It’s Labor Day. The unofficial end of summer is here and we’re trying to think
what we did this summer. Besides it being hot (sometimes unbearably so!) the days seemed to fly by due in large part to Delphina, our former Assistant who we promoted to full-time Innkeeper. Delphina has taken over full time responsibility for the day to day operation of the inn. She loves the new duties which also include growing fresh tomatoes and herbs in the garden we dedicated for her use at the side of the inn. With it she’s been able to experiment with new muffin recipes. Parmesan Pesto and Cherry Sage are personal favorites. Additionally her signature entree, Eggs Benedict Casserole, features a side of pan roasted potatoes with fresh rosemary and thyme.
Now, however, we look forward to Autumn. Cooler days and nights, the changing of the leaves, shorter days and apples, apples, apples! The Hudson Valley is home to one of the country’s largest harvests of apples of every variety. It’s no wonder we use them in our fall menu’s. A guest favorite is Poached Apples served over Vanilla Greek Yogurt and topped with a homemade Butterscotch Crunch topping. Fresh made Allspice Apple Butter Muffins are made even better since we make the apple butter right at The Croff House.
Autumn is also the time when thoughts turn to the holidays. As usual The Croff House will be decked out for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. This year the Hudson Business Coalition will be coordinating the Second Annual “Holiday House Tour” on Sunday, December 9. During the inaugural event last year we welcomed over 150 visitors to the inn and, as the event’s popularity grows we look to see more folks enjoying the beauty of the season. More details to follow. Before you know it strains of “Auld Lang Syne” will be sung and glasses raised to 2019.
But for now it’s ok to ask “where’d the summer go?”. Don’t forget to book your Fall getaway at The Croff House. Click here for rates and availability.
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.
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!
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.
Hudson Restaurants star in the 2014 Taste of Hudson
Hudson Restaurants were the star of the show at this year’s Taste of Hudson event, hosted by BeLo 3rd on Saturday, September 6. Now in it’s 6th year Taste of Hudson features local Hudson restaurants and caterers and provides participants the opportunity to taste a wide array of cuisines including Indian, Italian, Caribbean and a whole lot more. Those with a sweet tooth weren’t disappointed either as several of the tasting tables offered everything from delicious home baked cookies to stunningly sinful cakes and decadent brownies.
The Hudson Standard
Non-alcoholic beverages were available as well, including a new, locally made handcrafted bitters-inspired mixer called The Hudson Standard. The “shrubs” can be both an ingredient in various recipes for updated classic cocktails or, added to seltzer, a refreshing “adult soda”.
On average each “taste” was a mere $3. Tickets are sold at $1 per ticket and the Hudson restaurants participating set the price for the item they were sampling.
The event is the perfect opportunity for participants, whether local or from out of town, to be introduced to the wide range of Hudson restaurants and the cuisine they offer. For the Hudson restaurants the Taste of Hudson event is also a great chance to showcase the chefs’ culinary talents to those who may be unfamiliar with the restaurant or even the type of cuisine they offer. It’s a “win” for everybody.
Taste of Hudson is held around the same time each year and each year the event draws more and more people, who enjoy sampling the food but also getting out into the community and meeting friends, both old and new, and enjoying the day. The city of Hudson is the host but the real stars are the all Hudson restaurants, caterers and other vendors who really steal the show.
Put it in your calendar for next year. Who knows which new Hudson restaurant will be there?
Over the past several weeks, we’ve been so focused on the snow that we’ve nearly forgotten that Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching. Are you like us? Still haven’t made any plans with your partner in celebration of that special day? Why not make that day really special at The Croff House!
Valentine’s Day falls on a Monday this year, so there are three perfect times to celebrate: the weekend before, a special escape during the week, and a three day weekend following (President’s weekend). With spa showers, gourmet breakfasts and fireplaces in our common rooms, The Croff House sets a great stage for a romantic “reconnection” with that someone special in your life. And remember, our Winter “stay two, get the third night free” offer in still in effect. So make your reservations now for that ideal get-a-way!