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December 2011 Archives

If you're beginning to panic about what to get whom, where and for how much, I've got a few ideas that just may save you.  The Battenkill Valley is filled with hidden little gems like the little lantern shop on Rt. 313 on your way to Arlington, VT.  Real, working hand-crafted copper lanterns are just the beginning of a unique array of country gift items you'll find there and nowhere else.  Just up the road is another adventure at Battenkill Valley Outdoors (gotta love that name!).  There, Lisa and Don can outfit the outdoors adventurer in your life with anything from kayaks to kerchiefs, hiding gear and flies tied by local Tom Miller.  It's definitely worth a look and fun to explore.  And how about art work?  Salem and Cambridge both have art galleries that are filled with beautiful works that are as unique as they are inspiring. And no trip to Salem is complete without popping in to McCartee's Barn (right next to the school).  There seems to be no end to the art, antiques and unique finds you'll find in the niches and crannies of this historic barn.  So don't panic.  Come to the Battenkill Valley and make your last minute shopping fun and inspiring!   

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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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