Workshops in Dan's Studio, Palenville, New York
Travel to Palenville, NY
"How did you find this place?” is the usual question. The answer is rather magical and clearly The Catskills themselves must have put in a good word for us. We call our tiny little village “The Shire” and the description fits with its lush green trees, countless waterfalls and swimming holes in the creek. Another name for Palenville is “the land of falling waters” as described in the legend of Rip Van Winkle, a fictional citizen of Palenville. You may also have seen our neighborhood portrayed by the landscape painters of the Hudson River School, who stayed here at the base of the glorious Kaaterskill Clove, a parting of the mountains that leads deep into the Catskills.
Palenville, New York, is located 45 miles south of Albany and about 2 hours north of New York City. You can fly into Albany and drive one hour south or fly into Newburgh and drive one hour north. From NYC, you can take MetroNorth up to Poughkeepsie and rent a car or take Amtrak to Hudson NY. There is also a Trailways bus directly into Palenville.
Places to Stay
There are several places to stay in Palenville, each within 5-7 minutes away from our home/studio. For full reviews, check www.TripAdvisor.com. Here are some favorites.
The Clark House B&B - The preferred choice of many workshop students is this beautiful Victorian inn run by a British and French couple who are good friends. You can see their lovely place at www.catskillsbb.com. The rooms here range from $115-225 and includes a gourmet breakfast. Mention the workshop to see if there is a discount. There is a rustic sky blue barn onsite for unique photo opportunities.
Red Ranch Inn - A well-run inexpensive family motel that seems straight out of Catskill's history. Everyone always says that it's dated but spotless. There's a good pizza/pasta restaurant adjacent to the motel. If you like a time travel adventure, you'll choose this one! A great place to stay if you want a real deal with a lot of character. The rooms are about $60-80. The website is www.redanchmotel.com. Kitchenettes are available, of course!
Green Cottage on AirBnB - Authentic, affordable and adorable rental located in Palenville. This vintage cottage sleeps 4 and rents for about $175/night. Take a peek at more photos at www.homeaway.com.
Kaaterskill Farmhouse Getaway - A beautifully restored Civil War era farmhouse nestled in the historic hamlet of Palenville, along the rushing Kaaterskill Creek. Featuring original hardwood floors, country kitchen , exposed beams, wifi, screened-in porch and stone fire pit. Walking distance to Circle W gourmet market. Sleeps 2-6.
To reserve call 518-678-3250. www.circlewmarket.com
Waterfall House Rental - If you need a little more space with your own natural paradise, you have to check out this house rental only blocks from the studio. It has two private waterfalls and sleeps 4-6 people for $250-350 per night according to season. If you want something special or if you're coming with your entourage, this would be the place. Enjoy their website at www.waterfallrental.com.
Streamside Cottage Rental - Another house rental right on Kaaterskill Creek, this spot features glass doors along the backside of the house so you can enjoy the spectacular setting. See all the photos of Streamside Cottage here.
Spring Cottage by Platte Clove - Sweet one bedroom cottage featuring the music of the creek. Steps from the beautiful waterfalls in Platte Clove, another Catskill's trails. Simple and comfortable, with a full kitchen, stereo, and back patio. 4 miles to Palenville. No wifi but most cell phones work fine. $135/night more photos here on AirBnB.