Humans of the Catskills: Donald Dales

Donald Dales

Journey to the Catskills:

I was born in Stamford, left in 1959 to attend college and then, in 1999, returned for the beauty and ‘quiet’ life of the Catskills.


Primarily, I restored furniture, but I also taught piano and bought and managed income properties.


Playing piano, gardening (until I got too busy).

Happiness Is:

I’m not sure.

Favorite Dish:

Ice cream.

Ideal Country Home:

My favorite is a summer cottage in the traditional Manor style.

Dales is the founder of Hobart, The Book Village of the Catskills. Read about the Book Village at