Save Room! – Designing a New Restaurant in the Country

Save Room! – Designing a New Restaurant in the Country

I am always surprised when I see a new restaurant open that made no effort to create an inviting space for the dining experience. Even the most casual and humble of places need a bit of ambience. Sure, FOOD is the prime focus of any restaurant, but it’s the entire experience that makes people want to come back for...
Country Pursuits – Houses of History

Country Pursuits – Houses of History

In August I helped organize a Historic House Tour in my favorite town—Hillsdale, NY. Hillsdale was founded in 1788 and was (and largely remains) a farming community. It was famous for its dairy farms, providing much of the milk and butter for New York City in the 19th century. Hillsdale’s amazing history extends far beyond bovine concerns, however, and remains a Hudson valley hamlet surrounded by lilting, rural beauty and dotted with architectural...
Country Pursuits

Country Pursuits

Not long ago I joined the Hamlet Committee in my hamlet of Hillsdale, New York. One of the missions of the committee is to help beautify our historic, little town. Within a week of my joining the committee, I read in a local paper that the veterans were raising money for a new memorial to be placed near the town...