Motorcyling the Backroads of Vermont

Vermont is a prime destination for motorcyclists for many reasons. For a small state, there is a seemingly endless supply of gentle, rolling roads that pass through tiny towns and pristine northeastern forests. Add to that generally lovely summer weather, and it’s a perfect prescription for a motorcyclist searching to ditch the city. Yet, edge off the blacktop and a whole other world of adventure awaits. It’s estimated that Vermont has over 1700 miles of Class 4 roads and trails—routes which are unmaintained by the state and can range from wide, hard packed dirt through rutted singletrack. Eric Milano, the owner of Moto Vermont, has spent a good portion of his time in the state developing an encyclopedic knowledge of these routes. Looking to explore the state while seeing nary a stop sign? He’s the dude to guide you. In 2011, he founded Moto Vermont and began offering rentals to area motorcyclists and visiting tourists. Two years later, he began offering tours—both self- and staff-guided. In late July, Milano linked with Brooklyn-based motorcycle gear shop, Union Garage, to offer an enticing trip: a long weekend of south-to-north exploration of the state, highlighting some of Milano’s favorite trails and passes. Union …

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Sullivan County’s Craft Beverage Trail

Pale ales, summer sours, black lagers, dry whites, full-bodied reds, vodka, gin and bourbon: Sullivan Catskills has it all. With eight breweries, distilleries, and wineries in six towns, SullCo’s burgeoning artisanal beverage trail is only growing, with a handful of breweries and distilleries hoping to open in 2018. The largest concentration is in the Roscoe/Livingston Manor/Callicoon area, where visitors can hit four of the eight stops within 30 minutes of each other. Below, check out the complete list, and be on the lookout for those additions next year! BREWERIES   Callicoon Brewing Company | 16 Upper Main Street Callicoon | 845-887-5500 Located in a converted firehouse, the Callicoon Brewing Company overlooks Main Street in the sleepy hamlet of Callicoon. Amongst many local offerings, their own craft brews on tap include the Callicoon Cow Pale Ale and Callicoon Brown Cow Porter. Menu offerings include ruebens, burgers, and deep fried hot dogs. Catskill Brewery | 672 Old Rte. 17, Livingston Manor | 845-439-1232 Housed inside a state-of-the-art beer barn, the Catskill Brewery sits on the side of one of New York’s most scenic roads, Old Route 17. Inside, the brewers make fresh ales and lagers just steps from the tasting room’s bar. Stop in for one of their award-winning beers like the Freak Tractor …

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304 Cooper Lake Road in Woodstock, NY

  This fabulously reimagined 1825 Farmhouse is at 304 Cooper Lake Road, one of the most desirable locations in Woodstock, NY. The farmhouse is a stunning celebration of modern design, timeless restoration, meticulous craftsmanship. You’ll love coming home to this spacious, turn-key home that sits on 5-acres surrounded by vast mountain views and woodlands, and just a short walk to Cooper Lake. The contemporary design blends seamlessly with the natural surroundings – bluestone decks, beautifully landscaped gardens and stone walls – done with a Hudson Woods aesthetic! Best of all, the property includes land in front of the house on the other side of Cooper Lake Road ensuring sweeping mountain views FOREVER! Beds: 3 | Baths: 1½ | Square Feet: 1,800 | Acres: 5.00 | Built: 1825 | Price: $830,000 | Listed by Halter Associates Realty For more information, email Judy Steinfeld This classic eyebrow Colonial Farmhouse, light-filled, airy 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath has been lovingly renovated with the utmost attention to history and detail. You’ll find high-quality, uniquely sourced materials and superb craftsmanship throughout. New cedar shake roof, 5-inch white oak floors, high-efficiency gas-powered heating and central AC system, newly installed electrical wiring/switches, plumbing, interior walls with spray foam insulation, and ceiling lights. You’ll love …

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Fresh Meadows in Callicoon, NY

  4 bed/2.5 baths | Acres: 48 | Built: 1880, updated 2015 | Square Feet: 3,508 plus wraparound porches on all four sides | Stone fireplace | Generator, 25kw | Heat: Propane-fired hot water baseboard plus radiant in full bathrooms | Hot Water: Propane | Central air conditioning | Two barns | Fenced garden | Well | Septic | Security alarm | Siding: Knot-free pine | County: Sullivan | Town: Callicoon | Taxes: $12,071 | SBL: 11.-1-1.2 | Price: $1,495,000 | Listed by County House Realty A tidy gravel driveway ushers visitors from a delightful country road, through woods and over a small bridge, under which a pretty stream runs. The scene then opens to include a gently sloping meadow, a dramatic barn and a smaller one beside it, and finally the elegant white facade and imposing stone chimney of the home itself. The house was built on this special, private spot around 1880 and gut renovated down to the studs in 2015. A great room was added on, virtually seamlessly, combining light and views with natural elements of stone and wood, to create an exceptional homestead of understated elegance in an incredibly scenic, rural setting. A lot of thought went into the redesign of the spaces, starting with the addition of a mudroom, accessed via a side entrance to the house. It …

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Wilderness Lake Hideaway

At the end of a winding woodland drive sits a secluded lakefront hideaway. This three-bedroom house sits on five beautiful acres. Tucked into the woods of Forestburgh, a blueberry lined footpath leads to your lakefront dock on Wilderness Lake. The owners have always felt magic here, and they wish for the next owners to feel it too. Inside the 1240 sq. foot home, a great room opens through a wall of glass to a spacious deck, or cozy screened in porch. All are perfect spaces for relaxing and entertaining. If you love cooking, this modest but perfect kitchen was designed by a professional in the food industry and has been enjoyed by many of her chef friends. Besides the first floor living area,there is a full walk out basement with plenty of potential for finishing into your workshop, studio, music/theatre room, or maybe another bedroom and bath. Available through Catskill Castles | 1289 Plank Rd Section A, Forestburgh NY | $329,999

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Move Into This Quintessential Lakehouse

  This quintessential lakehouse sits in the Mongaup Valley on Swinging Bridge Lake, just outside Monticello. Choose from one of two decks to enjoy the spectacular sunsets here–or simply enjoy from your private “T” dock. The location is more private than many lakefronts in the area, on a dead end road. It’d be a fantastic Airbnb! Style: Contemporary Lake House • Year Built: 1988 • Square Feet: 2016 • Bedrooms: 3 • Baths: 2.5 • Exterior: Cedar • Front Lot Size: 63 • Exterior: Cedar • Land Features: Driveway In, Professional Landscaping, Mature Trees, Private, View • Water Features: Lakefront, Lakeview, Motor Boat Lake, Water View • County: Sullivan • Town: Monticello • Zip Code: 12701 • Interior: Cable, Cathedral Ceiling, Fireplace, Glass, Great Room, Hardwood Floors, Master Suite, Oversized Windows, Sky Lights, Sunroom, Tile, Walk-Out Basement • Exterior Amenities: Deck, Dock, Garage, Multi-level Deck • Heating: Electric • Listed by Catskill Castles • $487,000 For further information, email nancy@catskillcastles.com Inside, the great room has cathedral ceilings, with lots of glass and light. A big big dining area, fireplace, and large kitchen make a great atmosphere for having guests. Frequent entertainers will love the skylight lounge: a 3 season cedar sunroom with a disco ball. The three bedroom house has a master bedroom suite, with a huge tile bath and three …

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