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Elyse's Country Journal brings you a glimpse of the Tri-State Region's charm! Browse our collection of blog posts, photos, eclectic articles, and our Local Events Calendar to feel the vibe of the Berkshires, Litchfield Hills, and Columbia & Dutchess Counties' Hudson Valley. Check out our Calendar of Events page here. Please email us if you have something you would like us to post or blog about.


A Rudimentary Thanksgiving

“It is in a home and with a family that values are acquired, traditions are fostered, and commitments to others are established. There are no adequate substitutes for home and family.” – James E. Faust Each year our family rejoices… Read More...

Happy Thanksgiving

“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.” -Henry David Thoreau Thanksgiving is celebrated in many forms throughout the world, and is generally considered a celebration of the harvest and good fortune of the year.… Read More...

Hometown Holidays

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” -Edward Pola & George Wyle During the course of the next couple of weeks, we will all witness the transformation of our Main Streets from the ordinary of everyday to the splendor… Read More...

Festival of Trees

“The perfect Christmas tree? All Christmas trees are perfect!” -Charles N. Bernard Visitors to The Festival of Trees held at Noble Horizons in Salisbury, CT will find not only perfect Christmas trees, but centerpieces and wreaths as well. A time-honored… Read More...

Berkshire’s Autumnal Pearl

Native Americans referred to horse chestnuts as “buckeyes” due to their resemblance to the eye of a deer.  They would carry these nuts around in their pockets or strategically place them throughout their villages and homes with wishful intentions.  These… Read More...

Bartholomew’s Cobble

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” -John Muir   This year, to the delight of us all, the Northwest Corner, CT enjoyed an unseasonably warm autumn. The past week, however,… Read More...

The Spirit of the Season

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” -Aesop Thanksgiving is just around the corner, marking the beginning of the Holiday Season. More than just a time of celebration and tradition, the Holiday Season is when… Read More...

Veterans’ Day

“Veterans Day is an acknowledgment that those willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for our country – and their families – deserve our admiration and respect today and every day. ” -Elizabeth Esty   On the eleventh day, of the… Read More...

Election Day

“The ballot is stronger than the bullet.” -Abraham Lincoln Throughout the United States the first Tuesday following November 1st is regarded as Election Day. The history of Election Day is largely rooted in our nation’s history as a primarily… Read More...

Quince Summer, Badger Summer, Summer of Ferns, Goose Summer…

Photo Credit: Norman Eggert / Alamy for Travel & Leisure (West Cornwall Covered Bridge, CT) “Indian Summer”  Algonquin Native American term used to explain lingering warm weather in the autumn season This November we continue to enjoy temperatures well above… Read More...

Oh My Gourd!

“Only the knife knows what goes on in the heart of a pumpkin.” –Simone Schwartz-Bart Pumpkins, squash and gourds are all members of the same family that contains over 100 genera and over 700 species. The word “pumpkin,” which has… Read More...

Scoville Memorial Library in Salisbury

“Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.” -Ray Bradbury Libraries have a long, rich history dating back to a collection of clay tablets found in Mesopotamia more than 5,000 years ago. Aristotle is credited with… Read More...

Dutchess County Sheep and Wool Festival 2017

  At the 2017 New York State Sheep and Wool Festival, you’ll find not only black sheep but goats, angora rabbits, llamas, musk oxen, and alpacas. Held at the 160-year-old Rhinebeck Fairgrounds in historic Rhinebeck, NY, the two-day festival began… Read More...

Art Abounds

“Art allows us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” -Thomas Merton With their close proximity to the metropolitan areas of New York City and Boston, the Southern Berkshires, Litchfield County and Hudson Valley have long… Read More...

The Salisbury Fall Festival

Salisbury Fall Festival October 6th – October 9th, 2017 Several cultures have ancient traditions that coincide with autumn. Here in the Northwest Corner’s Historic villages of Lakeville and Salisbury is the 62nd Annual Salisbury Fall Festival, which continues to… Read More...

Housatonic Heritage Walks

According to superstition, catching falling leaves in autumn brings good luck. Autumn in the tristate region is a favorite time for residents and visitors alike.  Enjoying the season can be as simple as taking a scenic drive along the Housatonic… Read More...

NW Connecticut Crop Hunger Walk

One of the most compelling qualities of the Northwest Corner of Connecticut is the generosity of those who reside here. Witness the spirit of our small towns this Sunday at 1:00 pm as we celebrate the 34th Annual Northwest Connecticut Read More...

Historic Iron GeoBand

During the American Revolution, 80% of the cannons produced in The Colonies were made at the Salisbury Iron Furnace. The Berkshire Mountains, Taconic Range and Litchfield Hills are united by a unique geological band that spans over 100 miles from… Read More...

Hudson Valley Vineyards

New York’s Hudson River Valley: the birthplace of American Wineries.   Savor the final weeks of summer sun immersed in upstate New York’s finest viniculture, the roots of American wineries.  Home to our country’s earliest commercial winery as well as the… Read More...

Pomme d’Amore: “Apple of Love”

Tomatoes, once a forbidden fruit, quickly evolved into a bountiful vegetable embraced by all. Originating in Peru, tomatoes were once believed to be poisonous – earning a scientific name that translates to “wolf peach” and represents the belief that this… Read More...