Workshops in our 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 5-10 minutes away from our home/studio. For full reviews, check www.TripAdvisor.com. Here are some favorites.
Woodbine Inn - Beautifully renovated 1850's historic inn less than a mile from our studio. Four private suites with sitting rooms and full baths. Be welcomed by a handsome mahogany lounge with a history as a speakeasy during Prohibition. $155-$238 www.booking.com
Glen Falls House - A Catskills resort that has moved from being a farmhouse to a 1940's resort to a thoughtful, gloriously designed charmer in 2017. Have the history, nature along with a guest amenities and a made-from-scratch restaurant onsite. The website is www.glenfallshouse.com. Rooms range from $115-$225 with seasonal specials.
Long Neck Inn at the Old Game Farm - Have you ever slept in a Giraffe House? What about an Elephant or Zebra Room? The Catskill Game Farm was a popular visitors attraction for decades before closing in 2006 but now has been reborn with a boutique hotel and glamping tents for a unique Catskill stay. $135-$375 www.thelongneckinn.net
Scribner's Catskill Lodge - Old time resort transformed into a beautiful, year-round destination resort. This one is a little far for most people being 10 miles from our studio, down a twisty mountain road but the resort's quality is excellent. www.scribnerslodge.com
Winter Clove Inn - A historic Catskills resort dating from 1838 with 49 guest rooms, hiking trails, nature walks and waterfalls and its own old fashioned bowling alley. Reservations here come with several meal plan options as part of the experience. The front porch is full of rockers and invites you to a quiet relaxing stay. $100-$150 www.winterclove.com
Bavarian Manor Country Inn - This family-run, gorgeous Victorian inn was first mentioned in 1865 when guests came to enjoy the Catskills springs on the property in Purling, New York. There are 18 rooms, a cocktail lounge and a full service restaurant on its 100 acres. A registered Historic Site with hallways lined with antique photos of guests in bygone days. An easy 15 min. drive through the woods to Palenville. $125-$200 www.bavarianmanor.com
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 and microbrewery 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.redranchmotel.com. Kitchenettes are available, of course!
Catskill Motor Court - Step back in time and get your own little Catskill cottage at this family-owned Motor Court. Expect a clean, no frills room that will definitely bring memories of family road trips except with wifi. $75-$90 see it on Trip Advisor
Beautiful House on Main Street on AirBnB - In the center of Palenville, enjoy an easy walk to coffee at the Circle W store. Completely redesigned farmhouse with white walls, exposed beams and all the good modern touches. AirBnB Farmhouse about $120
Yurt in the Catskills on AirBnB - This amazing 26 foot Yurt is down the street from our house but feels like you are in the wilderness. The hosts caution that you need a camping state of mind because you will hear acorns falling on the top and might see a bug or two. On the other hand, there's a kitchen, compost toilet, indoor fireplace and TV. about $99 yurt AirBnB
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.
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 $400 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.
Stream Side 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. About $425. Stream Side Cottage
A Tiny House Resort - Are you curious about Tiny House living? Only about 10 miles from Palenville is a new vacation resort that features 8 tiny houses in several different designs. All have wi-fi and there is a waterfall onsite. Isn't that a dream come true! $165-$295 www.atinyhouseresort.com
Chain hotels near Saugerties - About 10 miles from Palenville, you'll find some dependable standbys that will be familiar to you. Howard Johnson by Wyndham, Comfort Inn Saugerties. About 12 miles to Woodstock, you'll find The Woodstock Inn on the Millstream. An elegant B&B located in the village of Catskill about 10 miles from Palenville is The Post Cottage next to the Thomas Cole House.