In case anyone needed to be reminded, Woodstock’s very own – and very missed – Levon Helm is one of a kind. He was the focus of an amazing tribute last night, which included Mumford and Sons, at the Grammy’s. If you missed it, here’s a link.
And if you want to join in the spirit and “Keep It Goin’” there will be another Midnight Ramble March 2, 2013. C’mon out and celebrate Levon’s legacy.
We know how beautiful the inn is in February, when things are cool and quiet outside and warm and cozy inside. But now it will be even more lovely when you book a mid-week, two-night stay: you’ll earn a gift certificate for a future visit.
Here’s the deal – Book Sunday through Thursday nights. Each two-night stay earns a $50 gift certificate, and each additional mid-week night also earns $50. (Sorry, but this deal is not available Feb. 17 or 18.)
There’s no strings, no limits in redeeming the gift certificates in the future – you can even give them to someone else and share the Woodstock love. You have a year to plan the return stay, so choose your next favorite season and see us, and the Hudson Valley, in all our glory. Before we know it, Spring will be blooming out our window so come relax now.
You can book online and enter promo code GIFT and the certificates will be ready when you check in – simple – the way we like our life. Or, you can give us a call at 800-420-4707. But remember – this is the shortest month of the year. Don’t wait.
“Ten Minute Blizzard” by Priscilla Kavanaugh
One of the lovely photos we received from last year’s photo contest. I just loved this image by Priscilla Kavanaugh and with spring just 50 days off…I enjoy any “10″ minute blizzard we get! Temps are suppose to rise to the mid 50′s tomorrow which means a lot of melt off…and perhaps a rushing stream!
This weekend at the Ashokan Center in nearby Olivebridge Mike & Ruthy are hosting the “Winter Hoot.” Enjoy amazing food by New World Home Cooking, an indoor farmer’s market, hiking, blacksmithing, and of course GREAT MUSIC by some of the area’s best…Amy Helm, Mike & Ruthy, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason…and many, many more.
The mountains will be alive with music June 6-9 when Mountain Jam is held. A varied line-up featuring Phil Lesh & Friends, Widespread Panic , Gov’t. Mule and even Amy Helm are just a few of the musicians scheduled for this popular outdoor concert being held in nearby Hunter, N.Y. Pre-sale tix have already sold out, but discounted early purchase options are still available. Book early for this always popular event that celebrates the Woodstock spirit – and be sure to pack your dancing shoes!
Yes…I know, I am lucky! This is the beauty I get to witness day after day out my office window. I’m pretty psyched that I gave up the cubicle 17 years ago and came here to Woodstock to be an Innkeeper. It has been a journey!
You too can come and enjoy the view…and why not THIS weekend? There are still a couple of rooms left…there are still a few Ramble tickets at Levon Helm’s barn…why not get away from it all NOW?
What a beautiful start to the day – about 3″ of fresh powder – just enough to go sledding, skiing and enjoy the magic of winter. The roads are all cleared here in Woodstock and soon the hill on the Comeau property will look like Currier and Ives as young and old go sledding. Come join the winter fun. We even have a special: 50% off a second night mid-week stay for January!
The Woodstock Inn on the Millstream was awash in a light dusting of powder this morning.
One of my days off this week was spent hiking up Overlook Mountain…something I have not done for a year due to an injury. Zelda and I took off about 1pm and had the most marvelous, silent beauty filled hike (Willy is slowing down and can’t do the 5 miles). There is just nothing like a hike in the woods…in the winter. Usually I run it…up and down..frantic about staying in shape…frantic about constantly challenging myself…but due to an injury I just had to walk. Lo and behold I actually saw the beauty and had the time to take it in. If I had been running…I would have missed this nest, that bird, this ice formation….those bare trees framing the sky.
I began to think about the new year…and what I can do differently …in my life…my work…my relationships…with myself, friends and family. Number one…slow down! About 5 years ago my guests (and great friends!) Ann Axelsson and Archie Pollheimer bought an inscribed rock for me as a gift…guess what it said? “Slow Down.” Maybe it is time to embrace that rock…that concept.
Happy New Year dear friends…slow down if you need…speed it up …whatever you do…don’t miss the beauty of this life.
Here at the Woodstock Inn as we head into the holiday season I want to wish all a very safe and joyous holiday. It is not without heartache however considering the tragic loss of life this past year, most recently in Newtown, Connecticut. I pray nightly again…and I pray for peace and comfort to once again enter the lives of each and every family torn apart by this unspeakable tragedy. The other night I was invited to a local restaurant’s holiday party and as I watched the many children run around the room dancing and shouting for joy, I experienced both pure joy myself (for a child’s joy IS infectious!) as well as incredible sorrow. I will somehow in my own private way honor each life lost in Newtown, both the children and the fearless adults who gave their lives and most likely saved countless other children that day. May we all heal together for I believe no one can bear the pain alone and so we all must carry it and move forward remembering that light and love prevail….always.
May God bless you and your family this season…this year…and forever more.
This weekend you can shop local in our town! Don’t miss the 31st annual Woodstock Holiday Open House where all the doors are open…the music plays…holiday cheer flows and this small town extends good energy and cheer to all!
Then… on Saturday hop on over to Levon Helm’s barn for what will be…an amazing Ramble. For info and tickets go to www.levonhelm.com
At the Woodstock Playhouse!
The Woodstock Playhouse production of “A Christmas Carol” ends this weekend. You simply must not miss it! Other upcoming events at this wonderful gem include…The Woodstock Chamber Orchestra on 12.16 @3pm. You can purchase tickets by calling 845.679.6900 or go to their website and purchase them online. Also this weekend at another famous barn…don’t miss the Ramble and get a chance to be a part of Jimmy Vivino and the Black Italians live CD recording! Check out www.levonhelm.com for tickets and info.