Woodstock Inn on the Millstream
Karen sings away the post-election blues 11 Nov 2016, 2:10 pm
Karen is way more than an innkeeper! She’s a woman of action – whether it’s sweeping away dust or our post-election doldrums. Check out her lovely video and singing – and do know she’s determined to make our country a better place – one song at a time. Enjoy.
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The best leaf-peeping in the Hudson Valley 24 Oct 2016, 11:26 am
It is amazing to think we are still surrounded by an ever-changing beautiful landscape here in Woodstock – and it’s almost the end of October! The Indian Summer kept the fall season at bay, and these past few weeks have simply been a wonderful gift from Mother Nature.
The bright red and orange colors that brightened the stream did get knocked out a bit with this weekend’s rainstorm, but the yellows and golds are still all around, colorfully altering the landscape. I keep thinking at some point I am going to choose a favorite season. But when I really reflect on it, it seems the season I am in is my favorite.
This summer was warm, and wonderful. There was little humidity and the days were perfect for languishing by the stream. Well, at least for guests. It is the busiest time of year for us, so it often feels like non-stop action behind the scenes, but seeing friends returning and meeting new ones always gives me pause. However, all too quickly the nights were encroaching earlier, the days were just a bit cooler and now, another season is here to steal my heart. I imagine when the snow falls it too will appeal to my senses.
Being reminded of time’s passage in such a dramatic way is humbling. On smart days we take time to reflect upon it, other days we just rush to play catch up. But for now, taking time to watch the warm sun stream through dancing yellow leaves seems the perfect way to spend an October afternoon.
These pictures are worth 6,000 words…. 7 Aug 2016, 5:31 pm
We’ve now wrapped up our photo contest and, with half the
year gone, want to look back and share. We are once again amazed at
the diversity, beauty and love that is evident in the
submissions. People captured nature, each other and, of
course, Woodstock in their pictures. And it was a joy looking at
them, remembering a wonderful year featuring snow, blooming
crocuses, the stream in summer and, of course, a glorious,
ever-changing fall season. As always, it was tough picking the
winning pictures, but here are the top three winners, plus three
Michael Sable’s view of sitting by the stream garnered first place, while Jan Mclaren’s picture of the Inn’s duplex won second place for its magical quality and MaryLynn Culbert’s picture of the Inkeeper’s home was a lovely reminder of the property’s beauty and earned third place.
Honorable mentions were given to Shelly Angelo for the picture of the birdbath and flowers, Livia Beasley’s picture of love rocks! was a lot of fun and Gina Scarola’s rainbow-filled picture of the stream left us all with happy thoughts. Gina and her mom used to travel to the Inn together, but she passed away. When Gina took this picture of the stream on a sunny day she was shocked to see the rainbows streaming into the picture – as if her mom were shining down and also enjoying the stream.
There were many more wonderful entries. Take a peek at some of them in the gallery. And thanks to everyone who shared their vision of the Inn with us – it’s wonderful seeing your happy memories. Do know it’s an honor to be part of your life and your traditions. Thanks. And we look forward to you coming back to capture many more happy moments at The Woodstock Inn on the Millstream.
Summer to-do list 20 Jun 2016, 10:33 am
Summer may officially arrive at 6:34 p.m. on June 20, but summer inspiration has been evident throughout the Inn for weeks. The gardens are more delightful than ever and the weather is certainly cooperating. And this year the activities and attractions we’ve seen in the area are simply amazing. The greatest challenge is choosing what to do….
Maverick Concerts, nestled in the woods right outside of town is always a magical setting. The 101st season kicks off the weekend of June 26 and is a testimony to the venue’s commitment to inclusivity. There’s a children’s concert Saturday morning, an actors & writers program that night and Sunday afternoon the renown Escher String Quartet will perform. And that ‘s just the first weekend! The performances, (including a new focus on jazz) keep getting better through the season.
Theater is always a Woodstock fave. From the 21st season of Bird On A Cliff’s free outdoor Shakespeare performances (this season’s show is A Comedy of Errors) to the Woodstock Playhouse’s 2016 season (Guys and Dolls, Beauty and the Beast, Cherry’s Patch and Pippin) there’s plenty of quality entertainment to be found north of the Great White Way.
The music venues at Levon Helm’s Studio and also Bearsville Theater continue to woo amazing musicians with international reputations (many of them our Woodstock neighbors who love playing a fun-filled night with friends and families in the audiences.)
Hiking is one of our favorite activities year-round, but in summer the deep green trees and shady trails make it especially delightful.
But, to be truly honest, our favorite summer activity is found right here, at the ol’ millstream. Swimming, sitting, napping – it’s always better when it involves the Millstream. When the calming charm of the stream works its magic on you, well, there’s nothing quite like it and it makes us so appreciate the season.
The Devil’s Path 5.13-5.15 2016 22 May 2016, 4:43 pmLast weekend I traversed the entire Devil’s Path supposedly one of the most difficult trails on the east coast. We were to be 5 brave souls that weekend but a few folks bagged out due to the weather forecast and so just two of us ended up doing the 2night/3day backpacking trip led by Jeff Vincent of CatskillMountainWild.com. I highly, highly recommend Jeff! He’s so amazing …I’ll write a separate blog about him and his company!
I have a dream to thru hike the Appalachian Trail …. I concocted it a few years back. Last year during my annual visit to my cardio surgeon he advised me against taking on such an endeavor warning that if I dissected during my trip I’d never make it to the hospital in time. I later realized that if I dissected at home in Woodstock I also might not make the 40 min drive to Vassar Brothers. I decided then and there to not let this condition run my life. I decided to not sit home in fear of dying which I will admit I did for about a month. Good god I wouldn’t even walk across the parking lot at the Inn without clutching my heart!
Having fun as a visitor 18 May 2016, 11:46 am
Woodstock has always offered ‘authentic experiences’ long before authentic experiences were promoted by Madison Avenue. But it seems in 2016 there are more options than ever. We’re thrilled our friends and neighbors are determined to help you have the best experience possible. Some of our favorites include:
Hiking – Jeff Vincent of Catskill Mountain Wild is the go-to person for everything from a summer saunter to extreme challenges. Karen is still reeling in glee from her three-day backcountry experience on the appropriately names Devil’s Path. Jeff’s love of the Catskills is evident and contagious.
Biking – On road, off road, whatever you want to experience on two wheels, Overlook Mountain Bicycles right in town has the perfect offering. From toddling kids to the oldest kid at heart, they’ll get you all set up and offer great advice on the best places to ride. Heck, they even rent car carriers if you really want your riding experience to take you deep into the Catskills. This is down-home service with excellent equipment.
Kayaking – Whether you’re new to kayaking or want to explore the mighty Hudson River up close, the nearby Kenco Outfitters has a program for you. And in summer the City of Kingston offers Saturday paddles at Kingston Point.
Outdoor education – The Woodstock Land Conservancy offers wonderful events for people of all ages the first Saturday of the month. From paddling to hiking these guided tours are both informative and fun.
Wine and beer tours – The Hudson Valley is the heart of the local farm to table movement, especially when it comes to craft beverages. The Little Wine Bus offers custom guided tours – and does the driving! – for people wanting to venture into the area’s great wineries and breweries. From grape stomps to behind the scene tours with brewmasters, they know where the fun is.
Art tours – There’s a reason the Hudson River
School is synonymous with great and important painting. You can
discover the roots and inspiration for artists in so many places
right in Woodstock, as well as
Art Along the Hudson coordinates many open studio events, offering behind-the scene opportunity to see some of the country’s most talented artists live and work.
And of course, our very favorite place to explore, relax, swim or nap is the wonderful Millstream, right here, ready for our guests. Hope you’ll visit – and explore – soon.
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!
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.