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.
Not just Christmas (although it will be here before we know it) but the whole holiday season is well upon us. Guess that’s what happens when Thanksgiving comes so late in the year – just about two weeks until the winter solstice arrives!
The welcoming holiday lights are strung at the Inn and the greenery does add a beautiful touch, but nothing like sitting in front of the fireplace at night and relaxing to put things in perspective. So often this time of year people get harried and frantic and forget why they’re even supposed to be ‘celebrating’ but a bit of R&R and down time is just the salve to rejuvenate and refresh. Come on up for a visit.
Before you know it the ground will be covered in snow…at least I hope so! I was born and raised in New England and so by nature…I am a 4 seasons gal! It’s one of the many reasons I adore living in the Catskill mountains. We are having some glorious fall weather and I have been enjoying it while attempting to hike all 35 peaks over 3500′. The 3500 Club requires that you hike all 35…and in addition repeat 4 of the mountains during the winter season. Bring it on!
If you haven’t experienced the Catskills in all seasons…try it this year! I promise you won’t regret it! Come on up to Woodstock…take a glorious hike and then have dinner at The Bear Cafe, New World Home Cooking, Joshua’s Cafe, Cucina…no lines, no wait! Look for upcoming specials on our FB page, TripAdvisor, Bed and Breakfast.com or if you are on our email list…you’ll get early notice about upcoming Winter specials.
You’ll need a blanket!
Many of you travel to the Woodstock Inn and never get to meet the MOST important person responsible for your stay…meet Rita, Barbara, Jacqueline, Frank, Michael, Ana, Marilla, Krystal and Olivia (missing Chaya). These guys and gals are the reason why your room is so clean. We get a lot of reviews …and while some may not like me (or my hair ..hahahaa) the one thing most reviewers agree upon is the cleanliness of the rooms at the Woodstock Inn! We do NOT fool around here when it comes to your room. This amazing staff doesn’t pretend to clean…they actually get down and dirty and scrub every inch of your room. Sheets and towels are meticulously scrutinized during their laundering. Our bedspreads, quilts and duvets are WASHED every time which is why the laundry room is also known as my “other office!”
ALL of them are dedicated, hard working, conscientious, honest and an absolute joy to work with! My job as Innkeeper is about a thousand times easier because I can and DO rely on each of these individuals to do a spectacular job. They deliver day after day…and I am eternally grateful to each and every one of them! Please remember them when you depart and leave a gratuity…it is always appreciated!
The best damn co-workers a gal could ask for!
We obviously appreciate our guests here at the Inn. But we were really pleased when a thank you e-mail to recent visitors prompted such immediate, kind responses. Nothing like opening up an in-box filled with love! Thought we’d share what some people wrote about their stay:
– Better than any 4 star hotel. It was great.
– Great place!!!
– I had a great stay and want to stay next year for the Woodstock Writers’ program.
– A lovely place.
– We LOVED the Woodstock Inn and will definitely stay there anytime we are in the area. Can’t wait to come back and see you all again.
And for all you skeptics out there, we didn’t leave out any negative comments – we simply didn’t receive any! Thanks to all our wonderful guests. You make this so rewarding.
Jade and I ….moons ago!
Today I received a visit from an (old) guest. Terri and Glenn began coming to the Inn just after Jade was born…and continued to stay with us until they bought their home in a nearby town here in the Catskills. They all still come to visit and I was overjoyed when Jade showed up today…driving a car!! with a boyfriend!!?? to say hello and hang out. I had recently come across the old photo of us on the bench at the Inn when she was probably 4 years old so I ran to the house to find it and share it with her. We decided to reenact our photo these many years later…this is just one of the many joys of my life here at the Inn. Just after they moved to the area Terri and Glenn would invite me to Jade’s music recitals at school. I remember one particular recital sitting in the audience…so incredibly moved to be included …invited into their lives..Jade’s life …and I cried. I am one lucky gal. Thank you Woodstock Inn giving me the opportunity to forge so many meaningful & lasting relationships!
9-11. It’s a day to not just remember but also to vividly value and embrace peace. As the world remains an oh, so crazy place it’s more important than ever to be compassionate and find time for kindness and seeking beauty. In nearby Kingston at Fireman’s Park the commemorative statue of firefighters carrying out Father Mychal Judge from the ruins has a fresh wreath beside it – a welcome dash of color amid the darkness of this captured moment. May the love, dedication and unity we experienced toward each other in the aftermath of the attacks now unite us in peace – in our country and throughout the world. And for the 2,996 people who died so horrifically 12 years ago, you are still missed every day.
Can you believe how wonderful it is in Woodstock? We’re blessed with another weekend of amazing musicians performing and sharing their talents and making our community just a great place for everyone. To call it a “free world-class music festival” is almost an understatement! Jack DeJohnette, Jay Collins, Brian Mitchell, Nexus – the list of performers goes on and on … everyone from Grammy winners to up and coming musicians will be there. The show runs from 10 a.m to 8 p.m. so be sure and swing by Andy Lee Field and march, dance or simply listen to the beat of not just your own, but many drummers.
Ritesh handed this to me
before he left today. I love these moments in my life, my job, when a beautiful 4
year old child brings me to tears with his kindness and compassion. Everyone who
was at the Woodstock Inn this weekend and met Ritesh will
never forget him. I will cherish his gift forever.