Journey Inn Bed & Breakfast
Innkeeper(s): Valerie Valente
Living in the Twilight Zone 7 Jul 2014, 6:27 amRod Serling,the creator of the brilliant Twilight Zone TV series was from small town upstate NY. For those of you that know the Twilight Zone series, you are aware of a reoccurring theme about escaping back to an easier time, to child hood, to simpler things, to remembering what is important, to quiet joys, to slowing down. Rod loved his childhood. He talked about it all the time. He was stressed out by the pace and rigors of TV and his memories of small town NY helped him deal with the stress. He understood that a lot of us are searching for the same thing. That was me. I loved my life in the big city. I loved my career and it was important for me to be good at it. I worked hard and it was exciting. But I was constantly looking for something simpler, slower, more joyful. Finally at some point - the small town life was all I wanted. There are two particular Twilight Zone episodes that used to really affect me. They spoke to that need for change, to finding more joy in everyday simple things. They are not happy episodes - so I was determined to learn from both of them and make my ending a happy one. A Stop at Willoughby. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_R7GAx_w7-4. Stressed out advertising executive realizes that he is not cut out for the high pressure life. He wants a place where "a man can live his life full measure". He sees Willoughby in a dream. Friendly small town - where if the biting is good, a man can go out fishing with the locals. A band plays in a gazebo in the small town square. Willoughby is a place in his mind only - and the way he gets there is not joyful. But for me, the Journey Inn is Willoughby - and I made it a happy ending. The Bewitching Pool. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JMMLukR-uY. OK - the premise is not something I relate to.....two kids, divorcing parents, escape to a place at the bottom of their pool. What I do relate to is the wise words of Aunt T. Aunt T takes care of these children whose lives are so unpleasant they found her and the life she created for them. Of course it is an idyllic world of perpetual summer, swimming holes, fishing, playing, and...and here is the key: chores. You see, chores teaches you, "the dignity of work and the joy of labor". The Journey Inn offers for me an idyllic surrounding and the dignity of work - and a rewarding job everyday. Yes, I am living in the Twilight Zone, in Rod Serling's wonderful upstate NY, creating my own happy ending. I hope everyone finds their own Twilight Zone.
Is the Hudson Valley the new Brooklyn? 8 Apr 2014, 9:14 amWe hear that the Hudson Valley is the new Brooklyn. Well we would know - because one year ago, on April 15, we moved here from Brooklyn Heights - and it has been wonderful! What we love and why we really do rival Brooklyn: - Restaurants! Great (and I mean GREAT) restaurants. In the Hudson Valley, local really does mean local! The CIA (2 miles down the road) trains the next generation of brilliant chefs - and a lot of them stay right here (and I hear that they also go to Brooklyn) - Flea markets with antique, vintage, art, furniture...everything. But NOT at Brooklyn prices. - Parks and people watching. OK, not as many people in the Hudson Valley as Brooklyn - but on a nice day, the Vanderbilt Estate grounds (across the street!) can rival the Promenade and Brooklyn Bridge Park. - Terrific places to walk with amazing views - Hudson River with views of the Catskills vs. East River with views of Manhattan. I'll take both! - Incredible art - everywhere from amazing museums to galleries. If you haven't been to DIA Beacon, Storm King, or just visited the galleries from Poughkeepsie to Red Hook - you are missing some of the greatest master works and the most talented new artists around. - Architecture - not brownstones - but Victorian mansions, great estates, colonial homes, revolutionary era farmhouses, and even modern masters such as Frank Gehry and Aero Saarinen. - Gardens - The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens may be one stop to see so many varieties of gardens, but in the Hudson Valley you get to drive through beautiful farmland to get to each unique garden. We have modern rock gardens, classic Italian and English gardens, rose gardens, and some with views of the mighty Hudson. - Farmer's Markets - all over! In the Hudson Valley the farmers are down the road. Oh, and if the farmer's market isn't open on that day - hey, you can visit the farm! - The best place to buy produce, cheese, meat, fish. Brooklyn has Fairway, but the Hudson Valley has Adam's Fairacre Farms. Of course, Adams does not charge Brooklyn prices! So stock up when you stop by. - Bridge walking. The Brooklyn Bridge walkway is amazing, but you do have to deal with the traffic below. The Hudson Valley has the Walkway over the Hudson - an old railway bridge built around the same time as the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, the Walkway is all pedestrian and bicycles - and you can grab a hot dog on either side! This is what we have discovered in one short year. We know it will only get better. We really did love our Brooklyn home and miss it - but if you want to find much of what Brooklyn has to offer, but with no traffic - the Hudson Valley deserves a visit! Love to all our old friends in Brooklyn and our new ones in Hyde Park!
Happy New Year! 31 Dec 2013, 1:06 pmWe want to thank so many people for making 2013 one of the best years ever. We became the owners and innkeepers of the Journey Inn Bed & Breakfast this year - fulfilling a lifetime dream! It was a long and challenging time - leaving careers, a home we loved, great friends, and a life we were accustomed to - but gaining so much in the process. We were ready for something new - and we took the leap. What we found was more time with family, a community that has embraced us completely, new friends, a wonderful new home, and the best job for anyone who loves people, serving the public, preparing great food, and caring for a home. Thank you 2013 - we ask 2014 to be just as kind to us - and to all of you. HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Happy Thanksgiving! 28 Nov 2013, 7:35 amThis is a very special Thanksgiving for us - as we are so thankful for finding the Journey Inn and fulfilling a lifetime dream. We can only hope that all of you are as happy as we are. Blessings to all our past and future guests, our new friends in Dutchess County, our old friends, our family, and to everyone who appreciates all the wonderful things life has to offer.
One year ago....we found our future 16 Jul 2013, 6:00 amOne year ago today we walked into the Journey Inn Bed & Breakfast and knew that this was the place. We had just started our search for our B&B - and believe it or not, the Journey Inn was the first place we saw. I remember saying that this was the place - and why, oh, why did it have to be the first place we saw. We spent the next several months traveling around visiting other places, searching online, talking to consultants and brokers - and nothing else was as perfect for us as the Journey Inn. As New Yorkers, it was much harder for us to leave the state we knew and loved than we thought. And we wanted to make sure that our first passion - food - was high on the list of what the area had to offer. Well we found great restaurants and so much more. We have been coming to the Hudson Valley for 30 years and living up here (on weekends) for 15 years - but even we didn't know how much the area had to offer. Great food, culture, history, architecture, outdoor activity, antiquing, horseback riding, swimming, hiking, and so much more. We are so happy that our guests never run out of things to do - and very often plan their trips to come back when they realize they didn't give themselves enough time. We still have a huge list of things we have not been able to experience yet - your vacations are our staycations - and we are just loving it!
Happy Independence Day 3 Jul 2013, 6:43 amA happy Independence Day to everyone. This is our favorite holiday - not only is it summer, but it is a time for family and friends to gather for great food. The bounty of summer fruits and vegetables are among us and at their peak of flavor. And nothing is better than grilled meat, fish, vegetables - and chilled fruit. Don't forget the ice cream! But what I most love about this holiday is what we are celebrating - this great experiment that is America. Let us not forget how special this country is and how our founding fathers gave us and the world, democracy. Just so that we never forget, here is a link to that amazing document - our Declaration of Independence. We never get tired of reading it. http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html
Certificate of Excellence - Thank you to all who have been so generous with your reviews! 28 May 2013, 1:37 pmWe are so proud to share with our past and future guests that we have won the prestigious certificate of excellence from TripAdvisor. This award places us in the top-performing 10% of all businesses worldwide on TripAdvisor, and is given to businesses that consistently earn high ratings from TripAdvisor travelers. So THANK YOU happy guests for all those great reviews and ratings. We promise to continue to offer the best service, accommodations, breakfasts, cleanliness, and all the best that our guests deserve.
Friendships 21 May 2013, 7:00 amI am a very lucky person. I have great friends. My friends from college (Connie, Maria, Marj, Steph, Julie) find time to see each other as often as we can. With careers, kids, and life's other challenges - we still find time to get away and see each other. It is one of the best gifts I give myself. So it is very exciting for me to host groups of friends getting together to just be together. I have been lucky to host many groups of friends finding that precious time to be together for long walks, great dinners, and wonderful conversation. I love getting these reservations - because I know how special these moments are for all involved. We all need to find the time and keep those friendships alive - they mean so much.
Guests bringing joy 13 May 2013, 1:06 pmIt has been 3 weeks since we reopened the Inn - and it is clear to me that what makes the Journey Inn so special are the people that choose to stay here. We are so very lucky to have had the most amazing guests these past three weeks. I wish I could spend more time at the breakfast table as I hear the laughter and the animated discussions taking place. I am so happy that everyone enjoys themselves so much. Yesterday we had a competitive card game going while cheers erupted during the Players Tournament. Last weekend, wine and Kentucky Derby was the pre-dinner event. It was so wonderful to see guests exchanging contact information - as friendships were formed. It makes us so very happy to have happy guests. Thanks to you all.
Our first weekend 29 Apr 2013, 4:15 pm
Well our first weekend is behind us - and I just want to say, it was a blast! Let me tell you all about it, but first, an introduction. We are the new Innkeepers, Valerie and Eric. And joining us are my parents, Victor and Victoria. We are the new Journey Inn - just as wonderful as the old Journey Inn of course!
After two weeks of frantic unpacking, decorating, landscaping, cooking - we opened to a full house. We had folks from New York, New Zealand, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Ohio. Some were just getting away for a weekend, others on a tour of the east coast, some folks taking a course at the Culinary Institute of America, and two sisters just wanting to spend some time together. And a good friend who wanted to share our first weekend - thanks Liz and Charlie!
What a great weekend it was. The weather was beautiful; the conversation was lively and fun. I do believe a great time was had by all. Our first breakfast was herbed scrambled eggs with roasted asparagus, blueberry muffins, local breakfast sausages, and strawberries with crème fraîche and brown sugar. I will never forget that first meal.
On Saturday, a nice glass of champagne was shared to celebrate the reopening and our new life as innkeepers.
Thanks to all the wonderful guests who helped make it such a memorable weekend.