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December 2009 Archives

Anyone can go to the mall.  Buy you're better than that.  You want to show people you really care this holiday season by being more creative in your gift-giving.  That's why you are going to take a beautiful little side trip over to the Battenkill Valley this weekend.

In Salem, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at Gardenworks and at Salem Art Works (SAW) there's a Spinning Glass Studio Holiday Open House for original art work that will knock their holiday socks off.

In Greenwich there's the Festival of Trees and a Holiday Open House at Alpacas of Easton.

And in Cambridge, they've got everything from Beer Tastings and Cookie Decorating to a Holiday Parade, Caroling, and much more. 

The point is, you've got to come to the Battenkill Valley - immerse yourself in it - and soak up all of the holiday spirit and fun of the season with unique gifts (some you can even make yourself!) that no one will ever think you went to the mall to buy.  And that can mean the most of all.  Happy Holidays!

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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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