We hope you have been staying warm this cold winter season! The Washington Irving Inn is getting ready with new events, so be sure to save the date! Valentine’s Day Brunch Sunday, February 11th, 2018 10:00am-2:00pm Tickets: $15 per person (which includes a glass of complimentary champagne). Gluten-free and Vegetarian options Reservation Recommended Washington Irving’s Birthday Bash Sunday, March 31st, 2018 2:00pm Brunch Every Sunday! 10:00am-2:00pm
Festival season is coming to a close with the last events of the year – Ahimsa, Octoberfest, and more – but that only means planning for 2018’s festival-goers has already begun! Here at the Washington Irving Inn, we enjoy a convenient location in proximity to the best festivals in the Catskills. At just 5 minutes from Hunter (Mountain Jam, Taste of Counry, Octoberfest), 20 minutes from Windham (Catskills Beverage Trail Festival, Black Dome Music Festival), 25 minutes from Prattsville (Headed for the Hills Festival), 30 minutes from East Durham (Irish Arts Week, East Durham Irish Festival), and 30 minutes from Oak Hill (Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival), the Inn is the perfect place to enjoy your time in the Catskills. Believe it or not, rooms are filling up already; the best way to reserve the room of your choice is to call now (518-589-5560). Enjoy the rest of your travels – but don’t forget about next year!
Join us on October 28th at the Washington Irving Inn for a costumed Afternoon Tea party! Enter the costume contest to win prizes! Afternoon Tea includes: – a variety of finger sandwiches – freshly baked scones, served with Devonshire cream and fruit preserves – assorted pastries and tea biscuits – a selection of Harney & Sons loose tea All served throughout three courses, from 2-5PM! All ages are welcome. Admission is $18 per person, $9 for children five to ten years old. Call now (518-589-5560) to make your reservation. Tell your friends you’re coming by visiting our event page on Facebook.
Due to popular demand, the Washington Irving Inn is bringing back Afternoon Tea! If ten or more people make reservations, we’ll schedule an Afternoon Tea. We provide: a variety of finger sandwiches freshly baked scones, served with Devonshire cream and fruit preserves assorted pastries and tea biscuits a selection of Harney & Sons loose tea All served throughout three courses, for just $18 per person. For parties of thirty people or more, we’re able to provide a buffet style event. Don’t wait – call us (518-589-5560) and book your Afternoon Tea today!
Tired of the smog of the city? Looking to escape the hot pavement? Come to the mountains and enjoy rolling fields, cool lakes and streams, and beautiful weather! Enjoy water sports at one of our many lakes and streams – – or relax by the pool at the Washington Irving Inn. Hike one of our many trails, from a leisurely walk on a gentle slope, to a challenging treck through the peaks of the mountains. Visit washingtonirving.com or call 518-589-5560 to book your vacation with us today and explore the Catskills!
Summer in the Catskills can be a busy time if you’re interested in history and culture. No matter the weather, there are always things to do – sometimes there are even multiple! Take a look at just a few of the many reasons you’ll want to come to the mountains. THE CATSKILL MOUNTAIN FOUNDATION The Chase Brock Experience, May 20th Malcolm Bilson Fortepiano Concert, June 17th DEFY: The Women’s March on Washington, photos by Margaret Uhalde, July 22nd BRIDGE STREET THEATRE What You Don’t Know About Women, July 13th Jeanne Macdonald in Concert, June 3rd Rhinebeck Theatre Society presents “Copenhagen,” July 20th-23rd ZADOCK PRATT MUSEUM The Spirit of the USA, May 28th GREENVILLE DRIVE-IN Asbury Short Film Concert, May 20th QWERTY: The Second Annual Festival of Type and the Letter Arts, June 23rd-24th PRATTSVILLE ART CENTER Memorial Day Music Bash, May 27th Poetry and Music show, June 23rd Pop Punk show, July 2nd FESTIVALS Taste of Country Music Festival, June 9th-11th Mountain Jam Music Fesival, June 16th-18th Annual Catskills Irish Arts Week, July 9th-15th Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, July 13th-16th Headed for the Hills Music Festival, August 11th-13th
Need a place to elope, but can't go all the way to Vegas? We have it covered! Have your wedding at the beautiful Washington Irving Inn for a worry free experience. Whatever your denomination, all are accommodated and welcome. With a full bar, dining room that seats 60, and plenty of catering options (including in-house catering), there's plenty of room for a reception. We even work with Wyld Thyme Studios to provide various kinds of live music and DJ services. Stay the night in one of our 15 rooms, and enjoy a complimentary breakfast or afternoon tea the next day. Call us today to get started – it's more affordable than you think!
On Route 23A, between Palenville and Hunter, we traverse the “Mountain Road,” home to the legendary Kaaterskill Falls: a majestic waterfall that attracts a multitude of visitors in rain, snow, and shine. Though there are some mentions of this site in earlier written works, the waterfall’s fame is often credited to Washington Irving, who used it in his popular 1819 tale, “Rip Van Winkle.” In the years following its publication, many famous Hudson River School artists, such as Thomas Cole and Frederic Church, ventured up the mountain to capture the earliest painted images of this extraordinary cascade, as well as the magical landscape that encased it. In response to the region’s growing popularity, the Ulster Delaware Railroad had extended its line to include a Catskill Mountain Branch in the 1880s. Though used mostly for tourism, the rail also transported freight, such as ice and blue stone, into the major cities. Much like a precursor to a rollercoaster, the rail would elevate the traveler through the steep woods and around sharp curves, entrenching them in the wild and surreal surroundings. The presence of this rail, helped to facilitate an era of increased prosperity for the mountain top, and resulted in the […]
We all have a preferred method of coping with the sticky heat of the summer months. Some of us find reprieve in the shady campgrounds of a peaceful lake. Many of us opt to explore the regional terrain via motorcycle. Others venture to sandy beaches, with umbrellas, books and coolers in tow. The highly motivate among us may train harder as runners, swimmers, or bicyclists. Our methods of coping are, as varied and individualized as each of us are. As Americans, we devote much of our time asserting ourselves as individuals; often forgetting that we are forged by our exposure to culture. And it is culture which shapes our value systems, and defines our ideals. In the Catskill region, the small towns tell the story of the many cultures who have immigrated to America for the promise of a better life. When driving through the villages, there are lines from this narrative etched into every horizon. The creeks and mountain peaks still bear the names bestowed by native populations and the early Dutch settlers. And, within a ten mile drive on the main road, you may very well see a Greek or Italian resort, a kosher deli, a tall Ukrainian […]