Whether you're looking for a great place to buy a painting on a weekend road trip or an inspiring and beautiful community in which to start a new life, The 100 Best Art Towns in America puts you on the right track. New Mexico author John Villani details all you need to know, from a town's lifestyle to interesting places to dine and must-do art festivals, written from the perspective of the nation's top arts travel writer.
The much-admired dry stone walls of New England need regular maintenance and repair, according to the author, who is a stone wall builder and restorer who's worked on a number of historic sites. In this volume, beautifully illustrated with the drawings of Guillermo Nunez, Gardner teaches readers how to make stone walls, guiding them through the process of procuring materials, laying out the wall, and fitting the stones together. The techniques used in the restoration and repair of existing walls are also described.
The Hudson River has always played a vital role in American culture. Flowing through a valley of sublime scenery, the great river uniquely connects America's past with its present and future. This book traces the course of the river through four centuries, recounting the stories of explorers and traders, artists and writers, entrepreneurs and industrialists, ecologists and preservationists - those who have been shaped by the river as well as those who have helped shape it. Their compelling narratives attest to the Hudson River's distinctive place in American history and the American imagination.
Celebrated as the American Rhine, the majestic Hudson River flows more than three hundred miles from its source high in the Adirondack Mountains to New York Harbor. Lining its banks are the marks of the four hundred years of history that have transpired since Henry Hudson piloted the Half Moon north from New Amsterdam in 1609. Today the river and the surrounding valley are protected as a National Heritage Area by the National Park Service.
Rich with historical and cultural attractions, the Hudson Valley and Catskills area will be celebrating its 400th anniversary in 2009. The region will commemorate Henry Hudson's sail up the river, Robert Fulton's first successful commercial steamship operation, and many more nationally significant events. The region is also a treasure trove for travelers seeking outdoor recreation, five-star dining, cozy bed & breakfasts or comfy inns, as well as galleries, antiques shops, wineries, farm stands, and places to hike, kayak, and canoe.