Monday, November 11, 2019 / by Vanessa Saunders
Veterans qualify for ZERO-down home mortgages when buying a home. So far, thousands have taken advantage of this amazing benefit for our veterans and active-duty service personnel. Thank you, vets!
Tuesday, October 02, 2018 / by Vanessa Saunders
More and more homeowners are getting the Halloween holiday spirit and will be spookifying their homes, inside and out. The National Retail Federation predicts that in 2018, total spending for Halloween is expected to reach $9 billion. Celebrants are planning to spend an average of $86.79 per capita, up from last year's $86.13, with more than 175 million Americans planning to partake in Halloween festivities.
Decorating home exteriors is a big part of that spending number. Inflatable spiders and dragons, talking witches and smoldering corpses in scary front yard graveyards are creeping up on home fronts all over the Hudson Valley. In that spirit, we've scoured the web and have some truly spooky ideas for your Halloween Home Decor!
The Spooky Grave Yard
These folks have turned their otherwise inviting home into a spookilly lit burial ground. No doubt some trick or treaters will have second thoughts entering there.
Here's a classic Flying Pumpkinhead, tas ...
Monday, October 01, 2018 / by Vanessa Saunders
Apple picking season is upon us, but how do we know what varieties are best? Standing around the fruit stands at vinyards and orchards in the Hudson Valley, we are often challenged to find that perfect fruit - sweet but tart, crunchy and crisp to the tooth. Haven't we all bitten into a shiny Red Delicious expecting both, and finding the fruit mealy, bland and thick skinned?
So here goes, based on MyRecipes.com's comparison of apples to apples. (Excluded from this summary but reviewed by MyRecipes were Empress, Mutsu, Elstar, Akane, Paula Red, Blondee, Red Delicious, Mollie's Delicious and Summer Treat. I know. We hadn't heard of most of those either.)
Pretty OK. Not outstanding, but not forgettable.
9. Golden Delicious
Sweet and mild, and holds up well in the basket.
A pretty good apple but with a great name. Pretty good eating too.
After all these years, Mac still comes in as a great apple, sweet and crunchy.
6. Granny Smith ...
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 / by Vanessa Saunders
Taking a day trip to Upstate New York is kind of like spending an afternoon in your grandmother's attic. At some point you realize you'd completely forgotten about all the cool stuff that was up there.
We have had a lot of clients recently who completely agree, who have either purchased vacation homes there, or made the decision to move upstate permanently in spite of the commute. One family converted an old farmhouse into a fantastic artist's weekend retreat in Barryville, with incredible mountainside views of the Delaware River and river valley. Another artistic couple re-built a crumbling railway station in Barryville into a fantastic Mediterranean-style home, and took up full-time residence there. (Both properties are currently available, by the way. To search for available homes anywhere in the Hudson Valley, click here.)
Upstate New York is the perfect place to take a day or weekend trip. Interesting, fun, beautiful stuff is just a brief ride from New York City. In the su ...
Thursday, July 26, 2018 / by Vanessa Saunders
Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Do something different and head upstate to this weekend's roster of sales, strolls and festivals in New York state's nether-regions. If ya can't have fun upstate, where can you have fun.
50 Mile Garage Sale
What: Look for your treasures or collectibles along the roadside of Route 90. This garage sale runs from Montezuma in the north to the Village of Homer at the southern end. You will find everything imaginable from vintage Christmas ornaments to toys, dishes, and other unexpected surprises. The sale runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you get hungry, no worries because many local clubs, fire departments and organizations put on breakfasts, bake sales, and BBQ's all along the way.
When: July 28-29
Where: Route 90, Montezuma
Moonlight Strolls Music Series
What: It's the only time of year the Sonnenberg Gardens are showcased at night. ...