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Get to know Saugerties

If you do in fact go chasing waterfalls, you might just end up in Saugerties, a charming Ulster County community with countless links to American popular culture. Located north of Kingston and sharing a common border with Woodstock, this sizable town encompasses some two-dozen hamlets and a central village which surrounds the final, dramatic plunge of Esopus Creek as it empties into the Hudson. The creek’s navigable neck, guarded by a historic lighthouse, forms a natural harbor, affording several in-town homes the luxury of a private dock. Main and Partition Streets conspire to form one of the most unique downtowns in the Hudson Valley, abounding with bookstore-cafés, record shops, and antiquariums that cater to present-day sensibilities on a vibrant canvas that seems in many ways frozen in time. Head towards the mountains and you'll find Opus 40, a one-man art project that transformed a barren quarry into a giant sculptural masterpiece.
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Living in the Hudson Valley

This cultured countryside needs little introduction. It’s been called New York’s Napa, the anti-Hamptons, or simply “upstate.” From rolling farm fields to mom-and-pop Main Streets, the region is blessed with easy highway access, train service via Metro-North and Amtrak, and even its own international airport, making it exceptionally attractive to New York City residents seeking a little more nature and a lot less bustle. Most of the area falls within a two-hour radius of Manhattan, making it practical for weekend or full-time residence. Straddling both sides of its namesake river (much is actually a tidal fjord), the Hudson Valley’s traditionally defined core consists of Putnam, Dutchess, and Columbia counties to its east and Ulster, Orange, and Greene to the west. Their mélange of art colonies, rustic-chic hamlets, and charming post-industrial cities — set to a landscape so breathtaking it inspired an eponymous 19th-century art movement — welcome infinite possibilities, from slow-paced small-town living to total off-the-grid seclusion. Bordering both the Berkshires and the Catskills, outdoor recreation runs aplenty, whether skiing in winter or climbing wilderness peaks in summer.

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