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The Forgotten Catskill Mountains!

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A May 2006 trip to Catskill by ladyanne47

Lansing Manor House Photo, New York, United States More Photos
Quote: The Catskill Mountains of Upstate New York are far more different than New York City. Even though they are close, they are worlds apart.

The Forgotten Catskill Mountains!

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Overview

Barn reflection on Farmhouse window. Photo, Catskill, New York
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When I was growing up in the New England state of Maine, I never would have believed that I would end up living in the Catskill Mountains of Upstate New York. I can remember that whenever I heard the words “New York” I could only think of a huge metropolis city. Little did I know that Upstate New York is a whole different world, a rural paradise.The Catskills alone are unique and amazingly beautiful. They are unique and always pretty whether you are in a valley, on a hilltop or mountain, or in a tiny village or town. The mountains themselves are less rugged and have many hardwoods and not much underbrush, almost perfect for serious trail walking and hill climbing.The Catskills have alw...Read More

Lansing Manor House of the Anti-Rent Wars.

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Attraction

Kitchen Hearth of Lansing Manor House, Blenheim, NY Photo, Catskill, New York
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Lansing Manor House is a Museum located at the Power Authority Barn in North Blenheim, New York, in the Catskill Mountains. It is a gorgeous old house that once was a manor house that owned thousands of acres in the late 17th century, and had many tenant farmers who, like in England and Ireland, were expected to pay rent with their products or be arrested and sent to prison. The anti-rent wars of Blenheim Hill are very historic, and a visit to this old manor house will bring you back to those times. It overlooks a beautiful valley and sits on well kept grounds and other farm outbuildings surround it also. This museum hosts many activities through the year to the local community and also to ...Read More

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The New York Power Authority Visitor Center

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Attraction | "The New York Power Authority Visitor Center."

The New York Power Authority Visitor Center Photo, New York, United States
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The New York Power Authority which supplies New York City with a vast majority of their electricity was built on a mountain that stands high and steep over the Schoharie Creek during the early 1970s. It was an experimental power plant that recycles the same water to generate more electricity to New York City during their peak hours of needed power. It does this by pumping water to the top of the mountain, which generates electricity and then stores it in a huge reservoir until it lets the water back down the mountain again generating more power during the time it is needed the most. This has been a very successful power station, and many visitors come to the Power Authority and enjoy the great visitor...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 21, 2006

The New York Power Authority Visitor Center
1378 State Rte 30
North Blenheim, New York 12131
(518) 287-6380

Lansing Manor House

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Attraction | "More Lansing Manor House. Interior"

Lansing Manor House Photo, New York, United States
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It is hard to show how interesting this museum (The Lansing Manor House) is without adding more photographs of the interior. The house has four working stories. The cellar houses many pantries, a wine storage room, huge kitchen hearth for preparing the food, an informal breakfast room, a servant dinning room, root cellar, and so forth. The tour guides had set up a tea with cookies and punch for the Quilt Show display. They also handed out free herbal plants wrapped in burlap. The first floor has the parlors and receiving rooms, and the second of course has the many bedrooms and laundry ironing area. The attic stores many other areas for storage. The day I visited...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 23, 2006

Lansing Manor House
Hwys 30 and 23
North Blenheim, New York 12131
(607) 588-6061

Old-time Country Fun in the Catskills

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Attraction

Swimming and boating all in one! Photo, New York, United States
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Spending time in the Catskills is like going back in time. All you can think of are quotes like "drinking lemonade on the porch," or "relaxing in a hammock," or "swimming in the local pond," or "fishing and wishing the fish will bite your line." There are not many places left where you can find retreat in the mountains away from the intense heat, and just lay back and relax in the shade. The rural isolation of the Catskills always surprises its visitors. I think the secret is that there are so many valleys and back roads that they become cut off topographically, thus making it harder to travel easily from one place to another not only by miles but by time.Summer time is wonderful with old time...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 29, 2006

Small farmer boy selling his pumpkins!  Photo, New York, United States
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One of the best things to do is to just explore the country roads of the Catskill Mountains. It is truly a rural paradise even though ironically being so close to the largest city in the world. There is not one road or area that is not outstandingly gorgeous or interesting. Of course, you have to have an eye for beauty and natural splendor, yet even if not, you cannot help but notice how special this place is. It amazes me how consistent the Catskill Mountains are, the whole area is truly a retreat for the spirit, soul and body.The farming lifestyle is alive and well. Many dairy, vegetable, and fruit farms dwell among these gentle hills. Also, there are several farming families who work hard...Read More