Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching and the forecast calls for sunny weather!!!!! This is a perfect time to kick off the summer with a weekend here at Catskill Maison Bed and Breakfast. Its a great time to hike Kaaterskill Falls or have a Picnic made by us while you take in the great mountain views. The Bed and Breakfast is open for the summer season and we look forward to having you stay with us.
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3 Course Prix Fixe Meal for 2 $50
September 13th, 2012 by moffett
Fall is fast approching here at Catskill Maison Bed and Breakfast. I think this will be a great year for leaf peeping! We weren’t overloaded with rain like last year (no thanks to Hurricane Irene) but in August we’ve had a good balance of rain and sun and heat and so far this month we’ve had warm sunny days and cool nights! A perfect recipe for a great Catskills foliage season. People in the NYC tristate area are often mistaken and think that the best foliage is in the end of October and early November because that’s the best foliage time in the city, but in the Catskills we are a month ahead (or unfortunatly for us in the Spring we are a month behind)…therefore great foliage begins the last weekend of September and goes for about 4-5 weeks until just before the end of October. The last weekend of September through the first 3 weekends of October are a special time up here. We have the Autumn A Fair in Windham and festivals every weekend at Hunter Mountain and there’s apple picking and pumpkin picking and delicious cider and cider donuts. The farmers markets are in full harvest mode and the days are crisp and clear. This might be the best time of year up here!
May 8th, 2012 by moffett
Well I sure hope so! There is nothing as sweet and tasty as a fresh farm strawberry. Farm strawberries are generally slightly smaller than the ones that are in the grocery store, they are also red all the way through as you can see in the photo of the strawberries I cut this morning (ever notice that when you cut into a store strawberry the inside is white and the berry is tart?). Farm strawberries actually smell like the artificial strawberry smell in candy! I’m crazy about them, and really will only eat them when in season because the ones imported from California out of season don’t begin to compare. I learned something last year when I went to San Francisco in April, California farm strawberries aren’t that much bigger than ours, so I have no idea how they are cross germinating to get those huge tasteless ones that Godiva and Stew Leonards dip in chocolate. The family just got back from our annual trip to South Carolina to visit relatives and I’ve eaten 5 quarts of Charleston strawberries in the last 10 days. According to the farmers at the Charleston Farmers Market and at Boone Hill Farm store they are at the end of the strawberry season in Charleston, which is very early (usually the season doesn’t really get into swing until the second week of April). One lady exclaimed that strawberries were available locally since January! Like New York, South Carolina had an extremely warm winter so their growing season is in full swing (yes I’ve already had summer corn last week!). For those of you who venture to the NYC Greenmarkets (which I frequent until Catskill Maison Bed and Breakfast is open for business next weekend and I can get them from Bohringer Farm or Eger Bros Farm), you will see that local lettuce has been available since the last weekend of March and asparagus has been available for the past 3 weeks! I would anticipate that strawberries are not far behind. I’m so excited about strawberry season, for us in the Northeast it’s usually in season from about Memorial Day (on a good year) until 4th of July and then back again in early September. It will be interesting to see if they are available this weekend at the market or if the recent cool weather has slowed the season a bit. Regardless, I will hedge a bet that we will be able to serve strawberry french toast to guests this Memorial Day weekend!!!!
March 12th, 2012 by moffett
This was the winter that wasn’t here in Windham. For the first time in a very long time we had minimal snow which led to a disappointing ski season but with the early warmth we are optimistic about this being an absolutely beautiful summer. So now it’s time to look forward to days of hiking and picnics and concerts! We’ve got you covered here at Catskill Maison. Our summer specials are up and running so it’s a great time to book your weekend getaway!
October 3rd, 2011 by moffett
This past weekend we officially reopened our Bed and Breakfast Catskill Maison after a month of watching Windham rebuild from the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. I’m pleased to report that Windham is open for business, all restaurants (with the exception of Brie and Bordeaux) and most other businesses are open for business!!!! On the other hand the farms that we work so closely with in order to provide that local 3 course breakfast that our guests love didn’t fare well at all due to the storm. Bohringer Farm where we get the majority of our fruit has been damaged to the point where they will not be open for the rest of the year. RSK Farm in Prattsville where we get almost all of our vegetables including our incredible, melt in your mouth Carola potatoes has been very severely damaged. They are selling what they harvested before the storm at their farm-stand on weekends but have nothing to sustain themselves going forward. The product that comes out of RSK farms is extremely special. Please see my past blog posts that discuss their potatoes, corn, and farmstand quality heirloom tomatoes and greenbeans . Bob and Sandy, the owners are not only our purveyors they are our friends and their farm has sustained hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage! The farm is their livelihood, they cannot survive without it and we depend HEAVILY on what they grow on their farm. I know that there are people who are skeptical about donating to relief funds because due to the bureaucracy who knows if the farmers who need the money actually receive anything, however there is a fund set up to specifically help Bob and Sandy save and rebuild their farm. We at Catskill Maison B&B are asking our friends, customers, and neighbors to please donate a little something to help restore RSK farm. Please click onto this RSK FARM link to read about what has happened to RSK and to make a donation and please pass this information along to anyone who you know who wants to help in the relief effort for upstate New York for Hurricane Irene in a very personal way!
September 14th, 2011 by moffett
We went to the Bed and Breakfast this weekend for an initial assessment of conditions on our property and Windham in general. First of all, with regards to our property…with the exception of an electrical malfunction with our well (to be fixed tomorrow I hope) and slight water damage to our driveway (cars can still enter and exit with no problem)…we have suffered no other damage due to the storm and we plan to be open for business this Friday the 16th of September as scheduled.
The town of Windham endured major damage along Main Street, but I am happy to report that recovery efforts are coming along very well! The road is now fine and completely open for travel, all roads in Windham are actually open for car/truck traffic now which is great! You can still see the force of the Batavia Kill as it has left creek damage and some tree damage alongside the creek on Main Street.
Many of the businesses which were affected will be open for business shortly or are already open for business now, which will allow us to have a great foliage season after all! I’m listing information here of restaurants/cafes/stores below:
Alpine Village (including Chalet Fondue, the Mobil and Windham Mountain Outfitters), Vesuvio’s Restaurant, Rockin Mexicana, the Windham Winery, Daly’s Coffee Shop, Toderos Deli/Salumeria, Post Office, Valero convenience store/gas station, Windham Hardware Store, Christmans Golf Course and Chicken Run are all currently open.
GNH Lumber plans to open on the 19th of September
The Brewery and Catskill Mountain Country Store plan to open on September 24th
Bistro Brie and Bordeaux hopes to be open by the beginning of October
I will get information on Messina’s restaurant as well as Mill Rock ASAP.
Another update will follow as warranted
September 6th, 2011 by moffett
Thank goodness for good weather! Windham was blessed with 8 consecutive days of weather without rain so headway was made in the clean up effort post Hurricane Irene. State Rt 23 is now open all the way through the town of Ashland so Main Street is now completely accessible by car. GNH Lumber which was hit very hard by the storm plans to reopen on September 19th. To that end we at Catskill Maison B&B plan to reopen on Friday the 16th of September. All businesses on Rt 296 in Windam and on Goshen in Hensonville are open, and I should have an update as to which busiensses on Main Street/Rt 23 are open by this weekend. Though Main Street in particular was damaged by 3-5 feet of flood water almost all businesses will be able to fully recover. Additionally Hunter and Tannersville are recovering nicely, and the towns down the mountain are pretty much back to “pre Irene” conditions.
Prattsville, is in a different situation altogether. I have not been to Prattsville as of yet, but in speaking to those who got a view first hand, it’s a disaster. Nothing in downtown Prattsville seems to be recoverable, people have completely lost their homes and businesses. For those who wish to donate to the Greene County disaster fund and to Prattsville specifically this is the link to Greene Cty Government . More information to come!
August 31st, 2011 by moffett
I just wanted to give a short update on conditions in Windham…The power was restored to our Bed and Breakfast around 5pm yesterday, by the end of the evening almost all of Windham had power! This is major because with power the clean up can begin. Main Street has been heavily damaged, over a dozen businesses have been affected in a major way and the road is torn up. Folks are trying to pick up the pieces and rebuild as quickly as possible and I think that most affected businesses will be up and running by the end of September. Catskill Maison will not be open this weekend and we will update you on whether or not we will be receiving guests next weekend. Our neighboring town Prattsville didn’t get as lucky as Windham, there is complete devastation in Prattsville and that town has almost 100% loss in damages. Please continue to keep the towns in the Catskills in your thoughts and prayers.
August 30th, 2011 by moffett
I haven’t written a blog post in a few weeks because as a manager for Verizon I was summoned to “strike duty” in Queens NY since the beginning of August. I’ve been in my NYC home throughout this time and planned to return to Windham to Catskill Maison this upcoming Labor Day weekend to receive guests. Needless to say that will not happen. For those of you who aren’t aware, Windham was devastated by Hurricane Irene.
I’m not going to embellish upon the news reports on this blog post or any other updates going forward…I’m only going to give my personal take on what’s going on from those that are dealing with the nightmare going on in Windham right now.
We had guests at our B&B this past weekend; one couple (thankfully) cancelled their reservation, another left on Saturday morning and cut their trip early. I advised the third couple to head back to New York City on Saturday as well, but they decided to stay an extra night thinking that Windham would be a better option for them than Greenpoint Brooklyn (in Bloomberg’s infamous zone “A” of evacuation in NYC) because they were going to be evacuated. What happened over the next 24 hours is almost inexplicable. Liz, our Innkeeper (and one of my dearest friends) has been working nonstop and tending to many wonderful guests for most of this summer thanks to the Verizon strike, and this past weekend was to be her last weekend before she got a “reprieve” by Hector and I coming up to the B&B to work. I spoke to Liz on Saturday and told her to fill up the bath tub, get an extra flash light and buy non perishable foods “just in case” because we lose electricity regularly in the Mountains, and quite frankly that’s what I expected…a power failure of a day or two at the most, but not much more than that.
On Sunday morning at 8:30 Liz called me in Riverdale from the land line phone at the Bed and Breakfast and told me that it was pouring and windy and the Batavia Kill across the road was rising and beginning to flood the farmland across from us. I asked her if the guests left yet and she said they were still upstairs. Grateful that the power was still on I asked her about breakfast. She decided not to make our normal 3 course breakfast because the power had been going out intermittently, I told her to put on another pot of Coffee just in case and to let me know when the guests leave she could lock up and go home. At 9:15 I got a text stating that the power went out. The news after that was right out of a movie. The water came to the street across the road from us with only the street and the slope that our house stands on protecting us. Emergency services dropped off an elderly man, another man and his 2 daughters and dog at our door because the homes on the other side of the road were flooded and they needed to be rescued and brought to a place on higher ground. I had Liz give them some coffee and figured they would be with us for a couple of hours until the rain stopped and the water receded. I was so naive and so wrong.
Morning turned into afternoon and Liz and I were in contact over the cell phone…our house was safe and dry and everyone had food and water and could use the facilities. She said it was like “camp” as our guests and neighbors played Monopoly and Life in our Library…Liz, never breaking a sweat made sure everyone was as comfortable as possible and was the perfect hostess, even though she was texting me telling me that she was freaking out. Afternoon turned into evening and it dawned on me that we would have to shelter our neighbors for the night. I advised Liz to set up some rooms so that our neighbors could sleep for the night and my thoughts turned to the two little girls who were rescued by a bucket truck, and the trauma that they must be going through. Liz ventured into town and reported that our partner Bed and Breakfast Country Suite (on the flooded side of the road) was still standing though their barn/antique/consignment shop was surrounded by water…the trailer park seemed to be still standing as well and Ashland looked fine, however Windham was a different story. She wasn’t allowed past the entrance to South Street but she couldn’t drive down South Street either because there was a huge crater in the road. I had seen the footage of our school buses being swept away down Main Street, and the newly refurbished bridge by Valero gas station getting hit by a house and caving in. I knew in my heart things were bad.
Monday morning with the sun up our guests finally were able to head back to the city, the elderly man was able to get back into his home and the family into theirs. Liz was able to really assess the damage to our property which I’m relieved to say there is NO DAMAGE!!!!! God seriously looked out for us because our landscaping is in almost perfect condition (minus a few small branches that fell onto the lawn), and we didn’t have any structural damage or flooding. The only thing we have to deal with is the lack of power and trying to save our food. Some of our friends and neighbors and fellow business owners didn’t get so lucky. Liz’s house didn’t suffer any damage either, her family is safe and her vegetables even made it in her garden. The backyard of her house has a new “landscape” but other than that she is okay.
Here is what I know (as of this morning) from Liz and Antonia (the owner of the Windham Spa)…Prattsville is completely washed out and isolated, the bridges have been washed out and nobody can get in or out, it’s a similar situation in Maplecrest as the bridge to Maplecrest is washed out as well and Maplecrest is completely under water. Windham’s South Street has a crater in the right lane but the left lane is fine so it’s open from end to end, therefore you can take 23 E from Ashland to South Street and make a left onto 296 and continue east on 23. The center of town on Main Street (rt 23) is closed and a mess and suffered the most damage. There seems to be rubble and small damage to Windham Mountain, the Alpine village (where Chalet Fondue and Albergo B&B are) is fine. Christmans Windham House and Messinas seem to be okay minus small flooding issues. The grounds of the Catskill Mountain Country Store are destroyed, the Windham Spa is destroyed as well the structure is still there but the flood damage is immense, but thank God Antonia and her family are safe. Liz can’t get through Main Street so I don’t know all of the damage but she said that propane tanks and debris and cars are littering the sides of the street from what she can see. Liz got to Cairo yesterday (Windham thank goodness isn’t isolated and Cairo has power) and picked up ice so that our food will stay fresh until the power comes back on (hopefully by tomorrow). But it’s going to be a long and tough recovery. I’m confident that our town will bounce back and be better than ever before but right now everyone is just stunned and trying to pick up the pieces. Windham needs tourism more than ever after this disaster. Many in our town will temporarily (and some permanently) be out of work. I will post in a couple of days to speak of any new developments, but as of right now I can only state a few things.
1. We are lucky and extremely grateful and are going to help and support our community as much as possible through this catastrophe.
2. Catskill Maison will open for business as soon as it’s safe for guests to visit and things begin to calm down in town and I will be updating the blog regularly to keep past and future guests abreast of developments on the rebuilding of Windham.
3. Liz will continue to work with us and we will be assisting her and her family through this difficult time.
Please keep our towns in the Catskills in your prayers.