovative twists! Burgers, Steak, Seafood and Vegetarian fare are all available. The locals as well as tourists are surprised of the level of wine selection. You will find a lot of small batched made wines and spirits. Many guests from Brooklyn, Long Island and Connecticut love the redesigned restaurant and menu.

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 Dinner is served from 5pm to 10pm.

Cocktails are served Friday – Sunday starting at 3pm.

The Emerson Resort & Spa

Photo Courtesy of The Emerson Resort & Spa

Woodnotes Grille puts a spin on the classic cocktail by using high-end artisanal spirits, bitters, fresh squeezed juices and the finest ingredients.  Hand Crafted Cocktails are offered. Tell them your favorite spirits and flavors and they will create an original cocktail paired to your tastes.

Happier Hour is served Monday thru Thursday from 5-7 + Friday from 3-7  with $5 Appetizers.

Thursday Night is Oyster & Wine Night

Woodnotes Grille

After spa treatments, It was time for those hand crafted beverages and an appetizer. I chose a selection of air dried + cured meats appetizer that was delicious.  My spirit of choice that evening was Tequila.  Greg Gagne, General Manager of Woodnotes Grill made me a SMOKY Mezcal Molasses Gimlick.  This blended and complimented the meats, cranberry chutney and old fashioned mustard very well!

Catskill Creative Cooking, I like it!


Menus do change seasonally and a new Spring menu is about to be released for May.


Breakfast is served from 7am to noon. The Veggie Benedict was delicious!  Poached eggs served on sweet potato kale hash with avocado, salsa Verde + Pico  Degallo. The fresh squeezed grapefruit juice was particular sweet, fresh and flavorful.  Other Breakfast entree’s include: Smoked Salmon Omelette’s, Cinnamon Challah French Toast Stick served with Catskill Mountain Maple Syrup and Quinola Granola with seasonal fruit and a complete offering of juices are available.

The Emerson Resort & Spa

Breakfast  or Dinner the mood and views are very relaxing at Woodnotes Grille

Woodnotes Grille

 Before or After Breakfast or in the evening is also great time to walk around the grounds of The Emerson Resort & Spa along the Esopus Creek. Esopus Creek Country Stores + Worlds Largest Kaleidoscope 

The Emerson Resort & Spa

The Country Store is a must stop! It’s a place for coffee and light sandwiches and fresh baked cookies, as well as Catskill Mountain local products like Phoenicia Honey and Ariston Gourmet Olive Oils.. There are tastings on the weekends.  You will find something for everyone here in terms of shopping. The Toy Chest, the Emerson Men’s Shop, a  Home & Garden Shop and Melina’s Boutique.

The Emerson Resort & Spa

Ah, But one of the most unique things about the Emerson Resort & Spa and The Country Stores is that it is home

to the  World’s Largest Kaleidoscope   

Whether you are a collector or a tourist, you will want to see this! Standing 56 feet tall and 38 feet in diameter, the silo from the original farm (which was once an ice cream stop) built on the former Risley Flats was transformed into the World’s Largest Kaleidoscope.  The connected barn on the property was built in 1860 and is now home to the Emerson Country Stores.  Collectors + Tourists make this a destination stop, not only to view the show but to collect unique kaleidoscopes.

Emerson Resort & Spa

A 20th Anniversary celebration is planned for Saturday, July 9th to debut a new Kaleidoscope show. Viewings that day will be complimentary and many events are planned for the 1 day celebration. The Spa will also be completed with it’s renovation. This is a great kick off to Summer and just another reason to plan your visit to The Emerson Resort  & Spa.

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 A Conference Room is Available for Corporate Functions

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Destination Weddings with Historic Hudson River Views

The Thayer Hotel

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The Thayer Hotel is a Historic Destination Hotel with World Renowned majestic Hudson River views. Every season is spectacular and offers a different look.  The hotel accommodates weddings of all sizes from a small family affair to a magnificent ballroom bash.

With it’s hilltop location and soaring Gothic architecture and breathtaking views of the Hudson River, this unforgettable West Point location has been a special place for weddings for generations. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Historic Thayer Hotel is the only full-service hotel on the Hudson River from the George Washington Bridge to  Albany.20140830-Formals (775)

The celebrated settings and stirring military traditions of the United States Military Academy provide a backdrop like no other! A perfect place to start your life together in the grandest of styles.

 Professional onsite wedding planners are available to help you craft the celebration your dreams!

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The Thayer Hotel Click Here

Photos Above: Photography by Natalia

Consult with the the Thayer Hotel today for your Wedding + Special Occasion.


La Puerta Azul Mexican Food + Drink

Do You Like Guacamole + Good Times + Unique Atmosphere 

La Puerta Azul is the Mexican Restaurant with the BEST Guacamole I ever had! They make it fresh on a serving cart right in front of your table! They also make their own roasted tomato salsa and corn tortillas.


Everything about this restaurant is UNIQUE! While this restaurant has been opened since 2005, Raffi Abououkal has owned it for the last year. A veteran on the Hudson Valley restaurant scene for almost 19 years, he is excited to own the unique and well noted Spanish family restaurant.

We sat down and talked with Raffi, and Ashley Lane Front House Manager for  the restaurant for six years. Raffi tells us, from the design of the building’s exterior to the design and style of the interior this is one of the most authentic Spanish restaurant’s not only in the Hudson Valley, but New York.

IMG_8870Unique Design, Unique Food and Unique Atmosphere 

That’s what seems to be the theme not only of the restaurant, but what it’s loyal customers like. It’s the place to go for good quality fresh authentic Spanish Cuisine. Thinking outside the box in terms of Daily Specials and having something for everyone on their menu is important to them.

IMG_8876The Cantina 

The Cantina also has a unique atmosphere. It’s a great place for drinks and good food. Plus,  there’s LIVE Music three nites a week Thursday – Saturday. Thursday is an open-mic nite from  8-11. Friday + Saturday nite is live local entertainment and the schedule changes weekly throughout the month. So you can check their website or Facebook page for updates.

 Monday is Margarita Monday with $5 Margaritas all nite!

Happy Hour

Happy Hour is from 4-7 pm, seven days a week.  Half Price Appetizers are offered as well as $3 Mexican Beers + $5 Classic Margaritas 

IMG_8974 Let’s Get Back To The Food

The Guacamole  is the BEST I’ve ever had…hands down! And that’s what the local’s say too! We had Shrimp Fajitas and a well served Margarita on the rocks.

Three of the House favorites are:  Carne Asada A skirt steak with caramelized onions, seasonal vegetable, morita chile sauce and sweet corn rice. Taco’s Available in vegetable, Chicken, Fish, Steak + Pork. Camerones al Chipotle’: Shrimp, Avocado, Garlic Lime Chile sauce and Corn Rice.


Let’s Talk Dessert

This restaurant has superior desserts. I had a hard time deciding, but had to try  one of their Fried Ice Cream desserts.  Chocolate Ice Cream covered in an Oreo crust with Mexican chocolate Sauce and cajeta caramel! One word… WOW!

Lunch  + Dinner are served 7 days a week

 Brunch is served on Saturday + Sunday from 11:30 am – 3 pm. 


Family Get Together’s + Parties

La Puerta Azul is  many things to many people. A place families can come for lunch or dinner or for a special occasion like a birthday or family event. It’s a place to go with friends. It’s a place to go to meet new friends and enjoy the LIVE music in the Cantina. A smaller private room is also available that accommodates a party of 10. The restaurant is also used for community functions and can also be rented for private events.  In May, they launch the opening of their outdoor patio which is sure to be a new fast favorite.

IMG_8924This is truly a Hudson Valley Dining Destination Experience. It’s not a place you need to rush in and rush out. It’s a place to relax and spend some time. If you haven’t tried it The HVStory recommends that you do!

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Portrait of a Landscape Photographer

Mary Elliot- O’Haire Photography

mary elliott-o'haire Peace, Beauty and Joy….Never Knowing what she may find or see. That’s just some of the things that inspire Hudson Valley landscape photographer Mary Elliott-O’Haire. “I love the journey involved in landscape photography, the changing light and colors.” This full time nurse finds nature and the beauty of the Hudson Valley and it’s changing season very comforting and peaceful.

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The photography brings a balance  that she needs after or prior to a hectic day! Mary began her admiration of photography as a young child and received her first camera at age 8. Some of her fondest memories are sitting on her grand parents sofa, going through old photographs and being mesmerized by the photographs. She drove her grandparents crazy with questions. She wanted to know where each photo was taken and went as far as to write notes on the back of each photo. In high school, she took a photography class and got her first 35mm camera. The rest you could say is history!

Field of Dreams_DarkroomA Hudson Valley native living in Westchester County as a child and in Rhinebeck the last 30 years she has come to love the Hudson River. She is in awe of the beauty of the river. The river that flows both ways, has a tide and is home to so much life and beauty. She is equally captivated by barns and all the critters that live in them, especially horses.

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 She calls her self a Sunrise Girl.  “I love heading out into the darkness with a headlamp on my head as I hike, climb and walk the perfect destination. I love the darkness, the stillness and the silence which slowly wakes up and paints a unique portrait of the promise and beauty of a new day. “

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Mary keeps active in other areas in photography with weddings, engagement photos, anniversary and birthday celebrations, reunions, proms and family portraits.  She is also very active with her church  photographing religious ceremonies on High Holy Days as well as baptisms and funerals. One story she recalls is how a bride said having photos with her dog was important to her. The day of the wedding her dog was not present. Mary went and got the dog which was across the street from the occasion. She says “listening to details like that is what makes photographs special and unique to the couple.” Mary has photographed many weddings along the Hudson River and the Long Island Sound and has gone as far as Ohio and Michigan for destination weddings. This July she will be going to Indiana for a wedding.

She was also privileged to photograph a 150 Anniversary of a convent in Peekskill where Cardinal Dolan would be the celebrant of Mass. There were Nuns present from 26 countries. It was a beautiful Mass filled with joy and thanksgiving, followed by a lovely banquet.

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Mary’s goal is to continue to be amazed by the beauty of the area and photograph it. She enjoys meeting new people and capturing special moments in their lives. Some of her work is featured in local stores and coffee shops. She is looking for more new places to display her landscape work  which is available for purchase. One of Mary’s photographs will be featured on the cover of the 2016-2017 Rhinebeck Chamber of Commerce Guide. She has also donated prints to local fundraising auctions at Rhinebeck Science Foundation, Southlands Foundation and Rhinebeck/Rheinback Exchange.

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You can see daily updates of her work on

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She has had shows in January 2016 at the Newburgh Library, Rcan in Red Hook last winter and 8 large prints are currently hanging in Ten Broeck Commons Coffee Shop and Library.

All Photos By Mary Elliott- O’Haire Photography


Friday Night Seafood Buffet

MacArthur’s Riverview Restaurant

SeafoodSeafood Lovers This is for you! 

Every Friday night MacArthur’s Riverview Restaurant at The Thayer Hotel at West Point serves a Seafood Buffet from 5:30 – 9:30pm.

The buffet includes soups, salads, a variety of seafood items including shrimp, scallops, crab legs and more! Non seafood entrees are also on the buffet. A highlight of the buffet is the chocolate fountain and a variety of desserts.


The HVStory Says:  Make your Reservations Now!

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Elissa Davidson Photography

Wedding Season is Here!

Elissa Davidson Photography

Spring has Sprung + Summer is on the way! One thing for sure is the wedding bells will be ringing!  The Hudson Valley Story is featuring our 2nd Wedding Story this time with

Elissa Davidson Photography

Elissa Davidson has been photographing weddings, portraits and family events in the Hudson Valley  + beyond for a dozen years.  This well known area photographer has a Bachelors of Science in Art and a Masters in Art Therapy. Before she was a photographer she was a therapist working with all types of people.  That is what seems to give her the ability to really get to know and understand her clients on a deeper level. She likes to make each photo session unique to each client. Elissa Davidson Photography

Although she works  mostly in the Hudson Valley she has done weddings in New York City, New Jersey and Long Island. Then there are the Destination Weddings  that include Philadelphia, Newport, Napa Valley and The Netherlands.  She had an incredible experience photographing a couple in The Netherlands for their engagement at Keukenhoff Gardens. Her Dream Destination Wedding is to photograph a wedding in Scotland on the romantic green hillsides with a castle.

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Favorite Stories

Elissa Davidson Photography

“When I work with the same family more than once, it’s amazing because they know what to expect and how I work. They trust me to create a timeline that maximizes their time with family and friends. I’ve been fortunate enough to photograph three siblings weddings in one family, as well as portraits, extended family and a newborn to the family.” She calls her work rewarding to have people come to you, in trust knowing that you’ll take care of them. 

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Family Portraits

Family Portraits take many forms, from maternity + newborn to yearly family portraits. Elissa enjoys seeing the same kids every year as they grow. They also become more familiar with her and the in-studio or outdoor experience. “I love seeing the couples grow into families and the families grow!”

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EID Photography does every type of portraits including the occasional head shot and some non-profit events. Most are done in a documentary lifestyle way that she has become known for. Newborn sessions in particular are not posed. They are natural moments with the baby and family.

 To find out more about booking your wedding + family portraits
   Elissa Davidson Photography

Advice For Brides

Get To Know Your Wedding Photographer. “I encourage engagement sessions so that couples I work with are familiar with my style.” Your Wedding is a long day. It’s important that the couple and the photographer are on the same page about how the day will go and create a timeline. You want the couple to enjoy their cocktail hour and reception by mingling with friends and family.

Elissia Davidson Photography All Photos By Elissa Davidson Photography
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IPA’s, Cider + Wine That’s Grand Cru in Rhinebeck


In Rhinebeck, there’s a place the locals like to gather for good craft beer it’s called Grand Cru Beer & Cheese Market. Known as a bottle and tap room it will be celebrating their 6th year Anniversary in June.  Alicia Lenhart and Rod Johnson will celebrate their 4th anniversary as owners on June 11th with a celebration event!



Double IPA’s are the #1 craft beer served at Grand Cru, followed by IPA’s, Stouts Sours, Porters, Lager’s and Ales, plus ciders and wine. The tap room has 16 taps which is a great variety for the Hudson Valley. They have a cold  room downstairs where they keep the kegs so that gives them the flexibility to serve the volume of beers they do. Plus, they also have a healthy retail selection of over 200 cold bottled beers that you can sip and chat with friends or take to go.


Grand Cru is a proud supporter of the local craft breweries in the Hudson Valley. With nearly 40 in an hour and a half travel radius, there are plenty to bring in on tap or in cans and bottles. The talent and what is being produced is impressive. The inventory reflects the local craft brewery in a big way.


This is the local place where everyone knows each other and if you don’t they will make you feel comfortable coming anyway.  Locals and weekenders frequent the tap room and of course the tourists flock here as well.


We sat with owner Rod and his wife Alicia and talked craft beer and learned some hard statistics. Three craft breweries are opening per day in the United States.  Rod tells us that the number of craft  breweries are just now equaling the same amount of breweries that existed at the start of probation. Considering, there are so many more people in the country now and the demand is less than the supply.  Plus, another reason for the growth of craft beer is becasue the millennial generation grew up with their parents drinking craft beer so it’s their natural go-to choice.

18Cheese + Charcuterie Boards


This is a Must do! The cheese and Charcuterie boards are made from local cheeses. Many are from  R&G, Adirondack Cheese and Sprout Creek Farm. Besides the cheese boards, bread and pretzels served are made locally in Kingston by Deising Bakery.

13 This is the place you go to have a few drinks and a snack before dinner or a few drinks after dinner. You’ll find a a well curated selection of craft beers bought from seven distributors. Plus a great wine selection that includes local favorites from Millbrook Winery as well as National and International selections that change seasonally.


Hosting Events + Live Music + Art Exhibits

The Grand Cru Tasting Team Series offers  Complementary Tasting Events once a month on Thursday from 5-8pm. The GCTT  is offered about every 3 weeks where they invite a brewery and you can taste five or 6 beers that evening on tap.

Grand Cru Rhinebeck

Two  Saturday evenings a month the taproom features live music by Hudson Valley singer songwriters. The lights are dimmed, the candles are lit and there’s a completely different vibe than during the afternoon. Local artists also have monthly art exhibits.


The HVStory says if you have not visited this craft beer tap room, you should make plans  now! Be sure to order the Charcuterie Board and you are probably gonna want to take home a growler or two, too! 23

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Photos By Melissa Tyler

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