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You’re crazy if you don’t hike in the Catskills in the Fall!

images-2There are so many amazing, beautiful trails right here in Woodstock, and venturing into the larger backyard of the Catskills is simply wondrous. It’s always awe-inspiring to see the power of nature in action; watching flowers and streams and right now especially, the trees, change and adapt.

Fall is always a balancing act. It brings those melancholy moments thinking of passing time and impending cold, but it also brings these rapturous, beautiful sun-filled, crisp days. They beckon us outdoors as adamantly as our childhood friends would; it truly is time to come out and play.

To that end, technology has caught up with many adventures and we just have to share this web site that lists all kinds of outdoor adventures in Ulster County. Hiking, bicycling, birding, U-picks. You name it, this site lists it. Just go to the legend button at the stop of the site and explore away! This is a great cross-reference resource and we’re thrilled to share it with guests.

One of the most popular trails in Woodstock is Overlook Mountain. images-1Our friends at Catskill Mountaineer have compiled everything you want to know about this 5-mile hike to the fire tower. (And this is their picture of the ruins!) The truly hardy can go the full hike to Echo Lake, but leave plenty of time! Overlook is right in town, makes for a lovely excursion and the view will leave you breathless – both for it’s beauty and for that last quarter mile. But all well worth it.

The nearby Ashokan Reservoir has a well-maintained paved trail that offers runners, walkers – even those with strollers – and bicyclists, some great views and it’s always amazing to think that all that water will wind up in a New York City apartment – without filtration! In addition to the reservoir info, Trailkeeper list many other Catskill sites representing a variety of distances and difficulties.

And Karen, an avid hiker, is always an amazing source of knowledge about various trails and summits throughout the Catskills. It’s where she spends most of her days off, and once you see the sights, you’ll understand why. Scenery on the fall hikes is ever-changing. Literally, the leaf colors on an out and back path can change during one hike! But although ever-changing, the beauty is constant.

And remember, relaxing at the Inn is always the perfect antidote for a rigorous hike. The most important thing is to enjoy the time outdoors this Fall – it will be a whole year until you can have this experience again.

 

 

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Hiking in Woodstock NY :: Catskills in the Fall

Hiking in Woodstock, NY :: Catskills

There are so many amazing, beautiful trails right here in Woodstock, and venturing into the larger backyard of the Catskills is simply wondrous. It’s always awe-inspiring to see the power of nature in action; watching flowers and streams and right now especially, the trees, change and adapt. The things to do in NY are endless, especially outdoor adventure in beautiful places like Woodstock NY.

Fall is always a balancing act. It brings those melancholy moments thinking of passing time and impending cold, but it also brings these rapturous, beautiful sun-filled, crisp days. They beckon us outdoors as adamantly as our childhood friends would; it truly is time to come out and play.

Hiking in Catskills

To that end, technology has caught up with many adventures and we just have to share this web site that lists all kinds of outdoor adventures in Ulster County. Hiking, bicycling, birding, U-picks. You name it, this site lists it. Just go to the legend button at the stop of the site and explore away! This is a great cross-reference resource and we’re thrilled to share it with guests.

One of the most popular trails in Woodstock is Overlook Mountain. Hiking in Woodstock, NY :: CatskillsOur friends at Catskill Mountaineer have compiled everything you want to know about this 5-mile hike to the fire tower. (And this is their picture of the ruins!) The truly hardy can go the full hike to Echo Lake, but leave plenty of time! Overlook is right in town, makes for a lovely excursion and the view will leave you breathless – both for it’s beauty and for that last quarter mile. But all well worth it.

The nearby Ashokan Reservoir has a well-maintained paved trail that offers runners, walkers – even those with strollers – and bicyclists, some great views and it’s always amazing to think that all that water will wind up in a New York City apartment – without filtration! In addition to the reservoir info, Trailkeeper list many other Catskill sites representing a variety of distances and difficulties.

And Karen, an avid hiker, is always an amazing source of knowledge about various trails and summits throughout the Catskills. It’s where she spends most of her days off, and once you see the sights, you’ll understand why. Scenery on the fall hikes is ever-changing. Literally, the leaf colors on an out and back path can change during one hike! But although ever-changing, the beauty is constant.

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And remember, relaxing at our New York B&B is always the perfect antidote for a rigorous hike. The most important thing is to enjoy the time outdoors this Fall – it will be a whole year until you can have this experience again.

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Embracing the end of summer

Don’t know how the heck it’s happened. I feel as if some ghost must have fast forwarded the calendar. Is it REALLY the end of August? The summer is such a special time hkarenhikesummerere in the Catskills and this year Woodstock has been so busy and fun-filled.
The music options have been legendary – right from the opening days of Mountain Jam in June through tonight’s Kate Pierson performance at the Byrdcliffe Barn.  It never ceases to amaze our guests – and us! – how much talent resides right here in the community. Maverick’s centennial season has been appropriately celebrated by locals and visitors alike – imagine 100 years of music in the woods! How magical.
And when Karen went hiking this week on a well-deserved day off she sent back these lovely images. Too soon these mountains will be transforming into a horizon of color, a visual testimony to the time that passes us all by too fast.
Meantime,  enjoy the weekend and the memories you’ll make. They’ll keep you smiling and warm, even through the gray days of February.
Now, I need to go back and look at that calendar one more time!

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Things to Do in Woodstock, NY :: Summer in Woodstock

Don’t know how the heck it’s happened. I feel as if some ghost must have fast forwarded the calendar. Is it REALLY the end of August? The summer is such a special time here in the Catskills and this year Woodstock has been so busy and fun-filled. Woodstock in the summer is so enjoyable, there are so many things to do in New York near our Woodstock, NY B&B.
Summer in Woodstock, New YorkThe music options have been legendary – right from the opening days of Mountain Jam in June through tonight’s Kate Pierson performance at the Byrdcliffe Barn.  It never ceases to amaze our guests – and us! – how much talent resides right here in the community. Maverick’s centennial season has been appropriately celebrated by locals and visitors alike – imagine 100 years of music in the woods! How magical.
And when Karen went hiking this week on a well-deserved day off she sent back these lovely images. Too soon these mountains will be transforming into a horizon of color, a visual testimony to the time that passes us all by too fast.
Summer in Woodstock, New YorkMeantime,  enjoy a weekend getaway and the memories you’ll make. They’ll keep you smiling and warm, even through the gray days of February.

Now, I need to go back and look at that calendar one more time!

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Hudson Valley, New York Breweries & Wineries

Farmers may be rushing to harvest the last of the crops before serious frosts hit, but that doesn’t mean an end to the locavore opportunities in the Hudson Valley. We are so lucky to have such amazing brewers, vintners and distillers nearby that it’s easy to see why the region has become a libation groupie’s year-round destination. A tour of the local treasures requires nothing more than planning an easy and beautiful day trip from the Inn. (Don’t forget to name the designated driver!)

HUDSON-386The Shawangunk Wine Trail is a great offering of area wineries and its Wreath Fineries at the Wineries is always a holiday hit. Held this weekend (Nov. 22-23) and the first two weekends in December (6-7 and 13-14) this event highlights the 14 wineries that call our region home. To start the day guests receive a grape vine wreath and at each winery an ornament is added, culminating with a memorable holiday wreath at the end of the tour, not to mention exploring and tasting lots of delicious varietals.

Brewery & Winery Destination in Hudson Valley, New York Certainly, as more Hudson Valley wineries are gaining national recognition for their locally-crafted selections our area is getting some deserved kudos for both reds and whites. Whitecliff’s versatile Red Trail wine is always popular – whether its part of a picnic lunch for cross country skiiers or enjoyed in front of the fireplace, its blended smoothness reflects the diversity of the area’s grapes.

Distilleries are again resurfacing in the Hudson Valley, buoyed by the state’s Farm Distillery Bill. In the past five years they’ve been partnering and working together to draw in visitors as a destination trip. Brewery & Winery Destination in Hudson Valley, New YorkCertainly, Tutilltown Spirits in Gardiner dominates the state’s microdistilling field. Its Baby Bourbon, vodkas and whiskey are all popular, but the funky tasting room and behind the scenes tours make this a popular – and insightful – stop. Additional nearby distilleries include Coppersea Distilling in West Park and Catskill Distilling Company down by Bethel, but contact them directly to schedule tours.

Brewery & Winery Destination in Hudson Valley, New York

And breweries in the region are surging, as the craft beer movement continues its popularity. Currently nine breweries are on the Hudson Valley Beer Trail and they produce a variety of beers. Keegan Ales is right down the road from Woodstock, in Kingston.The brewery has been serving up award-winning beers since 2003, including a delicious stout that the New York Times named one of the Top 10 stouts in the country. Their limited holiday offerings are also popular this time of year.

Of course, after a tough day of tastings, guests at our Woodstock, New York bed and breakfast can relax by the stream or in the gardens, sipping their favorite purchases of the day. Or choose a fireplace room, snuggle up and offer a toast to the amazing bounty within the Hudson Valley.

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The local dining scene in Woodstock village

When it comes to food, fresh and delicious reigns in Woodstock and throughout the Hudson Valley. We have our share of both celebrity chefs and special, small dining establishments. The ones within the village are within walking distance of the Inn and offer everything from five star dining to pizza slices

Here are some of our favs – and a pic to get your taste buds going:

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Joshuas: Delicious Mediterranean cuisine. Must haves include the falafels, and the coffee bar upstairs is the best for a mid-afternoon caffeine fix. $$

 

 

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Shindig:  A menu that changes with the seasons, locally sourced and breakfast until 3 p.m. – Need we say more? $$

 

 

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Yum Yum Noodle Bar: Noodles of every mix, match and combination and martinis. Life is good. $-$$

 

 

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Catskill Mountain Pizza – Perfect solution for the family that’s about to get hangry. Great patio seating, large pie feeds the family. And the homemade gelato? Delish. Perfect summer treat. $

 

 

 

oOriole 9 – If you want to see where the locals eat, swing by Oriole 9z. The menu is varied, the staff is helpful and the intimate setting perfect for breakfast or lunch. $$

 

 
cucina heirloom tomato, fetaCucina’s quality, fresh food makes for an amazing culinary experience, however, the communal tables lend to a social experience as well. It’s often credited for the best of both worlds. $$$

 

 

 

Breadbreads Alone for the best in bagels, bakery goods and fresh sandwiches and breakfast treats, Bread Alone is the place to stop. And don’t forget their java options – Must haves for early morning outings. $-$$

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Shhh – we’re sharing summer’s must do list…

One of the greatest things about living in Woodstock is, well, living in Woodstock. As we embrace the pleasures of summer we’d like to share our 10 favorite summer treats of Woodstock. And remember take some video as you explore – it could win you a free night at the Inn. So here they are, in no particular order – except #1. Enjoy.

Mower’s Market – Even if you aren’t looking for that hard to find, just right, one-of-a-kind momento, spend your Saturday strolling around, talking to vendors and looking at an eclectic gathering of people and goods.
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Sunday drummers circle – Surround yourself with aging hippies, enthusiastic toddlers and just funky folks banging away at the Village Green. To fully get in the spirit pick up an extra drum lying about and join in.

Gallery hopping – With almost a dozen art galleries right within Woodstock proper, you’ll encounter everything from classic painting to abstract sculpture.

Golfing at dusk – Nothing like watching the shadows lengthen, feeling the air cool down and hitting a straight drive along the green fairways of the Woodstock Golf Course. (Well, maybe having that straight drive actually land in the cup would make it better, but being in the moment on the course is pretty darn swell.)

Jane’s Ice Cream. It’s summer. It’s their 30th birthday. Indulge.

Thorn Preserve – This area off John Joy Road is a natural sanctuary for checkerspot butterflies and other beautiful flora and fauna. And Woodstock Land Conservancy offers guided hikes throughout summer.

Drive to Big Pink. It may not be 1968, but it is where The Band worked on their transformative album and, yes, it’s still pink. The currenUnknownt owners respect the legacy of their home. To find out more visit bigpinkbasement.com

Maverick Concerts – Woodstock and music go hand in hand, so it really shouldn’t be a surprise that there’s a crafted wooden structure amid the woods.that’s been hosting lovely outdoor summer concerts for a century now. Yet, it’s still a magical place to listen, and the afternoon family series is fun for all ages.

KTD Monastery – Visiting this impressive, massive, spiritually-amazing Buddhist Temple is always a treat. But on Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. there’s a free guided tour and on Saturday at 2 pm there’s a free intro to meditation class offered. Bliss.

Our stream – Refreshing; mesmerizing; relaxing. Grab o2ca75488-5d70-40d3-9fa0-15ed99799022ne of our big plushy beach towels, settle in, soak up the sun and nature and beauty. Ahhhhh, life is good

 

 

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Summer in Woodstock :: Things to Do in New York

One of the greatest things about spending time in Woodstock is, well, spending time in Woodstock. As we embrace the pleasures of summer we’d like to share our 10 favorite summer treats of Woodstock. And remember take some video as you explore – it could win you a free night at our Woodstock, New York inn. So here they are, in no particular order – except #1. Enjoy.

Woodstock New York inn patio

Mower’s Market – Even if you aren’t looking for that hard to find, just right, one-of-a-kind momento, spend your Saturday strolling around, talking to vendors and looking at an eclectic gathering of people and goods.
Woodstock, New York Summer Activities

Sunday drummers circle – Surround yourself with aging hippies, enthusiastic toddlers and just funky folks banging away at the Village Green. To fully get in the spirit pick up an extra drum lying about and join in.

Gallery hopping – With almost a dozen art galleries right within Woodstock proper, you’ll encounter everything from classic painting to abstract sculpture.

Golfing at dusk – Nothing like watching the shadows lengthen, feeling the air cool down and hitting a straight drive along the green fairways of the Woodstock Golf Course. (Well, maybe having that straight drive actually land in the cup would make it better, but being in the moment on the course is pretty darn swell.)2016-03-17_23-46-31

Jane’s Ice Cream. It’s summer. It’s their 30th birthday. Indulge.

Thorn Preserve – This area off John Joy Road is a natural sanctuary for checkerspot butterflies and other beautiful flora and fauna. And Woodstock Land Conservancy offers guided hikes throughout summer.

Drive to Big Pink. It may not be 1968, but it is where The Band worked on their transformative album and, yes, it’s still pink. The curren
t owners respect the legacy of their home. To find out more visit bigpinkbasement.com

Woodstock, New York Summer Activities

Maverick Concerts – Woodstock and music go hand in hand, so it really shouldn’t be a surprise that there’s a crafted wooden structure amid the woods.that’s been hosting lovely outdoor summer concerts for a century now. Yet, it’s still a magical place to listen, and the afternoon family series is fun for all ages.
Woodstock, New York Summer Activities

KTD Monastery – Visiting this impressive, massive, spiritually-amazing Buddhist Temple is always a treat. But on Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. there’s a free guided tour and on Saturday at 2 pm there’s a free intro to meditation class offered. Bliss.

Our stream – Refreshing; mesmerizing; relaxing. Grab one of our big plushy beach towels, settle in, soak up the sun and nature and beauty. Ahhhhh, life is good

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Serious about…bragging!

 

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Quite an odd picture I know…but the story behind it is a great one…I promise!  We are not only serious about laundry here at the Woodstock Inn….we are serious about providing our guests with the best experience we can possibly create.  A lot of people here work above and beyond the call of duty day in and day out to make this Inn the wonderful place it is today.  If you have been to the Woodstock Inn on the Millstream recently you may have noticed in your standard room some changes….like a hand made walnut desk (from local artist/furniture maker Andrew Gray), a flat screen TV, a fresh coat of paint and a newly designed closet for all your belongings.  You may have also noticed our newest “addition”  which houses our state of the art laundry room!  I joked quite a bit this winter as it was being built telling all who inquired that it may not be that exciting for them…but boy…it is a godsend to this Innkeeper and her staff.

Our improvements are sometimes subtle….sometimes obvious….the key word being improvements.  The inn is run…yes, as a business…but it is not just about the almighty $….it is also about you…and me….and the cleaning staff, the painter, the gardener,  the community, and yes…dare I say it…the world.    We look at the small picture …but we also look at the big one and it helps to put the right kind of perspective on how to run this business.  And so you see loving, caring details all around.   You see a staff that has been here for many, many years…coming back day after day to proudly clean your room.   You may also see some mistakes …alas…no one is perfect…but the relief is that you can simply tell us…and 10 times out of 10 something will be done about it!

We had outgrown our old beloved laundry room and so Tom, the owner,  built a brand new one to house the commercial washers and dryers that we needed.  He listens…to his guests and his staff and always makes an informed decision.  You talk…we listen and when we can action immediately follows.  I am proud to work here…and that has been true now for 20 years!  Mr. Bullard inspires the best in all of us and it shows.   Take for instance the time Barbara came in at 8am BEFORE her other job to help out cleaning when I was short staffed one day, or take the fact that Rita has never missed a day of work, never been late or called in sick,  or that Marilla, Ariana, Ana, Kianu, Thomas, and Jackie perform their jobs with a sense of loyalty and pride…every day!  Angela goes above and beyond each week that she is here…helping with whatever is needed..including letting my “kids” out for some fresh air if I have been gone too long.   And let us not forget the amazing women behind the scenes… in the engine room…Lorrie and Theresa without whom I truly would be lost ….and perhaps you don’t know it…but you would be too!   The beauty of this place is not just the gardens and buildings…but the love that each and every one of us feels for this little bit of paradise and how that love manifests through our work.  The ol’ trickle down theory works with LOVE!

peace,

Karen

 

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Spring’s magic now appearing in Woodstock

curledfernsAfter this long, long winter – even for those of us who love winter – this Spring is a treasured gift. Each bud, each bloom seems to be a reminder of the beauty and magic of life. It’s as if the gardens are a 3-D painting, with colors magically appearing, where the canvas before was simply gray. What a gift to watch this literally unfurl before us. In just one week, our ferns went from newly sprouting to bright green blooming! Yes, we’re biased, but the Hudson Valley’s natural beauty simply can’t be beat. fernopenToo often we take for granted that rolling Catskill Mountains embrace our community, that we have a river that not only was instrumental in this country’s development, but that has amazingly come back to life following years of defilement and abuse. Now, the Hudson is a wonderful playground for all of us, cleaned up because passionate people weren’t willing to sit back and watch it die. From Pete Seeger’s insightful Clearwater effort, to today’s many environmental groups such as Catskill Mountainkeepers, our water is finally getting the respect it deserves and we are all the richer for it. Its appeal is a blue thread that ties the Hudson Valley communities together during these warm months.

And in Woodstock, the town is abuzz. So many exciting concerts, shows and exhibits are happening. Great new restaurants have opened and it’s just a great time to be here. Happy Spring! Happy Friday!

 

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