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Mark Twain in the Catskills
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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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a private getaway & an up-close concert of American Roots & Blues

Popular blues band and jazz trio set to thrill audiences in the Catskill Mountains on February 13   Hunter, NY – Feb. 4, 2016 – International recording artists, the Alexis P. Suter Band, is set to rock the Catskill Mountains during Black History Month as part of an exciting program featuring a wide array of music at the Catskill Mountain Foundation’s Orpheum Film and Performing Arts Center in Tannersville, New York, only minutes from Hunter Mountain. This acclaimed five-piece ensemble is fronted by the talented and amazing vocalist Alexis Suter, who transcends styles and genres.  When the great B.B. King first heard Suter sing her opening set for him, he shook his head in wonder in his characteristic way and said, “It’s a rare thing to share the stage with a great talent like that young lady.” The popular blues band will share the stage with the talented and accomplished Ray Blue Organ Trio, led by saxophonist-composer Ray Blue. Audiences to the performance on Saturday, February 13, at the Orpheum Theater which forms part of the Catskill Mountain Foundation’s program in commemoration of Black History Month are in for a special treat. Show begins at 8:00 pm.  Tickets start at […]

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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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