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    North of NYC North of NYC By Houlihan Lawrence By Houlihan Lawrence by

    You think big and control your own destiny. You’re at peace in nature’s embrace, inspiring your ascent towards greatness—and that peak over there at 3 o’clock.

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    Steeped in history, our region has long been a magnet for moguls, mavens, artists and adventurers, blazing trails literally and figuratively in awe-striking surrounds. There’s just something about the rugged Hudson Highlands, the raging white waters of Croton Gorge and the serpentine paths of Ward Pound Ridge Reservation connecting us with deeper desire.

    The Cold Spring-Beacon corridor has become a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, who arrive by the trainload to scale mountain trails or dip their oars into the river, working off a divine brunch from Hudson Hil’s or The Roundhouse at Beacon Falls. A thriving weekend economy has fueled a renaissance of independent Main Street shops in the area, empowering their social media-savvy proprietors the chance to live out lifelong dreams–like the Cold Spring Apothecary, which has grown a national following and even sells products through Madewell nationwide.

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    There’s great adventure closer to the city, too. Three interconnected rail trails create a continuous 30+ mile paved bike corridor from lower Westchester to Putnam County. North Salem’s Mountain Lakes Park feels more Catskills than Westchester, with cabins for rent in season.

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