Giving Thanks in the Adirondack Cabin in Central NY

This time of year conjures all sorts of memories, thoughts and emotions for the myriad of folks around the United States. From reflecting about childhood fantasies and experiences, to digging up old family recipes for a holiday feast, the cold Northeast weather evokes a time to gather; feast and give thanks.

As a small family-owned cabin rental business in Central New York, we're blessed with so much to be thankful for this time of year. We're thankful for the hundreds of guests in the past year who have enjoyed our cabins, enjoyed the great outdoors and have shared smiles, laughs and experiences with us. We're reflective and thankful for the plenitude of biodiversity on our nearly 60 acres of natural heaven. And we're thankful for family, good health and friends.

Thanksgiving at Wellnesste Lodge

Thanksgiving at Wellnesste Lodge

This Thanksgiving 2012 we were happy to spend the entire day outdoors working on cutting, splitting, hauling and stacking firewood for Thoreau's Cabin, Black Bear Cabin and for the outdoor bonfires that all of our guests enjoy (there's nothing like renting a little cabin getaway, having a bonfire and enjoying s'mores in the woods in Upstate NY).

Following our firewood chores and loading up the newly constructed woodshed, the entire family and the dogs (our cabins are pet friendly after all) hiked several miles around the property and enjoyed the fresh air, sites and sounds of Wellnesste Lodge.

In the evening we were happy to enjoy a wonderful feast in the Adirondack Cabin with our family, Christophe's parents (visiting from Cape Cod) and two of our guests who were staying in Thoreau's cabin (graduate students from RIT). The main course, wine, dessert and grand marnier were enjoyed by all as everyone shared stories, gave thanks and enjoyed one another's companionship.

As we look back upon 2012 and look forward to the Christmas season and 2013, we send good vibes your way and hope that you and your family are in good health.

Thankful to be alive and livin' in the country, Christophe

Enjoying New York Cabin Rentals as a Relaxing Getaway

Cozy Cabin Rentals in Central New York- Home Sweet Home
Cozy Cabin Rentals in Central New York- Home Sweet Home
Dog friendly cabin rentals in Central NY
Dog friendly cabin rentals in Central NY

We're constantly blown away by the incredible diversity of guests who rent a cabin at Wellnesste Lodge and come to Central New York for a myriad of reasons. We have single travelers who are roaming their way across the country in search of a cozy cabin to "chill out" in for a few days while they explore the back roads of the NY. Hearing their stories, sharing a drink around the campfire or seeing photos from their travels is always a fun time. We have couples who rent a comfortable cabin and sit by the fire at night just looking to unwind from their hectic lives in the business world in places like New York City, Rochester, Buffalo, Albany, Toronto, Montreal, Philadelphia and others. These cabin rental adventurers truly appreciate a little peace and quiet and often comment on how rejuvenated and relaxed they feel after their visit.

Another group of guests that visit Wellnesste Lodge in Taberg, NY on a regular basis are families with kids and dogs. Since we offer dog friendly/ pet friendly accommodations (cabin rentals) we often have families who come with their children and bring along the family dog. There's nothing better than to watch laughing children running around freely with their favorite furry friend by their side. Most dogs and their owners love to hike the trails and play in the river during the hot summer months. In other seasons, quiet walks here and there together without the need for a leash is a pleasant opportunity to enjoy the great Upstate New York outdoors together (a relaxing family getaway that everyone can appreciate).

For me as a host, one of the pleasures that I most appreciate is seeing how our cabin rental guests connect to nature and the natural beauty in our area. So many people get "disconnected" from the great outdoors and nature in their lives and having a few days surrounded by woods, the river, ponds, trails and so much more allows them to explore, enjoy and reconnect. That connection to something greater than ourselves is something that money just can't buy!

Autumn Cabin Rental Adventures in Central NY

Fall hay ride enjoyed by Wellnesste Lodge Cabin Rental Guests in Taberg, Central NY
Fall hay ride enjoyed by Wellnesste Lodge Cabin Rental Guests in Taberg, Central NY
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The Coming of Fall & the Pleasures of Change

We, who are fortunate enough to live in the northeastern United States, are blessed with four distinctive seasons of change. Just as spring evokes our senses with the color of wildflowers and migrant birds, so does autumn with falling leaves and crisp nights. The fall is a time for quiet walks in the woods; crisp evenings under the stars by the campfire; fresh apple cider; hay rides and flocks of geese overhead.

At Wellnesste Lodge, one of the autumn traditions for our family and for our many cabin rental guests is to make the annual pilgrimage to the Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, NY. There, every year, hundreds of volunteers put together what is known as the “Annual Harvest Fest”. Visitors enjoy old fashioned horse-drawn hay rides through the grounds of the living museum and see pristine buildings preserved over hundreds of years… the old school house; the blacksmith’s shop; the apothecary; the granary and dozens of other treasures are all open for exploration. Inside the buildings you’ll find volunteers/ craftsmen (and women) in period dress performing their specialties just like generations have before them.

Out-of-doors you can wander the gravel paths and browse dozens of local merchants’ tents to find sweet New York maple syrup, apples, craft cheeses, ripened gourds & pumpkins, homemade jams, hand knit sweaters and so much more. The wonder of farm life is alive at this harvest fest and connects every visitor to the roots that made this country great in its infancy and still provides nourishment to all of us to this day.

Milking the cows at the harvest fest in Central New York.

Milking the cows at the harvest fest in Central New York.

Fall harvest fest enjoyed by Wellnesste Lodge Guests.

Fall harvest fest enjoyed by Wellnesste Lodge Guests.

Another favorite sight here is the ability to see children of all ages enjoying the many farm animals roaming about. You’ll witness animals that have been raised since birth as prized members of Central New York farm families and are brought here to “show off’ and share with the attending public. Farm fauna including cows, bulls, pigs, goats, oxen and sheep are a pleasure to enjoy and snap a candid photo with.

The small children love to walk about the courtyards amongst free range chickens. They’re also thrilled by the gobbling turkeys and enthusiastic quacking of the farm’s ducks. Perhaps the most treasured of the children’s animal interactions is the ability for everyone to try their luck at milking a cow by hand (a task that’s certain to connect both young and old to our ancestor’s farming roots).

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The fresh air and milling about is sure to make your belly rumble and your thirst long for something wet to down. Fear not for no one should go hungry or thirsty at this harvest fest as there is fare for all to enjoy. Pick up a cup of hot beef barley soup cooked in a cast iron pot over an open fire. Or perhaps enjoy an ear of delicious roasted corn dipped in butter- a cardiologist’s delight! An old fashioned SaranacGinger beer or Root beer is the perfect libation to wash those goodies down and a slice of homemade apple pie with fresh whipped cream is a must to top off your bellies’ delight.

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There are countless other fun things to do here at the annual harvest fest and there’s literally something for everyone to enjoy. Perhaps the reason we love this time of year and this tradition so much is because it gives us the opportunity to enjoy the cool air, fresh smells, gorgeous autumn foliage and time together as a family. That, after all is what I believe the founding fathers likely had in mind- life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness (on a fall afternoon in beautiful Upstate NY).