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Fall Layering in the Catskills

It's that time of year we love (some of us anyway).  FALL 🎃🎃 During this season temperatures can swing 30 degrees from the morning lows to the daytime highs. It's layering season here in the Catskills.  Our 4 essential layers will keep you warm in the morning, and just right for lunch or your hiking trail The Essential Layers: 1.  Base Layer:   The long sleeve T.   Our brushed cotton and recycled poly T's will keep you warm but won't leave you sweating at the midday peak 2.  The Quarterzip.   It might not be sweater weather quite yet, so the 1/4 is here to do his job and keep that warmth close to your body. Easy to pop off and tie around your waist...

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Where's YOUR Upstate?

As you're reading this, you're probably thinking, 'Hey, we should go upstate and pick some apples, get pumpkins and look at the leaves this weekend' Well, where exactly is Upstate New York? Some say it's north of the Mid Hudson Valley (think Newburgh/Beacon), others say it's not until you're north of Albany (hello Adirondacks!) The truth is, there is no exact authoritative definition of 'upstate'   Sure, there's areas we all know: The Hudson Valley, The Catskills, The Adirondacks, Central NY, The Finger Lakes, and of course 'Western NY (Go Bills!).  But WHERE is UPSTATE?   Since we settled in this area in 2012, we have always believed that upstate was really a state of mind.   To us, it's a slower pace,...

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Let's get outside and #hikethecatskills

  As most of you know, when we aren't working, we love to explore and hike throughout the Hudson Valley.    These are our top places to get outside. 1.  Minnewaska State Park (Lake Awosting):  This is easily our go to spot.  Just 20 minutes from our house, Minneswaska offers some amazing opportunities to experience the Shawgunk Mountains (that's right, it's not in the Catskills!)  We often will take first time visitors to the lake trail (just 3.5 miles and relatively flat), to walk around the glacier carved lake and stop for photographs overlooking New Paltz and beyond.   More information about Minneswaska can be found here:  https://www.parks.ny.gov/parks/127/details.aspx 2.  Overlook Mountain: You've probably seen pictures from this trail (who doesn't love an apocalyptic...

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Favorite gifts from our Favorite Brands...

There is a lot of talk about finding the 'perfect' gift, but no one talks about how long it takes to design them, make them, or select those gifts to get to them all wrapped up. These brands we below are some of our favorites, brought to you by some of our favorite people.  We hope you find something to give to your favorite person...  The Normal Brand: This crew, Conrad, Lan & Jimmy, (all brothers!) have been partners with us right from the beginning. By only making things that they themselves wear, these pieces will be your new favorites for sue. They say that 'Normal fits better', and we couldn't agree more. The Normal Brand is one of our favorites. What...

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Upstate & Chill

How do you Upstate & Chill? When we first started our Hudson Valley/Catskills adventure over 8 years ago, we quickly learned that “Upstate” is much more than a regional description. It’s a state of mind that evokes celebrating the world around you and taking a break from the chaos of modern life… Here at Hamilton & Adams we all about taking this mindset and turning it into a movement – a movement that gets people to slow down, appreciate life and stay curious about the world around them.  We call this movement Upstate & Chill and we’re excited to hear how you – our customers, fans, friends and family – are embracing the spirit of Upstate & Chill and making it...

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