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On The Road: The Catskill Mountains of New York

Mandavilla fog viewSince the mid-1800s visitors were drawn to New York’s Catskill Mountains for its natural beauty and serene landscape. The area know as the Catskills covers a wide swath of land — everything west of the Hudson River and south of Albany. The mountainous terrain and lush forest inspired amany an artist in the Hudson River School and was the vacation destination du jour for city dwellers especially between the 1940s and 60s — as depicted in the movie, “Dirty Dancing.” Yes, the Catskills is where Baby met Johnny!

Today, the region continues to be a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers and the artistic type. Whether you;re blazig a path through the wilderness or cruising a scenic byway, the region has much to offer. The Catskills contain more than 30 peaks above 3,500 feet so scenic vistas are quite literally at every turn…

ECCE Bed and Breakfast

This unique dwelling takes its name from the Latin word meaning, “behold.” Gazing upon the scenery from the property located on a bluff 300 feet above the Upper Delaware River it’s easy to understand the inspiration. ECCE is nestled on 60 acres of private wooded property.

Co-owner Alan Rosenblatt says the bed and breakfast hosts about 1,500 guests each year, but fall is a particularly special time to visit. “Everywhere you look there is a pastiche of color that is picture postcard perfect,” expresses Rosenblatt.

home fallApart from the scenery, Rosenblatt believes guests return time and again to be pampered in a way only ECCE can. That includes a guest reception each afternoon featuring a variety of beverages and gourmet hors d’oeuvres. A gourmet made-to-order breakfast gives guests a choice of 20 dishes. “Most B&Bs have a set offering each morning with very few options,” explains Rosenblatt. “Also when reserving a room we ask guests why they are coming to the area. If it’s a special occasion we leave a personalized surprise welcome in their room apropos of the occasion.”

That commitment to personalized service has earned ECCE several distinctions including Trip Advisors Travelers’ Choice Award for the Top 25 B&Bs and inns in the US. Trip Advisor ranks ECCE number one in New York as well as the Catskill region and number three in the country.

 

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A Breathtaking Escape in the Catskills

overlookIn Latin, “ECCE” means “behold.” Ecce Bed and Breakfast in Barryville, New York lives up to its name. This breathtaking bed and breakfast is located on a bluff 300 feet above the upper Delaware River.

In 2002, owners Alan Rosenblatt and Kurtis Kreider shook off the con­straints of “corporate America” and looked for a new adventure.”Our personal interests such as culi­nary arts, hosting, garden­ing and home decor were a perfect fit for a B&B,” notes Rosenblatt.

The house was built in 1952 and only had two previous owners before Kreider and Rosenblatt. They were attracted to the solid struc­ture of the home, the hard­wood floors and unique architectural features. The new owners added two bedrooms, three bath­rooms, new decking and landscaping. The bed and breakfast opened July 1, 2004 and won the Sullivan County Showcase Award for “The Most Unique/ Interesting Renovation” pre­sented by the Sullivan County Board of Realtors.

ECCE is nestled on 60 acres of wooded private property, which gives guests the opportunity to hike, bike, paint, sketch and photo· graph the wonders of nature. Those who stay in one of ECCE’s five bedrooms are treated to breakfast over­looking the river made to order at the time they desire. In the afternoon, there is a guest reception featuring hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine.”This gather­ing gives our guests an opportunity to socialize with each other in a relaxed, casu­al setting,” explains Rosenblatt.

If guests are more interested in fowl than food, bird watch­ing is also a favorite past time at ECCE. Given the loca­tion, guests can spot Bald Eagles flying below, over the river. From outdoor decks, migratory birds such as indi­go buntings, scarlet tanagers, cedar wax wings and gold finch are seen at eye level perched on trees. For the art enthusiast, ECCE hosts a rotating art exhibit featuring indoor and outdoor sculptures, pottery, jewelry, photography, paintings and prints. The newest installation is “Cascade II” by Tom Holmes. According to Rosenblatt and Kreider, more than half of the people who stay at ECCE keep coming back to this haven. Surrounded by scenery, outdoor sports, theatres, galleries and museums, the bed and breakfast prides itself on catering to its guests.

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