So I’m getting restless. I’m ready for change. I have lived in the Ulster County, NY town of Kingston for nearly three years. This is the longest I’ve continuously lived anywhere other than my childhood home.
For someone who thrives on new experiences and changes of scenery, this has been an interesting test. I’ve been completely bored at times (mostly in winter, though I did conquer that well enough), and other times, I’ve been so excited and and inspired by all the beauty and things to do and see here.
I feel fortunate the I can think of lots of things I love about where I live. I love that outside of this sprawling-yet-tiny city, we have several other towns close by: Saugerties, Rosendale, and New Paltz each have distinctive personalities and attractions worth seeing.
I love that Kingston borders both the Hudson River and Rondout Creek: two waterfronts!
Being near the water is cool- but we love to hike, so Andy and I also appreciate the fact that we’re near tons of parks and nature preserves, plus the Catskills Mountains and the Shawangunk Ridge.
Kingston has a funny mix of beautiful old architecture and run-down storefronts. Broadway the main uptown-downtown connector, is particularly ripe for the picking, if you’re photographers like us who like capturing old, faded, and abandoned things.
That’s not to say that Kingston doesn’t have its pretty sites, too:
Architecture, abandonment, natural beauty, historic charm, and waterfronts aren’t unique to Kingston. Luckily, plenty of towns in the Hudson Valley have these features. I suppose what I really like about where I live is where I am right at this moment: on a couch in the living room of our apartment-within-a-house, set high on a hill outside of town and surrounded by trees. It’s nice and quiet here and only a five minute walk to the middle of town. We have a large garden, plus a lot of untamed land. It’s fun having wild animals for neighbors (we spotted our first fox a few weeks ago!).
Other pluses about our living situation: Andy has the space to work on his art outdoors, we love the charm and character of our super old house and all of its quirks, and the three rooms we have are a nice size. Ever since Liz and Ian’s visit in April, I haven’t been thinking as negatively as Kingston as I had been, which was fun to realize. That’s another perk to having out-of-town guests: you get to see your home and your town through visitors’ eyes and focus more on the positive. Yay!
Kingston has lots of things that I love– I didn’t even talk about the town parks (outdoor movies in the summer!) or the farmer’s market!- and I have enjoyed getting to know Ulster County since we moved here in the summer of 2011. I love knowing an area: the back roads, the best coffee shops and bakeries, where to get the best views. Those are perks you only get after a prolonged period of time in one spot.But do I love that more than the prospect of something new and different? Nah. I look at flight deals and travel offers all the time online, and lately I’ve been adding apartments for rent in other parts of the Hudson Valley to that search. Who knows what might come up?
That looks like a gorgeous town! I’d love to visit one day.
It does have its moments, Becca! 🙂
It’s very nice in that area. I used to live in Carmel upstate NY and love it. Been in PA for 22 years now…wow. We love it here. Great pics…thanks for sharing.
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Yes, I really feel like the whole region is my home, which is cool because it means there’s a nice big area of towns to choose from! Thanks, Carolann!
It certainly is! I feel lucky to be in the HV 🙂
What a great post. For those of us that travel, there’s a real danger in losing sight of the beauty of our own back yard as we wander from destination to destination. Your town is just beautiful. That walking path by the water is a gem. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.
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You know exactly what I’m talking about, Kelly. I’m in a constant struggle of trying to be here now, and planning/dreaming of where to go next! Glad you like the photos 🙂
I love that you’re very open to what may come along. And once again, I admire your photos and your ability to take wonderful photos! Looking at them, I can see why you love it there. It’s pretty much a great place and a great neighborhood!
Oh yes, I am wide open at this point, haha! Thank you so much for the compliments, Rea!
It looks like a beautiful town. I want to visit one day. I love the house, sorry for some reason I love architecture and vintages things.
I love architecture and vintage things too, Jazmine! We’ve definitely got that in common 🙂
I love your part of NY and I drive through it often on my way to NJ. We spotted a red fox two years ago and never again. I totally took pictures and I love seeing fun animals here.
My friend lived in Kingston for years but moved to Colorado several months ago.
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I hope we see another fox soon so we can get better pictures!
We love to visit too! Always love your writing and the pictures!
Thanks as always, Mom!
I think your area of NY is so beautiful. I love looking at the water. I’m in CT in a pretty well-built residential town, and yet we still have lots of wildlife. Never ceases to amaze me — had a fox last week, and regularly have deer, turtles, chipmunks, birds, raccoons, snakes, etc. I love having a beautiful and calm home base — and then I dream about the beach from November to June!
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I know what you mean, I dream about the beach all the time. And it’s so funny how there will be all these wild animals in areas that are so developed- I feel bad for them since, you know, they were here first.
Oh, your pictures are just so lovely! Kingston looks totally idyllic! I totally get the restlessness that comes with being in one place for awhile, but MAN! A place like that would be so hard to leave! Beautiful!! –Lisa
Thanks Lisa! Haha, luckily there are several towns like this up and down the Hudson. Midtown Kingston is trying to undergo a revitalization, but it’s an uphill battle. Its got its issues, but doing this post was a nice way to practice looking at the positive!
LOVE the old, faded, and abandoned photos y’all got! Also absolutely love the turtle photo! What a great capture. Kingston looks great from what you’ve captured. I’d never considered visiting there before, but maybe now I’ll have to put it on my list of future destinations!
Found your blog off of “I’m Not a Mom Blogger” group on FB 🙂
Thank you Sarah! Kingston has its charming parts for sure. I think I’m just ready for a change of scenery.