Will 2015 be the year of the Catskills?

Above: Barnes Hill on a sunny fall day in 2014. Photo by Dennis Schevjda, via Flickr

If the national travel press has anything to do with it, the Catskills will be flooded with tourists in 2015.

Two separate publications, Fodor's and Travel + Leisure, have put the region on their lists of the best places in the world (the world!) to visit next year.

Fodor's Go List 2015 lumps "The Hudson Valley and the Catskills" together, and lists them as #2, right after "The Arctic" and before Namibia and Guatemala:  Read more

A Christmas flood watch (and other weather warnings)

Above: A Flood Watch is in effect for the eastern Catskills until the day after Christmas. Image via the National Weather Service in Albany.

It's going to be a rainy Christmas in the Catskills. The National Weather Service has issued multiple weather warnings for the region, including a flood watch that goes into effect at 1 p.m on Wednesday, Dec. 24 for Greene, Schoharie and Ulster counties and lasts through Friday, Dec. 26:  Read more

Constitution Pipeline files 55 eminent domain lawsuits against Catskills landowners

Above: The proposed route of the Constitution Pipeline in 2013. Via the Constitution Pipeline's website.  

Since Dec. 12, the Constitution Pipeline has filed formal eminent domain proceedings against 55 landowners along the pipeline’s proposed 124-mile route through Schoharie, Delaware and Chenango counties, federal court records show.

The pipeline, which received conditional approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Dec. 2, has wasted no time in using the power of eminent domain to force people to allow the 30-inch natural gas pipeline to cross their land.

On Wednesday, Dec. 3, the pipeline’s law firm sent a letter to resistant landowners offering them a chance to accept compensation in exchange for an easement on their property. The letter gave the landowners until Dec. 11 to make up their minds.  Read more

Samba Cabaret Night at Tay Tea!

This holiday season, please join us for a very special evening of Samba Cabaret Night at Tay Home, our tea shop & design store in Andes, NY. New York Brazilian singer and actress, Mariana Barcellos, and guitarist, Irineu Barsė, will perform an intimate repertoire of famous Brazilian songs, such as the Bossa Nova, Samba, and Choro.

Come and enjoy the lively, sultry songs of SAMBA and help us celebrate the holiday season with delicious tea cocktails, wine and appetizers!

Cover charge : $10 (cash only)

Tay Home
131 Main Street (opposite of the Andes Hotel)
Andes, NY 13731

When: SATURDAY December 27th, 6-9 pm

Hope to see you all soon!

Happy Holidays


Nini O. and the Tay Angels

Cuomo celebrates with anti-fracking activists

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is basking in the celebratory mood of his constituents this week. On Wednesday, Dec. 17, his administration announced that New York State will ban hydraulic fracturing natural gas drilling and also gave a green light to a casino resort in the Catskills.

Cuomo has travelled the state to glad-hand with supporters of both moves. He gave a speech in Bethel on Thursday, Dec. 18 to a cheering pro-casino advocates in Sullivan County.  Read more

New York state bans fracking


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At a cabinet meeting that was open to the public today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York State Department of Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens and New York Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker announced that the practice of natural gas drilling called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, will be prohibited in New York State.   Read more

Tay Tea: Introducing the Fosterbuilt Pop-up Coffee Bar – December 20th!

On December 20th, join us for a cup of Joe! For the pleasure of our coffee-drinking friends, Tay Home will host Bovina resident Mark Foster and his Fosterbuilt Pop-up Coffee Bar. Mark’s special roast makes the finest espresso and cappuccinos the Catskill Mountains have ever known.

FOSTERBUILT coffee beans are now available at Tay Home for sale. Come pick up a bag for the holidays. $12 for 1/2 lb bag.

Tay Home
131 Main Street 
Andes, NY

Open Friday – Sunday, 10 am - 6 pm 

Annual Christmas Cantata

December 21, 2014 - 7:30pm

The Andes Community Churches will be presenting their annual cantata on Sunday, December 21, 7:30 p.m. at the Andes United Methodist Church, lower Main Street.  This year, the music will be "Were You There on that Christmas Night?" by Lloyd Larson and is directed by Diane Krick, accompanied by Marena Vittorio Schindler and narrated by Joe Grieco.  Members from the Andes United Methodist, Andes Presbyterian, St. Ann's, Cabin Hill, Bovina United Presbyterian, and 1st Presbyterian Church - Delhi will be participating.  The concert is free with refreshments following the performance.

Healthy Holiday Eating

Over the holiday season, we all tend to slack on our healthy habits. We no longer worry about looking good in that bathing suit, so we trade fresh salads and fruit for holiday cookies and feasts, hiding behind sweaters and baggy clothes. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Following a few simple steps will keep you healthy and happy through the holidays and the winter months ahead!  

1. Get active in the morning.

During the fall and winter, days are shorter, and by the time you get home from work or school, it’s likely dark out. Take advantage of the morning sunlight by getting your workout done early. When nighttime hits, you won’t have to worry about forcing yourself to the gym. Plus the endorphins will keep you going throughout the day.

2. Hunger VS Cravings.   Read more

Give Abundantly—Tay Tea's Gift Boxes

From distinctively delicious loose leaf teas in German apothecary jars tosampler gift boxes of our special blends, Tay will infuse your loved ones with the rousing rituals of drinking our warmly enticing teas.   Read more

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