Spring Sales are Warming Up at Maple Fields in Orange County’s Middletown


Maple Fields, the collection of three-bedroom townhomes in Orange County’s Middletown

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Spring is one of the most memorable and enjoyable seasons in the historic Hudson Valley as its natural landscape quickly comes to life.  But the majestic trees, rolling farmlands and bumbling brooks aren’t the only things awakening in this northern New York suburb as the weather warms.

Sales and development activity at Maple Fields, the collection of three-bedroom townhomes in Orange County’s Middletown, are also heating up as more and more first-time homebuyers discover the charm, elegance and affordability of the growing Mid-Hudson region.    Nearly 60% of the 196 upscale residences at Maple Fields have been sold as young families and professional couples increasingly turn their attention north to enjoy a brand new home in a tranquil environment that’s still an easy commute to Manhattan and New Jersey.

“Spring is typically one of our busier times of year as buyers in large numbers set out to find a new home and lifestyle,” says Elizabeth Bauer, Director of Sales and Marketing for developer Baker Residential.  “This is particularly true this year.  Maple Fields is maturing into an active, lively new neighborhood and we’re seeing a significant amount of interested prospects choosing to visit the community now when they can not only get a strong feel for the homes and environment at Maple Fields, but also experience all of the outdoor cultural and recreational delights of the Hudson Valley region.” Continue reading


Take a Walk this Spring

077029_008_018Take a walk over the mighty Hudson River this spring … or any other time. The Walkway over The Hudson State Historic Park is waiting for you!

Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park spans the Hudson River between the Town of Lloyd (Ulster County) and the City of Poughkeepsie (Dutchess County.)

The original plan was to transform the abandoned Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge into a linear park traversing the Hudson River. The walkway, in partnership with New York State Parks, connects to the regional trail systems around it. A group of more than 125 volunteers from Ulster and Dutchess counties work to keep the walkway in tip-top shape for your visit.

The walkway is open daily from 7 AM until sunset and can be accessed from Highland or Poughkeepsie. A recent visit found a variety of food trucks located at the entrances for a snack before or after your walk. There are benches placed along the walkway so you can sit and rest a while while taking in the magnificent view.

Dog-friendly, handicap accessible, and open for a all levels of walkers. The walk is 1.28 gorgeous and inspiring miles from end to end. If you have any steam left, you can continue on to the Historic Poughkeepsie Walking Tour.



New Construction Retail Spaces Now Available at The Shoppes at Sterling Parc in Middletown, N.Y.

1457467208_sterlingMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – The Shoppes at Sterling Parc, a prime 18,000 square-foot retail center located in the heart of nearly 500 high-end residential units in the Orange County, N.Y. town of Middletown, has less than ten street-front retail spaces remaining available.

Situated within the 192-home Sterling Parc apartment community and adjacent to the brand new 306-unit Southgate Middletown rental neighborhood, the suites range from 1,000 square-feet to 2,400 square feet and can be built-to-suit to fill the specific needs of nationally recognized brands, independent boutiques, restaurants or local service providers.  Retail spaces can also be combined for larger uses.

New retail operations will join an established tenant base that includes Envy Nails, State Farm Insurance and Natura Smoothies & Café. Continue reading

Maple Fields in Orange County’s Middletown Reports Strong Sales and Development Activity

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Baker Residential’s Maple Fields in Orange County, NY

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Maple Fields has raised the bar for sales success in New York’s historic Hudson Valley with more than 100 of its upscale townhomes sold less than two years after opening.

The strong sales activity has positioned the collection of 196 three-bedroom residences in Orange County’s Middletown as one of the region’s most active new home communities with construction moving along swiftly on several new townhome buildings and more and more residents celebrating the completion of their dream home every week.  In fact, eleven families have joined the suburban neighborhood and taken up residence at Maple Fields since the start of the New Year alone.

“2016 has already been a tremendous success at Maple Fields as we grow into an active, established residential neighborhood and pick up speed on our construction timeline,” says Elizabeth Bauer, Director of Sales and Marketing for developer Baker Residential.

“As we start to turn the page on winter and look forward to spring’s warmer weather, we fully expect sales and development activity to increase even further in the months ahead.  The progress we’ve experienced has made Maple Fields Orange County’s signature new residential addresses.”

Baker Residential has released the third phase of three-bedroom townhomes at Maple Fields to accommodate the strong buyer demand.  Priced from $265,900, homes in the newest housing phase range in size from 2,274 to 2,329 square-feet of living space and provide a long list of upgrades in the purchase price.  Homebuyers receive designer finishes including 2 ¼” prefinished hardwood flooring on the first floor, gourmet-inspired kitchens with breakfast nooks, stainless steel kitchen appliances including the refrigerator, attached two-car garages, finished basement, and state-of-the-art washer and dryer.  Continue reading

Whiskey’s Hudson Valley Revival

2016-03-08_11-29-58In 1825, New York State had more than a thousand small distilleries, and produced a major share of the nation’s whiskey. Back in 2006, it had just 13. Tuthilltown Sprirts is proud to have revived the local craft, producing the first traditional whiskey made in the state since Prohibition.

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For 220 years Tuthilltown Gristmill, a landmark which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, used waterpower to render local grains to flour. In 2003, Ralph Erenzo and Brian Lee created Tuthilltown Spirits LLC, converting one of the mill granaries to a micro-distillery. Two and a half years later, Tuthilltown Spirits produced their first batches of vodka from scraps they collected at a local apple slicing plant.

Today, Tuthilltown Spirits distills Indigenous Vodka from apples grown at orchards less than five miles away and the highly awarded Hudson Whiskey line, using grain harvested by farmers less than ten miles away.   The Visitor Center offers guests the opportunity to taste the collection of whiskeys, vodkas, gins, liqueurs, and other unique, handmade spirits.  Tours illustrate how Tuthilltown’s spirits are made by hand, one batch at a time.  Guests are encouraged to stay for the day and enjoy the family-friendly environment. The onsite restaurant, Tuthill House at the Mill, serves Seasonal, New American cuisine and spectacular cocktails in the historic 1788 gristmill. The menu is inspired by  modern American cooking, showcasing fresh, local artisan products and ingredients of the Hudson Valley.

Innovation at Tuthilltown is snowballing thanks to the input of over 50 hardworking and creative team members. New products, cocktails, dishes, and tour improvements are brought to fruition each week.   Tuthilltown Spirits is proud to have been the early bird in the post-prohibition New York distilling scene.  The team is now at the forefront of the craft distilling movement and is quickly building legacy of sustainable growth.

spirits-baby1HudsonValleyFYI recently visited for a taste testing and admits that ALL the whiskeys were delicious in their own way, we did decide that the award-winning Baby Bourbon was our favorite. The Half Moon Orchard Gin changed this gin hater into a gin lover!

Visit for a tasting, a tour, to shop, or to dine at Tuthill House at the Mill. You won’t regret it!

Long Awaited Debut of Fully-Furnished Model Homes Arrives at Southgate Middletown in Orange County, N.Y.

MIDDLETOWN, NY – The upscale, designer interior finishes that distinguish Southgate Middletown from the competition are on full display with the Grand Opening of two professionally-decorated model homes at the collection of 306 apartments being developed by Sterling Properties in this Orange County City.

The fully-furnished models allow visitors to fully experience these magnificently-appointed residences and visualize the luxury lifestyle that awaits them at this signature Hudson Valley community.  Monthly rents at Southgate Middletown begin from $1,525 and initial occupancy is expected in early spring. Continue reading

Explore the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail


The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail is a multi-use, natural surface trail, welcoming hikers, joggers, bicycle and horseback riders, dog walkers, and, in the winter, snowshoers and cross-country skiers.

One of America’s ten most iconic rail trails, its 22 miles offers unsurpassed vistas, quiet arbors, ever-chilly caverns and a variety bridges. Spanning rivers and gorges, its bridges enable visitors and daily users to connect with nature, new friends, with our shared history and with a more sustainable future.

Passing through orchards, organic farms, lakes, rivers and streams, it also links villages and towns including the Historic Huguenot District in New Paltz, the towns of Gardiner and Rosendale and ending near the historic Stockade District in the City of Kingston.

Trail users will discover a wide variety of birds, wildlife, unique 19th century industrial historic sites as well as stunning views of the Shawangunk Ridge, Wallkill River and the Rondout Creek. The crown jewel of this 22-mile linear park is the famed Rosendale Trestle, with its 940 foot span over the Rondout Creek and soaring 150 feet above the water’s surface. The trail surface is gravel and packed dirt, except for a paved section of the trail in the heart of New Paltz from Plains Road to Broadhead Avenue.

The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail is designated a National Recreation Trail by the National Park Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Excitement Mounts for Early Spring Debut of New Leasing and Model Center at Southgate in Middletown



MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – The finishing touches are now being applied to two brand new model homes at Southgate Middletown, a collection of 306 apartment homes being developed by Sterling Properties in this Orange County City.

Expected to debut early this spring, the professionally-decorated model homes will provide renters a comprehensive look at the upscale homes, high-end interior finishes and care-free apartment lifestyle that will define this Hudson Valley community.

“This is definitely not your typical Hudson Valley rental community,” says Nick Hollenbeck, Sterling’s Director of Sales and Marketing.  “Here, the focus is on bringing apartment features and amenities typically reserved for more urban locations into a suburban setting to ultimately give the resident a better experience.  Our model homes will represent each of our apartment layouts and allow prospective tenants to tour all of their luxury rental options in one central location.  This will allow them to fully embrace the exceptional living spaces and designer finishes and appointments and make an informed and educated decision.”

Renters anxious to preview Southgate Middletown can participate in the community’s pre-leasing program which is now underway.  The preview period allows interested prospects to take guided “hard hat” tours of homes under construction. Continue reading