The SpaceThis cottage from the 1920s is in excellent condition and you will fall in love with it. Very harmonious vibe creates a relaxing atmosphere. Just ask the numerous bald eagles, snowy egrets, great blue heron and other wildlife you'll enjoy while visiting. Although you are 5 minutes easy walk to the heart of our small town, the wooded backyard, park with playground next door, and 7-acre lake in front support total relaxation. There is an outdoor hot shower, wood stove and wood, washer and dryer plus laundry line, and beautiful gardens. Kitchen is a chef's space, fully functional and spacious. Shaded backyard picnic table knoll and fire pit both have lake views! Parking: Space for 3 vehicles in a line is located between my house and the Philmont Community Center, to the right as you look from the road. Why WiFi? There is none. Great cellular services, though! Guest AccessYou have it all! The cottage is yours, including new linens on the beds, plenty of luxurious towels, 12-cup coffee maker, wood stove and/or baseboard thermostat heat, laundry, and access to amazing locally-grown food at restaurants, farms, and markets. Arrive by Amtrak to Hudson Station, then take a $15 cab or the $1 bus on Mondays. Arrive by Metro North into Wassaic Station and figure your own 40-minute car ride. Bicycling is very doable with great routes outlined for you! Interaction with GuestsI will meet you on arrival. I can be reached as needed, otherwise enjoy your vacation. Next door neighbor is extremely resourceful and I'll be nearby. The NeighborhoodPhilmont village has incredible history and renaissance, based upon the former mill and textile operations powered by our awesome waterfall at the end of the lake in front of my house. When you step out onto the porch and in the garden, it's all lake all the time. Next door is the Philmont Community Center park and playground with a gazebo, barbecues, and a beach with benches- often empty. At the end of the lake (2-minute walk) is the grandest of the 13 former mills that brought notoriety and amazing architectural heritage to our village.
WALKABLE IN PHILMONT
On weekend mornings, enjoy the 5-minute walk to the center of the small-town action: Have your locally-roasted coffee and farm fresh egg sandwich at the Co-op cafe, which hosts our farmers market on Sunday mornings. Across the street from the co-op, Local 111 restaurant prepares and serves it's award-winning Columbia County farmer-to-chef fare at dinner nightly and Sunday brunch. There is also Gabriel's Pizza and Grill with a full bar, the art gallery associated with our town's Free Columbia Art School, and The Old Klaverack Brewery's Tap House which serves great meals. McNann's Variety Food has sandwiches, soup, some fresh foods and limited grocery. Cumberland Farms is a gas station with beer, wine and staples. Family Dollar is a store in an old mill. Also, walkable and not to be missed is the spectacular 250-foot waterfall at High Falls conservation area via a 30-minute walk through town and forest to the swimmable base of the waterfall.
BIKEABLE WITHIN 10 MILES
The Hawthorn Valley Farm/Store/Deli has the best and most local/organic provisions, via a 25-minute bike ride on a small country road with bike shoulder.
The Hudson-Chatham winery with tasting room- the view is really nice.
Art Omi seeks to foster an environment of creative exploration and exchange, professional opportunity and exposure, and a stylistically and culturally diverse community for creative artists from around the world.
The Bartlett House in next-town Ghent is also a National Historic Site and the best bakery, kitchen, and cafe which is housed in a historic railroad hotel.
Rodger's Book Barn is phenomenal and has old and unusual books.
The Won Dharma Meditation and Retreat Center is in our town.
Love Apple Farms is a fantastic experience, including a great farm market featuring local goods, a petting zoo, Mexican cuisine, and great vibes.
Hudson is about 45-minute bike or $15 cab ride with vibrant architecture, shopping, art, food, nightlife, and beautiful riverscape. My fave spots: Bonfiglio Bakery, Red Dot Bar Restaurant, Talbot and Arding Grocery, Half Moon bar, cocktails at Farmer and Sons or Crimson Sparrow, Club Helsinki for music, Basilica Hudson is a rad art and performance venue, and lots of Art throughout our city.
A SHORT DRIVE WITHIN 20 MILES
Taconic State Park is a real gem, including gorgeous Bash Bish Falls and swimming at the Ore Pit- a small but deep pond with excellent water quality.
The Harlem Valley Rail Trail is awesome and runs from Wassaic (Metro North) Station (trains from Grand Central Terminal) and goes to the Taconic State Park(just above).
Olana State Historic Site is fantastic National Historic Landmark.
In the beautiful Berkshires of Western Mass, there is Catamount for skiing and snowboarding which is on the way to lovely Great Barrington, Massachusetts (20 miles east).
Chatham is another wonderful town that is quickly on the heels of Hudson in terms of renaissance.
Albany is about 35 miles north.
Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health is 25 miles away.
NYC, via the Taconic Parkway (2 miles away), is 2 1/2 hours drive. I prefer Amtrak into Hudson, and either bike or cab home. Getting AroundAmtrak arrives all day and night from NY Pennsylvania Station(12 trains on Fridays). From there, hop on your bike or catch a cab for $15, or on Mondays there is a $1 bus. My house is in the village, with a few eateries, library, parks, a labyrinth, dollar store, and (not much) more. Bicycling is doable to Hawthorn Valley farm store, which is a large full-service local, organic farm, grocer and deli. Use kayak or row boat to discover astounding beauty in front of my house, and paddle up to The Vanderbilt House for a meal! Other Things to NoteI live here and have owned the house since 2008. Just me. Now, I'm making income as I enjoy living here. I'm an organic farmer, grew up in Dana Point, CA, born in 1975. Came to Philmont for the farming, deeply enjoy the community. My target guest is someone I'd enjoy knowing.