"One of the hidden gems of the area, Innisfree is recognized as one of the “world’s ten best gardens.” Landscape architect Lester Collins created this Japanese “cup” or “bowl” garden with his clients, Walter Beck and Marion Burt Beck. This iconic garden merges Modern and Romantic ideas within the Chinese and Japanese principles in landscape design, creating a “distinctly American stroll garden.”
"The Columbia Land Conservancy, which I support, has wonderful ‘conservation areas’ with hiking trails throughout the County. My favorite ‘High Falls’ happens to be only a couple miles from home. It is a short hike to an amazing waterfall, and of course there are countless other beautiful options."
If we are feeling up for a little vigor, a hike up Stissing Mountain is on the agenda. There is access off of Route 82, turn west at the firehouse and follow the road around until you see a path and pull off for parking. It is not a long hike and you are rewarded on top to a climb up the fire tower with 360 degree views the Berkshires to the east and the Catskills to the west. I have witnessed majestic bald eagles soaring below.
“Biking, canoeing, rafting in the warmer months, snowshoeing, hiking, and bird watching in the cooler months...and no matter what time of year, eating, drinking, and napping by the wood stove is encouraged!”
"The Huyck Preserve is incredible with over 2000 acres of forest, field, and wetlands, including the Rensselaerville Falls, which cascade over 120 feet. Amazing place to hike and explore right in my village…"