Deep Cleaning

deep cleaning

Deep cleaning of The Croff House takes place every Spring.  Due to CoVid we postponed it until we were ready to welcome guests back.

That time is now!

The Croff House is re-opening June 1 and just prior to that we will undertake the task of deep cleaning.  What’s involved?  Read on.

Starting with the guest bedrooms: the bathroom, although already clean, is re-cleaned.  All baseboards and surfaces are wiped down with anti-bacterial wash including under the sinks, tubs and toilets.   All glass is re-cleaned including light fixtures, mirrors and doors.  Ladders help us get to hard to reach surfaces including the tops of window molding and bathroom vents.  In the room the bed is stripped and the mattress and boxspring removed to access under the bed and behind the headboard.  All drapery, bed and bath linens are washed.  Wood is polished throughout, including ceiling fan blades.  Everything is dusted, vacuumed and mopped.

All public areas are cleaned to the same high standard with everything being wiped down including the tops of door moldings.  All furniture is moved to clean underneath.  Windows are cleaned and drapery washed.  All wood is polished.  Any touchup painting is also done.  In addition this year we will be spraying all porous surfaces throughout the property with Lysol.

In our outside areas the front and rear porches and patio are power washed and all tables and chairs wiped down.

Deep cleaning takes a few days.  This year we want to make sure to spend extra time so the Inn really sparkles.

 

Your Health and Safety

health and safety

Ensuring your health and safety is a top priority at The Croff House.  That’s why we’ve created a new Healthy and Safety Policy.

  • Every guest will have their temperature taken at a safe distance with an infrared thermometer prior to entering the Inn.  Any guest who displays a temperature or any symptoms of the virus will be denied check-in and will receive a full refund.
  • Social distancing guidelines will be followed at all times
  • Guests will be required to bring masks and wear them while in any public area of the inn (Dining Room, Living Room, etc.).  Guests do not need to wear masks while in their guest room or while eating.
  • Social distancing will apply.  Guests are required to follow the six-foot guidelines at all times.  This includes in all public areas.
  • Guests will be provided instructions on the our modified breakfast service to ensure the safety of both the innkeepers and all guests
  • Daily housekeeping will be further enhanced to ensure the highest standard of cleanliness
  • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the Inn. Guests are required to sanitize their hands for each instance upon arriving at the Inn and prior to departing from the Inn
  • Any guest who displays any of the symptoms of the virus during their stay may be subject to having their temperature taken and asked to leave if their temperature is above normal.  A refund for the unused portion of their stay will be provided.
  • Access to the Inn’s kitchen is strictly prohibited

The Croff House takes the CoVid19 pandemic seriously.  We will ensure social distancing guidelines are followed at all times, including breakfast:

  • Tables will be set up 6 feet from each other
  • Guests will be asked to use the hand sanitizer prior to sitting down
  • All beverages and food items will be placed on a designated table and the guests will be asked to retrieve such items when instructed
  • When finished with a plate guests will be asked to return it to another designated area
  • At the conclusion of their meal guests will be asked to once again wear their masks prior to leaving the Dining Room
  • As mentioned above access to the kitchen is strictly prohibited at all times

Many of Hudson’s restaurants are providing take-out.  Guests are encouraged to make use of these services.  The Croff House will provide disposable glassware, cutlery and plates.  A separate trash can will be made available for guests’ use and guests are required to dispose of their food waste accordingly.

Our guests’ health and safety matters.

Stay Local

The Croff House

Stay local.  What does that mean?  It means both keeping close to home and supporting local, independently owned businesses.  It means discovering unexplored territory right in your back yard and find new, unknown destinations.  Being just 2 hours north of New York City The Croff House fits the bill.

As we all prepare for life post CoVid19 we should do so judiciously, with care and thought.  Travel is certainly one of the things most people will want to do; get out and get away. At the same time many of the rules will still be in place: social distancing and masks chief among them.  So how do the two mesh?  Here’s going to be our approach at The Croff House:

  • Every guest will have their temperature taken with an infrared thermometer prior to entering the Inn.  Any guest who shows a temperature or any symptoms of the virus will be denied check-in and will receive a full refund.
  • Social distancing guidelines will be followed for check in
  • Guests will be required to wear masks while in any public area of the inn (Dining Room, Living Room, etc.).  Guests do not need to wear masks while in their guest room or while eating.
  • Social distancing will apply and guests are required to follow the six-foot guidelines at all times including in the hallways and on the stairssd
  • Before breakfast guests will be provided instructions on how the meal will be served to ensure the safety of both the innkeepers and all guests
  • Daily housekeeping will be provided as usual
  • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the Inn
  • Any guest who displays symptoms of the virus during their stay may be subject to having their temperature taken and asked to leave if their temperature is above normal.  A refund for the unused portion of their stay will be provided.
  • Access to the Inn’s kitchen is strictly prohibited

Hudson Valley ApplesWe understand there is a delicate balance between safety and comfort and will do our best to provide both.  The Croff House experience has always been exceptional and we want to keep it that way.

Hudson Valley Attractions

Hudson Valley

Thomas Cole’s studio at Cedar Grove

10 Hudson Valley Attractions were recently highlighted in Hudson Valley Magazine.  Two of them, Olana and Cedar Grove (the home of Thomas Cole), made the list.

We thought it would be a great idea to add more from our corner of the Hudson Valley.

Hudson Valley

Lindenwald

For history buffs a visit to Lindenwald is a must see.  The 1841 home of Martin Van Buren, the 8th President of the United States is a step back in time.  Thanks to a recent renovation the site, which continues to be a working farm, is a member of the National Park Service.  Guided tours provide a look into antebellum America and

“a microcosm for us to discover the transformations taking place in America during the 1840’s and 1850’s”.

Hudson Valley

Firefighter’s Museum

The Firefighters Association of the State of New York (FASNY) Fireman’s Firefighting Museum offers 300 years of the history of firefighting in New York.  Explore, disc

over, learn and play in the over 50,000 square feet of the museum.  Fun for all ages!

Club Helsinki, one of Hudson’s most popular entertainment venues, offers a wide range of live musical performances. Whether you’re looking for hot, new up and coming artists or legendary bands there’s something for everyone.  Make a night of it and enjoy dinner during the performance.

 

Instagram Contest

instagram contest

Our 2020 Instagram contest, “operation hopscoTCH”, is on!  Win a week for up to 6 people at our Villa Encantada, located in the tropical paradise of Playa Langosta, Costa Rica – FREE!

If you haven’t checked our Specials and Packages tab here’s the story:

  • Book a stay of any length at our website.  Only direct bookings apply; third party bookings are not eligible;
  • On check-in each guest will receive a tee shirt;
  • Have pictures taken of you in the tee shirt anywhere;
  • Post the picture to Instagram with the hashtag #thecroffhouse
  • No limit to the number of pictures you can post
  • Send us an email letting us know you posted the pic
#thecroffhouse

Russ and Duncan in Paris

That’s it!

At the end of the year we’ll pick a winner based on location (the more exotic the better – surfing in Hawaii, perhaps?), uniqueness and enthusiasm, etc.

While the prize doesn’t include airfare most US and Canadian airlines offer flights to the nearby Liberia Airport (code LIR), many of them direct.

Enchanted VillasThe Villa can accommodate up to 6 people and includes a private pool, 3 bedrooms all with private baths, fully equipped kitchen and all the comforts of home.  The winners will also be provided complimentary membership to the Langosta Beach Club.  Book a ziplining tour or learn to surf – they’ll help you with it all.

To participate in our Instagram contest book your stay soon, start posting and get ready to enjoy Pura Vida.

Note: Terms and conditions apply, see Specials tab for details.

 

 

Best Turkey Stuffing

With Thanksgiving fast approaching we thought we’d share one of our favorite recipes for the holiday: Sausage and Dried Apricot Stuffing.

Stuffing?  That’s so simple, right?  Well this recipe takes the stuffing from a mere side dish to a showstopper that everyone will rave about.  The combination of the sweetness of the apricots and the bit of spice from the sausage is the perfect compliment to your turkey.

  • 1 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1 1/2 cups triple sec
  • Turkey giblets (except the neck)
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • 1 lb ground sausage
  • 1 lb cubed stuffing
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 t. dried thyme
  1. Combine the apricots and 1 cup of triple sec in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat.  Once boiling remove and allow to cool.
  2. Saute celery and onion in 1 stick of butter until soft.  Transfer to large bowl.
  3. Add sausage to the same pan and cook through, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon.  Transfer to bowl with onion and celery.
  4. Finely chop the giblets and add to bowl along with stuffing mix, apricots and the liquid.  Stir to combine.
  5. Melt butter with stock and when the butter has melted add to bowl with remaining triple sec and thyme.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Stuff into the cavity of the turkey

Enjoy!

Learning a craft

Ever thought of learning a craft?  Painting.  Pottery.  Cooking.  Knitting?

Grandmothers used to be the only one who knit..  However today both women and men enjoy knitting.  As a matter of fact in 1973 people were surprised when LA Rams star Rosie Grier wrote a book “Needlepoint for Men”.   In addition to needlepoint Grier was also an avid knitter and crocheter.  Film star Cary Grant was a trailblazing knitter, too!

Knitting offers a wide variety of benefits:

  • Create beautiful things for yourself.  There’s a certain satisfaction in wearing something you have created with your own hands.
  • Gift giving becomes more personal.  When you’ve knitted something to give as a gift the person receiving will appreciate the time and care you put in to create it.
  • Knitting is a great way to unplug and unwind (no pun intended).  Knitting takes your mind off your day to day worries and helps you relax; listen to music or an audiobook

Learning knitting is fairly easy.  We’ve all heard, “knit one, purl two” and really those are the two basic things you start off with.  Once you’ve mastered those you put them in various combinations to create textures and patterns.  With the wide array of yarns available the choice is endless.  YouTube is full of how-to and tutorial videos if you get stuck.  Websites like LoveCrafts and Ravelry offer patterns for free or for purchase and include projects for everyone.

These days learning a craft couldn’t be easier.  Most yarn/crafting stores like Joann offer either free or low cost beginner classes, too.

Try it!  You’ll love it!

Hudson Valley Apples

Hudson Valley Apples

Hudson Valley Apples are recognized the world over as the best.  Honeycrisp.  Granny Smith.  McIntosh.  Red Delicious.  So many varieties!  But besides eating them or baking them into a pie (YUM!) or making apple sauce what else can you do with them?  We’ve found a few suggestions thanks to Delish and allrecipes.

Hudson Valley ApplesLet’s start with Apple Butter.  Slow cooking, gentle stirring and time transform Hudson Valley Apples into something smooth and delicious.  Unlike jellies and preserves, fruit butters require little or no sugar.  Letting the fruits natural sugars provide just the right amount of sweetness.  Here’s a great recipe from Chef John at allrecipes.  At The Croff House we make our own version and use it in our popular Allspice Apple Butter Muffins.

For breakfast why not whip up a batch of apple pancakes?  Fluffy and full of apple goodness.  Want something easier?  Make an Apple Raisin French Toast Casserole the night before.  Let it sit out for a bit before popping it in the oven – great for the Holidays!

Okay, now for some completely unusual uses for Hudson Valley Apples.

Hudson Valley ApplesRamp up your appletini with apple infused vodka:  Simple put 2-3 cored and quartered apples in a mason jar and fill with vodka.  The more apples the deeper the flavor.  Let sit for a few days, giving it a shake a couple of times a day.  Looking for a healthy snack for the kids (grown ups, too)?  Apple chips are a great alternative to cookies and satisfy a sweet tooth.  Fragrant apple potpourri brings the scent of Autumn into your home. So much better than the store bought kind, too.

 

Staycations

Staycations

Staycations.  Whatever happened to them?  First off, what are they?  Staycations are longer getaways, usually 4 or more days, at a destination close to home.  They are the perfect opportunity to get to know places closer to home.  Indeed, many people have seen sights in other countries, but have little knowledge of what’s in their backyard.

The Croff House opened in April 2009, 6 months after the stock market crash of September 2008.  At that time we had many people, who had lost money in the crash, booking staycations.  One memorable couple stayed for 5 days as an alternative to their annual vacation to Paris.  They had lived in New York City their whole lives but hey’d never been to the Hudson Valley.  As a result, they discovered long overdue.

So the question becomes, “What’s there to do that will keep me busy?”

Well, there’s tons of options.  First you can just “chillax” at the Inn.  The Croff House is offers the most common spaces, both indoor and out, of any property in Hudson.  Read a good book.  Binge watch on Netflix or Hulu.  Or just take a nap.

Are you a foodie? Grab a bite at one of our favorite eateries in town.  Take a ride down to the Culinary Institute of America for a delicious (and reasonably priced meal).  Wine afficionado?  Check out nearby Hudson-Chatham Winery or Tousey Winery.  History buff?  Olana, Cedar Grove and Lindenwald are not to be missed.  Hiking enthusiast?  Get you blood pumping at Kaaterskill Falls or Bash Bish Falls.  Don’t feel like doing the driving?  Let Table to Farm tours take you on adventure throughout Columbia and Greene counties.

There’s plenty to do to fill your days!  What about the nights?

With all the entertainment venues in and around Hudson there’s always something to choose from.  Helsinki Hudson, Hudson Hall, Time and Space Limited, PS21, The Fischer Center at Bard and the list goes on.  Everything from classical concerts to cabaret to open-mic nights are on tap.

Book your staycation with us and let us help you discover all there is to do so close to home.

Fall Foliage

fall foliage

Fall Foliage is one of the most popular times to visit the Hudson Valley.  All the colors of the season are on display.  Vibrant yellows, deep reds and rich oranges cover the hillsides and mountains.   Every day brings a new palette.  Temperatures drop and each morning dew covers the ground.  The most frequent question we get is “When’s the best time for Fall Foliage?”  Here’s our standard answer: Who knows?

Now that doesn’t sound helpful.  However, it’s truthful.  No one can predict when Fall Foliage will occur.  The Farmer’s Almanac tries, but let’s just call it their “best guess”.  The changing of the leaves is dependent on two main things: rain and temperature.

Too much rain and the leaves become sodden and turn brown and fall.  Too little rain and the leaves shrivel and drop.  If the evening temperatures drop quickly the leaves change color faster.  Warmer daytime temperatures slow that process.  Wind is also a factor.  As Fall Foliage occurs the leaves lose their grip on the branches and strong winds strip the trees.

Ideally peak Fall Foliage time is around President’s Day in the middle of October.  But this year we are already seeing color change in early September.  Most likely we will have an early Fall Foliage season.  We haven’t had a lot of rain, though.  Night time temperatures are in the mid-50’s and in the 70’s during the day, which is good.  A little warmer would be better.  An “Indian Summer” would be ideal.  Unfortunately the weather will do what it’s going to and we just have to hope for the best.

So if you’re wondering when the peak “leaf peepring” is, our advice is to follow Hudson’s weather.  See any of the trends above, then make your reservation and cross your fingers.  As the saying goes, “Don’t like the weather, just wait a minute.”

Check availability at The Croff House.