Blog :: 2015

Ways to cut down on your holiday energy bill

We all know that the holidays can be a very expensive time of year with house guests, holiday meals and festive holiday lights.  Here are some tips to save energy during the holidays:

  • Set time on your side-use timers for your holiday displays so that they are not accidently left on all night.
  • Get your guests on the energy saving bandwagon-remind them to turn off lights when leaving a room.
  • Choose glass or ceramic pans for the oven-these pans heat faster than metal ones and allow you to lower the cooking temperature.
  • Use Crock-pots and microwaves-these smaller appliances are more energy efficient for side dishes, small meals or left-overs.
  • Wait to wash-wash only full loads in laundry machines & dishwashers and use energy saver, air-dry cycle and cold water in washers.
  • Bake before you clean-only use the self cleaning oven feature when necessary and start right after you've cooked to take advantage of the pre-existing heat.
  • Deck the halls with LED's-they are the bright choice to get more for your money & last 10 times longer than incandescent holiday lights.



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    Fall Maintenance Checklist

    Are you ready for winter?  Even though it's off to a slow start here in the Hudson Valley, it's right around the corner.  Your home is your one of your most valuable possessions, so don't take any chances and not be prepared.  Here are some tips to keep you warm and worry free over the winter.

    • Stow your lawn mower-add stablzer to your gas to keep it in good condition over the winter
    • Store your hoses and turn off the outdoor water source
    • Drain and turn off your sprinkler system
    • Seal cracks around your doors and windows-Exterior caulk is easier to work with on days over 50 degrees
    • Clean and tighten your gutters & downspouts-clogged rain gutters can cause ice dams
    • Inspect your roof-look for cracked or broken shingles & replace if necessary
    • Direct drainage away from your house to avoid water soaking in around your foundation
    • Get your furnace serviced and replace furnace filters if necessary
    • Prune your plants and trees to keep the limbs and branches away from your roofing and siding
    • Give your fireplace a once over-with a flashlight look up for blockages and check that the damper is working

    Hudson Valley Restaurant Week: New Paltz Area Favorites

    November 2-15, the Hudson Valley's best restaurants will offer their most delicious meals from a discounted prix-fixe menu as part of Hudson Valley Restaurant Week. Each eatery will feature three-course lunch and dinner options for $20.95 and $29.95, respectively. Patrons 21-years and older will have the ability to pair fine local wine and cocktails with their menu selection.

    Hudson Valley Restaurant Week provides residents and visitors of the area with an opportunity to discover new restaurants as well as a chance to reconnect with local classics.

    Here are some of our favorite New Paltz and Gardiner area restaurants participating in this two-week fall event:

    A Tavola - New Paltz, NY


    We start with one of the absolute best; A Tavola Trattoria of New Paltz offers delicious Italian cuisine in an warm, upscale-rustic environment. While the recipes are derived from the Mediterranean, the most important ingredients are sourced from local farms and vineyards, which are proudly listed on a chalkboard for all to see.

    A Tavola has been rated both "Best Restaurant" and "Best Pasta" in recent years by Hudson Valley Magazine and should be very close to the top of your list for 2015's Fall Restaurant Week.

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    Tuthill House - Gardiner, NY


    Tuthill House at the Mill Tavern and Restaurant features a menu inspired by American country cooking, featuring "fresh, local artisan products and ingredients of the Hudson Valley." Grass-fed beef, prime steaks, seafood and pasta are among the Tuthill House's diverse options.

    The business's adherence to timeless notions of quality is signified not just by it's fantastic food, but also by its special setting.  Built in 1788, The Tutilltown Gristmill is the oldest continuously operated water powered gristmill and now serves as the beautiful location of this unique restaurant.

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    The Village TeaRoom - New Paltz, NY


    Located in a building constructed over 200 years ago as the village tailor shop, The Village TeaRoom combines colonial American style with a variety of European cooking traditions to create a truly special dining experience. While the food here is excellent, the appeal of The Village TeaRoom doesn't stop there; the business also operates an acclaimed bake shop with pastries and a wide selection of fresh teas.

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    Featured Properties: Classic Horse Farm and Quiet Cottage - August 2015


    Classic American Horse Farm
    162 Phillies Bridge Road
    Gardner, NY

    This classic American horse farm is a captivating relic from a simpler time.  The farm's 38 acres are almost entirely fenced for horses and is surrounded by a captivating view of mountains and rolling country hills.

    Located in northern Gardiner, a quaint town originally settled by French missionaries, this property is about 6 miles from the town of New Paltz which offers modern amenities while remaining consitent with the classic feel of the area.

    This gorgeous property consists of a 7 stall horse barn with bathroom w/hot and cold running water, office and 2nd floor hay mow, a 30 x 32 new garage that shelters all farm equipment.  There are 4 run in sheds for animal shelter, 3 hydrant wells to water.  The home is understated for the property but a very comfortable place to live.

    This timeless classic is offered at $950,000. Click here to view the detailed listing.




    Quiet Cottage on Beautiful 23 Acres
    349 South Ohioville Road
    New Paltz, NY

    This unique farm cottage rests on 23 acres of beautiful meadows, ponds and wooded land.  The magnificent landscaping surrounding the house was designed by a professional landscape artist and the ambiance of the custom, outdoor patio does not disappoint.  At 1827 square feet, this modest cottage embodies the notion that the best things often come in small packages.

    As you step out of the french doors onto the patio, it becomes evident - this home is special.

    340 South Ohioville Road is offered at $500,000. 

    Click here to view the detailed listing.