So, Toni and I came home today from a week at a cabin in the Catskills. It was about 4 hours from here, barely over the NY state line from PA, near where those two states and New Jersey all come together. It was the first time she and I have had a chance for a real vacation for just the two of us since before I went back to school in 2006. And because I tended to burn her out and drive her crazy with always going places to see and/or do things, I felt I owed her a vacation where we did what she wanted – a place to get away from home and just hole up and be together and do as little as possible. A new thing for me, I wanted to try that, too. So, we found and picked a place – a little cabin/cottage converted from two barns. We made sure it had an outdoor hot tub (and a very secluded one at that), and we used said hot tub almost every day. It was very nice to get out of State College for a week, even though we still spent time on our laptops and didn’t completely disconnect from the world. Did some reading, had some good food, and just *were* for a few days.
The place was very pretty and definitely captured the rustic look. Here is the front, coming up the drive from the owner’s home:
It’s a big cottage – sleeps ten. Here’s the west face:
Southeast corner, showing the deck (with hot tub tucked in on the right) and kitchen entrance (and the dish network receiver):
View from the kitchen door:
View from the hot tub (sorry – no pics from when we were in it):
View to the west out of the big picture windows in the living room:
View of the living room, kitchen, and dining area (and Toni in her spot on the couch):
Yesterday morning, I came out of the main floor bedroom to see some deer just off the deck. They were cautious, but probably a bit used to people being in this place:
A couple of young ones among the group:
More deer showed up last night before dusk. They even let us come outside to the deck before making their way over to the little four-hole golf course on-site.
Despite how pretty and secluded the place was, we don’t think it is a do-over for us (the concept is, just not that particular cottage). Some of our issues:
- Furnace (especially the fan) far too loud for normal conversation volume or TV/DVD watching. We finally watched the first of Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” films on DVD while there, but didn’t bother with anything else.
- Regular mattress on bed – uncomfortable pressure points, especially after getting used to our memory foam mattress at home. Also queen sized, when we’re used to king.
- Kitchen sink too shallow for its faucet pressure, and no garbage disposal or backsplash.
- Main floor bedroom and bathroom side very drafty. It is a converted barn, after all.
- Piano grossly out of tune. I checked all the Cs, and only one of them (1st above middle) was in tune. Made me shudder.
- No non-bar restaurants within half an hour’s drive.
Had to be out by Noon today, and we were ready to come home. Back to the grind on Monday.