Sunday, January 25, 2009

This Old House

A spontaneous trip upstate to deter the boredom that threatened to overtake us this week. We stayed here and it was nice, especially the large whirlpool tub and the pumpkin waffles with bacon for breakfast. But the inn was built only a few years ago and has that slightly sterile Pottery Barn feeling of new construction. I'll take this private, homey cottage for a getaway instead any day. We also had a fabulous (and seasonal and sustainable) dinner at Beso in New Paltz, a place that is definitely worth returning to on future trips there.

Everytime we go upstate we dream about moving to the country and flip through real estate magazines. This time we looked at this beautiful old stone house built in the 1800s. Unfortunately, it was too in-the-middle-of-nowhere to be able to commute to NYC, so it was really just a fun pipe dream to wander through its rooms and imagine ourselves there.

It also got us interested in stone homes - stone is natural insulation that keeps a house warm in the winter and cold in the summer. It's eco-friendly from the olden days when people used to consider how to harness the environment to their sustainable advantage when building a home, before artificial heating and cooling systems made everyone forget that knowledge.

I grew up in the country and would like to move back there someday. But after living in the city, would I feel isolated upstate or does a slower pace of live bring a greater sense of community? Would all the driving wrack me with eco-guilt? Am I too hooked on Brooklyn and its cultural and culinary and social offerings to leave? I guess all the possibility keeps the future from looking too boring right?


  1. The great debate! Sometimes I want to move to the mountains so I can have a horse, and then other times, I can't see being too far from downtown...Decisions. Decisions. :)

  2. Hi! Those are some big questions. We are house hunting in our city, but when we see what's available in the suburbs for the same price, it nearly kills me... Just ride it out. You'll know when you're compelled to change the status quo!

  3. thanks guys - i know i just need to go with the flow and see what happens, but sometimes it feels good to write out all this craziness in my head! we'll probably end up waiting at least a year or so before buying, wherever that may be.

    and yes redframe - i agree it's almost criminal how much more space you get outside the city for the same money!

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  5. the decision between having more but being farther out versus having less and being in the city is so hard! i hope you find the best compromise that works out perfectly! either way, you still have plenty of time to do both at some point so enjoy whatever decision you make! ps - thanks for being so helpful! and that house is beautiful!

  6. I feel you!
    Love living in my 'country' cottage at the moment, feel so guilty driving all those miles everyday on my own. Love the bustle and action of the city, but love the beauty and peace of country living just as much.
    Big questions for sure!

  7. agirl, How do you like commuting? I'm always curious what young people think of it, since when I think of commuting, I normally think of older people like my dad, who detests it.