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Our 10 most read articles of 2021 | General Arts & Culture | Hudson Valley

Everyone had high hopes for 2021. And while it was by no means the golden After Times year we dreamed of (we’re all far more familiar with the Greek alphabet than we would like), there was still a solid sequence of human interaction and relaxed cultural activities, with the reopening of restaurants, hotels, craft drink destinations and places of events. The music returned to local bars, actors once again took to the stage, and restaurants showed off their best sidewalk seating game.

Below are our 10 most-read stories for 2021. These top stories showed people being cautiously optimistic – or cautiously optimistic – this year, ready to get out of the house but tending towards outdoor activities. . Very reasonable. Here we cover everything from outdoor recreation to meals. Since not many people go out for New Year’s Eve (*eyeroll*), might as well settle down and take some notes for next year.

If you’re going to eat out, why not do it with a spectacular view? Our well-timed April article kicked off spring with an invitation to dine by the river. These 14 restaurants, ranging from Athens on the north end to Garrison on the south end, serve a wide range of dishes from burgers to seafood to tapas with stunning views of the Hudson.

This two-year-old piece has a lingering appeal. I mean, damn it, who doesn’t love a good sunset? But especially in a global pandemic, when the outdoors is the safest place you can be, a round-up of quality places to spread out your picnic blanket and admire the evening sky as it goes from streaked with fire to spangled is at the top asks.

The small town of Rosendale has one of the most picturesque downtown areas you’ll find upstate, and that’s saying something. But while the focus is usually on Main Street, it’s this mall diner story that caught readers’ attention this year. Truss & Trestle picks up where its predecessor 32 Lunch left off, stepping up dining classics in an updated interior that harkens back to the city’s industrial history.

When this February report hit the stands, then-Governor Cuomo was preparing to send a recreational cannabis bill to the New York Legislature for the third time in his term. This round, it looked like the bill was anything but a shoo-in, so we took the opportunity to look at the finer points of the legislation, including the social equity provisions, as well as the latest restraints on the congressional front and the medical opinion of doctors on legalization.

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  • Marijuana flower in Tin grow facility in Chestertown. Currently licensed in New York to grow and sell medical marijuana, Etain is well positioned to enter the recreational cannabis market.

With its long periods of isolation, fear and uncertainty, the pandemic has had a huge impact on mental health. Anxiety and depression exploded. But as we all wade through a common reality, we’ve also seen a silver lining in the breaking down of some old stigmas around mental health and therapy. So it makes sense that this 2019 article on the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), a therapeutic modality that you can widely practice on yourself, is generating buzz.

Getting the kids out of the house (safely) was a priority for parents everywhere this year, after a marathon of time at home. This roundup of petting zoos, farms and animal sanctuaries was a popular read with parents, offering a variety of fun, family-friendly outdoor outings for kids young and old. Sometimes petting an alpaca is just what the doctor ordered.

When the pandemic first hit, feverish New Yorkers went outside in droves, even causing parks to close. The Empire State Trail, a network of rail trails and shared streets, is the crown jewel of outdoor recreation in the region, offering myriad settings for walking, hiking, biking, running or pushing. a stroller. This February piece celebrated the completion of the 750-mile project, which lets you cycle from New York to Montreal and Albany to Buffalo.

Whether readers just wanted to rest their eyes on the computer screen and take in the natural beauty or were looking to court their new romances, we’ll never know. But clearly they were all over this list of our favorite public gardens in the Hudson Valley. From Blithewood at Bard College, a traditional Italianate walled garden, to the sprawling 165-acre wonder that is landscape architect Lester Collins’ Innisfree Garden, these stunning destinations are worth not just a trip but an annual pilgrimage.

Weddings have picked up again this year (and this trend continues in 2022). Newly engaged couples and engaged couples who had to postpone their nuptials when the pandemic first hit were scouting for venues this year and ate this curated list of venues to say “I do.” The places on this list range from grand and historic to industrial chic to rustic.

It seems like everyone was determined to make up for lost time this year. Restaurants in the Hudson Valley were packed as people went out to dine in town. Readers engulfed this list of our favorite restaurants in Dutchess County, which is a foodie destination with tasty eateries ranging from upscale Indian cuisine to classic French bistro fare.