My boyfriend and I (not vegan or vegetarian but we both interested in healthy foods and eat little meat) stayed at the Turquoise Barn over Presidents Day weekend. We took the trip from New York City and after a 3 hour scenic drive through the Catskills felt a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. We felt instantly relaxed as Michelle and Michael welcomed us to their beautiful home. It was clear that Michelle and Michael were very happy to chat to us and answer our (many) questions about vegan/raw foods and the stunning countryside by which we were surrounded. Michelle, we learned often gives talks and teaches about food around the US (and perhaps internationally?) and it was great to benefit from the one-on-one time, mainly over the delicious breakfasts, where she was very willing to share her knowledge – at no extra cost. While we felt like friends by the time we left, rather than customers, we also felt extremely comfortable to come and go as we pleased and spend as much or as little time in our charming room (with private bathroom) as we liked. We took advantage of the snowshoes provided on the premises and used Turquoise Barn as a base to explore other areas reachable by car. In summer, we’ll definitely be back to experience the fresh food from the garden and also to take part on one of Michelle’s creative cooking classes. Visitors should definitely check out the barn for handmade jewelry, art and furniture and the food items for sale such as the fresh, organic honey and bee pollen, we found to be much cheaper than those sold in the city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located just 3 hours from NYC in the beautiful Catskill Mountains on an organic farm, Turquoise Barn is a former Green Certified B&B that has evolved into a full-house rental, retreat, and event center. The Catskills are becoming one of the hottest destinations for 2015. Besides being incredibly beautiful, the Catskills have been listed #2 on on Travel & Leisure's 'Best Places to Travel in 2015 - in the WORLD, #2 on Fodor's '2015 Go List!', and in the New York Times 52 Places to Go Feature. AND...Turquoise Barn has been featured in Conde Nast Traveller's January 2015 issue! Please Note: When you rent the Carriage House via Homeaway, you are renting the entire house Exclusively for your group. Our Home: Rustic . . Simplistic. . . Elegance........We are located in the Western Catskills on a former dairy farm. Our 3-story 3,000 sq. ft, converted 1800's Carriage House has large loft-style open spaces with high ceilings, artist designed & renovated with handcrafted furnishings and art throughout the house. Sleeps up to 16 people in beds and up to 25 with additional air mattresses or sleeping bags; camping on the property is also available. Set on acres of meadows, mountains, wooded areas, organic flower & veggie gardens, a fishing/swimming pond and streams, barns, and an amazing event field (with stage) nestled in the Catskill mountains; this fully furnished home is ideal for your next vacation, retreat, romantic getaway weekend, or gathering with friends & family. It's also the perfect spot for a country wedding, family reunions, group or corporate retreats. Upstairs are four large bedrooms (comfortably sleep 4 in each room), each equipped with a private bathroom, tastefully designed and decorated, and each with AMAZING views of the sunrise, sunset, moonrise, mountains or pond. Downstairs has an additional 5th full bathroom, open kitchen, large handcrafted dining table, radiant heat floors, wood stove and back sun porch. NATURE THERAPY.......Outside are acres of meadows, mountains, wooded areas, organic flower & veggie gardens, a fishing/swimming pond and streams. Fire pit for evening gatherings and open large field for special events. Also on the property are chickens, roosters, ducks, & cats (outdoor only). Hiking in our backyard or up the mountain road and just minutes away from the Catskill Scenic Trail for biking/walking/running/skiing. We are an eco-friendly chemical & pesticide-free environment both inside and out. Fresh spring water is available throughout the house and property; you can drink, swim and even shower in it! We use only natural soaps & cleaners as well as organic cotton linens which we line dry. Our property is the perfect location for large outdoor gatherings or small indoor events. Create your perfect country WEDDING; host a RETREAT, dinner party, or family and friends reunion. We have a large OUTDOOR EVENT SPACE nestled in the foothills with plenty of parking. Please visit Turquoise Barn website or contact us for more details What to do? Watch the sun set, moon rise, stars sparkle, relax by pond, build a bon fire, curl up with a good book next to the wood stove, schedule a massage or reiki treatment, hike or snowshoe the foothills in our backyard, visit the historical graveyard across the street. And if you want to explore, there are plenty of activities in the area. Close proximity to restaurants, SKIING (Plattekill 20-25 min - Bellayre- 30-35 min - Windham - 50 min - 1 hr), hiking, snowmobiling, swimming, fishing, book stores, antique shopping, yoga classes, performance centers, galleries, museums. Bovina 7 minutes, Delhi 10 min., Stamford, 10 min, Andes 15 minutes, Margaretville, 25 min, Cooperstown 50 min., Woodstock 1 hr. Approx. 2 Hours from George Washington Bridge - 3 Hrs. from NYC, 1.5 hrs. from Albany, 1.5hrs. Binghamton, 1.5hrs Kingston. For more pictures and information check Turquoise Barn's website as well as our reviews on Trip Advisor, Yelp! NOTE: We list on a number of websites so our calendar may not always be up to date. Please contact us before booking to be sure your dates are available. Thank you! ... more less