When is the last time you petted an alpaca, coddled a llama, stroked a sheep…? Well, this weekend the Washington County Fiber Tour is happening once again and it must be popular because this is the 18th annual tour! It’s fun and educational. There are some 35 demonstrations planned where you’ll learn about shearing, spinning, dyeing, weaving and also be able to purchase raw yarn for your own project or beautifully unique handmade items (just in time for Mother’s Day perhaps?) But first, you’ll need a map, so you can plan your strategy and visit as many farms as you like in Granville, Fort Ann, Argyle, West Hebron and throughout the Battenkill Valley. Visit www.washingtoncountryfibertour.org and be sure to take the kids!
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 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!