In the middle of nowhere and the heart of everything, Hillsdale offers scenic access to Hudson, the Berkshires, skiing, and Tanglewood.
I've worked to preserve the rustic charm and natural setting of my 1824 Dutch colonial while incorporating modern design and comfortable amenities. You can escape to the great outdoors in any direction, or from them with well-appointed shops, delicious restaurants, and bookstores and museums that rival the best of New York and Boston in style if not scale.
Nearing its bicentennial, my home is among the few in Columbia County listed in the historic houses registry. The previous owner made some delightful additions, including the windowed upstairs living room with mid century fireplace, and the downstairs bedroom, infusing a contemporary warmth most 200-year-old farmhouses lack.
My property is just shy of an acre but spaciously shaped and protected by old trees on every side. There's a deck with furniture for evening glasses of wine and stargazing, or firefly gazing in the summer.
Catamount Ski Area, Tanglewood Music Center, Norman Rockwell Museum, Hancock Shaker Village, Olana State Historic Site, MASS MoCA, Clark Art Institute, hiking, swimming, and shopping.
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I won't be there during your stay but am always available by phone or text, and am happy to supply recommendations for where to eat, what to visit, or which towns and villages are most worth your time.
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The kitchen is vegetarian, so bring pans or plan to buy disposable cookware if you plan to cook meat. I can make other arrangements if necessary.
When I'm not pulling dandelions or building shelves, I'm cooking or reading, often with a glass of wine and my Brussels Griffon, Horace, at my feet. There's usually public radio murmuring, too, and if the weather's nice an open window to hear birdsongs and the grumble of lawn mowers from down the road.
I work and half-live in New York City as a writer, commuting via MetroNorth or Taconic State Parkway. On weekends I drive around rummaging through estate sales or hardware stores, or revisiting hiking trails with binoculars and a field guide.
I've lived in Texas, Oregon, and Belgium but fly over to Northern Europe as often as I can afford to, and I've added most of the continent of Asia to my dream travelogue.
I can't say I have a life motto, but I do have a favorite quote by Marilynne Robinson:
"I want to overhear passionate arguments about what we are and what we are doing and what we ought to do. I want to feel that art is an utterance made in good faith by one human being to another. I want to believe there are geniuses scheming to astonish the rest of us, just for the pleasure of it. I miss civilization, and I want it back."