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Better Than Vegas: Elope to the Catskills!

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!

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The Rail-Road Less Traveled

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 […]

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Celtic and German Alps Festivals

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 […]

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Getaways in the Northern Catskills, Tannersville NY

Read our press release about Getaways in the Great Northern Catskills here.

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Spring Hiking Special in the Catskills!

Are you looking to escape everyday life? Washington Irving Inn is the place to go. Our innkeeper puts you first. Our hospitality is second-to-none. Black out dates and holidays apply. Weekends: March 1st 2016 through May 30th 2016, starting at $82 per person per night, based on double occupancy, including full country homemade breakfast with local ingredients. Upgraded rooms may be available. Midweek: March 1st 2016 through December 1st 2016, starting at $75 per person per night, based on double occupancy, including full country homemade breakfast with local ingredients. Upgraded rooms may be available. In order to get discount, use the code “Spring Innkeeper Special”. All other discounts cannot be combined.   Visit the famous Kaaterskill Falls and North Lake, which the Hudson River School of Art made famous in their well-known 19th century paintings. Explore the nooks and crannies of our trails and waterfalls. Climb Hunter Mountain and visit the 5-ton bluestone statue of Rip Van Winkle, the latest creation to honor this world-renowned legendary figure. Closest B&B to the Beacon Hollow trails Full country breakfast Afternoon Tea & pastries Guide book to Catskill trails BOOK NOW!

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Mark Twain in the Catskills

                By 1890, Mark Twain was arguably the most famous writer in America.   From 1867, when he published “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County & Other Sketches” to lukewarm sales to 1889 when critics widely panned one of his last novels, “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,” Twin had given American Literature three of its most enduring classics, “Tom Sawyer” (1876), “The Prince and the Pauper” (1881), and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” (1884). By 1890, Mark Twain had earned his rest.  That summer, Twain, his wife, Livy, and their three daughters, Susy, Clara, and Jean rented a cottage at Onteora Park in the northern Catskills.  Interior design giant Candace Wheeler had founded Onteora Park in 1883 with her brother, Frank Thurber, quickly developing it into a summer getaway for artists, writers, and other notables. Wheeler’s firm, Associated Artists, which she had co-founded with designer Louis Comfort Tiffany, had designed the interior of Mark Twain’s house in Hartford, Connecticut. By 1890, the Onteora Club had become a veritable who’s who of American Art and Letters, including writers Mary Mapes Dodge (Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates), Elizabeth Bacon Custer (Tenting on the Plains); Laurence Hutton , American […]

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Only 120 Minutes From Broadway

If you’re an actor or connected with the theater in any way, you’re going to want to stay in the Maude Adams Room of the Washington Irving Inn in Tannersville, NY. The memory of Maude Adams, First Lady of the American Stage, is precious to the Northern Catskills’ Village of Tannersville, where Adams lived on and off for over xx years before choosing it as her permanent home at the end of her life. Maude Adams was the first actress to play Peter Pan on Broadway. In fact, James Barry is said to have written the play with Adams in mind. Mark Twain, a frequent visitor to Onteora Park in the Town of Hunter, where Adams kept, her summer home, once wrote to her: “It is my belief that Peter Pan is a great and refining and uplifting benefaction to this sordid and money-mad age; and that the next best play on the boards is a long way behind it as long as you play Peter.” Louise Boynton, who would become Maude Adams’ “nurse” at the end of Adams’ life, wrote in the December, 1906 issue of The Century Magazine: “New York needed Peter Pan. The play came at one […]

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Forest Walking in the Catskills

Now, you could stay home on weekends in February watching re-runs of Ground Hog Day or you can come to Tannersville in the northern Catskills, less than 10 minutes from Hunter Mountain and the Washington Irving Inn and do some Tree Walking at the Mountain Top Arboretum (http//mtarboretum.org) Forest Walking In Japan it’s called Shinrin-yoku, or Forest Bathing. Japanese studies show that quietly walking in a forest for as little as half an hour dramatically increases signs of relaxation, including lower concentrations of cortisol, lower pulse rate and lower blood pressure. This season, take a walk in through the Arboretum. Stroll through the Woodland Walk, the East Meadow or  Black Spruce Glen  Slowly walk, listen, bend down to touch the mosses, and breathe deeply. But in every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks. ~John Muir     Share a bottle of wine at the Hudson-Chatham Winery, also in Tannersville, on Valentine’s Day or any day for that matter! “Head up…to…where it’s all about Hudson-Chatham Winery, which even the biggest snobs admit shows real promise.” – The New York Post Visit the historic town of Andes, center of the mid-19th century New York State Anti-Rent Wars which […]

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Catskill Mountain Foundation / Washington Irving Inn Collaboration

Classical Music Enthusiasts Package $150 per night (room based on double occupancy) at the Washington Irving Inn, located on State Route 23A, The Rip Van Winkle Trail, part of the Kaaterskill Clove Scenic By-way in Hunter/Tannersville, NY. Birthplace of the Hudson River School of Art. This special valid  May 1st until December 1st. Room based on double occupancy Including: Full Breakfast, Afternoon Tea, & Sweets Five percent (5%) discount on tickets to any Catskill Mountain Foundation event if you visit online, www.xxxxx.com and use the code Washington to get your discount.

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