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Robin Catalano

Robin Catalano believes in the power of storytelling to connect communities and cultures. She’s applied her creative approach to writing for magazines, books, blogs, websites, and a wide variety of marketing projects, and has published more than 75 articles and 1,000+ blog posts. As an editor, she has worked on more than 350 books for publishers including Penguin Random House, Workman, and Simon & Schuster. She has also served as a book coach for independent authors, helping them take their ideas from concept to print. An avid traveler and travel writer, Robin lives, reads, and writes voraciously in upstate NY.

Snapshot Travel Guide: Portsmouth, New Hampshire

The World War I Memorial Bridge is one of three that span the Piscataqua River into Badger’s Island and Kittery, Maine. At night, it puts on a spectacular light show that can be seen from multiple spots in the city.

For all its longitudinal eastern border, New Hampshire doesn't boast a long coastline. Portsmouth provides a granite-solid argument for why NOT to overlook one of New England's most charming harbor towns.

On the Road to Ruins

The Barrel Arches at Herculaneum; photo by Robin Catalano.

In Pompeii and Herculaneum, the tourist is tempted to gaze upon the preserved works of marble and masonry and painted plaster. Surrounded by the inanimate remnants of these twin archaeological wonders, travel editor Robin Catalano found herself listening for strains of preserved human truths.

Screw Black Friday. We’re going handmade gift shopping.

Inaugural edition of FESTIVE in 2017; photo by Nina Cochran, courtesy Greylock WORKS.

Society is changing — the days of cheap plastic crap defining the holidays are numbered. And the home is so much...homier when more of life is handmade.


Inaugural edition of FESTIVE in 2017; photo by Nina Cochran, courtesy Greylock WORKS.

Snapshot Travel Guide
Hoosick Falls, New York

Mural based on Anna Mary Robertson's, a.k.a. Grandma Moses, 1960 painting Wagon Repair Shop; photo by Robin Catalano.

A curious village with a tenacious history, Hoosick Falls is located in the town of Hoosick, between the Capital Region of New York and Bennington, VT. Originally settled in the mid-1700s, it was torched during French and Indian War. Settlers returned and rebuilt, and it became an industry powerhouse during the Victorian era. Like many once-prosperous industrial towns in the Hudson Valley, it eventually declined in the mid-1900s. But this sleepy village is on the verge of a major wake-up and shake-up, with a concerted effort in economic development currently under way.…

Best of Hudson Shopping: Clothing, Jewelry & Accessories

Much of the great shopping in Hudson, New York can be found on Warren Street; photo by Dan Region.

Best of Hudson
Shopping: Clothing, Jewelry & Accessories

Living in a quiet rural region has its perks. There’s plenty
of room to spread out when you want to make like Greta Garbo and be alone.
There are dozens of farm-to-table restaurants and farm-to-bottle beverage
producers serving some truly inspired food and drink. It’s beautiful, even when
it’s -10 degrees F and the wind is howling, and especially during the parade of
color in the fall. And it’s rare to spend more than a few minutes in traffic,
even when there’s a jam (or, more likely, endless road construction).…

Snapshot Travel Guide —
Castle Hill, Ipswich, Mass.

Robin doesn’t stop moving for long. She’s in Europe at the moment, and we can’t wait for her to share some of the stories and images she’s picking up in her travels. Just before she went abroad, though, she toured one of America’s “castles” in Ipswich, Mass.

Robin CatalanoRobin Catalano believes in the power of storytelling to connect communities and cultures. She’s applied her creative approach to writing for magazines, books, blogs, websites, and a wide variety of marketing projects, and has published more than 75 articles and 1,000+ blog posts.…

Unsung Eats: The KShack in New Lebanon

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The KShack, which opened on the Fourth of July, 2019 in New Lebanon, serves up seasonal delights, locally sourced when possible; photo by Robin Catalano.

Drive through New Lebanon on Route 20, and you may notice something a little different: a colorful, comics-esque sign for The KShack. It’s easy to pass if you’re on a mission from Pittsfield to Albany or from New York City to the Berkshires, but this roadside food stand, set off the main drag on Tilden Lane, is worth a stop. In each travel direction.

Robin CatalanoRobin Catalano believes in the power of storytelling to connect communities and cultures. She’s applied her creative approach to writing for magazines, books, blogs, websites, and a wide variety of marketing projects, and has published more than 75 articles and 1,000+ blog posts.…

Beyond the Witches: 48 Hours in Salem

For locals and tourists alike, Salem Willows has been the heart of Salem for generations; photo by Robin Catalano.

Over the centuries, Salem has managed to steadfastly preserve its history while transforming into a modern tourism destination—one with a penchant for festivals nearly every weekend of the year, a burgeoning dining and cocktail scene, and a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination.

For locals and tourists alike, Salem Willows has been the heart of Salem for generations; photo by Robin Catalano.

Treading a Spiritual Path:
Hiking Shaker Mountain

Shaker Reservoir in late Summer; submitted photo.

In this place, footfalls seem softer. The air somehow seems easier
to breathe, and the rays of sunshine that stream between the birches and pines more
brilliant. The soil even smells sweeter. In this place, where water shushes through rock-strewn brooks and
the wind plays the trees like tambourines, centuries-old history comes alive
like a heartbeat.

This place is Shaker Mountain.

Robin CatalanoRobin Catalano believes in the power of storytelling to connect communities and cultures. She’s applied her creative approach to writing for magazines, books, blogs, websites, and a wide variety of marketing projects, and has published more than 75 articles and 1,000+ blog posts.…

Snapshot Travel Guide — Exeter, New Hampshire

Lest you think Exeter is all crusty historical stuff, every Labor Day Weekend, the town hosts a UFO Festival, to commemorate a mysterious incident. In 1965, a young man was hitching a ride home when he noticed flashing red lights that seemed to hover over a farm, then move toward him. The same evening, a woman was found sitting in her car along Route 108, visibly shaken from having been followed for miles by a “huge object with flashing red lights.” Two police officers later testified to having seen the same unidentified object. Virtually all shops and restaurants in the Downtown Area Commercial District get in on the alien-invasion fun.

We always think of you when we’re off adventuring — wouldn’t it be great if we could ALL go touring together?

On second thought, that might look like an invasion from Greylock Nation! But we can
share snapshot moments that let you in our fave finds in both near and
far–flung locales (is “near-flung a thing?) If you’ve been to this
destination, leave a comment below to share your favorite restaurant,
shop, attraction, or other feature.
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