The SpaceBungalow in the Catskills. One of 7 on the common property. Light, air. Near Gunks Rockclimbing, Cross country skiing, hiking, Lake Minnewaska, Lake Awosting, Lake Mohonk all within 10 miles. Come experience the subtle and unseen treasures of the Catskills in your own space.
Bathroom with tub/shower, sleeping porch can accommodate an extra 2 persons on a pull out futon. Microwave. Easy parking. Guest AccessWelcome to 708 Granite Road,
Kerhonkson New York
Address – 708 Granite Road (see above)
Phone numbers:(in case you lost or need help) :
The house does not have a phone hook up.
Adam Cell ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN);
Louise’s Cell ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN);
Adam’s Office ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
If you can not reach us above, we have a friend at Friendly Acres who may be able to assist you in an emergency. Please do try us first, however.
Bibi Farb(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
General House Rules/Info:
There’s no smoking in the house whatsoever.
There is no smoking, bbq’ing or use of any open fires on the deck whatsoever.
Shoes off in the house on carpeted areas, non carpeted areas they may remain on.
Alcohol in the refrigerator is off limits to our guests. [However feel free to purchase and use your own]
The property is a communal housing association. Please enjoy yourselves but please respect our neighbors in terms of noise.
You may use the BBQ [and charcoal that we have]. We ask that you keep it at least 5’ from the edge of the house and preferably on the stone walkway. When finished, please empty embers after they have been extinguished in our compost pale. Return the BBQ to its place on the inside of the front entry screened in porch.
Please strip all used sheets and linens and leave in a central pile upon your departure.
When closing up, lock the front door and please leave the house key in the bbq atop the lower grill located in the front screened in porch.
The front closet in the entrance screened in porch is off limits.
Take care to lock all exterior windows and doors when leaving.
Set thermostat set to 45 degrees and turn off the propane tank. These are not requirements but we do ask to be mindful of our resources.
This is a country cottage so please understand that on occasion we share our home with other manner of creatures. Some times 4 legged [mice] some times 8 legged. [occasionally we find spiders about] We make as much effort as possible to allow them to find a home elsewhere. Please try to work with us with a few rules.
-Keep any open foods in the refrigerator.
-Anything that our four legged friends can not open can be left out in the cupboards or counters.
-At the end of your stay, please remove, throw away or otherwise take away with you any food that is out in the open OR can spoil.
Maps of area:
In general, the only real method of transportation to and from our place is by personal vehicle. There are ways of course, but they usually involve a long taxi ride from somewhere. Perhaps as a way of having guests of our guests drop off direct at our cottage.
The nearest train station is the Metronorth Hudson Line. This will stop in Poekeepsie. One would then have to take a taxi from there to our place which is about 30 miles away.
The closest station is the Adirondack Trailways station in the center of New Paltz. Located off of route 299 about 1 ½ miles west of the Thruway turnoff it is on the right. There is frequent service to and from New York City Port Authority Bus station as well as continuing on further north to Towns of Rosendale and further afield to Kingston. There is a Taxi Station located here.
Private for hire taxi’s are available. They must be called. Please refer to the internet for local guides and services. In addition there is a Taxi Stand located at the Adirondack Trailway station in the center of New Paltz off of Route 299.
We have two rooms. One is a queen sized double bed.
The other room has twin bunkbeds.
In addition we have a futon that is also queen sized. This futon can be left in the second bedroom or moved out into the screened in porch as per the guests request.
In addition we have a blow up air mattress for any extra guests that we may have to accommodate.
We have a full sized refrigerator/freezer
A note of caution. The freezer tends to open up automatically if you close the lower door too quickly. Many a nice piece of meat has been ruined by this inadverdent slip. Please make sure to keep freezer closed especially when you depart.
We have an old school vintage oven.
How to light a gas stove manually
You can still manually light nearly every modern gas stove with a match or lighter, even if the igniter is broken. Butane lighters are safer and will work better than typical cigarette lighters. We have left you a long handled butane lighter. Please take care and mindful if you have never done this before. If you begin smelling gas, turn the handle to the off position let the gas dissipate and try again in a few seconds.
•Turn gas on medium.
•Turn on flame on Butane lighter. Hold very close to the ring along the of the burner.
•Wait for full ignition. This should happen within about 3 seconds, and the burner should quickly light all the way around in a neat little ring-closing pattern. If this doesn’t occur as noted, turn knob off and try again in a few seconds as noted above.
If in the rare case we have depleted the propane [we are on automatic delivery so this has not occurred to date] please contact us and we will arrange for a quick delivery the following day.
For the oven:
Similar to lighting the stove top hubs, however a little trick: We have found that it is much more effective to get down on the ground and light the oven burners directly from the broiler pan then from the ‘pilot hole’ found in the oven itself at the base. Mostly because it is a direct connection to the gas. It’s a bit more tricky on the body, but safer and more direct.
We also have a toaster oven, microwave and a coffee machine for your use and convenience.
Our cutlery is on the movable island in the top drawers.
Below you will find pots and pans. In addition you will find pots and skillets on the left side of the oven.
We don’t have a stereo system. We do have bookcase speakers that we use to tap into with any manner of ones normal and ubiquitous computer devices, i-whatevers..
We have an oddball bathroom as you quickly have come to realize. [this is the result of the fact that at one point, this cottage was actually 2 bungalows split down the middle. Each side had a modest bathroom.] One side is just the tub/shower the other the sink and bowl. But, they function just like any other bathroom. Take care on the bowl side and you may find the need to use the plunger for more difficult problems.
There should be spare paper goods in the metal cabinet as you enter the sink area.
We recycle and Compost here. The metal tin is for any and all compostable materials. The composter is along the southern portion of the drive and should be dumped in at the end of your stay. Please keep the cover closed on the metal pale while in use to reduce odors and enticement to other potential creatures. Note: Vegetable matter, egg shells can go in the galvanized bucket. No dairy or meat items--they attract bears, raccoons and others.
We also have general mixed trash which, upon your departure should deposit into the large metal waste container at the end of the drive near the southern Granite Road entrance.
Finally we have paper and cardboard as well as metal and glass bins.
Please sort as much as you can. We do.
We do not have a laundry on premisis. If you find that you require laundry services there is a well equipped Laundry located about a mile north on Route 209, just north of the 44/55 intersection. It is in the same shopping center as Stewarts as a landmark. It is a Coin operation place but they will do laundry for you upon request.
Please feel free to partake of any of the Teas and coffee we have in the house. [we keep the coffee in the freezer]. We should have some dry cereal, pancake and waffle mix. These are for you to enjoy. Because we are not always available to set you up directly we do not leave milk or other food items that can go bad. We do ask that you purchase any milk or other foods that you may enjoy.
If your going to eat out we have a list of some of our favorite places in the area.
We have listed a few of our favorites below. In addition, please note that in the left drawer on the lower cabinets you will find a series of menus, business cards from local restaurants that also offer delivery options and take out options.
We are sorry but we do not carry wifi. [As part of our anti-technology bent.]
And following up on that, we do not have Cable TV or regular TV.
May we suggest a walk in the woods as a substitute?
If we are not available to retrieve keys from you upon your departure we would ask that you simply open the BBQ on the front porch and put the keys under the ‘shelf’ left in the BBQ on top of the lower grill.
If you can, on the way out, please try to lock the screen door by sliding the bolt across from one of the sliding windows. If this proves too difficult, no problem, just make sure that the inner main door is locked upon your departure.
In terms of the communal property, as noted we are a very special group of people who come from different backgrounds but we all have chosen to share this space together. We ask you to enjoy our spaces as we do, but be respectful of our neighbors. Specifically in terms of noise and cleanliness. That said, we have a folding table located behind the BBQ on the front screened in porch. Please feel free to use it. There are folding chairs that you can take outside. Have a picnic on the lawn.
Have a picnic under our new community built pergola.
Play Frisbee, build a snowman. Meet the neighbors and say hi.
We have a common garden, but unless you are taken in by another community member, we ask that you refrain from entering.
This will also apply to the common recreation room/barn that we have on the rear of the property.
You can take a nice walk through the woods around the property. There is a loose trail that is sort of obvious [but don’t get lost!] that will take you down to the stream that runs parallel and along the south of the property.
There are spots around the common property that you may use and enjoy. Sit out, take in some sun. We also have common chairs and tables that are shuttled around the property. Feel free to use them if they are not being used.
Things to See, and
Oh, the Places You’ll go:
Running: I am an avid long distance runner and have found great enjoyment taking long runs around the area. The problem from running right out of the property is that it usually leads you to a steep climb south or a steep drop to the north. Either way, not a great way to begin or end a run. So, best advice is to get in a car and head over to one of the spots noted below.
I’ve left you maps of the Mohonk Preserve, located in the left drawer of the lower cabinets. The Spring Farm area has great running trails. My “standard” 5 mile run is the Orange line on the map. Anther classic flat run is either the Walkill Rail Trail which runs from Gardiner NY and runs north through New Paltz and continues on to Rosendale [and some have said as far north as Kingston.] Call me if you want some other runs to follow. The entry fee for the Preserve is a steep $12 per person. If you arrive there before 8a, the ranger taking the fees usually isn’t there yet, so you won’t have to pay. If you’re going to be doing other things on the Preserve that day, you’ll need a pass anyway, so buy one, and run whenever you want.
Hiking: The maps show plenty of hiking options at the nearby Mohonk Preserve. Minnewaska State Park, a little further away ($8/car load) has a beautiful lake surrounded by white, 100’ cliffs.
There is also Swimming at Lake Minnewaska, though there is a warning about leeches in the shallow water. This has meant very small crowds at the park and swimming area. I’ve been there a few times in the past few weeks, and haven’t gotten anything on me, so I think it’s a blessing in disguise. You can also swim at Lake Awosting (leech-free), but it’s a 40 minute hike from the parking area. The Split Rock swimming area at the Mohonk Preserve is awesome. But it’s a lot to pay for a day pass just to swim. If you buy a day pass for hiking, then definitely head here for a dip. It’s at the Coxing Parking lot.
Food Markets: The High Falls Food Coop is closest, located at the corner of Rt 213 and Lucas Turnpike. It’s the neighborhood health food store with excellent local produce. You don’t need to be a member to shop there. They are open until 7p each night except for Sunday (til 6p). There is a supermarket called Emanuel's on Rt 209 in Stone Ridge. On Rt 209 on the way to Kingston there’s a “regular” (non-organic) farm: Davenport’s (in Stone Ridge). Also on 209, a little further towards Kingston is the Hudson Valley Farm Hub which also has fresh veggies straight from the field. On Saturday mornings (10a - 2p) there’s a fun Kingston Farmers Market on Wall Street. If you go, have brunch at Outdated Cafe. Of course to fill up on the normal stuff, theres always the Shop and Stop right off the Thruway in New Paltz off of Route 299 and I believe its located in whats known as the Shop and Stop center. There also is a very good Health and Organic market that opened up recently near the Shop and Stop. For good meats, you could stop at Jacks Deli in the heart of New Paltz on Main Street [route 299] which is a good place to pick up provisions on the way in as well as decent meat selections that are grass fed or organic.
Close to High Falls direction are The Country Inn ($$) (in Krumville, about 20 min), and The Mountain Brauhaus ($-$$) (Gardiner, 20 min). Both have an excellent assortment of beers on tap.
I personally feel that The Mountain Brauhaus is one of the best restaurants on planet earth, and I have no stock in the company, but I have been a regular there for 30 years or so. To give you a taste of what to expect, all I need to say is that the men wear Laderhosen and the woman are dressed in costume, but there is not a trace of irony to it. [and they have a kids menu for $5 which is the deal of the century.
One of our standing favorites for Breakfast or Lunch is Café Mio, located in central Gardiner. This place, now about 3 years old, has been putting out tasty, creative, well priced breakfast and lunchs consistently. It’s a treat that we like to indulge often when we are in the area. My kids break out into a ‘Café Mio’ harmony whenever the question comes up as to where to have breakfast.
Closer to home off of Route 209, just north of the 44/55 and 209 intersection is a new diner called the Kerhonkson Diner which replaced the longstanding Berringers diner. We have not tried it yet but considering that its about 2 miles away it’s the closest choice for food.
There’s also The Roost ($$) on Rt. 209 in Stone Ridge (about a 5 minute drive). They are a small diner operation with “clean” ingredients. I liked it. Just down the street here in High Falls, Kitchenette ($$) opened about 3 months ago. A good place to walk to in the evening for dessert, perhaps, but review have been uneven.
The Tea Room ($$) in New Paltz has excellent food. Though the service can be on the slower side, they have great baked goods (pick up a dessert there if you’re dining in)--it’s a great breakfast spot, too. Also in New Paltz is Rock & Rye ($$$) on Huguenot Street. It’s an off the beaten track tavern with great, locally sourced food, and great cocktails. Also vying for my top cocktail/restaurant joint is The Huguenot ($$$) on Main Street in New Paltz. They make the best Gin & Tonic I’ve tasted, and have an excellent burger, but the place tends to be on the salty side. The same folks also own A Tavola ($$$) which is a bit more crowded. My friends all love it. You can use the computer in the kitchen for looking up directions and whatnot.
If you head up to Kingston, there’s Outdated Cafe ($$), for lunch/coffee where everything is made on premises. Elephant ($$$) is a cool Tapas restaurant with good wine and local beers. We usually split 5 dishes between two people. For cocktails in Kingston, check out the Stockade ($$) on Fair Street--a new, old-school saloon.
Across the river in Rhinebeck (a 35 minute drive) is Upstate Films, a sweet, small, independent theater. Terrapin ($$$) & Gigi ($$$) are the restaurants in town I like, with Gigi having the edge. My overall favorite is a little further afield--Mercato ($$$) in Red Hook, but not sure how much driving you want to do.
For coffee, there is The Last Bite, just down the street in High Falls (but I rather see you go almost anywhere else). In New Paltz, the coffee for locals is found at The Mudd Puddle, located in the Water Street Market. And of course there is a Starbucks in New Paltz.
Anything else, just give a ring or text.
Bonticou Crag (2 hours, round trip)
This is the hilltop you see in the distance out the back yard. It’s at the closest hiking area, about 5 minutes away, and offers a really nice view of the Valley, the Catskills, and is the last place to get crowded. From the Spring Farm parking area, take the Crag Trail uphill until you reach a 5-way intersection at a pond. Bear right onto Bonticou carriage road, until you see an imposing talus field on your left. There are 2 ways up--the “Ascent” trail is a scramble thru the talus field with a somewhat technical 10 ft section at the top (yellow blazes). If you’re in reasonably good shape, you can handle it. If heights and challenging yourself are not your thing, there’s a trail up the back side of the hill (blue blazes) that starts just off to your left where the Ascent trail begins.
Gertrudes Nose/Millbrook Mountain (4 hours, round trip)
This hike begins in Minnewaska State Park (about a 15 minute drive down the scenic, but twisty Clove Road). Park at the lot at the top of the mountain (avoid the “lower” lot). There are two paths you can take. One is a craggy direct trail with lots of elevation gain and loss, and the other is a more indirect Carriage Road. Have a study of the map and see how far you want to go. Taking in both Millbrook and the Nose is a long day. If you go to Minnewaska, make sure to get a look at Awosting Falls. It’s about a 2 minute walk from the entrance to the Park, but there’s no parking right there. Either park in the lower lot, or have someone wait with the car on the Road.
Hamilton Point (4 hours, round trip)
Also in Minnewaska State Park is this Carriage Road hike along the edge of the ridge line. I bike it mostly, and you’re free to use the bikes here if you have a means of transporting them. You must wear a helmet in the park. You can also continue on to Lake Awosting from Hamilton Point, or return via Castle Point. Beautiful views to the east all along this hike. Stop at the Brauhaus on your way back from any Minnewaska hike for a well deserved draft. Extremely crowded after 4pm.
Whole Sky Yoga
Just down the street in High Falls. They’re new, and a dear friend of mine, Mr. Evan Marks teaches a weekday class there. Nice space and the teachers are experienced. You can check the schedule online.
We hope you’ve enjoyed your time with us. We love to hear your finds and treasures and we would be happy to include them in future Welcome guides for our future intrepid travelors.
Please also leave us a review on Airbnb. We, of course, hope your experience has been positive but we do care about our guests and if you believe that we can do things to make your time better, let us know.
Until Next time.
Luke and Cayla and Brownie
Interaction with GuestsLittle interaction expected The NeighborhoodThis is a community.
We all come from divergent backgrounds, economic, social, religious and sexual. We are a very liberal bunch who believe in community and the benefits that different people can bring.
We began with all of us not really knowing each other and have found that we have all come together and [mostly] have found common ground.
Some of my happiest moments are grand communal Saturday night BBQ's on the lawn with my neighbors. My children, I am proud to say, will grow up with this attitude being the norm, not the exception.. but hey, what do i know, Im a Liberal New York West Village Jew who married an Asian woman.. So Im biased to begin with.
Our community aside,
This is one of the prettiest places in New York State that is off the beaten Track. We are minutes away from some of the WORLDS best climbing. A State Park, and wonderful hikes. The Colleges keep the local towns fresh and vibrant. There is surprisingly good food, some unpretentious and done right, some pretentious and done wrong.. but there is always something to enjoy and explore around here. Oh, and before I forget. Go for a hike and do The Lemon Squeeze. [I have been coming here for decades and only did it for the first time last summer and was thrilled that I could take my 9 y.o. on it... ]
What more could i say. You will be back once you try it once... Getting AroundNothing convenient regarding public transportation alas.
Bring your bikes and your car... sorry, its one of the reasons we bought into this place in the first place...