THE CATSKILL’S MOST COMFORTABLE LODGING CHOICE!
SKI NEARBY WINDHAM AND HUNTER MOUNTAINS OR CROSS COUNTRY ON LOCAL TRAILS. MOUNTAIN BIKERS AND HIKERS WILL DELIGHT IN TRAIL CHOICES. CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF COURSES ONLY MINUTES FROM OUR FRONT DOOR. ALBANY AND THE NEW YORK STATE THRUWAY LESS THAN A 30 MINUTE DRIVE! LOCAL BREWERIES, WINERIES, AND DISTILLERIES ABOUND!
We ask our guests what enthralls them the most and it's never just one thing..."It's so charmingly beautiful"..."We feel as though we stepped back in time"..."The beds are divine - I could have slept all day"...One guest threatened to take the bed home on top of of her car. Others can't seem to leave the front porch, while some are captivated by the elegant decor of the mountain lodging.
The inn was built during the 1820's while Isaiah Robbins and his sons lived in a log cabin (what is now the Lillian Suite). The house and the adjacent store were completed in 1830 and became the epicenter of the property procured by Wm. Van Rensselaer in a grant from the East Indies Trading Company and the King of England. This storefront was the mercantile, hardware and supply center for the entire area and later added a post office and gas station for the area. The house was later purchased by the Palmer family in 1911 and remained in that family until Bert and Holly purchased the property in 2010. The house began its swift return to glory that very year. Read more about this under the lodging tab.
Life is what happens to us whilst we are making plans for other things! We operated the Inn for almost 10 years as a b & b. In 2019 Holly, Innkeeper, chef, and co-owner with husband Bert, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. If you know Holly, as many of our frequent flyers do, such a hurdle was not getting in her way. However, it was necessary to make some adjustments. Therefore. we have become solely a lodging Inn for travelers of the Great Northern Catskills. We have adjusted our pricing and room offerings accordingly and still offer 24 x 7 complimentary coffee and tea in the dining room, free bottled water, and other amenities just as when we were serving breakfast. We look forward to still greeting guests to VanWinkle Inn as always and being able to socialize and make suggestions about area attractions or just “shoot the breeze” and catch up with them on the front porch. One other thing. Bert has instituted a new policy at the Inn. Each time a guest books a room (Effective 10/01/19) a $5 donation will be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. This old Inn provides a vehicle for all of us to help………..and we will!