Thanks so much for all your entries….and particularly your patience as we combed through the many photos we received for what may indeed become our Annual Woodstock Inn Photo Contest. The following is a letter from my dear boss, the owner of the Woodstock Inn on the Millstream…Mr. Tom Bullard:
“Wow! When we had the idea for a photo contest, we never imagined so many of our guests would respond. And who could have guessed that the Woodstock Inn attracted so many talented photographers! We’re flattered and a bit overwhelmed trying to choose from so many excellent and varied pictures. But choose we must, and have done! There were three of us judging. We went round and round so many times that we decided to expand the awards. Now, on top of the three winners, we have included eleven additional photos under the category of Honorable Mention, to receive a $15 gift certificate (please check our facebook page for the honorable mention list). And to take it one step further, we were inspired and excited to start a new page entitled Guest Gallery where we will include even more of the contest photos.
For myself, it was fascinating and gratifying to see the images captured by our guests. After 18 years of labor and love in creating the Woodstock Inn, I know the place pretty well, but it has been a real treat to see the Inn and Woodstock and its eccentric culture through the fresh, observant, and artistic eyes of our guests.
We thank all of you so much for your love and patronage of the Inn, and for your participation in our first photo contest — let’s do it again!
P.S. you may be wondering about our criteria for judging the photos. well….we batted around several factors: should the subject matter pertain directly to the Inn, to the town of Woodstock, or to the local area? Was technique or content more important? Classic or unusual? In the end we went with an approach of “we’ll know when we see it.” And I think we tended a little more toward sentiment.
Somehow we came up with three winners: Setting sunlight on a snowy Millstream; Linus, the cat, yawning in the garden (the flowers are literally catnip); and a baby in a diaper peering out the window of room 17 at what may have been his/her first snowfall. Congratulations to all!” Tom
1st Place - Dave Russo - Snowy Stream at Sunset
2nd Place - Doug Ouderkirk - Linus in the Catnip
3rd Place - Ali Smith - Window to the World
We are close to done judging our first ever photo contest. I cannot tell you how many amazing photos we received and we are awaiting one final judge to make his choices (eh…um…if you are reading this!) and I will contact the three winners. We will list some honorable mentions as well and create a page on our website where we can post more photos.
Thanks to all of you who took the time to send us your beautiful photos! It was really wonderful to see the Inn through your eyes and see how you all experience this wonderful place I get to
We are deeply saddened by the news that Levon Helm has entered the final stages in his battle against cancer. We have had the distinct pleasure of meeting both fans and musicians alike who have traveled far and wide to hear the magic of Mr. Helm & his band.
I personally was fortunate enough to attend three Midnight Rambles and cannot express in words the awe and love that I experienced in that room. Perhaps the most moving was the love and energy I saw pass between a father and his daughter. I simply shall never forget it. Go lightly, go gently dear Levon Helm and thank you, thank you for the countless…priceless gifts you bestowed upon this world. We shall never forget you.
Karen Pignataro, Innkeeper
Our newest remodel!
There is never a dull moment at the Woodstock Inn on the Millstream. Many of you have never met the geniuses behind the continual improvements at the Inn. First there is Mr. Bullard, the owner who is the master mind behind all of our renovations. Then the McKenna brothers who do the master carpentry & tiling. The above pic is of our latest improvements to Room 14 which includes a whirlpool tub! Coming soon…the same in Room 15 and then total interior renovations of both at the end of the year! All I can say is … it makes my job real easy!
Whether its the Midnight Ramble, The Colony Cafe, The Bearsville Theater, New World Home Cooking, Harmony, or Catskill Mountain Pizza… music will be heard!
The Midnight Ramble need no introduction. Just get some tickets and go…at least once…it should be on your bucket list.
The Colony Cafe is in its 12th year showcasing all types of performances…from amazing live local acts and some national, poetry readings, plays…and of course the Goddess Festival.
The Bearsville Theater is an amazing venue…just a short drive from the Inn…upcoming acts include …Voodelic, Richard Thompson, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion and many, many more!
New World Home Cooking has the Celtic sessions every Monday night, live great local bands every Friday night…and of course delicious food!
Harmony is our “new” wonderful divy bar featuring great musicians almost every night of the week!
and …Catskill Mountain Pizza…has recently expanded its space and will be featuring live music!
Levon is back!
Don’t miss this weekend’s Midnight Ramble on Saturday 3/10…Levon is back! If you have not experienced the likes of a Midnight Ramble…well, you haven’t lived. The intimate setting, the sounds, the joy…on every face in the place!!
The writing is on the trees…early spring I think. If you have not experienced a blooming Catskill spring may I highly recommend that you do!
We are extending our February midweek special for three more days…Monday 2/13, Tuesday 2/14, Wednesday 2/15…so you can book one night midweek..and get the second night at 1/2 price!! Come on all you ROMANTICS…drive north young lad/ladette and bring your loved one to the country for some old fashioned romance and serenity!!
Come to the Catskills to celebrate Valentine's Day...you need the tree!
Do something wonderful for your Valentine this year…whisk he/she away to the Woodstock Inn and book a weekend in nature…hey, the weather is mild so go for a hike up Overlook and propose! Surprise your valentine with tickets to Levon Helm’s Ramble…and propose…or just stay in your room nice and cozy… and propose…or don’t…whatever your fancy!
Two weeks left to take advantage of our midweek special…book one night get the second night at 1/2 price. Why not book the corner cottage?? It is located 1 minute from the Inn…walking towards town…it is absolutely charming, warm, cozy…and ready for you to catch your breath and relax. The town of Woodstock is just a short walk. Have dinner at Yum Yum Noodle, Cucina, The Garden Cafe, or Violette… Check out the new bar at Catskill Mtn. Pizza…all within walking distance from your private cottage on Tannery Brook Road!