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Make it a memorable Memorial Day

Music. Food. Movies. Dancing. All in one night. Yes, you could stay at home dreaming about all this, or you could experience it.   On Saturday May 25 Levon’s Studio is going to be more than rambling – it’s going to be roaring. Things begin with a good ol’ fashioned barbecue at 5 with music by Skyline Crossing. At 7:30 there’s a premiere of a video about Levon living in Ulster County. At 8 Jimmy Vivino and guests  tear it up and at 9:30, the magic of the Midnight Ramble Band will round out an evening of amazing music and memories.
This is sure to be a sellout, so be sure and visit the Levon Helm web site, secure your tickets. And then make it a real getaway with a stay at the Inn. Too bad Memorial Day only happens once a year.

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Pines For Palm Trees – Part I

Here I sit on the other end of the equation…the Innkeeper as guest.  It’s not something I do often (hardly ever) but turning 50 this year prompted me to pamper myself a bit and book an island vacation in the Virgin Islands.

I’m 50 (did I mention that?) … a bit worn, tired…but not from a husband & kids walk of life. Instead of children I’m stepmom to an Inn…18 rooms/2 cottages…my kids rotate daily, weekly.  A host of personalities, problems (not as many as my mother had!) joys, sorrows, delights, etc.

I really needed this vacation as a getaway from the whole kit and caboodle: the Inn, coworkers, guests, canines, felines. Some days it seems never ending.

And then, as I approached the desk to check in I realized an opportunity existed for me to observe how someone else does it.  You know … answer the repeated questions, explain directions for the 10,000 time, still smiling, responding as though no one had ever asked those questions before.  Not easy friends, let me tell you, not easy.   But we innkeepers do it … well, we do it if we love our jobs because we know how important it is to make someone feel welcome, at home if you will.  Lindy, the manager at my vacation destination, did it.  When I told her about my job our bond immediately thickened as we shared stories and belly laughs about “life as an innkeeper.”
By day three I was cleaning my own room, doing laundry and asking the housekeeper Carmen if she needed help since she was all alone that day and had a ton of work to do.  I did a little (which the other manager  caught me doing and looked at me as though I were crazy!)
Let me tell you something folks…I have had to clean a room or 50 in my 17 years as an innkeeper and that is a good thing.  First, it keeps you in touch with the room’s intimately…wainscoting, door frames, cracks, crannies and so on.  And second, you profoundly revisit your gratitude for the chambermaids and the incredibly hard work they do day in and day out.  It is physically challenging and at times pressured.  Every chambermaid I hire gets the speech. “It doesn’t matter how charming and lovable I am…if the room isn’t spotless we are in trouble.”

I will post again to let you know how the remainder of the vacation is going and how days 4-8 progress in part II of this blog.  Everyone here keeps asking me if I want to work & live here.  I will never exchange the Pines for the Palms!  If you are at The Woodstock Inn on the Millstream I hope you are enjoying yourselves immensely…If you aren’t, you should
be!

peace from the Caribbean

Karen

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Happy May Day! Whether you’re out dancing around a pole with brightly colored ribbons or simply sitting by the Millstream enjoying the warmth of the day, it is certainly a beautiful time of year. (And be extra thankful you’re in Woodstock now and that you weren’t in Britain around 1666, since all May Day celebrations were banned for almost two decades!) So enjoy the fresh blooms, even pick a few wildflowers to leave at a friend’s door and embrace these peaceful, lovely spring days.

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Listen to Spring’s siren song

The sun is out, the windows are open. And that compelling siren song of spring is luring you, forcing you to a nearby Adirondack chair. You are helpless. Forces beyond your control insist it’s time to stop.
Pause. Rest. Relax.
This fleeting season of renewal will soon be gone. So it’s time to play hooky, hang up the Gone Fishin’ sign and enjoy the day – just make sure you leave the cell phone at home.
(Photo courtesy of L. Jeffries who entered this image in our 2012 photo contest. This year’s contest ends June 21, 2013. Send entries to wiphoto@gmail.com.) 

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This is the weekend….

What a weekend it will be here in Woodstock! Spirituality, sex and song are just some of the topics that will be addressed at the 2013 Woodstock Writer’s Festival. Starting on Thursday night and right on through Sunday the hottest names in literature will be visiting the coolest town in America. This is just one of the many features that make Woodstock such a wonderful place to live and play. Join some of the sessions in person or download a webcast of the festival. Be inspired, be reflective, or just be. It is, after all, Woodstock.

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Woodstock as muse…

The Millstream as MUSE/r. rechtschaffen sculpure/k.pignataro photo

 

It is that time of year again!! Send us three of your treasured photos for our Spring photo contest.  Photos of the Woodstock Inn, the grounds, our unique community…what inspires you?? Share it with us and you could win a complimentary night at the Inn.  Deadline is June 21, 2013…so book now and share your current images with us!

 

peace,

Karen

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Fishing in the Catskills…

…meanwhile down by the ol’Millstream…

April 1st…opening of fishing season!  One of the many, many reasons to come to the Catskills and the Woodstock Inn!  Caught some fishermen doing their thing down by the ol’Millstream.   It’s one of the signs of spring…and one of the 4 seasons you should experience here in the Hudson Valley!

 

peace,

Karen

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Look at our newest addition!

We’ve added a charming stand-alone home to the offerings at The Woodstock Inn on the Millstream. Streamside is a two-bedroom, two bath home that includes lovely decks overlooking Tannery Brook. And to celebrate we’re offering 25% off a mid-week stay through May 16, but book now. With the warm weather finally arriving, things are getting busy at the Inn. Just enter the promo code Stream to receive the discount.

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It’s Spring? Really?

Hey – What’s with this snow? Now that the calendar says Spring has arrived we planned on splitting up some wood to let it season for next year’s fires. But it seems ol’ Mother Nature had other plans! Oh well, it’s still mighty beautiful here at the Inn – come on by and say hello.

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Woodstock Writers Festival…

Coming soon to the town you love to visit!! The Woodstock Writers Festival is one of the gems of spring here in town.  Starting on Thursday, 4.18 through Sunday, 4.21 you can take workshops, attend lectures and meet some of the finest writers in the country.  Elizabeth Lesser, Meggan Watterson, Lodro Rinzler, Cheryl Strayed, Abigail Thomas, Martha Frankel, Marion Winik, Bar Scott…and many more!

peace & pencils…

Karen

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