When my wife and I arrived at The Swann Inn we heard this loud noise coming from around the side of the house. Upon investigation we found our "hostess-to-be" out in the garden wielding a leaf blower, working diligently to evict last fall's leaves from the garden. And, with that same diligence and attention to detail, our hosts, Neil and Darlene Caplan, made our stay at their B&B a delight.
We were booked into one of the three guest rooms on the second floor, but when we arrived, and no one else was scheduled for overnight, Darlene offered up the downstairs master suite, "The Red Room". We jumped at the opportunity. Designed with a Victorian parlor in mind, the room is handsomely appointed. The bed is located in it's own cozy niche with curtains that can be drawn across the entrance.
After a fantastic dinner at the Thai restaurant downtown, Mary and I sat on the front porch and watched the sun dip down below the trees in the distance. The porch extends across the whole front of the house. The wicker chairs and settees are extremely inviting.
Breakfast is served in a bright, cheerful sitting room across from "The Red Room". Well stocked with coffee, tea, cocoa, and some snack items (homemade peanut butter cookies), the room also boasts shelves of books for your perusal and original paintings featuring views of Bannerman Castle. While we were enjoying a delightful breakfast of fruit (what gorgeous fruit plates Neil and Darlene concocted for us), spinach quiche, yogurt, juice and coffee, outside the bay window two of the Caplan's cats were making their rounds of the garden.
When it came time to say our farewells, Polly (short for Pollyanna) the Border Collie was on hand for some last minute "soccer" and attention. We don't get up into the Hudson River Valley as often as we'd like but on our next visit we're going to be sure we book a night, or maybe two, with Neil and Darlene at The Swann Inn of Beacon. And, if you need ideas about where to go, what to visit, and where to eat during your stay in Beacon the Caplan's will be happy to assist.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Swann Inn of Beacon, a Gothic Revival Victorian is a perfect retreat for hikers, and travelers looking to experience the beauty of the Hudson Valley in a relaxed B & B, nestled in a wooded setting at the foot of Mt. Beacon. Enjoy our tranquil homestyle rooms including queen size beds and private baths. NYC guests,we will pick you up at Beacon train station. Ask about Bannerman Island tour packages. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Swann Inn Of Beacon Hotel Beacon