Here’s to hoping that by now the turkey coma has set in, and you are lavishing in the afterglow of your Thanksgiving festivities. Up in Kingston, we’re especially thankful for the folks at Central Hudson who have been working nonstop today restoring power to 34,000+ customers in the region who were affected by yesterday’s storm. And in the spirit of the day, we put together 21 things we have to be thankful for in our magical little corner of the world… stay safe and warm.
1. Off-street parking.
2. Trees. Lots and lots of trees.
3. Thriving cultural centers.
4. The sound of the Hudson River — and just the river — from the platform of the Rhinecliff Amtrak station.
5. Agricultural bounty. (We put the “farm” in farm-to-table. You’re welcome, Brooklyn.)
6. For that matter, farmers’ markets all year round.
7. Getting to rediscover the magic of New York City through our children’s eyes.
8. Authentic lumberjacks. No irony.
9. But also a preponderance of artists, writers and musicians.
10. The stars. The ones in the sky. At night. Seeing them clearly.
11. Long, winding roads.
12. Fantastic schools that don’t cost college-level tuitions.
13. Small towns with Main Streets.
14. Rhinebeck’s Sinterklaas Festival.
15. Preserved open spaces.
16. Festivals galore: garlic, chocolate, wool, films, writers, pickles, cupcakes, apples… there is so much to celebrate! And let’s be honest… we did kind of invent the music festival.
17. So many world-class culinary delights… and the Culinary Institute of America.
18. Letting our kids play outside. Unsupervised.
19. Home-grown breweries, wineries and distilleries.
20. Bonfires, campfires, backyard fire pits.
21. Cider Donuts.