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“Excellent Hosts Make It Worthwhile” 5 of 5 stars
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Captain Schoonmaker's Bed and Breakfast
913 State Route 213, High Falls, NY 12440   |  
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Ranked #3 of 6 High Falls B&B and Inns
Kearny, New Jersey
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
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“Excellent Hosts Make It Worthwhile”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2010

My husband and I have traveled around the world from Japan to Paris and across the United States, and we can honestly say that we had a wonderfully romantic time. We highly recommend this B&B for the location, house and hosts. For us, the place and hosts went beyond our expectations. However, there are a few things that another person might not like about this place. We wrote this honest review to help others decide of this place is right for you. At Captain Schoonmakers, you can expect:

--Good, satisfying breakfasts that vary daily. Made by Judy and served by Bill at 9am, we enjoyed yogurt with granola and fresh blueberries, whole wheat pancakes with bacon and apple slices, and a confection dreamed up by Judy called "Eggnogg French Toast". All was served with scones or muffins, and bottomless juice and coffee.

--Excellent location. They are centrally located around the major points of interest, which include Rhinebeck and Woodstock to the North, New Paltz, Mohonk Preserve and Minnewaska State Park to the South - not to mention all the hiking, shopping, history and antiquing one would ever want. We came to hike, but the snow beat us there, so we timidly tried cross-country skiing for the first time and loved it! There's really something to do in every season.

--Lovely old house. The pre-revolutionary house is gorgeous with wide-planked floors and old fireplaces. It's also chock full of interesting old pictures, antiques and little knick-knacks, including a very interesting mouse trap in the dining room that we couldn't help fiddle with. You can have coffee, tea and little chocolate chip cookies while you explore the place or simply read a book from their extensive library by one of the fireplaces.

--Beautiful property. Situated on wooded grounds with a big stream and water fall, the nature surrounding the house is beautiful. We went in winter when everything was snow-covered and we still thought it was gorgeous.

--Lovely Room. We stayed in the "Captain's Quarters" upstairs in the oldest part of the main building above the kitchen. We had the entire place to ourselves except when breakfast was on, since all other rooms are out in the barn and even the hosts live in the house next door, which is not attached to the original old house. This was very nice as we didn't need to worry about making noise when we creaked around our room at night. The bed is very soft and there's lots of extra pillows and blankets. There's a lovely fireplace in the room which we used 2 out of the 3 nights and a one-person jacuzzi in the bathroom for your exclusive use that we fully took advantage of. We did NOT hear any roosters in the morning, or at any other time for that matter, as another reviewer wrote.

--Lovely Hosts. That Judy and Bill Klock go the extra mile to ensure their guests' full and complete happiness is evident in the little touches around the house. Little home-baked cookies in the foyer with coffee at all times, bath salts in the jacuzzi, throw blankets on every chair in the house, fire places ready for lighting, even a flask of some liquor for a night cap on our table near the fire all were much appreciated. The hosts are also very forthcoming with day trip ideas and directions to anywhere you'd like to go in the area. And finally, Judy and Bill are really pleasant, down-to-Earth, good people and chatting simply about our lives together indeed elevated our experience there.

As I said before, my husband and I have traveled around the world and Captain Schoonmaker's still went above our expectations. However, we realize that no place can be all things to all people, so we have included a list of things you may want to keep in mind. While we didn't consider them negatives, we can see how some might be bothered by:

--Traffic on the highway. The house is like 10 feet from the road, so you can hear cars and trucks going by on the highway while lying in bed. It's honestly NOT loud, but sounds sort of like a whoosh as they pass. Honestly, though, this did not bother us at all and I am a light sleeper. At night, there aren't many cars going by anyway and truth be told, it became white noise by the second night we were there.

--The unattached bathroom. The bathroom is out in the hallway literally 3 steps away from the bedroom door. No one else uses it except for you and no one is even in the house, let alone the second floor, so the fact that it's technically not attached to the room didn't bother us in the slightest. It really might as well have been attached. Still...I know some people are weird about their bathrooms.

--The very BIG dog. Beau is a very cute, very LARGE golden retriever. He is very sweet and does not jump on people. In truth, we only saw him briefly at breakfast once, but if you are scared of dogs or severely allergic, then you may want to ask the hosts to vacuum the house and keep the dog out of the main building. The hosts live next door on another property, so that problem is easily solved.

AND THAT'S IT! We highly recommend this place. We had a truely romantic stay.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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70 reviews 70 reviews
54 hotel reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2010

I grew up in the Hudson Valley and even though I now live in Europe, get positively irrational when I remember this very beautiful spot in the world. When the opportunity came to take a short holiday near the Catskills, I was delighted when my wife found Captain Schoonmakers as I recall the house very well from my childhood and college days: at a crossroads with a stream and a waterfall. We took one of the rooms in the building at the back of the property facing the rushing stream and waterfall. It was delightful to sleep with the sound of running water in our ears (and this blocks out the road noise another Trip Advisor member wrote.) The room itself was charming was gas fireplace, a comfortable bed, and porch facing the stream. Even though it was late fall and chilly, we kept the door cracked to get even more of the stream's music.

The innkeepers couldn't have been nicer and made the most extraordinary breakfasts I have ever tasted. When do you eat a fully cooked breakfast except when on vacation: these were definitely worth the calories. In case you were still hungry, the library had a plate of baked goods always available. And we had a wonderful dinner at the DuPuy Canal House nearby.

My only caveat was that the walls are thin and neighbors have to be on best behavior so that your stay is as private as you might wish.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ozone Park, New York
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2010

My husband surprised with an anniversary weekend getaway. Captain Schoonmaker's is a magical and romantic place. Bill and Judy are extremely wonderful host. Judy's breakfasts are to die for. It was as if I came home for the weekend. I can not wait till the next time we are able to visit.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jacksonville, FL
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2010

One look at the photos of the property and I knew I wanted to stay here. I was traveling with my sister and her two teenaged sons - their first time ever staying in a bed and breakfast and they absolutely loved it. The Captain's Quarter's was ideal for us. The inn is full of wonderful antiques, seasonal decorations (Judy has a great eye for decorating) and is overall just a delightfully charming, cozy place. The breakfasts were delicious. The chickens running around the yard, Betty the cat, Beau, the very sweet dog, the sound of the stream, the cool, fresh mountan air, the colorful leaves on the trees- a perfect setting. Judy and Bill are wonderful, gracious hosts, helpful with directions, advice about local attractions, restaurants, things to do. I would definitely recommend staying here and look forward to a return visit.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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West Islip, New York
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2010

Just stayed this beautiful September weekend. Highly recommended, wooded & private historic B & B, operated by Judy and Bill. Super couple, very accommodating. Wonderful, wonderful breakfast! Highly, highly recommend Red Brick Tavern in Rosendale for dinner too!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York, NY
Top Contributor
227 reviews 227 reviews
64 hotel reviews
Reviews in 75 cities Reviews in 75 cities
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2010

Lovely place to stay; convenient to New Paltz, Mohonk, Minnewaska, Catskills. Have been there twice; will go again. Good biking, hiking in the vicinity. Terrific breakfast; lovely hosts.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2010

My fiancee and I (I proposed in the privacy and solitude of their beautiful garden) visited for a relaxing weekend away from New York City - and it was just what we needed. Peace, comfort, charm, solitude and a home-made breakfast to die for! We stayed in the Woodland View room in the carriage house, which had a wonderful peaceful outlook into lush trees and the stream below, as well as a large bathroom with a comfortable jacuzzi.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 913 State Route 213, High Falls, NY 12440
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Location: United States > New York > High Falls
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #3 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in High Falls
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Number of rooms: 5
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