Woodstock Inn on the Millstream
Spring into the great outdoors in March, then enjoy the indoors 6 Mar 2017, 5:25 pm
Things are pretty crazy lately
– from Woodstock to Washington change is on our mind. But the
beautiful changes March brings to our community are so wonderful,
we’re eagerly embracing them. In fact, here are a few of the best
things about March in Woodstock.
– There is warm weather! And then there is cool weather! And then there is warm weather again! The only constant is change.
– There’s still snow at the ski resorts, but not on the village’s sidewalks.
– Everyone is coming out of hibernation and are ready to talk, visit and chat.
– The crocuses really do emerge – a visual testimony to the power of Mother Nature.
Traveling in March can present some challenges, but also opportunities. If your agenda includes cross country skiing on Saturday, but you wake up to temperatures in the mid 60s? Switch it up and go for a hike instead. Flexibility is such a great gift when traveling. It seems people who really enjoy their vacations are the ones who embrace moments when they arise, rather than sticking to rigid schedules. We see that all the time, as folks spend hours by the stream, entranced by nature’s mesmerizing beauty. (And its refreshing coolness in summer, which will be here before we know it!)
So enjoy the chance to slow down a bit – really get to visit with neighbors and friends. And enjoy the uncertainty of the March’s weather: snow arriving and disappearing converts the grounds into an ever-changing landscape, while the sun shining in the breakfast room recharges the soul. It takes a lot of effort to appreciate moments, rather than be disgruntled should plans need to change. But this month of transition offers so many ways to discover interesting and rewarding activities in Woodstock, you really should come on up and enjoy. And if you’re ever at a loss for activities, always feel free to reach out to Karen or Angela. They have the inside scoop of what’s happening near the Inn and love to share with folks.
Flying… 3 Feb 2017, 2:07 pm
Last night I had a dream…in it I was walking around a city in the midst of much chaos. Looking around me I made the decision that I could not participate in the fighting …and so I started to flap wings which suddenly appeared where my arms had been. As I took off…people started to look up in astonishment and yell to me…”how are you doing that?? where are you going?” I soared higher and higher …as I passed through what seemed like layers and layers of stratospheres…I became lighter and lighter and more at peace. I thought to myself …am I dying? I never really got the answer to my question. I awoke for the first time in a long time with a sense of peace. We are at an amazing yet frightening time in the history of this nation. I do not pretend to know even one millionth of a fraction of what the hell is going on…but my dream has helped to refocus my energy towards solutions rather than obsessing on the problems or worse yet…adding to them.
The solution for me is to NOT give energy to hate…no matter the source. The solution for me is to engage in heartfelt, open discussions with those who are prepared to do the same. The solution for me is to drop my need to be RIGHT so that I can have those discussions. And finally to pray each and every day to a power greater than ourselves to guide this nation through these troubled times so that the phoenix will rise.
May peace and love guide us all…
February in Woodstock is filled with love and fun 2 Feb 2017, 11:59 am
It’s funny, but the slowest
months are sometimes the best. Yes, in the height of summer, when
we’re fully booked and folks are swimming in the stream and the
gardens are abloom, it is fun.
But this time of year it’s so nice to slow down a bit and really get to visit with neighbors and friends. This month devoted to love is especially welcome right now with all the recent craziness in the world and in our country. It’s special to just have unrushed time with loved ones, or even alone. Nothing like going for a hike, appreciating expansive views and the beauty found in a sparse winter landscape to put things in perspective.
At the Inn we’re so lucky to have close, constant encounters with nature. There are birds battling elements, the snow arriving and disappearing converts the grounds into an ever-changing landscape, while the sun shining in the breakfast room recharges the soul (or maybe that’s the second cup of fresh coffee taking effect?) It takes a lot of effort to appreciate moments and February offers that opportunity in many ways in Woodstock.
Upstate Films continues to offer interesting movies and The Barn at Levon Helm’s has wonderful concerts every weekend this month! What an amazing venue and so proud of all those who are keeping the music going. Over at New World Home Cooking chef Rice Orlando is again preparing his annual “Safe Sex Valentine’s Dinner” which is always a fun, event-filled meal and of course, at the Inn we’re thrilled to be featuring our recently renovated Room 15 as Room of the Month for February. With its mantled, electric fireplace as the centerpiece this is the perfect sanctuary for winter.
The windows, dining area and private porch overlook the stream, the bath is luxurious with a shower and separate jetted tub. And the bed, with its cozy quilts, is so comfortable that getting out of it may be the most difficult hurdle you face when staying here. (As Room of the Month a 2-night stay in February includes a $100 gift certificate good for any return visit.)
We do like keeping it simple here, no matter the season. But there’s limited time to appreciate these snowy, and kind-of-slow, beautiful days in this shortest month, so let’s enjoy them while we can.
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.