Sunday, January 25, 2009

Online Availability Checker

You can now check the availability of our rooms online and make secure reservations.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

It's cold out there.........

Today it was between 5 and 16 degrees Fahrenheit, or about -15 and -9 degrees Centigrade/Celsius. Last year there was hardly any snow, this year we've had our drives snow-plowed about 6 times already! There's about a foot out there right now. We often go to the Shawangunks, where friends are actually cross-country skiing to visit each other - the snow's been just right for laying new tracks.

As we're right next to a rail trail that leads to High Falls, we're thinking of getting our own skis and doing the same. High Falls (about 15-20 minutes by road) is a great place to go eat, and has a surprising wealth of furniture, antique, culinary and gift shops, perhaps partly due to its proximity to the Mohonk Mountain House. Many guests at that famous hotel come down the mountain to shop and eat there. Here are some good photos of the Shawangunks taken in warmer weather: .

Friday, January 2, 2009

Cooking and friends

The holidays are coming to an end, but the Christmas cake may stay awhile for us to look at a little longer.....English Christmas Cake's are rich fruit cakes that keep well, wrapped in marzipan and royal icing. I love being creative in the kitchen, and sometimes wish I had more time for of my dreams is to eventually restore the beehive oven and bake artisan bread in it, but that's not going to happen anytime soon!
Tecia Poulas found us this house, and continues to be the most amazing resource for us. Apart from anything else, she's an excellent cook and we often swap recipes. I'd recommend the book she found us on breakfast menus, but perhaps that should be a trade secret. What more can you say about a realtor that leaves hot buttermilk pancakes and champagne on your doorstep on Christmas morning? Here she is holding up another book she found us recently on the history of these houses.
Our new business venture in this house has been blessed with the enthusiastic help of many people, but Tecia stands out for her resourcefulness, exertion and genuine joy at what's possible when you try. or