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 […]
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!
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 […]
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 […]