Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!

We want to thank so many people for making 2013 one of the best years ever. We became the owners and innkeepers of the Journey Inn Bed & Breakfast this year - fulfilling a lifetime dream! It was a long and challenging time - leaving careers, a home we loved, great friends, and a life we were accustomed to - but gaining so much in the process. We were ready for something new - and we took the leap. What we found was more time with family, a community that has embraced us completely, new friends, a wonderful new home, and the best job for anyone who loves people, serving the public, preparing great food, and caring for a home. Thank you 2013 - we ask 2014 to be just as kind to us - and to all of you. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

This is a very special Thanksgiving for us - as we are so thankful for finding the Journey Inn and fulfilling a lifetime dream. We can only hope that all of you are as happy as we are. Blessings to all our past and future guests, our new friends in Dutchess County, our old friends, our family, and to everyone who appreciates all the wonderful things life has to offer.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

One year ago....we found our future

One year ago today we walked into the Journey Inn Bed & Breakfast and knew that this was the place. We had just started our search for our B&B - and believe it or not, the Journey Inn was the first place we saw. I remember saying that this was the place - and why, oh, why did it have to be the first place we saw. We spent the next several months traveling around visiting other places, searching online, talking to consultants and brokers - and nothing else was as perfect for us as the Journey Inn. As New Yorkers, it was much harder for us to leave the state we knew and loved than we thought. And we wanted to make sure that our first passion - food - was high on the list of what the area had to offer. Well we found great restaurants and so much more. We have been coming to the Hudson Valley for 30 years and living up here (on weekends) for 15 years - but even we didn't know how much the area had to offer. Great food, culture, history, architecture, outdoor activity, antiquing, horseback riding, swimming, hiking, and so much more. We are so happy that our guests never run out of things to do - and very often plan their trips to come back when they realize they didn't give themselves enough time. We still have a huge list of things we have not been able to experience yet - your vacations are our staycations - and we are just loving it!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Happy Independence Day

A happy Independence Day to everyone. This is our favorite holiday - not only is it summer, but it is a time for family and friends to gather for great food. The bounty of summer fruits and vegetables are among us and at their peak of flavor. And nothing is better than grilled meat, fish, vegetables - and chilled fruit. Don't forget the ice cream! But what I most love about this holiday is what we are celebrating - this great experiment that is America. Let us not forget how special this country is and how our founding fathers gave us and the world, democracy. Just so that we never forget, here is a link to that amazing document - our Declaration of Independence. We never get tired of reading it. http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Certificate of Excellence - Thank you to all who have been so generous with your reviews!

We are so proud to share with our past and future guests that we have won the prestigious certificate of excellence from TripAdvisor. This award places us in the top-performing 10% of all businesses worldwide on TripAdvisor, and is given to businesses that consistently earn high ratings from TripAdvisor travelers. So THANK YOU happy guests for all those great reviews and ratings. We promise to continue to offer the best service, accommodations, breakfasts, cleanliness, and all the best that our guests deserve.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


I am a very lucky person. I have great friends. My friends from college (Connie, Maria, Marj, Steph, Julie) find time to see each other as often as we can. With careers, kids, and life's other challenges - we still find time to get away and see each other. It is one of the best gifts I give myself. So it is very exciting for me to host groups of friends getting together to just be together. I have been lucky to host many groups of friends finding that precious time to be together for long walks, great dinners, and wonderful conversation. I love getting these reservations - because I know how special these moments are for all involved. We all need to find the time and keep those friendships alive - they mean so much.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Guests bringing joy

It has been 3 weeks since we reopened the Inn - and it is clear to me that what makes the Journey Inn so special are the people that choose to stay here. We are so very lucky to have had the most amazing guests these past three weeks. I wish I could spend more time at the breakfast table as I hear the laughter and the animated discussions taking place. I am so happy that everyone enjoys themselves so much. Yesterday we had a competitive card game going while cheers erupted during the Players Tournament. Last weekend, wine and Kentucky Derby was the pre-dinner event. It was so wonderful to see guests exchanging contact information - as friendships were formed. It makes us so very happy to have happy guests. Thanks to you all.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Our first weekend

Well our first weekend is behind us - and I just want to say, it was a blast! Let me tell you all about it, but first, an introduction. We are the new Innkeepers, Valerie and Eric. And joining us are my parents, Victor and Victoria. We are the new Journey Inn - just as wonderful as the old Journey Inn of course!

After two weeks of frantic unpacking, decorating, landscaping, cooking - we opened to a full house. We had folks from New York, New Zealand, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Ohio. Some were just getting away for a weekend, others on a tour of the east coast, some folks taking a course at the Culinary Institute of America, and two sisters just wanting to spend some time together. And a good friend who wanted to share our first weekend - thanks Liz and Charlie!

What a great weekend it was. The weather was beautiful; the conversation was lively and fun. I do believe a great time was had by all. Our first breakfast was herbed scrambled eggs with roasted asparagus, blueberry muffins, local breakfast sausages, and strawberries with crème fraîche and brown sugar. I will never forget that first meal.

On Saturday, a nice glass of champagne was shared to celebrate the reopening and our new life as innkeepers.

Thanks to all the wonderful guests who helped make it such a memorable weekend.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Well today is the day, April 11,2013 that the keys have been passed from us, the old and original owners to the new owner of Journey Inn Bed & Breakfast.And what a day is has been! 

This morning, as we did our final walk through,so many memories came flooding back. It has been a fabulous and glorious adventure these past 16 years and now it is time for new eyes and fresh ideas to make their own impact and we know she will!
If she has half as much fun, laughter,and joy mixed in with those...'oh my...now what do we do" moments, she will have a blast.
We have met the most amazing people during our stewardship and learned so much from our guests. We have always said that we have be so fortunate to have the best guests and that is what makes this business so special.

We wish her and all future guests a warm and comfortable stay @ Journey Inn Bed & Breakfast and may they return again to the Hudson Valley.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

The new Bocuse Restaurant  at The Culinary Institute of America is now open. The menu has a  modern French twist and the stunning surroundings, it feels like you are in a Parisian cafe or a country-side bistro. Be the 1st on your block to experience this fabulous restaurant .....you'll be the envy of all!The Bocuse Restaurant

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year! No winter doldrums here in Hyde Park....come and see these artists' latest showing.

Artists' Collective
Hyde Park


New Beginnings

A New Year for New Beginnings. Join achp gallery as it proudly presents a new and dynamic exhibition featuring art from the most respected artists and emerging talent in the Hudson Valley. This vibrant exhibition runs January 5th - 27th, 2013.

Opening Reception
January 5th, 2013
* drinks and nibbles served.
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