Life in the Hudson Valley can take some getting used to.

I'm not from the Hudson Valley and for as nice as it is, it has taken me some time to get to used to everything here. It's a little different compared to where I came from and like anything new it takes a little bit of time to adjust to it. Don't get me wrong, I'm not bashing the Hudson Valley area or being one of the negative complainers (nobody likes that). The Hudson Valley is beautiful, has great areas to raise a family in and has a lot of cool bars and restaurants.

However, if you're new to the area... these are some things you'll need to accept (I'm still working on it).

#1 Excessive Amounts of Traffic Lights:

Google Maps/Canva
Google Maps/Canva

Be prepared to stop every few seconds while driving around here. One time I was driving a short distance around the area and I kid you not I  hit 37 lights, 37 LIGHTS.....Be prepared to stop frequently, often and give yourself extra time while getting around. Do you get a break on your insurance if you stop a lot because it sure seems that way around here? As you can tell I've still not accepted this one yet. Seriously though, why do we need so many lights?

#2 People Won't Say Where They Live Just The County:


Be aware, when you ask someone or someone tells you where they live they will just say the county. A perfect example the other day, I asked a woman where she was from and she just said "Sullivan County". I looked at her for a bit to see if she was going to say more, but NOPE. Not the first time this has happened.

When people have asked where I live I have never replied with just the county and I clearly have not adapted this trait. Seems like it's a common thing to answer where you live with the county so be prepared.

#3 Everyone Thinks You Live Near New York City:


Be prepared whenever you tell someone (who doesn't live in New York) that you live in the Hudson Valley, they will respond by asking you if you are close to New York City or how close are you to the city. I still have friends in Connecticut ask me even after they have visited me. So be prepared to everyone else, you live in New York City.

I guess every place has something. Are there more different traits you've picked up on while living in the Hudson Valley? Share your answers with us on the station app.

Since people like to counties, here's a deeper look into Sullivan County:

Take a Tour of Sullivan County, NY's Newest Underground Salt Cave

Crystal Connection is a 1890's antique, Methodist church located in Sullivan County, NY. This is a crystal lover's dream come true.

It's known for being 

"One of the largest Crystal & Mineral destinations on the Northeast." 

While this may be a place that some people gather often, others can refer to it as a hidden gem in the Hudson Valley.  Crystal Connection can also be described as 

"a sacred space & crystal haven"

I have never experienced anything similar to Crystal Connection before. The amount of crystals, crystal jewelry, singing bowls, sage and more are fascinating. Crystal Connection also hosts different events and fairs throughout the year.

Take a tour through Crystal Connection's newest underground salt cave experience.

Gallery Credit: Allison Kay, Crystal Connection, YouTube


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