Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Dominic J. Giamei Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament

Please join us on September 24th 2016 for  the 6th Annual Dominic J. Giamei Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament!

This golf tournament is held each year in memory of Dominic “Big Dom’ Giamei Jr, a local Criminal Justice major, volunteer firefighter, active member of our local first aid unit,  and avid football player who tragically lost his life at the young age of 20 as the result of a senseless farm accident.
Dominic is still helping others – through this scholarship fund – leaving a legacy of his own.
All proceeds of the tournament will benefit the DJG Jr. Scholarship Fund at SUNY Ulster, a sponsor of the President’s Challenge Scholarship which gives a local Rondout Valley High School graduate the opportunity to complete an Associate Degree at nearby SUNY Ulster Community College tuition free.   35 scholarships have been awarded to date, with an impressive $10,000 awarded this year!

Participants will enjoy:
  • 9:30 a.m. registration with coffee and donuts.
  • A full 18-hole scramble on the golf course at the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa
  • Delectable dining at the resort with lunch and dinner provided
  • On-course beverages with a cash bar after golf.
  • Trophies, awards, raffle, 50/50 drawing
  • A silent auction
  • Commemorative tee shirts
  • Music provided by D.J. Jimi
The cost is only $100 per person, which includes lunch and dinner. Teams or singles are welcome. $30 for dinner only.  

To register for the event or for additional information on the fund, email debchristiana@aol.com.  We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Growing With Pride: Exploring Our Local Farm Markets

The Hudson Valley is home to a thriving farm-to-table culture, with fresh local ingredients in abundance from the first days of spring through last days of fall.

The region's rich fertile soil and fresh mountain air have kept our farmers growing with pride for more than 300 years!

No trip to the Hudson Valley would be complete without paying a visit to a local family owned farm-stand to sample the fruit of our grower's labor!  Our guests tell us they love visiting these rustic local markets, each offering a variety of fresh produce- just minutes away.

Kelder's Farm Market
5755 Route 209 Kerhonkson 12446 (845) 626-7137
U-pick fruits and vegetables from asparagus to zucchini. Farm market, greenhouse, petting zoo, field trips, school tours, corn maze, mini-golf. Open year-round, seasonal hours. 
Saunderskill Farms
5100 Route 209 Accord 12404 (845)-626-2676
U-Pick strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, pumpkins. Vegetables and fruits in season. Flowering annuals and perennials, herbs, vegetable plants, nursery stock. Bakery, maple syrup, honey, jams, jellies. Gift and holiday items. Horse-drawn hayrides in the Fall. Daily except Mondays 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sheeley's Farm Stand
2752 Lucas Turnpike Accord 12404 (845)687-4497
Organic grown produce. Greenhouse open in May for bedding and vegetable plants. July - September 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Swenson's Organic Produce
Route 209 Accord 12404 (845)-626-3915
Family farm for 50-years. Organic produce, fresh free-range brown eggs. Vegetables and fruits in season. Chestnuts in season. Daily, May - November, dawn - dusk.
Want to more to explore?  There are dozens of growers within a stone’s throw of the resort, producing more than 17 million pounds of fruit, vegetables, meat, poultry, butter, milk and cheese, maple syrup, beer and more, every year!

Visiting a local farm-stand is a great way to spend the day while visiting the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa, where there’s always something new to discover just around the corner.

With an 18 hole golf course, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms, full service health spa, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis & basketball and more, you'll feel a world away- just 90 miles from NYC.  Give us a call today, and we'll help make the most of your stay!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Hands-On History: Explore our Local Antique Shops

Antiquing has become a popular pastime in the historic Hudson Valley, and many travelers enjoy the opportunity to discover tangible treasures from the past which speak to our region’s rich cultural history.

 You never know what you'll find hidden among the shelves of a great country antiques shop!  From vintage clothing, furniture and jewelry to preindustrial farm implements, tin toys, old-fashioned technology and unusual curiosities, our local antiques and collectibles dealers have something for everyone.

So where to begin?  Our guests simply love these nearby antiques shops and vintage dealers- they’re just minutes away and you’re sure to find a special treasure you’ll cherish for years to come.
Old Brick House Antiques 
5858 Route 209 Kerhonkson, NY 12446 (845) 626-5206
Interesting, fun, relaxing shopping experience with something for everyone to enjoy. Antiques, collectibles and home accents. Americana, art, country, ephemera, furniture, glass, primitive and textiles. Open daily, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. or later. Year-round, except Wednesday.
Rose Hill Antiques
5066 Route 209 Accord, NY 12404 (845) 626-7155
Buying and selling antiques and collectibles. 1500-square-feet of 19th and early 20th Century antiques and used furniture. Something for everyone.
The Vintage Barn
176 Lower Whitfield Road, Accord, NY 12404 (845) 706-5796
Antiques and collectibles, vintage housewares, ephemera, toys and more.  Open most weekends, noon - 5 p.m., or by appointment. Closed December - April.
Downtown Antiques 
23 Main Street Accord, NY 12404 (845) 706-1070
Primitives/rustic to decorative for home, cottage and garden. Cupboards, ironstone, lighting, art and more. Open Sunday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and by appointment.
Want more to explore?  Head to the nearby town of New Paltz where you’ll find a half-dozen other exciting shops to check out, including The Antiques Barn, Medusa Antiques, Horsefeathers, and more!

Antiquing is a great way to spend the day while visiting the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa, where there’s always something new to discover just around the corner.

With an 18 hole golf course, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms, full service health spa, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis & basketball and more, you'll feel a world away- just 90 miles from NYC.  Give us a call today, and we'l l help make the most of your stay!

Monday, July 25, 2016

The Surprising History of Blueberries in the Shawangunks

Just minutes away, the northern Shawangunk Ridge was once home to a lively seasonal community of Berry Pickers who made their living foraging the wild blueberry bushes which thrive atop the wind-swept heights of what is now Minnewaska State Park and Sam’s Point.

Beginning in the early 1700’s, rugged men and women from the area would make the then long, hard journey through untamed wilds to reach these precious fruits.  A road to the ridge wouldn’t be completed until 1850, and bears and mountain lions were common.

Makeshift tarpaper squatter shacks began to appear by 1862, and many pickers would return with their families each July to stay through the season.  A good picker could forage 35 quarts of blueberries every day which would then be sold to the local general store, delivered to Catskill Resorts, and shipped down river to the prosperous people of New York City.

It was the completion of Smiley Road in 1901 which really opened the door for the blueberry picking camps by connecting the ridge to the nearby village of Ellenville.  By 1920 this scenic carriage road supported several thriving communities of transient berry pickers who lived on the ridge for just one month each year while the berries were bountiful.

The berry-picking communities were lively places inhabited by good, simple folk living close to the land.  After filling their baskets from sun up to sun down, the berry pickers would gather together and tell stories, play games, dance, drink and sing.  Some rough-and-tumble camps gained a reputation for being more rowdy than others.

The Berry Pickers were an industrious people who knew that wild blueberry bushes produce the most fruit the year following a wildfire.  When the season’s last berry had been picked, the Berry Pickers to sometimes secretly set fire to the Shawangunk ridge.
The folks who started these blazes would sometimes return to the local saloon to await the call for firefighters- the same berry pickers who started the fires were often the ones who were paid to help put them out!

Following World War 2, the changing world economy meant the end of an era for the Shawangunk Berry Pickers.  The rise of commercial blueberry farming made the tart treats an inexpensive and widely available commodity, and the reduced demand for blueberries harvested in the wild made it difficult for the Berry Pickers to return.  By the close of the 1950’s, the last of the Berry Pickers had packed up their belongings, and the shanty towns have remained silent ever since. 

More than 60 years later, many artifacts of this unique part of local history still remain, and several of the Berry Picker’s shanties stand in testimony to this forgotten era.  A walk through the Sam’s Point along Old Smiley Road reveals many examples; Minnewaska State Park now manages a nature preserve here which encompasses some of the most popular berry picking sites.

Sadly, a series of wildfires in 2016 forced the closure of much of the treasured blueberry picking areas for the remainder of the summer, but Minnewaska State Park remains open, enticing visitors with miles of scenic hiking trails and crystal-clear sky lakes with gorgeous mountain views for swimming. 

Come celebrate the beloved berry!  The nearby town of Ellenville pays tribute to this rich local history each year with the Shawangunk Mountain Wild Blueberry Festival which features performances by local musicians, handcrafted gifts, cultural events, entertainment, and of course- all things blueberries!  

Eager to pick your own delicious blueberries?  There's ample opportunity to try your hand at nearby Kelder's Farm which offers visitors a wide range of delicious and healthy farm fresh fruits and vegetables just ripe for the picking!   

Ideally situated just minutes from Minnewaska State Park and the Shawangunk Mountain Blueberry Festival, the Hudson Valley Resort & Spa is the perfect choice for exploring the historic Shawangunk Ridge.  Just 90 miles from NYC, you'll feel a world away.

Featuring indoor and outdoor swimming pools, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms, a fitness center, game room, tennis & basketball courts and so much more, you'll enjoy resort accommodations while exploring all the area has to offer.

Planning a getaway?  Give Hudson Valley Resort & Spa a call today and they'll help you make the most of your stay.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Rocking the 'Gunks!

The brilliant white profile of the The Shawangunk ridge is widely recognized as one of the finest climbing centers in the US, considered by many to be the Yosemite of the East.

Known simply as “The Gunks”, this world-famous 12 mile long escarpment is home to more than 1200 ascent routes which entice the climber with colorful names like “Space Invaders”, “Twilight Zone”, and “Pumping Pygmies”.

Many of the classic routes first established by Fritz Weissner and Hans Kraus have become legendary in rock climbing circles; for some, negotiating epic 'Gunks ascents like High Exposure, Gargoyle, and Gelsa are practically a right of passage.

Flocking to the 'Gunks in record numbers to enjoy peripheral activities like bouldering, mountain biking and hang-gliding, climbers of every skill level are invited to experience the Shawangunk ridge for themselves.

Not only a haven for Climbers, the Shawangunk Ridge boasts thousands of acres of unspoiled natural beauty and accessible scenic views; even a comfortable stroll through Minnewaska’s carriageways or a quick stop at one of many roadside overlooks can be a richly rewarding experience!

You won't believe just how affordable a weekend in the Gunks can be!  Located just minutes from the ridge, the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa offers climbers and their families resort  accommodations at “rock bottom” prices.

With a European health spa, fitness center, game room, indoor & outdoor pools, tennis & basketball courts, and a championship 18-hole golf course on site, the Hudson Valley Resort truly has something for everyone.  Give us a call today, and we'll help make the most of your stay.

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