Things are improving now…

It was a long winter.  And I’m not even going to mention the weather.  A couple of notable things happened.

In the early fall, SubAlpine Coffee closed unexpectedly.  Recently, new managers have taken it on.  They expect to reopen asap.

Also in early fall, the Brew Castle closed, but, don’t worry, all the craft beer moved just across the street, to East Branch Organics, behind Stewarts.

The ADK Cafe closed as well, but as of this writing (April) I hear it will re-open as a fine dining restaurant under new management.  Renovation work is underway now.

In mid-winter, the was a racial incident related to a Keene Central School student that caused a lot of concern.  But the silver lining is it caused the town to have a difficult conversation about prejudice.

In the midst of all this, KVVI, our local cable TV and internet service provider agreed to be sold to SLIC Networks.  SLIC already serves 42 towns in our region.  The closing is pending approval from the NYS Public Service Commission.

Then, in March, the Valley Grocery burned down in a fire on a Sunday afternoon.  The family has announced its intention to rebuild.

On a positive note:

The renovation/addition work at the Keene Valley Library is rocking along.

There is a green energy project to bring solar panels to the highway garage, install LEDs in all buildings, and hopefully place a few EV charging stations around town.

Lastly there is a lot of energy, thought and work seeking to better manage our growing numbers of visitors.  Solutions for parking and transportation are being developed.  This is a high profile issue at this point.

The New Life in Keene and Keene Valley Website and Blog

Thanks for your patience while we get our new site up and running on a more standard platform with important features like better support for mobile devices.  Our blog posts will be infrequent, usually to announce new information or update of the site.  You can contact us at either or

The town is doing well.  We have a new Supervisor.   The replacement of all the bridges seems like it is nearly done.  The school is doing well.  Life is good in our warm fuzzy community in the heart of the high peaks.  If you don’t live here already you should consider it!

The Most Recent Blog Post from the Old Website

Graze, a New Restaurant, and Two New B&Bs Have Opened!

Try lunch or dinner at Graze, the new restaurant in Keene Valley.  The Brew Castle, located in the middle of Keene is offering carefully selected craft beers along with food items and gifts. Stay one of our new B&B’s: Pell House, in Keene Valley across from the church, next to the library, or the Bark Eater Inn, in Keene, a restored historic inn on 200 acres.

An EV charging site is available when the owners are not plugged in.  It is a 240v J1772 fast charger mounted on front of the garage at 15 Hilltop lane in Keene.  Thanks go to new residents Pete and Amy Nelson.

The Town of Keene has a new website.  Here is the link to hiker parking and shuttle information. For current outdoor conditions start on this page maintained by The Mountaineer.
Recovery from the flooding caused by Irene continues, has passed the 4 year mark.   By the end of 2016 almost every bridge from I-87 to Lake Placid will have been replaced.  So we have temporary stoplights(!) in town, which means that you will notice more about town.  Stop and visit a shop, have a coffee, a meal, get gas, go to the ATM.  Or buy a piece of pie – no kidding –  there are now 4 excellent pie places: Noonmark and Rivermede Farm Store in Keene Valley, and Cedar Run Market along with ADK Cafe and Market in Keene all sell amazing pies.  We’re becomming pie HQ for the entire region!
Keene is doing well.  Broadband all over town has brought new residents, including families with children who are also attracted by our award winning school.  Verizon cell service covers both hamlets and much of the surrounding lands.  Both hamlets have new drinking water systems.  The Keene Valley library is thinking of a major improvement project.  Our Supervisor, Bill Ferebee, is now Chair of Essex County.  We have new, zero-sort, recycling at the transfer station.

The big local news is the opening of the new Walton Bridge, the footbridge, restoring the 2 mile walking loop around the river to Keene.  The ribbon cutting made the papers here.