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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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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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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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Hot time in the town as Spring jumps into gear

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.’ upstate filmsThe film has met with rave reviews and tells stories about how this symphony has transformwwf MK-Asanteed 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 sebastianrfect 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 the Hudson Valley.

 

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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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