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Deer Mountain

It’s always amazing to me how quickly you can go from New York City to quiet, pristine, lush nature. On one of the last weekends of winter, a group of friends met on 15th & 8th under the hustle of city life blanketed blanketed by the sounds of cabs honking and the last few snowflakes of the season kissing my rosey cheeks. We piled into the car, cranked on some Chris Stapleton and headed north up the Hudson River until we reached that final winding road that led us climbing high top the waterfalls and forests until we reached our weekend sanctuary, Deer Mountain.

With only six rooms, this boutique lodge nestled in 168 wooded acres balances the historic rustic nature of the original building from the 1880’s with its modern luxurious updates and amenities. Even though the charming town of Tannersville, with its own set of restaurants, shopping and activities is at the base of Deer Mountain, the inn is set up so you don’t have to leave, if you’re simply looking for a restorative weekend to relax, like I am.

I love places like this. Charm, character, and no two rooms alike. I like a place that tells a story, that leaves an imprint on your memory that can only belong to that one place and when you revisit the moments in your mind you are quickly carried away in the currents back to a place and time with its own particular feel, smell, taste, and warmth. Deer Mountain will always sound like the laughter of friends, smell like a roaring campfire, taste like bespoke cocktails and feel like a special home away from home, where you can sink into bed at night knowing all the stars are watching over you in that clear mountain sky.

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Snapshots of Autumn

Snapshots of an Autumn

On this holiday week I’m looking forward to wrapping up projects and going for quiet walks in Central Park. I love the city over the holidays, the way it smells like roasted nuts and hot apple cider. How your face feels the newly crisp air kiss its cheeks. Everything sparkles in the clear, golden, autumnal light and there is a thickness of hope that presents the city at its most charming. On Thanksgiving we choose not to leave, we instead choose to have it as our own moment to breathe and be thankful for the lives we have found in New York together. We so often get carried away in the day to day stresses of running a creative studio it’s easy to forget all the things we are thankful for. But one thing is for sure, I’m thankful for these autumn memories, for this beautiful fall and to have spent another year of my life making photographs.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all. 

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