Thursday, April 3, 2014

Room 2 - New Quilts

Another room outfitted in quilts I have made! This time it is Room 2, which is in the Main Inn on the second floor. It has a queen bed and a twin bed, so I made "matching" quilts using a star-in-a-square block. I do the design, piecing, and binding and then the quilting was done by long arm quilter, Karen Gibbs.

Here is a look around the room:

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Looking Back to 1905

The Greenville Arms 1889 Inn was built in 1889 by William S Vanderbilt as a second residence for his family. He also had a house in New York City, where he served as treasurer of the Knickerbocker Trust Company.

Here is the house in 1905 (the one to the back right) . . .


And here it is in 2005 . . .

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Wee Forest Folk Retirement List for 2014

As you may know, we carry the adorable Wee Forest Folk collectable figures in our gift shop at the inn. Every year some of these figures are retired from the line - making them even more collectable!

This is the list of figures retired in 2014. We have many of these still able in our shop inventory. You have to see them in person to really appreciate the incredible fine detail of each figure! They are such fun to look and always bring a smile to my face. Even if you are not a die hard collector (and I know a few!), they make a charming gift for any occasion.

2014 RetiredWee Forest Folk® is a small family business in Massachusetts that has been crafting these delightful miniatures for 40 years!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Snowscape at the Greenville Arms 1889 Inn

We finally got a nice covering of snow in our area, probably about a foot or two. It makes the landscape so beautiful and bright.

Here is a photo tour of the grounds that I took the morning after the snow storm.

The front porch - might need something a little warmer than hot chocolate to keep you warm in those chairs!

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Snow is piled high, but the roads were clear already in the early morning. The snow plow crews in our area are great.

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A decorative fringe of icicles!

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Pressed snow anyone? (This is an antique grape press that Mark got from his grandfather.)

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The back porch steps might need a little shoveling.

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More icicles on the rear of the Main Inn. This area always gets the mother of all icicles because it doesn't get any direct sunlight.

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Somewhere under all that snow is our creek.

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This is the front of the carriage house.

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The sculpture has a nice party hat of snow.

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The wishing well. I'll bet some of you are wishing for Spring!

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Icicle row behind the carriage house.

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The snow was up to my knees. My foot is somewhere down beneath that snow.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Two New Quilts for the Rooms

I just completed the tops for two new quilts for the rooms. This is a Queen and Twin set for one of the 5 rooms that have that bed configuration.

They will now be taken to a local longarm quilter for quilting. When I get them back, I'll need to finish them off with a binding and then they will be ready to add to one of the rooms. I'm deciding between the North Cottage and Room 2.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Snow and Savory Kitchen Adventures

While the East Coast has been getting their share of major snow storms, up here in the Catskills, the snow has been pretty light, comparatively. So we were happy to finally get a nice snow fall to blanket the landscape with a fluffy blanket of the cold stuff.

The dogs love going for walks around the property through the soft snow. They often stick their whole face under the snow to sniff the tantalizing scents underneath - mainly deer tracks!

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I love all the shadows created by the trees!

But speaking of tantalizing scents, winter is also the time when we are experimenting with new recipes for the year. One of the recent dishes was a Roast Pork Loin with Pears and Cider.

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It was a tasty dish with wonderfully delicate flavors. I just wish I'd had something to sop up all that luscious sauce!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Shopping for Your Sweetheart

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Ah, the scent of melting chocolate is wafting through the air at the inn. We have been busy making chocolates to fill the elegant Valentines boxes for the first rush of wholesale orders. We are making caramels, cordials - cherry & apricot, maple creams, and more of our signature gourmet chocolates. The heart boxes can be all dark chocolates, a mix of milk and dark chocolates or all vegan chocolates.

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We also have our new "Daily Dose" a full half pound of solid chocolate hearts in a cute little purse box. The hearts are just right for a daily treat of chocolate.

M 414aWee Forest Folk collectable mouse figurines are another popular gift to delight your sweetheart. We have a selection of quite a few in our gift shop and they would be so adorable presented with a box of our Valentines chocolates.

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Then while you're at it, why not treat your true love to a weekend getaway! This year Valentines day is on the Friday before the long Presidents Day Weekend. When you stay three nights or more at our inn you always get 10% off of our regular rates. (One night stays are always welcome, too!) Check out our Specials and Packages page on our website for all the cool extras you can add to your visit to make it really memorable.