Last year we hosted five weddings at the Inn in the new (but yes, very old) barn. This year I think we’ll only do four maximum. They are, unsurprisingly, a TON of work and we enjoy being a hotel first and foremost.
All that said, how dreamy are these pics from a wedding we hosted here last September? Thank you Map & Compass Photography for sending them along! And thank you Maria & Jake for getting hitched here!
For the curious (and perhaps the recently engaged??) you can see details about our 2019 dates, rates, and other details about how we do wedding weekends right here.
We just announced this year’s Spruceton Inn Artist Residents and I am SO EXCITED!
We had just shy of 300 applications this year and it was so hard to whittle it down to these eight, but HOLY SH*T SERIOUSLY I AM SO EXCITED about these eight!
In alphabetical order they are:
Kamee Abrahamian, visual artist & writer / Lucy Ruth Cummins, visual artist & writer / Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, visual artist & writer / Aditi Natasha Kini, writer / Christina Wood Martinez, writer / Jenny Rosenstrach, writer / Sofia Warren, visual artist & writer / Alexandra Zsignmond, visual artist
They’ll be shacking up at the Inn one at a time for 5 days each this January through March. I can’t wait to talk to them about their novels and cookbooks and collages and street art projects and cartoons and fine art and kids books and installations and and AND!
As of this morning, applications are officially open for our Inn's Artist Residency program so hop on it!
Details, including how to apply, can be found on our website here.
2017 Artist Resident Ping Zhu made these beautiful paintings when she was here that I think perfectly capture what our 32 previous artists have all described their time as being like:
Looking forward to your applications!
UPDATE: POSITION FILLED! Thank you everyone who applied.
Like I said on Instagram: My baby is still a *little* too young to work the Front Desk and Bar so WE’RE HIRING! Assistant Innkeeper, 30 hrs a week. You’ll be joining me and our other Assistant Hannah (@comeandgoblues) as we do the little bit of everything that it takes to run this place. No hospitality experience required. Ideal start date is ASAP, but if you’re worth waiting for, we’ll wait! Details on our website including how to apply at sprucetoninn.com/jobs
Through the month of September, writers and 2D artists can apply for a week long, no cost stay at the Inn. Residents are announced October 20th and come stay at some point between January and March.
Last year we had over 300 applications for 8 spots. We can't WAIT to see this year's applications! Check out previous Residents, program details, and how to apply right here.
Last night I was walking down Spruceton Road at sunset and it got me thinking about the first time we drove it four years ago, unknowingly just moments away from spotting the property that would change our lives. Then I started thinking about how our guests might feel driving down it for the first time on a summer Friday evening, about to embark on their weekends. Both thoughts made me happy.
I'm just so damn glad we're out here.
Come live it up with us in the Catskills this summer and fall as our Assistant Innkeeper!
It's part-time (about 22 hrs per week), temporary position during our super fun high season. Duties include checking guests in and out, handling email inquiries, coffee and bar service, and generally being a Catskills concierge to our kick ass guests.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details if you're interested!
I like when Pinterest picks out my own hotel as inspiration for me. RIGHT ON PINTEREST. Right on.
The upstate focused website And North asked me a few questions about what it's like to run my own business in their collection of 5 Women-Owned Businesses We Love in Upstate New York.
I'm often a little stumped at first when folks ask for general business advice. Everyone's path is so different, right? But I do stand by what I ultimately told 'em:
My mantra when opening the inn was "Everything will get done because it has to". I must have told myself that ten times a day because, frankly, there were points when it seemed impossible — this idea that all fifty thousand things you have to do to open your business will get done. And it’s not just the sheer amount of tasks, it’s the variety. There were days when I would spend the morning finalizing our liquor application, the afternoon ordering sample linens, and the evenings designing our website. That’s a lot of different hats. But that’s exactly what I wanted — to have my hand in everything. And you know what? Everything got done because it had to!
It's not the sexiest mantra but truly, it was the lighthouse that got me through some of those rougher, uncertain patches along the way.
You can't live in the country and NOT talk about the weather at least, oh, four times a day. Especially if you take a trip to the Post Office, in which case the weather must be commented upon with each and every person who comes and goes.
But seriously? We have a big ol' storm coming our way tomorrow. Upwards of two feet! My skier is quite excited. Our kitchen team a little less so. And we have loads of folks staying at the Inn this week!
We'll see which brave souls actually get out of bed for coffee service tomorrow morning...
Well, life took over and we pretty much didn't touch it again until now. In the dead of winter. Because that's a totally ideal time to be doing work in an uninsulated, unheated barn.
We had some friends up for New Year's Eve and in between walks to the waterfall--
And lighting massive bonfires--
Why on earth did we decide to do this today? Because we're having a Dungeons & Dragons retreat here this weekend and they're going to use the barn for their Friday night welcome event! I'll snap some pics then too so you can see it in all of its tapestry/string light/electric candle nerding out glory.
We're still planning on doing a real-deal renovation in the spring/summer, but for now it's great to have this space even remotely usable!
We've had such an avalanche of last minute applications for our Artist Residency program that we've decided to extend the deadline through Friday, November 4th.
Writers and 2D artists, apply online here!
Ever fantasized about living in the country and running a little Inn? Well dang, come on up and do it with me! We're hiring for a full-time Assistant Innkeeper here at the Spruceton Inn!
And for those of you who know and love my current Assistant Innkeeper Megan, you can wish her well as she moves on to wonderful things with Memorial Sloan Kettering! I am SO SAD to see her go, but 100% rooting for her in her next adventure.
UPDATE: Hired! Thank you so much to everyone who applied.
What a pleasant surprise on this horribly snowy day to be clicking through this Design*Sponge slide show on "modest minimalism" and come across us on the last slide!
Fan girl dreams coming true guys. Thanks for the shout out Design*Sponge!
You know how every NYE I write a letter to myself that I open the next NYE? Well I forced it on all my guests this year, mwahahahaha!
Ok, maybe not quite forced it. More like, put some paper and envelopes and such in all of the rooms with a little explanation of the tradition and said that if folks wanted to write themselves one, I'd happily mail it to them next year.
I was super touch by how many people took me up on it!
Happy New Year to all of you out there!
I'm just realizing that I never actually made a post on how he built it. Hmm.... Here's the quick photo montage:
And DONE! Haha! Well actually it nearly happened that fast. Design*Sponge confirmed that they were gonna come up and do a feature and we were like, "Cool, there's literally nothing in the rooms right now but that's fine. We'll TOTALLY be able to stage two room types and build a bar in three days".
And while it was kind of insane, we did it.
We kept a lot of the bar the same for the first few months, moving and/or adding things here or there depending on how we'd seen guests use the space.
But as time has gone on, I've found myself feeling not entirely in love with this corner:
The orange chairs and low white stools are in the rooms and I love them there--
But for whatever reason they just weren't doing it for me in the bar. They somehow felt a little... dainty all together.
So one afternoon sitting behind the bar I asked myself, "If you could have anything there, what would it be?" and immediately I was like, "Duh, a big barn wood booth."
So I asked my carpenter-man and he said, "No problem" and spent the next few weeks thinking and planning, solving questions of weight and support and how to do this with as little lumber as possible. I'd wake up to the alarm ringing and roll over to find him open eyed, already talking. "I think I figured out a way we can get the kick space to yada yada carpenter talk early in the morning..."
We've been on a crazy project binge recently, finishing the wood trim in the hallway and "wallpapering" it with old encyclopedia pages and--
I'll do another post on that once it's finished up, but there's a sneak peek for ya.
So basically we've be on such a roll that we figured fuck it, let's keep going! Yesterday (yes, on Christmas Day, after opening presents), Steven turned his studio into a woodshop and built the booth's skeleton out of new lumber:
And luckily today it was sunny for the first time in weeks and all the snow had melted and our guests weren't arriving til the late afternoon so...
We dragged the interior frames into the bar and set up camp in there. And by "we" I mean "he". I mostly ran around with the dog, did some springtime-esque yard work, and wheelbarrowed over lots of wood for our bar's fire pit.
I occasionally bopped in to hold pieces in place, press here, pass me that etc. And to take pictures of course! Of Steven drilling from the underside so you won't be able to see screw heads on the bench seat:
Of the fronts with kick-spaces going on:
Of myself at the bar:
Steven head butting his shadow's butt back supports going up:
Of two stacks of planks for the backs of the booth:
And of the finished product!
If the carpenter looks a little more dazed than pleased as hell with his work, that's because he's consumed only half a Cliff bar and a Coke all day. And it's 4:15pm. And he just dragged that stump in to be a temporary table.
But YAY! Isn't he good?! Doesn't it suit the bar so well?!
Here's Before and After right next to each other:
Next up making a low table to set drinks on. And re-hanging the art and maps so they suit the new set up. And finding a new place for the toaster oven in the mornings. And making a pillow or five so guests can get cozy with their Nordic glögg and boyfriend and whatnot.
Woohoo! Thank you Steven! I love it. I love, love, LOVE it.
He used the bases of those Ikea stools and made custom wood tops. BAM!
And I moved some pillows and dried wildflowers in here to soften it up. Ba-BAM!
But I didn't use a real camera to photograph it. BAM! I mean, sorry.
(What is I Love Lamp? This is I Love Lamp.)