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.

 

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

 

 

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

What’s in a name?

Hudson Opera House

Exterior of the Hudson Opera House

Visitors to Hudson enjoy walking up and down our main street, Warren Street, which boasts beautiful and historic architecture throughout.  One of the more significant buildings is the Hudson Opera House and the history of the building’s use is rather noteworthy.

Built in 1855, the building was designed by local architect Peter Avery. For more than a century, it housed various civic offices, including the Post Office and Police Station, and was home to the Franklin Library and the First National Bank of Hudson.  Shortly after City Hall moved further up Warren Street in 1962, the building was sold to an out-of-town developer.  For nearly thirty years it sat vacant, decaying and accumulating debris. During this time, lower Warren Street was virtually abandoned and considered by many to be a lost cause.

Today the building is undergoing the final phase of full restoration.   When complete, the performance hall will be

Hudson Opera House

Interior performance space at the Hudson Opera House

adapted for modern use, creating a unique, intimate and flexible 300-seat theater to provide contemporary programming reflective of today’s audiences.  For the first time in the building’s history, the performance hall will be accessible to all, including those who, because of age or disability, are unable to use the historic staircase.  he character of the historical building will be retained. The current proscenium arch and raked wooden floor stage were late 19th century additions, and will be preserved.  The historic fabric will also be retained, and new elements will be sensitively incorporated to retain the overall historic character of the spaces.

A “new” facility deserves a new name and, as such, the Hudson Opera House has added Center for the Arts to it’s title, expanding the scope of the programming being offered.  When you are next in Hudson the renovations will be complete.  Make it a destination while exploring Warren Street.