A few months ago when I started feeling sick (and later found out I had ), I found myself slowly walking down our sleepy farm-town road, wondering how I would have handled this diagnosis if I was still living in the city. While some people find the city rela, after 12 years in Brooklyn, city life started to bring more stress to my life than joy — and moving to a rural area felt like an irresistible siren song I didn’t quite understand yet, but couldn’t resist. And now, less than a year since my diagnosis, it’s all starting to feel like it was meant to be, as if the universe decided to push me (and my family) to a quieter, more peaceful place where I could slow down, focus on my health — both mentally and physically — and be near mountains and rivers that help put any problem into perspective. It’s these small moments of tranquility and clarity that make me love and appreciate living in the Hudson Valley, and I’m so proud to now call this area my home.
I remember the first time I drove through the Catskill mountains as the sun set. I said out loud, like a total dork, “Well THIS is why there was a named after this area.” The light that comes through the mountains, trees and lakes here is warm and calming and even in the heaviest storms, there’s something about the air and open vistas that feels so strong and safe and sturdy. It’s no wonder that anyone would want to live here and it’s definitely not a surprise that this area, only a few hours from NYC, would be a place where generations of creative people would move and set up their homes and studios.
Over the past few years we’ve shared a handful of homes from this general area (some further upstate than others), and today I wanted to celebrate 14 of my favorite. From renovated farmhouses with wide plank floors to modern concrete homes nestled into the sides of mountains, these spaces remind me of the people and places I’ve come to love so much over the past year and a half. I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I do. And, if you’re in the area this summer, check out my personal guide to my home county, Ulster County! Spring and summer are definitely my favorite time of year up here. xo, grace