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.”

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Trip Advisor Hall of Fame

Trip Advisor Hall of Fame

The Croff House Bed and Breakfast

We were informed today that The Croff House is being inducted into the Trip Advisor Hall of Fame.  As described in the press release issued by Trip Advisor, The ‘Hall of Fame’ was created to honor those businesses that have earned a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years.”  The press release goes on to say:

“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years is a remarkable feat. TripAdvisor is pleased to induct five-time award winners into the ‘Hall of Fame’,” said Marc Charron President, TripAdvisor for Business. “By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on consistently delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive an improvement to hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition.”

Since the day The Croff House opened, April 10, 2008, we have always dedicated ourselves to providing the best guest experience possible from the moment the guest first contacts us, throughout their stay, and even after they have returned home.  Visitor’s to the inn expect a high level of customer service, with personal touches and attention to detail in all areas of the property: our bed linens, our facilities and common areas, our guest services, and – most importantly – our breakfasts.  Everything we do is to ensure that a stay at The Croff House is exceptional.

Being inducted into the Trip Advisor Hall of Fame follows a very rigorous process:

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period as well as business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

We are so thankful for all our guests, but especially the 266 who have taken the time to share their experiences with future visitors.  Yes, we realize the 266 includes the less than 5-Star reviews, but constructive feedback helps us identify areas for improvement and ensures we are maintaining our high standards and commitment to providing superior customer service at all times.

Cheers to the next 266!