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Gardiner and Lake Minnewaska (Images of America)

The Gardiner area (total population 10,000) is just south of the Catskill Mountains in New York State. Lake Minnewaska and the Shawangunk Mountains are blessed with recreational and scenic features that attract hordes of tourists (the state park alone gets 250,000 yearly). Gardiner itself (median income $43,163), although not huge, will celebrate the 150th anniversary of its founding in 2003, which is why the author wishes to have the book released then. Photographs will come from two local libraries, town archives, and major private collections.
Author: Carleton Mabee
Price (last checked): $17.15

cover Shawangunks Trail Companion

This comprehensive trail guide describes hiking, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing routes on more than 200 miles of trails in New York State's legendary Shawangunk Mountain Range. The 50-mile-long Shawangunk Ridge features some of the most interesting and spectacular scenery in the Northeast. This well-known landform is located less than 90 miles from New York City and less than a day's drive from more than 40 million people. Much of the ridge is open to the public as preserve land and state park. The combination of beauty, countless recreational possibilities, and easy access make this one of the Northeast region's most popular weekend and vacation destinations. It is estimated that nearly half a million people visit the Shawangunks every year. Many come to hike, mountain bike, or cross-country ski the more than 200 miles of trails that crisscross the ridge. Now Jeffrey Perls has created this comprehensive handbook and guide, detailing how to get there and what to do on nearly every mile of trail. The Shawangunks Trail Companion is the first and only book to provide both a thorough description of the landform as well as a complete guide to its trails. 22 black & white photographs, 15 maps, index.
Author: Jeffrey Perls
Price (last checked) $16.03

cover Gunks Trails: A Ranger's Guide to the Shawangunk Mountains

Illustrated hiking guide to the Shawangunk Mountains in New York State's Hudson River Valley, with trail interpretation from a forest ranger's point of view. Includes interpretation of natural history, geology, forest ecology, botany, wildlife biology, and human history, as well as being a traditional trail guide to the best views and points of interest, with maps, keys to hikes, GPS points, difficulty ratings, directions to trailheads and parking.
Author: Edward G. Henry
Price (last checked) $14.95

cover The Huckleberry Pickers: A Raucous History of the Shawangunk Mountains
Rating: 4.5 of 5

Author: Marc B. Fried
Price (last checked) $21.00

cover 50 Hikes in the Lower Hudson Valley
Rating: 5 of 5

A brand-new hiking guide to the scenic Hudson Valley region south of Albany. This all-new guide to hiking the Hudson River Valley reveals 50 walks and hikes from the East Hudson Highlands, to Rockland County and Harriman Park, to the West Hudson Hills, to the Shawangunks, and more. Green and Zimmerman are expert guides to this region rich in history and culture. Hikers will discover some of the most spectacular viewpoints in the region, places that inspired the Hudson River school of painting and that still convey a unique sense of wildness. Most of the hikes in this guide are within a two-hour drive of New York City; an at-a-glance overview chart makes it easy to choose a trip for hikers of all abilities. Each hike description includes a topographical map, driving directions, mileage and rise, and a detailed trail description. 40 black and white photographs, 51 maps, index.
Author: Stella J. Green, H. Neil Zimmerman
Price (last checked) less than $5.00

cover 25 Mountain Bike Tours in the Hudson Valley
Rating: 5 of 5

Few areas have more to offer the mountain biker than the Hudson Valley, with its scenic beauty, intriguing history, and abundance of trails, organizations, and facilities created expressly for wide-tire devotees. The 25 tours Peter Kick selected for this book are as diverse as their settings: They range from Lake George to Yonkers, from family outings to challenging peak climbs, from rail trails to canal towpaths to heritage bikeways. Each tour description includes complete directions, a comprehensive map, a list of nearby bike repair services, and a wealth of details about the land and cityscapes through which you'll be riding—written with an emphasis on responsible riding and the Hudson Valley's tradition of outdoor stewardship.
Author: Peter Kick
Price (last checked) $15.95

cover The Lower Hudson Valley

The Lower Hudson Valley is a favorite destination for millions of New Yorkers and visitors. Our tour takes you from the George Washington Bridge along the Palisades to Piermont, Stony Point, Bear Mountain, West Point, Cornwall, Storm King Art Center, Newburgh, and Cold Spring. You'll see why New York's Hudson River Valley is considered one of America's richest historical areas and one of its most scenic.
Author: Travelog
Price (last checked) $24.95

cover The New Paltz Outlaws: A Story of Sex, Violence and Baseball

Lance Bangor, an incredibly talented but troubled pitcher, catches the eye of the New York Yankees and is sent to play for the most notorious minor league team in baseball, The New Paltz Outlaws. The Outlaws are a team full of talented but disturbed baseball players, from the first baseman with split personalities (one plays for the Negro Leagues, the other is an aspiring musician), a trio of Canadian criminals under town arrest, a barefooted outfielder that lives amongst animals in the forest, etc. When the present leader is taken off to jail, Lance becomes the new leader of the Outlaws and takes them to new heights of popularity and debauchery. Eventually becoming too big for the small town, Lance joins the New York Yankees but folds under big league pressure and finds himself banned from the game for life. Too embarrassed to return to New Paltz, Lance travels from the Caribbean to Hollywood and goes through a variety of professions from being a stuntman for an egotistical soap opera star to hitting rock bottom and becoming an exotic dancer and actor in amateur adult films. It's a story of one man who had to lose everything he ever wanted to get everything he ever needed.
Rating 4 of 5
Author: Farrell Kaye
Price (last checked): $17.95

cover Walks and Rambles in the Western Hudson Valley

Anyone who is curious about the outdoors, or who seeks quiet or closeness to the landscape will find Walks And Rambles In The Western Hudson Valley a useful companion. The 38 walks described in detail range from a quarter mile to ten miles in length, and also include a range of difficulties, some wandering on gentle paths and others scrambling up the sides of mountains. The last chapter suggests 31 additional trails and parks for walkers to enjoy. The walks are grouped according to seven geological regions and give directions to the trailhead, trail mileage, and a comprehensive description of the route and sights along the way. Walks And Rambles In The Western Hudson Valley is fun for the armchair traveller as well as the walkers of hills.
Author: Peggy Turco
Price (last checked): $15.95

cover The Hudson Valley & Catskill Mountains: Includes Saratoga Springs & Albany (Explorer Guides)

Rich with historical and cultural attractions, the Hudson Valley and Catskills region is also a burgeoning mecca for travelers seeking outdoor adventure and family fun; five-star dining and the best American cuisine using the freshest locally grown produce; luxurious resorts, cozy bed & breakfasts and inns; as well as galleries, antiques shops, wineries, farm stands, hiking and bike trails, and places to kayak and canoe. With detailed maps and hundreds of honest reviews of accommodations, eateries and activities to appeal to independent travelers and those seeking value for money, this guide casts a wide net to cull the best this dynamic region has to offer.
Author: Joanne Michaels
Price (last checked): $16.46

cover The Cafe Pongo Cookbook

North of the hustle and bustle of New York City lies an oasis of small-town America, the quiet Hudson River Valley hamlet of Tivoli. Virtually abandoned after its boom years at the beginning of the twentieth century, when steamships carried workers across the river to factories in Saugerties, this "no stoplight" town has gone through a renaissance along its main thoroughfare, and visitors find themselves relaxing and eating great food inside the welcoming doors of funky, casual Café Pongo. The Café Pongo Cookbook captures the relaxed style and sophisticated cuisine of the restaurant with more than 220 recipes adapted for the home cook, including Poppy Seed Almond Hot Cakes with Maple Cream and Almonds, Beet and Shaved Fennel Salad with Clementine Vinaigrette, Shrimp and Hominy Cakes with Cilantro Crème Fraîche, Pan-Seared Penne and Greens with Feta and Pine Nuts, Barbecued Lemon Chicken with Crushed Cumin and Coriander Seeds, Steak with Caramelized Onions and Merlot Reduction, and Bread Pudding with Golden Raisins and Apricot Glaze. In her warm and inviting voice, Valerie Nehez, the original chef/owner of Café Pongo, recounts her memories and brings her culinary know-how to each dish, making you feel almost as comfortable re-creating the recipes as you would be relaxing in a wooden chair inside the restaurant. With over 25 black-and-white photographs throughout, The Café Pongo Cookbook will make you feel nostalgic for the restaurant and the Hudson Valley, whether you've been there before or only visited vicariously through this book.
Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Author: Valerie Nehez
Price (last checked): $10.99

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