So exceptional this traveler’s oasis, so invested the innkeepers in creating for each guest a pleasurable, memorable stay that Expedia’s invitation to “review this property” seems strangely impersonal and misplaced. Even the label “Hotel” connotes a corporate image that defies the character of the place—which of course is more than a place but rather an experience.
Making that experience unforgettable is the mission of innkeepers Sandra & Ryan Charest. There is a labor of love; there is the division of labor. Seldom does one chance to witness an almost perfect division of a labor of love. Their respective, ample skills and personalities conspire to the comfort of each guests. Tireless, cheerful, watchful, personalized care guarantees pleasant stays.
With a small, loyal and likable staff, everything seems to go right. Ryan’s an excellent chef. Fellow guests rave about breakfast throughout the day. Sandra’s the perfect hostess, and she knows all the trails, the menus of all the area’s splendid eateries. She intuits your needs. Together they’ve recreated (or perhaps preserved) the tradition of the mountain inn with the feel of a genuine lodge.
Oh, yes, the property: its space functions helps promote a relaxed, unselfconscious camaraderie among guests. The angel is in the details here. The location is great in itself, central to so much worth exploring. We did not get all that done in our five-day stay, but when we return to the Catskills we’ll stay nowhere else.