Features local businesses, services and attractions
The Cold Spring Visitors’ Map is back. Actually, it never left, but the stylized, illustrated tourist map has just enjoyed a renewal with the printing of its fourth edition. (An interactive version is available here. )
Initially printed in 2012, the map was one of many community-oriented projects initiated by the late Gordon Stewart, founder of Philipstown.info and The Paper, publisher of the colorful cartographic guide.
The map, an original oil painting created by Cara Wood-Ginder, depicts Cold Spring and the nearby areas of Philipstown, highlighting places of special interest to day-trippers and those who have traveled here for a longer stay. It covers everything from parks and museums to key landmarks and attractions.
Adding to its practical appeal are advertisements by 30 area businesses that feature the full range of goods and services available locally, including restaurants, boutiques, cafes, galleries and real estate offices. In addition, the reverse side of the map contains a comprehensive index of more than 200 local businesses, organizations and services listed by category.
No one is more familiar with the map than Harry Fadde, a volunteer at the Cold Spring Area Chamber of Commerce information booth located next to the pedestrian tunnel on Main Street. “People love that map; on a good day I hand out more than 200 of them,” Fadde said. “And people want them as souvenirs — even the locals.”
Leonora Burton, owner of the Country Goose, was one of the first shopkeepers to advertise in the map’s inaugural edition. She repeated her ad in the latest print run as well. “The map is A1. Customers always ask for it,” Burton said. “It has all the information visitors need to find what they want. And the design is really lovely.”