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The region boasts many talented floral designers and florists who work creatively and diligently to make your wedding flowers stand out. However, there is another option for those of you who take a hands-on approach and/or have a strict budget. You can grow, pick and arrange your own wedding flowers, or choose some combination of the above.

Donna Vallone, Creekside cabins, cottages and lodge

Do you like streams and mountains? Peace and quiet? Gorgeous views in all directions? How about hiking, biking, antiquing and some of the best trout fishing in the world?
You can find all this and more “creekside” at one of the cabins, cottages or lodge accommodations owned and operated by Donna Vallone in Roscoe, NY.
The cabins  Read more

Breakfast in Bed with Catskill Harvest Market

The Catskill Harvest Market (2758 State Route 52, Liberty, NY, 845/292-3838, www.catskillharvestmarket.com) is celebrating its second birthday this spring, and in just two years, it has gained renown and recognition as a top-notch garden center and local foods market.

Says co-founder and manager Daniel Duttinger, “It always seemed a bit odd that this kind of farm market was readily available in surrounding areas, particularly Ulster County—but not here.” So, he and co-founder Will Foster went to the drawing board and began the research, and the market was born.  Read more

Breakfast in Bed with James Manning House Bed & Breakfast

Proprietors Janet and Warren Heinly have welcomed a variety of guests to their James Manning House Bed & Breakfast (www.jamesmanninghouse.com, 570/253-5573, 421 Wayne Street, Bethany, PA 18431) during its first two years of operation, from as close as Pennsylvania and New York to as far away as Europe and Canada, California and Idaho. The couple, who are from Berks County, PA, share a similar ethic of putting family first, and this is reflected in the interest they have in their guests and the homey way they care for them.  Read more

Valley Brook Inn & Cottages

“I love meeting people,” says Donna Bracci, owner and proprietor of the
Valley Brook Inn & Cottages (201 Kingston Ave., Rte. 209, Wurtsboro, NY, 845/888-0330, www.thevalleybrookinn.com). She’s in the right business.  Read more

Easy Access, Plentiful Fish: Fishing the Delaware’s tributaries

You will find large trout rising on the Delaware and its East and West branches, but they’re fickle. Add to that the difficulty of access (unless you have a drift boat, pontoon boat or kayak, and can arrange a shuttle), and trying to catch a Delaware River trout can be, well, trying, even for accomplished anglers. Think patience, perfect presentation and having the right fly. One more thing: whether you can cast 30 or 80 feet, the fish are usually two feet beyond your best cast.  Read more

‘Crown Jewel’ of the Delaware: Rainbow trout

Rainbow trout are sometimes regarded as the aquatic Johnny-come-latelies of the fish-rich Upper Delaware River. But they’ve got a century’s worth of residency there.  Read more

Lisa's Not Just Antiques

Lisa Popa, who operates Lisa’s Not Just Antiques on Beach Lake Highway near Honesdale, PA, began her career in the music industry.

A native of Vineland, NJ, she had her own business for 33 years called “Cabaret Connection,” selling albums for cabaret and theater artists. She first got to know the region when she brought singers and performers up for the evening cabaret shows at the Bradstan Country Hotel in White Lake, NY.

What prompted a full-time move to the area?  Read more

The Bamboo in the Garden

One evening during my mother’s last stay at the hospital, after we told her good night, my aunt and I walked uptown. On our way, we encountered a man standing outside an ethnic deli. He held out a smudged Styrofoam coffee cup. And I reached in my purse for money. Don’t do that, my aunt whispered.  Read more

The validity of winter

April opens my tight-fisted heart
and rattles away all bias
and judgment
against the winter I fought
yet needed so perfectly.
Today the heavy blanket
I stitched feverishly
with chaotic weave
in fierce, breathless resistance
to early darkness,
death, cold, solitude
and change,
I will cast into the rising Delaware
as my wrong accounting…
seeing finally,
in this blessed armistice
conveyed by troupes of daffodils
and robins,
that not one thing can hold firm,
and no one season
holds more wonder
or validity
than another.

Why I Live Where I Live

Meet me on Old Mine Road
near Bevans Church and
I will tell you about
that snowy February day
on the gravel trail
near Van Campen’s Inn,
air, ice fresh,
rock-strewn fields
like whipped cream swirls,
the sounds of foraging
mice, snow crystals
shifting in afternoon sun,
the click of a Nikon
as we pushed knee-deep
through drifts
shooting crumbling
barns and shadows
cast by barren limbs
in late day light.

I will tell you about
the lone house near
the river’s edge
warm with yellow light,
how wisps of smoke
like wind-blown kite tails  Read more

A Bridge with a View: The Upper Delaware’s historic bridges

The 300-mile-long Delaware River begins as a series of tiny streams in Delaware County, NY and ends as a mighty expanse of river spilling into the sea at the Delaware Bay. The river is full of beauty and history, and its upper reaches have a very special charm, set off by the historic bridges that cross the river.

Early crossings  Read more

On the Road to Milford: History, elegance and charm

Milford, PA is a magical place. Sitting on a ridge above the banks of the Delaware River, very near a spot where New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey intersect, it is blessed with scenery, history, tasteful shopping and dining. It is the perfect place to explore on a crisp fall day.

The approach
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Highland Farm: The Next Generation and Calkins Creamery artisan cheeses

According to author Jonathan Swift, the fare of a bachelor is “bread, cheese and kisses.” But the sound of that is delicious to just about everyone, and not in small quantities. The proof? In 2011, the average American consumed 30 pounds of cheese, an amount that has been steadily increasing since the 1990s. Our affection for artisan cheese, made in small batches from local sources, is growing at a pace that exceeds even the growth rate of general cheese consumption.  Read more

Take a Hike – or Six!

All exercise has health advantages, but hiking may be one of the best activities on the long list of options that move us because of its benefits to body, mind and soul. Is there really anything better to do on a perfect fall afternoon than to enjoy a simple sojourn with friends or family into our local wetlands, uplands and forests?  Read more

Shining Brightly Again: Bethany’s Mansion at Noble Lane

Enter through the decorative iron gates that are more than a century old. Wind along the regal drive lined with craggy Norwood maples dressed in their rich autumn reds and oranges. Ahead on the hill is the Mansion at Noble Lane, a 25,000-square-foot luxurious resort and spa that is the dazzling new face of a forsaken post-Gilded Age estate with a curious past.  Read more

Hawley Silk Mill’s New Mill Market: A local treasure

Located in the Hawley Silk Mill on Silk Mill Drive in Hawley, PA, the newly opened Mill Market features locally produced food and goods made within 200 miles of the Lake Wallenpaupack region of Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. The market, which opened its doors in June of 2012, also carries a selection of fine specialty products not available locally.

Silk Mill history
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Connecting through community: The Cooperage

The Cooperage Project on Main Street in Honesdale, PA may be physically housed in the historic shell of a 19th-century wooden cask and barrel factory, but it is much more than a building. Like an origami star, it is a concept unfolding in many directions at once from the compressed heart of a shared vision.  Read more

Loss of a Riverbank: Knotweed and other invasives

The globalization of our planet has enabled the trade of goods and services between nearly all countries around the world. With the addition of worldwide trade, there have been an ever increasing number of non-native plants and animals tagging along for the ride, or even deliberately introduced into our environment. The Upper Delaware River, regrettably, has been the recipient of several of these invaders.  Read more

A Year-Round Fishery: Bass, shad, walleye, stripers, perch, eels

The Delaware boasts a variety of habitats that help nurture one of the most diverse year-round fisheries in the country. Many do not realize that the border waters of Pennsylvania and New York remain open for catch and release fishing year-round.  Read more

Planning an Outdoor Dinner Party

It’s July, mid-summer: the lush green time of ease and plenty. The sun glints off the water as dusk approaches, that magic hour when the light bounces off the water’s surface. A breeze comes up as I put the finishing touches on the makeshift table placed on the grass in front of our house. This table, made elegant with a few simple touches, was cobbled together from sawhorses and old doors and covered with vintage linens. I set the four handblown cruets down the center of the table, each filled with flowers from the garden.  Read more