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After the rain, the sun is shining in Woodstock

flower rain sunWowzers! Last night’s deluge has left the creek cascading past the Inn – it sounds so melodious. And now today’s warm sun shine is quickly drying things out. After breakfast one guest happily announced she was going to her room,  getting her sunglasses and was going to set about enjoying the day. It’s such a delight seeing people embrace their stay at the Inn. Certainly, that mid-week, evening storm was powerful, but it really cleared the air and even gave the flowers a well-deserved shower. Everything seems to be perking up again, getting ready for another busy and beautiful weekend here in the Catskills. It seems summer took a long time getting here – June was busy with graduations and reunions, but now it’s already halfway through July and I’m not quite sure how that happened. The getaway guests are here, but the dog days of August will soon be upon us, when people traditionally relax for longer stays at the Inn. They really explore the Hudson Valley – both its rich history and its fun current activities. Of course, in Woodstock we continue to have our own afternoon favorite activities, including the Wednesday  Woodstock farm  festival and the Saturday/Sunday Mowers market.  But perhaps the nicest moments we experience are when guests simply enjoy the beauty of the Inn – when they take time to watch the stream flow past and marvel at the pure beauty of rain drops glistening on our colorfully blooming gardens. It’s both humbling and refreshing to connect with nature – a perfectly rewarding vacation experience – even for those of us lucky enough to live here everyday.

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A summer storm

lighteningThere’s just something  magical about the summer storms that roll through the mountains. Today at lunch, the sky grew dark, and you could almost feel the far-off rumblings as the thunder grew ever closer. Lightening flashes became more frequent, and as if the tap were suddenly turned wide open, the rain came pouring down, slicing through the humid air.

These moments give pause. They are quick respites and reminders of the power of nature, always around us, but so often hiding from view. Summer storms pull back the curtains of nature and offer us front-row seats  to witness this amazing world.

And as these fast storm pass they take with them the heavy air, leaving us renewed and refreshed, ready to go about the business of the day.

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I scream, you scream ….

ice creamWe recently received a lovely review that reminded us of the beauty and simple joys of summer. A highlight of  this guest’s visit was walking into Woodstock Village each night and enjoying some of the areas fresh, homemade ice cream and sorbet. MMMMM. Got our tastebuds going so we decided to do a little investigating ourselves. While Jane’s Homemade Ice Cream, served at selected Woodstock establishments,  is rightfully reknown throughout the region (and the tri-state area) we ventured into Catskill Mountain Pizza Company and happily discovered many options but settled on some mango sorbet and some peach ice cream. Can you say delish? It was a scoop of summer in a cup: perfect for warm days, starry nights. Summer has been a long time coming to the Hudson Valley, so it’s all the sweeter for all of us now that it’s here.

 

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Green, green, green

The flowers are all abloom here at the Inn, brightening up summertime in the Hudson Valley.

The flowers are all abloom here at the Inn, brightening up summertime in the Hudson Valley.

Nothing like some heavy-duty rain to nudge everything into bloom. The recent rain brought out the best and brightest of the flowers on the Inn’s property and we’re sure the grass really is now greener on this side of the fence. And while Friday’s heavy rains had the stream powerfully rushing past us, it also gave way to the weekend’s bright clear days. It’s so amazing to see the weather changes at the start of summer: From gray and dreary to warm and brilliant sometimes in a matter of minutes. It’s always hard to choose a favorite time of year, but right now, as things are in bloom and we’re preparing for our summer season, things feel just about perfect.

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Fresh and delicious – every Wednesday

Isn’t it amazing to enjoy the bounty of our nearby farmers? Every Wednesday night the Woodstock Farm Festival is asparagus-woodstock-farm-festivala pleasant reminder that the Hudson Valley is home to amazing food. We’re pleased, as a Woodstock business,  to sponsor this event. But we’re really happy as people who live here and love fresh, nutritious food that we have such an event in our town.

The festival is a great addition to the heart of town, bringing together food, music and neighbors. It makes summer an extra-special season here. Come on up for a mid-week visit and see for yourself why National Geographic named Woodstock a must-see destination.

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If at first you don’t succeed…call!

I just returned from an amazing vacation visiting my brother Andrew in Portland, Oregon.  What beauty!  Now I am back in the saddle and gearing up for what looks like will be one of our busiest seasons ever!  I write this because I want our fans on FB…and all of our loyal followers and guests to know that if you do not see availability online…always make sure you call Angela or I to check the veracity of that reading!  Sometimes we DO have openings…I might even be saving a room for you if I know you come that time every year and I saw that rooms were flying off the books!  I know not everyone thinks in January what they may be doing in August…so call and check before you give up!

 

peace,

Karen

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Hot time in the Woodstock, New York as Spring jumps into gear

Woodstock, New York is truly a wonderful town! Before we know it, April happenings will be coming at us fast and furious in a true Woodstock way – celebrating music, art AND theater – aaand Spring’s warmth! On April 5 expect to wake up early and go to bed late if you want to take in all that’s going on. The day features an in-person talk at Upstate Films by Greg Mitchell, co-producer of  ‘Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony.’ Woodstock New York MusicThe film has met with rave reviews and tells stories about how this symphony has transformGreg Mitchell Woodstock New York ed lives, from revolutionaries at Tiananmen Square to Chilean prisoners. The day also offers amazing panels and presentations as part of the fifth Woodstock Writers Festival  which is as much for readers as it is for writers. The annual event is informative, entertaining and enlightening for anyone who loves words. Finally a pejohn sebastian in Woodstock New Yorkrfect Woodstock evening is also on the schedule at the Playhouse, when John Sebastian performs in a benefit concert for the Woodstock fire department. What an amazing town filled with talented and giving people. Come on up for this action-packed weekend – it’s just the start of amazing things planned for our warmer months here in near our Hudson Valley bed and breakfast.

 

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Warming trends….

Yes, this winter has been one for the books. The mid-Hudson area received 37.5″ of snow in February, while the average snowfall for the ENTIRE winter is  38.9″ – and yes, we know February is a short month.  Karen has been out and about climbing the Catskills’ beautiful snow-covered peaks and guests are busy bed flowers fireplaceskiing and snow shoeing and spending nights really enjoying their warm,  in-room fireplaces. Nothing like snuggling indoors, relaxing, taking time to decompress and truly treasure the warmth of the moment. And now the sun will be out even longer as day-light savings happens on Saturday. That slow-melt that defines seasonal shifts will become the norm and before we know it, crocuses will be abloom. Spring is around the corner.

 

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The beauty of winter at the Woodstock Inn

I realize not everyone is as enthusiastic about winter as I am…but you can’t deny the beauty that exists when new fallen snow spreads a blanket over the Catskills!  I shot this photo right in the woods next to our house as last Thursday’s snowstorm (or was it the Thurs. before snowstorm?) prevented me from driving to hike the winter peak I was looking to conquer.  The wind was howling and the streets were a bit hairy so Zelda, Willy and I took to the yard and the woods next door for our adventure.

About a week later…right after yet another snowstorm Zelda and I were off to Balsam Mtn. to continue our quest to hike all 35 peaks that are over 3500 and earn our patch!  We succeeded and have only 1 winter hike left to complete…then the remaining 18 this spring/summer.  I can’t think of a better way to experience the beauty of the Catskills!

Come join me!!!  :-)

peace,

Karen

right in our back yard! copyright/k.pignataro

right in our back yard! copyright/k.pignataro

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Couldn’t say it better ourselves!

We love to hear from our guests! winter creek1Knowing you’ve enjoyed your stay is as rewarding to us as while you’re here. We just received some input from a January visitor and really appreciate his comments: “We loved it there. Would come back. Excellent place, clean, friendly good amenities.”
Many people praise us during the warmer months, so it’s nice to see that those who enjoy this beautiful time of year up here are also equally happy with their visit. Our hospitality is a 24-7, 365-days-a-year trait, proving indeed we really are an Inn for all seasons. What a treat.

 

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