June is BUSTIN’ out all over

June is bustin out all over

To quote from Rogers and Hammerstein’s Carousel “June is bustin’ out all over”, all over Hudson and Columbia County.  Need proof?  Check out the Columbia County Tourism departments list of events for the month.  From dance, to live theater and from book readings to car shows there’s something for everyone.  Of course one of Hudson’s biggest annual events is the Hudson Flag Day Parade produced each year by the Hudson Elks.  This year the event takes place on June 9 and will once again feature great food, family fun and – of course – fireworks!  Many of the events are free or very low cost.

June is bustin out all over

Funky Knuckles

Don’t forget that June is bustin’ out all over dads too!  Father’s Day is June 17 this year and if you can’t think of something to get “the man who has everything”  we have just the solution: a weekend at The Croff House and a 60-minute in-house massage.  (While you’re at it why not treat mom too?)  He can start his weekend off listening to Funky Knuckles at Club Helsinki on Friday, enjoy everything strawberry at nearby Kinderhook’s “Strawberry Fest 2018” and wrap up Saturday back at Club Helsinki with the bawdy humor of Hedda Lettuce, self-described as “the world’s first and premiere eco-friendly drag queen.”  It’ll be a weekend he won’t soon forget!

 

June is bustin out all over

The Pavilion Theater at PS21

June is bustin’ out all over right up until the end of the month as PS21 opens its new state-of-the-art open air performance space on June 30.  According to PS21’s website:

The new 300-seat open-air pavilion theater replaces the tent that served as the main venue for twelve years. It is an elegant, flexible design and includes state- of-the-art sound and lighting. The black box theater portion of the venue, a 40’x60’ performance space enclosed in the winter and seating up to 99, opened in April. The pavilion portion of the theater, open in warmer months, is created when the black box transforms into a stage and the east wall slides open.

Headlining the opening are TAKE Dance, Parsons Dance, and Vanaver Dance, accordionist Guy Klucevsek, and physical comedian Hillary Chaplain.  To find out more about these outstanding acts click here.

Summer’s heating up and June is bustin’ out all over Hudson and Columbia County.  Come find out why our area of the Hudson Valley has become such an amazing destination and make sure to include a stay at The Croff House in your plans.

 

Get Out, On and Down

What do we mean by Get Out, On and Down?  Read on.

Get out get on get down“Get Out”: Thanks to the Hudson Development Corporation, Hudson now boasts a 5 Self Guided Historic Walking Tours which can be found by downloading the Geotourist app and searching by “Hudson History Tours”.  Once installed visitors can select from one of the following GPS guided tours to, in the words of the designers “help you become a true Hudson insider”.  The tours include: Hudson’s Early Days, Hudson’s Firehouses, Cedar Park Cemetery, Churches of Hudson and Hudson’s Insiders Tour.  Each tour takes between 60-90 minutes and can be started and stopped at any point.  Best of all the app and the tours are free and once downloaded can be accessed at any time.

Get Out Get on Get down“Get On”: Don’t feel like walking?  Well Steiner’s Sports Ski and Bike offers guests of The Croff House special rates for bike rentals so you can get out AND get on a bike.  Bikes can be rented for the day or the weekend; secure space is available for guests to store the bikes at the inn overnight.  Guests can bike the tours instead of walking them.  For those adventurous types looking for a more strenuous ride plenty of outdoor areas offer bike trails including the Columbia Land Conservancy and the Olana State Historic site.

Get Out Get On Get down“Get Down”: Once you get out and get on there’s only one thing left to do: get down.  After all that walking/biking folks just might like to kick back with a local brew.  Hudson Brewing Company is offering guests of The Croff House complimentary tastings of the many amazing local beers and ales HBC produces.  This is a great opportunity to taste unusual and one of a kind beverages produced “from grains and hops that come directly from local farms”.

We’re all still recovering from the Winter that would never end and encourage you to Get Out, Get On and Get Down in Hudson style.

Eating Outdoors

Eating oEating outdoorsutdoors is a summertime favorite: enjoying the beautiful weather while enjoying equally beautiful (if not more so!) food “al fresco”. Of all the bed and breakfasts and inns in town The Croff House has the unique amenity of lovely exterior spaces which guests can enjoy almost year round.  Since the inn opened in 2009 guests wondered if they could have their breakfast served outside and, up until now, the answer was almost always “no”.  That has now changed!  The Croff House is pleased to introduce our outdoor dining space.

Eating outdoorsWe’ve moved the four Adirondack chairs that were placed around the fountain to more shaded areas in the back yard.  In their place we have installed bistro tables and chairs and created the perfect spot for eating outdoors; tables for two provide privacy for those that want it and personal space for those guests that aren’t “morning people”.  The Croff House breakfast will remain a freshly prepared three-course gourmet feast.

Naturally those guests that choose to have their breakfast inside in the Dining Room are most welcome to do so, but those that want the option of breakfasting “al fresco” now have that opportunity as well, weather permitting.

Outdoor seatingAs for the fate of the Adirondack chairs, they were placed in pairs under two of the very large trees with new side tables between them.  The shaded areas will stay cool in the summer and allow our guests the opportunity to relax with a good book, good conversation, a glass of wine or refreshing beverage or simply take a nap.  The sounds of the fountain provide ideal background sounds for all to enjoy.

Naturally the covered rear porch is still available for guests to use and they can enjoy breakfast on these table as well.

We’re very excited about our new outdoor dining area and believe it is a unique amenity available exclusively to guests of the inn that they won’t find anywhere else in Hudson.  Eating outdoors just became a reality at The Croff House and we couldn’t be more pleased.

Getting Outdoors

Outdoors

Getting outdoors at The Croff House after this long winter sounds like an excellent idea!

For the past few months, no matter where you are from, the Winter of 2018 will be remembered for its tenacity; it just didn’t seem to want to end.  At the beginning the snow was charming, as it always is at the start of the season, and dreams of a “White Christmas” drift right up to the Holidays.  Then it went on and on.  Happily, Spring seems to have sprung: the daffodils and hyacinths are in bloom, the trees are budding  and as the temperature warms up day by day our thoughts turn to enjoying the outdoors.

Columbia Land ConservancyHudson has the distinction of being in the perfect location for avid hikers, bikers, and those who simply want to get outdoors.  The Columbia Land Conservancy offers several conservation areas for people to enjoy the beauty of nature.  From walking trails all around the Hudson River to waterfalls and hiking trails the CLC helps people get in touch with the flora and fauna that are coming to life this time of year throughout Columbia County, including birding maps and guides for birders.

Olana

Olana Panorama East to Round Top © Beth Schneck Photography bschneckphoto.com

The many walking trails at Olana offer amazing vistas of the Hudson Valley with wonderful views of the river and Catskill Mountains in the distance.  There are “easy” walks and more strenuous “hikes” available at the property, which is open from dawn to dusk daily free of charge.  The grounds are also the perfect place to enjoy an al fresco picnic (see our blog post below!).

Front porchCloser to home the outdoor areas at The Croff House are perfect for kicking back.  The Croff House is the only property in Hudson to offer private outdoor areas where guests can enjoy themselves; our front and rear porches are covered to provide protection from the sun and elements and our rear patio allows guests to unwind, read a book or enjoy a cool beverage and good conversation while listening to the comforting flow of the fountain.

So if you have cabin fever and need to be getting outdoors then a visit to The Croff House is just what you’re looking for.  For information and room rates visit our Guest Rooms tab.  Already have dates in mind or want to check what’s available?  Click here.


Rear porch and patio

 

 

Top Events in Columbia County in May

Now that the weather seems to have finally turned and Winter 2018 is in our rear view mirror we thought that it’s time to look ahead to all the fantastic events taking place in and around Hudson.  To see the full list click here.

Some of the most popular events we are excited about include:

Event: Hudson Children's Book FestivalThe Hudson Children’s Book Festival: Over 75 children’s and young adult authors and illustrators, hundreds of books to browse, author and illustrator presentations, arts & crafts and workshops.  This is one of those events that appeals to kids of all ages.

 

Event: Basilica F&FBasilica Farm and Flea Spring Market: In collaboration with Hudson River Exchange. With more than 60-90 vendors, the marketplace consists of a diverse group of regional makers, farmers and vintage collectors. Visitors can browse vintage and artisanal goods and eat locally sourced farm-fresh food. One of Hudson’s events that draws visitors from near and far.

Event: Our Town“Our Town”: The Ghent Playhouse is thrilled to present Edward Albee’s definitive version of Our Town: Set in the fictional town of Grover’s Corners, Thornton Wilder’s masterpiece is narrated by a Stage Manager and performed with minimal props and sets, as the audience follows the Webb and Gibbs families, as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually – in one of the most famous scenes in American theater history – die.

Event: Food festivalThe 6th Annual Hudson-Berkshire Wine and Food Festival: Featuring the five beverage trail members plus other regional wineries, distilleries, cideries and craft beverages. There will also be delicious foods for sale and sampling including gourmet cheeses and creameries, baked goods, grass fed meat producers and more! Throughout the weekend there will be special guest appearances and book signings, seminars of wine and food pairings, home brewing, and cheese making by some of the region’s foremost experts.  Culinary events like these are becoming more and more popular!

Event: Artisanal Beverage TourComing in June don’t miss the Columbia County Artisanal Beverage Tour!

With all this and more going on in the area there are so many reasons why you should be making a trip up to Hudson this May!  Make sure to book your stay at The Croff House for the perfect Hudson Valley getaway.

Custom Picnic Baskets

Picnic Hudson NY

photo by Andre Baranowski

Custom Picnic Baskets are the most recent addition to The Croff House’s Specials and Packages.  Partnering with Talbott and Arding – Hudson’s premier purveyor of prepared foods, cheeses and desserts – beginning May 1 we will be offering guests the opportunity to pre-order custom “picnic baskets” created from a selection of the chefs’ daily creations.  In a recent article Plan the Perfect Hudson Valley Picnic in Hudson Valley Magazine Mona Talbott, one of the shop’s chef owners, is quoted:

“Picnics are so much about the senses; you have the beautiful sunlight, the wind in the trees…you don’t want to just chow down on a sandwich.”

Mona offers suggestions for items she believes are just the thing to create the perfect outdoor meal from cheeses and pates to chocolates and cookies (“a piece of cake would be too clumsy”).  Talbott and Arding changes their offerings daily and can put together a delicious collection sure to suit a wide range of tastes; everything prepared using fresh, local ingredients and inspired by the flavors of France, Italy and North America.

If guests want we are also able to arrange wine or champagne to add to their al fresco feast through Hudson Wine Merchants.  We wish we could also arrange music and great weather, but some things are out of our control.

The Croff House is pleased to be able to offer this wonderful service to enhance our guests’ experience in Hudson.

For more information please contact The Croff House at 518.828.1688

Reservations for The Croff House can be made online by clicking here.

New Amenity: Electric Vehicle Charging Station

TCH Charging station

The Croff House newly installed charging station

If you have an electric car and are staying at The Croff House we are pleased to offer a new amenity: electric vehicle charging station!  In preparation for our welcoming a new Nissan Leaf we have installed an electric vehicle charging station.  Most of our guests are aware that we believe very strongly in protecting our environment.  The Inn has been a member of the Trip Advisor Green Leaders program since it was initiated 5 years ago, and our recycling and water-use reduction efforts are an important part of The Croff House mission.

As individuals take steps to reduce their carbon footprint, automakers have made great strides in advanced electric vehicle development.  Elon Musk of Tesla is a pioneer in the field, but most people found the cars being offered were way out of their price range.  As the technology for electric batteries has evolved, as most technology does, hybrid cars (a combination of gas and electric) became affordable for many.  SMART car launched an affordable “mini” all-electric car, but the range (the distance the vehicle could travel before needing to be recharged) meant that the car was only usable for shorter trips.  Our 2018 Leaf is able to travel 155 miles before needing a charge, up from 75 miles for the 2017 model – doubling the range.

Our 2018 Nissan Leaf all-electric vehicle

Gas versus electric: to fill a tank on a car similar to the Leaf would cost approximately $15.  The cost to fully charge the battery on the Leaf will be about $4.  So helping protect the environment and saving money at the same time just makes sense.

We’re very excited to be able to offer this new amenity to our guests.  So the next time you’re up in Hudson bring an electric car and….CHARGE IT!

Our First Dinner at The Croff House

The Croff House Dining Room

Our first Dinner at The Croff House event was a huge success.  On Saturday, January 13 three couples who were staying with us enjoyed a 5-course dinner, freshly prepared at the Inn.  Outside the temperatures dipped into the single digits and a light sheet of ice seemed to be coating every surface.  Inside, however, the crackle of the Living Room fireplace and the camaraderie of the guests started the evening off with the warmth of hospitality for which The Croff House is well known.

Dinner @ The Croff House place setting

The Dining Room was closed off to set the tables with gleaming sterling silver place settings and sparkling Waterford crystal, both adding a touch of elegance to the comfort of the room.  The Dinner started off with Hudson-Chatham Winery Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine paired with warm Goat Cheese and Sundried Tomato Tartines in the Living Room.

Dinner @ The Croff House place setting

A short while later guests were invited into the Dining Room to continue their Dinner.  The meal ended with a White Chocolate Bread Pudding with Poached Cherries, Quinta do Noval “Black” Port, and freshly brewed coffee and tea.  All in all it was a lovely evening and we are so happy to have been able to share it with such a wonderful group of guests.

Place setting

Perfect in Winter

Looking for a getaway spot – The Croff House is perfect in Winter!

The Croff House just participated in the first Hudson Historic House Tour.  It was a wonderful day – the weather was perfect: snow gently falling to create just the right Holiday mood.  We brewed up a batch of fresh mulled cider and a whole bunch of Duncan’s famous “Snickerduncans”.  Tour participants had the opportunity to visit 5 different historic homes that are currently being operated as bed and breakfasts/inns.  The afternoon event took place from 2:00-5:00 followed by a reception at a 6th location.

Upon entering The Croff House everyone commented on the festive holiday smells: the scent of the wood burning in the fireplaces, the spices coming from the mulled cider and the rich aroma of the cookies.  People commented how the inn looked perfect in winter – all dressed up for the season – and remarked at the beauty of the 1870’s details throughout the house.  Warming themselves by the fires, guests also had the chance to view several of Duncan’s handmade needlepoint Santas, which were displayed in all the Library, the Living Room and the Dining Room.   Some actually thought the pieces were paintings until they got a close look and marveled at the detail of each.  It was truly a highlight for many visitors.

Before long it was time for each tour guest to move on to the next property.  We wished them Merry Christmas and that we hoped to see them back again, next time as guests.  Almost all agreed that The Croff House was just perfect in winter!

NEW SERVICE: In-house Massage

In house massage

 

We’ve just made a stay at The Croff House even MORE relaxing: Beginning in January 2018 The Croff House will be offering the convenience of in-house massage therapy sessions.  We’re happy to introduce the services of LMT Kristen Wahl, who will be offering 60- and 90-minute sessions in the privacy of the Inn’s Library.  Kristen is amazingly talented and offers clients several modalities to best suit the needs of the individual.  In order to ensure availability guests must book the service no less than one week prior to arrival.  Due to the limitation of space in the Library couples may book sessions in sequence not in tandem.

Please contact us at the Inn for more information, pricing or to book a session.  We’re so pleased to be able to offer guests in-house massage, which is sure to enhance any stay at The Croff House.