I am an expat of Manhattan but grew up outside of Boston.
For years my family rented a tiny cottage in the area so as to escape the city in the summer. We began loving it more and more and making our weekends longer and longer. When we made the leap to move up full time, we chose this location because it is on the border of Berkshire and Columbia Counties, near all the bright lights, yet very peaceful and tranquil. We were hoping to find a property with one distinguishing feature; we never expected to find one with so many bells and whistles.
I do like hosting the cottage and have met wonderful people doing so.
I'm available to my guests although since we all like privacy, often we email or phone across the lawn.