The SpaceBuilt in 1893, our beautiful Victorian house has plenty of character and historic charm, but it's not quite your typical B&B. No curfews or tiptoeing around antiques here - our guests often comment on feeling immediately comfortable when they walk in the door, and we love it when repeat guests see it as their home-away-from-home. The first floor has two guests rooms as well as the common kitchen, dining room, living room, and parlor - chat with other guests by the fire, enjoy some takeout dinner at the table, or find a quiet spot to yourself to enjoy a good book and a glass of wine. There's even a projector and screen (with microwave popcorn at the ready) for serious movie nights! Upstairs on the second floor there are four guest rooms with shared bathrooms, and then the entire third floor is our suite. Guest AccessYou'll have your own private Suite with two bedrooms (one King bed, two twins), a private bathroom with whirlpool tub and shower, and a sitting room with beautiful mountain views. As you walk into the Suite, the smaller bedroom is to the right and has a curtain for privacy. To the left is the bathroom, then the master bedroom (with a regular door), and off of that is the sitting room. You'll also be able to enjoy the common areas on the first floor - kitchen, dining room, living room, parlor, porches, and our beautiful 5-acre property as you like whenever you like (within reason, just as long as other guests aren't bothered especially late at night or early in the morning) Interaction with GuestsWe are nearly always 2 minutes away if you should need anything, and always reachable by phone. We (or one of our awesome assistants) will be at the Lodge every morning at breakfast, and then several times throughout the day as we assist guests checking out and in, get rooms ready, and do other tasks around the house. In an effort to give our guests the space, comfort and privacy they come to the mountains to find, we try to never "hover" but are reachable 24-hours a day and always more than happy to help guests with anything they need.
Cell service in the area is limited (there are towers nearby, but the beautiful mountains get in the way!). There is a regular phone in the dining room that guests are welcome to use, as well as wifi throughout the building. The NeighborhoodWe are in a hamlet (essentially a neighborhood) called Hensonville in the town of Windham, NY, on the mountaintop and on the edge of the Catskill Park. In easy walking distance you'll find three excellent dinner spots (including a brewery and an awesome bar that stays open late) and a lunch cafe, post office, and fitness center. About a mile down the road is a small cluster of shops and restaurants (including a cafe, pharmacy, and gas station/convenience store), as well as one of the entrances to Windham Path, a beautiful 2-mile loop for your morning run or pre-dinner stroll. A short 4-5 minute drive away is downtown Windham, where there are well over a dozen restaurants, an amazing wine bar and another great brewery, a handful of cute shops, and all the basics - banks, a movie theater, laundromat, deli/market, hardware store, etc. Just a few minutes farther down the road you'll find Windham Vineyard & Winery, one of our guests' most favorite spots to visit to pick up a bottle of wine or sit for a (very generous and delicious!) tasting. The Lodge is convenient to the area's best hiking/biking, skiing, horseback riding, zip lining, and many more outdoor adventures, as well as historic sites, culture, and fun towns to explore. Kaaterskill Falls, North-South Lake, Acra Point/Windham High Peak Trails, Tannersville, Olana, Hudson, and Woodstock are just a handful of our guests' favorite spots to visit in the area. We have an extensive collection of area maps and guides and are always happy to provide recommendations! Getting AroundIf you're planning a packed sightseeing adventure, we highly recommend having a car (either bring your own or take metro north outside NYC to find a cheap rental or zipcar). There's so much to see & do and some sites are spread out a bit on quiet country roads, so frequent taxi rides would start to add up.
But if you're looking for a more quiet, relaxed getaway (sleeping in, enjoying hammock time or a stroll through town, maybe a nice night out or a dip in the hot tub under the stars), it's definitely possible to come without a car. You can take the Adirondack Trailways bus from NYC to the Hensonville stop just a few blocks from us, and then make use of local taxis if you do want to go exploring.
Or for the more adventurous and athletic, there is a bike rental shop just a mile down the road and that can be a great way to tour the area as well! Other Things to NoteWe love our beautiful Catskill Mountains and are working to reduce our environmental impact. We feature local and organic ingredients in our scratch-made breakfasts, offer natural toiletries in multi-use containers, and recycled paper products and all-natural laundry and cleaning products. Most of our guests on short stays prefer to reuse their towels and linens, and greatly value their privacy and peace and quiet. So you can sleep in without worrying about a sudden visit from housekeeping - but if you need fresh towels, extra toiletries, or anything else during your stay we're always just a phone call away! For guests on extended stays, we will make arrangements to replace towels and sheets periodically when it's convenient for you.