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!
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.’ The film has met with rave reviews and tells stories about how this symphony has transformed 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 perfect 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.
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 skiing 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.
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!!!
right in our back yard! copyright/k.pignataro
We love to hear from our guests! Knowing 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.
We do love winter here in the Catskills – and we love Valentine’s Day. But really? Another foot of snow is expected for Thursday! However, a snow day is a snow day and so we’ll just hunker down and embrace this end-of-season gift from Mother Nature during this long weekend. The skiing will be fine, the days are getting longer and, before you know it, the crocuses will be blooming – and what better reason to snuggle up with the love of your life on Friday? Enjoy.
Well, even without a ruler, it seems pretty obvious that today’s soft snow is a bit more than that half-inch that was predicted – but it sure is beautiful! This, coupled with the storm predicted for Tuesday night will certainly make for some great skiing and snow-shoeing. Come on up and enjoy. And if you stay for two nights mid-week, we’ll even discount the second night’s stay by 50%! This is good for everything from our regular rooms, suites and even the cottages. Just enter the promo code WINTER when booking on-line, or better yet, give us a call at 845-679-8211. But hurry – Mother Nature will be shifting seasons before we know it.
The cold has certainly been upon us for the past few days, but amid all the freezing, the Millstream created a beautiful show for us. The beauty of ice dancing in circles was even featured on ABC News. Quite a special treat from Mother Nature. If you haven’t had the pleasure of visiting us in winter you don’t know what you’re missing. The days are clear, the nights perfect for relaxing in front of a fireplace and the pace is nice and relaxed. And where else can you get to see ice dancing while you enjoy your breakfast?
As the New Year approaches…reflections of this past year at the Woodstock Inn flood my memory and I think of the myriad of guests I have met at the door this year…some for the first time, many repeat guests who seek the Inn out year after year for some time away from the hustle and bustle of life. I am always grateful and thrilled to see old friends walk through the door and it makes me feel good to know that we offer a place of refuge and peace for them time and time again.
Like most others I take stock this time of year and pose big questions to myself about life, purpose, love and of course …. the future. Sometimes I wonder …what would my life be like without the Woodstock Inn? Some of you know that it is not just a job but a way of life…an all encompassing, crazy, joyful, maddening, hectic, fulfilling, sometimes difficult but meaningful way of to LIVE a life…would I really have it any other way? I think not.
Peace as always…may this New Year bring it into each and every heart.
a walk in the forest/k.pignataro
It has been a wild few days here – bitter cold, followed by beautiful snow, followed by temperatures in the 60s. Good luck packing! But really, in the hospitality business everything centers around travel and during the holidays it also includes prepping for gatherings both near and far. These dual demands can certainly be stressful but being a dependable sanctuary for visitors to Woodstock is what we do best. And it’s so rewarding. Some guests are so excited they can hardly sleep. Others arrive so exhausted they can think of nothing but sleep. But still we’re a respite to them all – a place to enjoy the quiet and calm and seek the true peace of the holidays. Enjoy the travels, wherever you hang your stocking.