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You really ought to check the Battenkill Valley Creamery: the only fluid milk producer in Washington, Warrren and Saratoga Counties. (That means the milk you drink comes from the cows you see ranging about in the fields!)  It doesn't get any fresher than that!  You can go to the farm's dairy bar and try both hard and soft ice cream and buy a couple of bottles of milk.  Especially the chocolate milk;  guaranteed to be the best you've ever tasted, bar none!  Take the opportunity of their Open House on March 21 from noon til 3pm to see the operation. 

         Interestingly, the Creamery has partnered with the Tour of the Battenkill (America's largest pro/am bike race) to produce a specially-designed race-label quart commemorative bottle of chocolate milk.  A recently study published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism shows that chocolate milk may be as good - or better - than sports drinks at helping athletes recover from strenuous exercise.  And it tastes a whole lot better, too. 

One thing the Battenkill Valley is NOT is "touristy."  There is an authenticity to everything here; none of that all-that-and-the-t-shirt-too blatentnish you'll find across the state border.  And no time is this more true than Sugarin' Time. Sugar houses will be open the weekends of March 20 and 27.  You want authenticity?  Check out Mapleland Farms in Argyle, where you can have a traditional pancake breakfast in the actual sap house (and occasionally get dripped on by the sap condensation that builds up on the tin roof!).   The view alone is worth the trip. Or try the pancakes at Dry Brook Sugar House in Salem down Chamber Hollow and sit smack in the middle of one of the biggest and most impressive farms around.    (Just watch where you step!)  Wherever you go you'll find the syrup will be served warm and, of course, you can buy some to take home.  It's fun, it's educational, it's delicious, and it's very, very authentic.  For more info and directions visit
[photo courtesy of Corinna Aldrich.  See more of her work at]
The Tour of the Battenkill is a 62 mile race (124 miles for the Professional Invitational!) around the Battenkill Valley, passing through the Towns of Cambridge, White Creek, Jackson, Salem, Easton and Greenwich and the Villages of Cambridge, Shushan, Salem and Greenwich - your Battenkill Valley - and then ending back in Cambridge near the historic Green Bridge. The Tour of the Battenkill benefits Farm Team Cycling -A regional Junior cycling team, and various civic and community groups in our area. Dates are: April 9-10, 2010- Pro/Am - 2,200+ registered riders. This is the Nation's largest Pro/Am road cycling event and it's really something to see if you haven't experienced it yet. April 16-18, 2010- Pro Weekend! April 17- Ride2Recovery - A benefit ride for wounded war veterans April 18 - PRO INVITATIONAL - Professional teams from the USA, Canada, Australia, and Europe!

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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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