Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Up in the Catskills

On our way to Boston, we decided to take a different path and head to the Catskills, never been. I thought I remembered this is where all that dirty dancing took place. How would I describe the Catskills? An artist paradise....especially in the fall.

 The artist Matt Bua, according to the Hudson Valley Magazine link I found, made this cat out of scrap wood and tree branches.

Artist Thomas Cole also made the Catskills his backdrop and the place that created the colors on his palate. He certainly had the view. The Thomas Cole House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1965. It was early in the morning when we happened across Cedar Grove so I was not able to take an official tour, just walk around the grounds.

His New Studio built in 1846, was torn down in the 70's but a revitalization is taking place and the replacement of the New Studio is expected to be open in 2016 according to the sign.

A view of the house from the New Studio, he didn't have a bad commute.

To each his own but I was more a fan of 1839 Old Studio Barn. Peeping in the window made this space look as if a lot of creativity happened here.

Hudson River Valley Art School Trail was founded by the Thomas Cole National Historic Site.  As you follow along the trail you can see what scenery Mr. Cole had to work with, it is strikingly breathtaking in the fall.

If you have to cross the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, you might as well pull over in the parking lot and walk across the view of the Hudson is spectacular.

 I will admit I did go in search of the legendary larger than like sculpture of Rip Van Winkle the is said to exist on Hunter Mountain. I made it to Hunter Mountain with its gorgeous views of trails ablaze in fall colors just lying in wait for the upcoming winter season. I am not a skier but it looks like it would be fun.

There is a beautiful medieval church, All Souls Church where all denominations are welcome.

The church is located near a water tower that was being restored.

Down in the valley at the Mountain Top Arboretum, you can spot the water tower dressing up the trees with a cap. Did I mention the gorgeous homes up in the mountains?

Also at the arboretum you can find a beekeepers amusing explanation of the working of bees. Science could not have described it better.

If the Catskills is a place you have never been, I highly recommend it. It looks extraordinary in the fall. It is close to another Delaware County in New York and it is close to the Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame. You can hike, bike, take photographs or merely take in nature in all its splendor.

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