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The Battenkill Valley - A Primer


The next time you're looking for something fun to do and your thoughts steer you eastward, toward Vermont, by all means follow them.

Just be sure to hit the brakes before you cross the State line.

It's time you discovered the Battenkill Valley, a remarkably UNdiscovered region that's so close it's easy for folks in the Capital Region to miss on their way to Vermont or the Adirondacks.  Even if you have passed through, there is a lot you've passed by that you are not aware of.  Trust me.

So...we're going to explore it together, starting with this article and continuing week after week with the events, the happenings, the fun-to-do and the never-would-have-thought-of-that.

First, what it's not:  There is no Interstate in the Battenkill Valley; the only traffic tie-up you'll encounter is occasionally getting stuck behind a slow-moving tractor, but they're fun to see and don't stay on the main road very long.  Nobody is in much of a hurry here; the fastest things I've seen here are Pintails racing down the Battenkill, less than a foot above the water, and all those professional bicycle racers when they reach a straight-away.  There is an abundance of rich soil here, but the air and water is never dirty.  There are no nightclubs or strip joints, although there are a vast number of "seedy" areas - the kind that grow things. 

Second, what it is: In this space you'll get the inside scoop on the out-of-the-way antique shops, quirky boutiques, art galleries, village festivals, theater, pick-your-own's and biking and driving tours that are off (sometimes way off) the beaten paths.  Check with this blog before you make a date or plan a weekend or whenever you need a new idea for something fun to do.  You can even check in anytime you just want to take a mind trip away from the busyness of your daily business. 
You've come this buckle-up, slow down and enjoy the ride through the Valley known as "The Tuscany Of The East."

battenkill valley region Looking for something fun to do? Check out the Battenkill Valley Region, a scenic hidden gem of a region just minutes from Saratoga County. The Battenkill Valley: A Primer Into the Most UNdisovered Region Near The Capital Region

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Hi Al,
Welcome to the blogs ~ looking forward to learning more about the Battenkill... Ciao
Red Phoenix Healing Arts

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Al Budde

40 minutes East of Saratoga and a world away; the Battenkill Valley is a Cornucopia of Cool. No Interstates. No noise. No hurry. Called "The Tuscany of New York", the region abounds in farm-crafted cheeses, creameries, heirloom vegetables and specialty meats you can buy right off the farm. Art galleries that will amaze you. Scenery that will inspire you. And through it all runs the Battenkill River, an astonishingly clear and gentle water playground that also happens to be the toughest trout fishery in the U.S.A Like touring? There's a reason the largest pro-am bike race in America happens here. And don't get me started on the Revolutionary war history, or the “you won't believe what I found: antiques and shops.

AL BUDDE has a lot of interests in fly fishing, playwriting, canoeing (and tubing), history, shopping, dining, friendships and he counts himself among the fortunate few who have found a place where all of those things collide: The Battenkill Valley. He knows (almost) everyone here, and will be your personal guide to all of those hidden places, activities, sights and scenery it would take you years to discover on your own. Discover the Battenkill Valley. Have fun. Make new discoveries. Renew your soul. And start here!


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