Inn at Lake Joseph
Innkeeper(s): Ivan and Rue Weinger
We're enjoying the beautiful summer weather here at the Inn--the long summer evenings are pleasant, and even when we have showers, they bring cool, fresh air that's just delightful. And, there's so much to do here at this time of year! If you have time to visit us in August, think about coming for a summer trip around Sullivan County to see some of our interesting businesses: the Sullivan County Fun Trip on August 3 features transportation, snacks, wine and beer tastings, lunch at The Dancing Cat Saloon, and all tips & gratuities.
Now, just to remind you, the Performing Arts Center at Bethel Woods has a couple of great concerts that weekend: The Temptations and The Four Tops play on Friday, August 1; and Lionel Richie with Ceelo Green takes the stage on Saturday, August 2. You can't be bored in Sullivan County, at the Inn at Lake Joseph!
What's to do? 19 Feb 2014, 10:49 amInn at Lake Joseph
website. It looks like just a calendar, but you can click on each entry and get lots of info about the event. Another terrific website to check when you're thinking of visiting us is the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance's Cultural Calendar. The link takes you to their home page, and from there you can click on their calendar to view available activities.
Now, for those of you who are interested in more outdoor activities, the Holiday Mountain Ski Area, "where great skiers begin," is a great small ski area; and such places as the Bridle Hill Farm for horseback riding are so warm and welcoming to guests.
Meanwhile, we have lots of snow and our cross-country ski trail is tracked and ready for you to ski or snowshoe, so you can have the best of several worlds when you visit--go out around Sullivan County and see what activities are available; or snuggle in to our luxurious rooms with a fireplace and whirlpool bathtub after an invigorating ski or snowshoe trek.
There are some really great events happening this weekend here in Sullivan County. If you want a really full day of fun, including a special shopping experience plus dinner plus a show, start at Domesticities in Youngsville, where you'll see a selection of "vintage sweaters and little black dresses" at their Holiday Sale. This wonderful venue features a lively mix of antiques, fine and primitive, works by local artisans, fair trade accessories for the home & garden, and vintage collectibles. When you've shopped to your heart's content, head for Narrowsburg for Gerard's River Grill for a delicious dinner. They've linked up with the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance this Saturday, and will donate a portion of their proceeds from dinners that day. The Arts Alliance, meanwhile, is mounting a holiday musical comedy celebration called "Once Upon a Time," that features music, carols, dancing, singing, and comic vignettes all celebrating the best of the holiday season with lots of new material and many of your old-time favorites. So, there's your menu for fun and frolic for this Saturday--if you haven't made reservations, call now!
We've had some beautiful days for hiking and being outdoors (as long as there's no wind). But my thoughts are moving inside, and toward the holidays and staying warm. We've just received a big order of our custom-made, hand-thrown mugs, and they look so beautiful on the shelves that I wanted to share them with you:
We haven't started to decorate for the holidays yet, but when we do, I'll put up some photos of our tree. We usually go to Pine Farm in Youngsville to cut our tree--it's so much fun to go out through the 'forest' and pick one with just the right height and width to fit our space. The sounds of children laughing and running through the trees, and the smells of the fresh-cut boughs are enough to get my holiday senses bubbling with ideas. (The hot chocolate that the Pine Farm folks offer is also very welcome on a cold day.)
Late Fall Doings 13 Nov 2013, 2:45 pmInn at Lake Joseph
In a conversation that I had with a friend today, I suddenly realized that "The Holidays" are fast approaching. One of my favorite activities during this time of year is held at the wineries that belong to the Shawangunk Wine Trail. "Wreath Fineries at the Wineries" features a tour of all the wineries on the Trail, where participants pick up a wreath and add an ornament to place on it at each winery they visit. Each winery has delicious treats to try along with their special wines, so not only do you taste wine throughout the day, but also sample wonderful foods that compliment the liquid refreshments. Designated drivers are also welcomed and may sample food, as well. My thought is that if we have guests that might like to take the tour, they could join up and hire a limo or van to take them around--could be a fun day, meeting other wine aficianados, enjoying the beautiful scenery, eating good food and not having to worry about where the next stop is! Check out their website for details, and think about a wonderful weekend at the Inn, as well.
Some of the best experiences around here in Fall have to do with food--and these next couple of weeks are no exception. Bethel Woods is continuing its Harvest Festivals--this Saturday (10/5) and next Saturday (10/12) are the last for this season, and are not to be missed! This week's festival showcases wineries in the area; and next Saturday is the Craft Beer Festival & Chili Cookoff. Even though the main subjects of the festivals are liquid refreshment, the food there is wonderful, and there's fresh produce that you can take home with you. But wait! that's not all! Early Bird Cookery is having its next-to-last farm-to-table dinner on October 19--a Polish-themed feast that will have you salivating! Just click on the link and check out the menu.
Of course, a trip to the country wouldn't be complete this time of year without visiting a farm and taking home some pumpkins. Cunningham Family Farm is a great place to visit on a crisp, sunny fall afternoon. I'd love to try the corn maze--they say it's a doozy.
We hope you'll take advantage of the beautiful Fall weather and visit Sullivan County and the Inn at Lake Joseph--you won't be disappointed.
I can't believe this weather! It's like summer, only better, because the days are warm and sunny and the nights are cool and crisp. One of our guests was walking up from the pool today and said, "I would never have thought I'd leave the swimming pool and walk back to the Inn through autumn leaves." Several guests this weekend bemoaned the fact that they hadn't thought to bring bathing suits. Other guests have been boating and kayaking on the lake and enjoying the beautiful fall colors on the trees, too. You might have enough time to catch some of this serendipity--check out our availability online, www.lakejoseph.com.
The Red Chair Continues... 31 Jul 2013, 6:35 pmInn at Lake Joseph
One of the best activities that the Red Chair got to experience while at the Inn was to try out the rowboats on Lake Joseph. He’d never rowed a boat before, but had some fun trying …
Red even made a new friend on the lake…Red Chair Travels. What a voyage!!
The Red Chair Visits Lake Joseph 14 Jul 2013, 3:12 pmWe had an interesting guest at the Inn this past week--the Red Chair came to see us to find out what Lake Joseph and Sullivan County are all about. Who (or What) is the Red Chair, you ask? Well, it's a personality that's traveling all across the US this year, visiting Inns and Bed & Breakfasts like us, and finding out about the wonderful events and places that each location features.
The Red Chair had a fun moment at the Forestburgh Playhouse, participating in a performance of the very funny comedy, Dolly Parton’s “Nine to Five.” If you’re familiar with the play you’ll remember that the evil boss, Mr Hart, spends some time tied up to—you guessed it!—a chair! The Red Chair took his part very seriously!
Spring is finally here, and we're enjoying some beautiful weather--sunny and warm. That brings us to thoughts of cool, refreshing drinks on a warm afternoon. We recently met the owners of the new Roscoe Beer Company, who have started their brewing company in the historic trout town of Roscoe, New York. Roscoe is about a 40-minute drive from us, and is a great little village to visit, but you can sample the beer at several places in the area, including Mr Willy's restaurant, our closest restaurant neighbor. We hope to see you soon!