The Space"Lost the smog, got my soul free, remembered that I am stardust, I am golden." This is how one recent guest described her stay at my cottage.
If you're looking to unwind, take a break, hatch a new idea, find inspiration, write a series of short poems or the outline for a novel, gaze up at a night sky covered with stars, go on an incredible hike, slumber the afternoon away, read without interruption, grill stuff picked up from the farm stand down the road, or sit on the chaise lounge of my deck as the stream runs past you and and just *be,* this is the place for you.
If you're seeking distractions, to see and be seen, hip restaurants and a bustling nightlife, or if the idea of a rural setting scares or bores you, this is probably *not* the place for you!
The cottage comes with high-speed internet and cable TV, though I urge their limited use. You're welcome to peruse my books, dip your toes in the stream, fill the house with music, pick some lettuce and tomatoes from my garden, walk the dirt road behind the cottage and survey the view from the hill it leads to, put the grill into play, and enjoy the outdoor fireplace and indoor wood stove as desired on chilly evenings. Guest AccessMy home is your home. You'll have access to everything I have access to!
Ground coffee will be waiting for you in the freezer, and a drip-coffee machine on the kitchen counter. Soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion and razors will be available to you in the bathroom, and extra towels are in the chest in the downstairs bedroom. Interaction with GuestsThough this is a newer offering, I'm the longtime host of a popular Airbnb listing in Brooklyn and make it my business to see that my guests are always well taken care of. You'll be no exception! While I'll likely be in Brooklyn or elsewhere during the period of your Catskills stay, I'll ensure a safe landing at--and entry to--the cottage, and will be promptly available by phone, text or email. I also have a growing network of friends and helpers local to Margaretville whom I can call on to assist, in the unlikely event that they're needed. The NeighborhoodWhat do I love about the Catskills? That it's not the Hamptons! That there's a modesty here. That there's a fragrance in the air on summer days. That the mist on our hills never fails to delight.
This places teaches me to listen. Getting AroundYou'll need a car to stay here. The cottage is a six minute drive from downtown Margaretville, making it easy to fetch a forgotten grocery item from the Freshtown supermarket (as well as a hard copy of The New York Times if that idea appeals to you as much as it does me). There's a Trailways bus stop just outside the Margaretville Motel on route 28, for any friends who might be traveling independently from NYC. Plenty of nearby hiking trails (there'll be a book waiting at the cottage for you on where to go). And, oh! The nearby towns. Andes, Roxbury and Bovina are my favorites. Other Things to NoteSome of what I love to see, do and eat:
Brushland Eating House in Bovina. My favorite place for a special dinner.
The honor farm stand that I stop at almost every day when I'm up at the cottage--highly recommend for newly hatched eggs, homemade jams, and fresh-picked cukes, beets, green beans, potatoes, etc. (To get there, take a left out of driveway and follow West Hubbell Hill Road to East Hubbell Hill Road. Continue on East Hubbell Hill Road until you reach Cape Horn Road. It's right there on the left. Five minute drive.)
The Round Barn farmers market. (If you're at the cottage on a Saturday, you must go.) On route 30 toward Roxbury. 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.
The secret waterfall on Cape Horn Road.
The multitude of nearby hiking trails. (Guides and books to these are at the cottage.)
The white fridge at Peabody's Pet Store on Route 28 that's filled with excellent local meat--for humans! (Believe it! Take a left at the corner of Route 28 and Arkville: Peabody's is down about three miles on the left.)
Do take a look at my Airbnb guidebook for other local recommendations.