Woodstock Inn on the Millstream

48 Tannery Brook Road, Woodstock, New York 12498
Innkeeper(s): Karen and Theresa

Earth Day beauty 22 Apr 2016, 12:43 pm

If you haven’t seen them yet, check out NASA’s latest images of Earth.  They include not just pictures of the big blue marble, but also images of land formations that replicate letters – here’s the letter “Y”  which stands for yardangs – elongated land forms sculpted by erosion. Wow. Talk about humbling. Maybe we should make every day Earth Day.

And then I walk outside and witness the stream rushing past, the water supporting so many life forms, and the miracle of its role in our own little patch of land right here in Woodstock. The trees it nurtures, the souls it refreshes when guests jump in for a summer dip. And, every day the music it provides as it gushes, gurgles and sometimes even just trickles past. It’s constantly changing and constantly comforting.

The Inn is such an amazing retreat. It’s always a joy watching people relax. Often people get in touch with themselves as they get in touch with nature – it’s important to not just unwind but also remember that the world is truly beautiful place.

Springing into beauty 18 Mar 2016, 1:13 pm

Ahh, longer days are the magic elixir of spring. While a lost hour’s sleep is missed for a day or two (or three the older I get!) the joy of late afternoon daylight can’t be beat. It’s so wonderful to have that time after work, when the days are still warm and it’s such a pleasure to be outdoors, listening to the stream rushing past.
This is also a real turning point at the Inn as we know the busy season is just around the corner – people are already booking out for July and August, choosing dates so they can attend some of Woodstock’s many offerings – concerts, gallery shows, festivals and Playhouse performances just add to the village’s ambiance and appeal. Not only do we have some of the prettiest mountains and waterfalls in New York right in our back yard, we also have the quality entertainment that New Yorkers expect.
But for now it’s time to slow down and embrace the seasonal changes – watch the crocuses peek out from the brown, moist earth and the daffodil blooms erupt along the garden edges. Soon The Inn will be running at full capacity, with guests from throughout the world coming to Woodstock to enjoy the treasures the locals too often take for granted. For now, I’ll take a moment or two (or three!) and also enjoy the beauty and magic of Woodstock.

 

 

What’s next? 8 Feb 2016, 7:19 am

I received my patch in the mail yesterday….I am now an official member of the Catskill Mountain 3500 Club #2512!  Hiking all 35 peaks is one of the most amazing ways to see this wonderful slice of paradise…I cannot recommend it enough!  I had some of the most memorable experiences….meeting fellow hikers…getting lost with my best friend…solo hiking in 6 ft. of snow…hiking with my faithful companions…Zelda, Luke and Bear.  I finally learned to read & use a compass and map…you know navigating the old fashioned way thanks to Jeff Vincent of  www.CatskillMountainWild.com.  I also learned (at the end of my hikes)  that I should leave my phone at home and just enjoy the beauty with no distractions (like snapping a pic every 5 min–I will share those I did take).  I learned that I am strong AND weak, fearless AND fearful, …but always adventurous.  What’s next?  Perhaps climbing all the peaks in winter only…it truly is my favorite time of year.  My big dream?  To hike the Appalachian Trail!

Bear and Zelda

Zelda and Luke

My friend Liz

John Holt

Sean, Luke & Zelda

Liz, Charlie & Tom

Zelda enjoying the view

Balsam Lake

My niece Olivia

Warming up to a new normal? 3 Feb 2016, 1:47 pm

So, last winter was one for the books – snow, snow, snow and cold, cold, cold. Who’d have ever thought we’d miss THAT? Well, we don’t necessarily miss the incessant freeze, must admit it’s a bit strange this year, with only one decent snow fall, that has since melted. And, with no shadow being sighted by Punxsutawney Phil, it may mean time to gear up for Spring. But wait!

The best part of winter is just happening now! This is traditionally when we’re slowing down in Woodstock, taking a breather. Finally there’s time to talk with friends and neighbors, our favorite shopkeepers and chefs. And it’s pretty exciting so many new things are happening in our area: Concerts (have you seen the Jazzstock events?); Upstate Films continues to show amazing, non-mainstream movies that engage; There are three Rambles at Levon’s place in February; Byrdcliff is hosting an artist spotlight Feb. 6 in the village and then on Feb. 18 the Woodstock Artists Association has an open potluck gathering where artists, critics and regular folks can all just get together and visit.

These are the kind of winter events we love up here! (And if you haven’t visited Woodstock in winter it’s the perfect time to get the best local experience around.)

Don’t get me wrong. We’re not just twiddling our thumbs here at the Inn. There are busy weekends and lots of surprises in store that’ll ease things when the real season starts. But in the meantime we’ll just stroll into town – yes, it is way warm enough to walk and no snow on the roads!  – enjoy a cup of coffee and simply embrace the peace – and warmth.

Hope to see you soon.

Winter in Woodstock, NY :: Things to Do Near our NY B&B 22 Jan 2016, 12:27 pm

 

So, last winter was one for the books – snow, snow, snow and cold, cold, cold. Who’d have ever thought we’d miss THAT? Well, we don’t necessarily miss the incessant freeze, must admit it’s a bit strange this year, with only one decent snow fall, that has since melted. And, with no shadow being sighted by Punxsutawney Phil, it may mean time to gear up for Spring. But wait!

The best part of winter is just happening now! This is traditionally when we’re slowing down in Woodstock, taking a breather. Finally there’s time to talk with friends and neighbors, our favorite shopkeepers and chefs. And it’s pretty exciting that there are so many thing to do in New York: Concerts (have you seen the Jazzstock events?); Upstate Films continues to show amazing, non-mainstream movies that engage; There are three Rambles at Levon’s place in February; Byrdcliff is hosting an artist spotlight Feb. 6 in the village and then on Feb. 18 the Woodstock Artists Association has an open potluck gathering where artists, critics and regular folks can all just get together and visit.

These are the kind of winter events we love up here! (And if you haven’t visited Woodstock, NY in winter it’s the perfect time to get the best local experience around.)

Don’t get me wrong. We’re not just twiddling our thumbs here at the Inn. There are busy weekends and lots of surprises in store that’ll ease things when the real season starts. But in the meantime we’ll just stroll into town – yes, it is way warm enough to walk and no snow on the roads!  – enjoy a cup of coffee and simply embrace the peace – and warmth.

Hope to see you soon.

Bushwhacking the Catskills! 11 Nov 2015, 9:43 am

In my never ending (but soon to be completed) quest to hike all the 3500 peaks in the glorious Catskill Forest Preserve…my excellent friend Ms. Liz Levine and I decided to hire the amazing Jeff Vincent, a recent AT thru hiker who just started Catskill Mountain Wild (check out his website by simply clicking on our pic with him CatskillMountainWild.com)   Jeff is available to guide folks on any adventure of their choice…hike, fish, camp, paddle.  He is a local and knows these mountains like the back of his hand!  Liz and I had done a couple of the bushwhack hikes on our own but realized we had just been super lucky to find the top and the canister which you must sign.  Let me back up…of the 35 peaks about 10 of them are bushwhack hikes…meaning NO marked trail…and at the top you need to find the canister and sign the book.  After our successful sign in on top of Friday mountain…we got lost coming back down…but eventually found our way back to the car.  Yes, we had compasses, maps, etc….we realized we just didn’t know how to use them properly.  Enter…Jeff Vincent!!  Jeff took us out on the North Dome/Sherrill bushwhack and guided us to the top of both while also patiently teaching us how to REALLY use a compass and map!  What an amazing journey!

 

I was so inspired and impressed with Jeff’s expertise we have started discussions about offering packages to our guests.  Snowshoe excursions, bushwhacks and fishing trips.   One I am particularly excited about…includes backpacking from a tbd start to Echo Lake where we would do an overnight then hike the next morning down Overlook and end the second night at the Woodstock Inn on the Millstream with a fabulous dinner in Woodstock.   Check out Jeff’s website by simply clicking on our picture with him!

Stay tuned…..

 

peace,

Karen

 

yours truly mimicking the strong tree arm that protruded from the side of the mountain we bushwhacked

Jeff Vincent of Catskill Mountain Wild, Liz Levine, et moi

You’re crazy if you don’t hike in the Catskills in the Fall! 25 Sep 2015, 5:15 pm

There are so many amazing, beautiful trails right here in Woodstock, and venturing into the larger backyard of the Catskills is simply wondrous. It’s always awe-inspiring to see the power of nature in action; watching flowers and streams and right now especially, the trees, change and adapt.

Fall is always a balancing act. It brings those melancholy moments thinking of passing time and impending cold, but it also brings these rapturous, beautiful sun-filled, crisp days. They beckon us outdoors as adamantly as our childhood friends would; it truly is time to come out and play.

To that end, technology has caught up with many adventures and we just have to share this web site that lists all kinds of outdoor adventures in Ulster County. Hiking, bicycling, birding, U-picks. You name it, this site lists it. Just go to the legend button at the stop of the site and explore away! This is a great cross-reference resource and we’re thrilled to share it with guests.

One of the most popular trails in Woodstock is Overlook Mountain. Our friends at Catskill Mountaineer have compiled everything you want to know about this 5-mile hike to the fire tower. (And this is their picture of the ruins!) The truly hardy can go the full hike to Echo Lake, but leave plenty of time! Overlook is right in town, makes for a lovely excursion and the view will leave you breathless – both for it’s beauty and for that last quarter mile. But all well worth it.

The nearby Ashokan Reservoir has a well-maintained paved trail that offers runners, walkers – even those with strollers – and bicyclists, some great views and it’s always amazing to think that all that water will wind up in a New York City apartment – without filtration! In addition to the reservoir info, Trailkeeper list many other Catskill sites representing a variety of distances and difficulties.

And Karen, an avid hiker, is always an amazing source of knowledge about various trails and summits throughout the Catskills. It’s where she spends most of her days off, and once you see the sights, you’ll understand why. Scenery on the fall hikes is ever-changing. Literally, the leaf colors on an out and back path can change during one hike! But although ever-changing, the beauty is constant.

And remember, relaxing at the Inn is always the perfect antidote for a rigorous hike. The most important thing is to enjoy the time outdoors this Fall – it will be a whole year until you can have this experience again.

 

 

Hiking in Woodstock NY :: Catskills in the Fall 22 Sep 2015, 12:26 pm

There are so many amazing, beautiful trails right here in Woodstock, and venturing into the larger backyard of the Catskills is simply wondrous. It’s always awe-inspiring to see the power of nature in action; watching flowers and streams and right now especially, the trees, change and adapt. The things to do in NY are endless, especially outdoor adventure in beautiful places like Woodstock NY.

Fall is always a balancing act. It brings those melancholy moments thinking of passing time and impending cold, but it also brings these rapturous, beautiful sun-filled, crisp days. They beckon us outdoors as adamantly as our childhood friends would; it truly is time to come out and play.

To that end, technology has caught up with many adventures and we just have to share this web site that lists all kinds of outdoor adventures in Ulster County. Hiking, bicycling, birding, U-picks. You name it, this site lists it. Just go to the legend button at the stop of the site and explore away! This is a great cross-reference resource and we’re thrilled to share it with guests.

One of the most popular trails in Woodstock is Overlook Mountain. Our friends at Catskill Mountaineer have compiled everything you want to know about this 5-mile hike to the fire tower. (And this is their picture of the ruins!) The truly hardy can go the full hike to Echo Lake, but leave plenty of time! Overlook is right in town, makes for a lovely excursion and the view will leave you breathless – both for it’s beauty and for that last quarter mile. But all well worth it.

The nearby Ashokan Reservoir has a well-maintained paved trail that offers runners, walkers – even those with strollers – and bicyclists, some great views and it’s always amazing to think that all that water will wind up in a New York City apartment – without filtration! In addition to the reservoir info, Trailkeeper list many other Catskill sites representing a variety of distances and difficulties.

And Karen, an avid hiker, is always an amazing source of knowledge about various trails and summits throughout the Catskills. It’s where she spends most of her days off, and once you see the sights, you’ll understand why. Scenery on the fall hikes is ever-changing. Literally, the leaf colors on an out and back path can change during one hike! But although ever-changing, the beauty is constant.

And remember, relaxing at our New York B&B is always the perfect antidote for a rigorous hike. The most important thing is to enjoy the time outdoors this Fall – it will be a whole year until you can have this experience again.

Embracing the end of summer 28 Aug 2015, 1:59 pm

Don’t know how the heck it’s happened. I feel as if some ghost must have fast forwarded the calendar. Is it REALLY the end of August? The summer is such a special time here in the Catskills and this year Woodstock has been so busy and fun-filled.
The music options have been legendary – right from the opening days of Mountain Jam in June through tonight’s Kate Pierson performance at the Byrdcliffe Barn.  It never ceases to amaze our guests – and us! – how much talent resides right here in the community. Maverick’s centennial season has been appropriately celebrated by locals and visitors alike – imagine 100 years of music in the woods! How magical.
And when Karen went hiking this week on a well-deserved day off she sent back these lovely images. Too soon these mountains will be transforming into a horizon of color, a visual testimony to the time that passes us all by too fast.
Meantime,  enjoy the weekend and the memories you’ll make. They’ll keep you smiling and warm, even through the gray days of February.
Now, I need to go back and look at that calendar one more time!

Things to Do in Woodstock, NY :: Summer in Woodstock 22 Aug 2015, 12:50 pm

Don’t know how the heck it’s happened. I feel as if some ghost must have fast forwarded the calendar. Is it REALLY the end of August? The summer is such a special time here in the Catskills and this year Woodstock has been so busy and fun-filled. Woodstock in the summer is so enjoyable, there are so many things to do in New York near our Woodstock, NY B&B.
The music options have been legendary – right from the opening days of Mountain Jam in June through tonight’s Kate Pierson performance at the Byrdcliffe Barn.  It never ceases to amaze our guests – and us! – how much talent resides right here in the community. Maverick’s centennial season has been appropriately celebrated by locals and visitors alike – imagine 100 years of music in the woods! How magical.
And when Karen went hiking this week on a well-deserved day off she sent back these lovely images. Too soon these mountains will be transforming into a horizon of color, a visual testimony to the time that passes us all by too fast.
Meantime,  enjoy a weekend getaway and the memories you’ll make. They’ll keep you smiling and warm, even through the gray days of February.

Now, I need to go back and look at that calendar one more time!