Dog Friendly Winter Cabin Rentals in NY

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One of the treasures of Winter at Wellnesste Lodge and Cabin Rentals is having friendly dogs of all shapes and sizes around. So many guests come to visit our cozy cabins from all over the Northeast and bring their puppies to goof off in the great outdoors.

There's a certain thrill and satisfaction in seeing our furry friends frolic in the fresh powdery snow! Whether it's going out for a hike, doing some snow tubing, wandering the woods for a snowshoe adventure or strapping on cross-country skis, our lodging guests always seem to find winter fun. Their pets are always close by, including snuggling in their cabin after a day's long adventure :-) Photo: Ottie enjoying the snow during a snowshoe hike with Christophe

Winter hiking with your dog in Upstate New York

Hiking with your dog at Wellnesste Cabin Rentals in Taberg NY
Hiking with your dog at Wellnesste Cabin Rentals in Taberg NY

Are you a dog lover? I've been a dog lover for my entire life. Having grown up in France at an early age we had a family "wiener dog" named Pedro. Since those early days, dogs have been part of my life in all so many ways. One of the benefits of having and loving dogs is that it gives you an excuse to get outdoors for many walks with your four-legged friend(s).

Here at Wellnesste Lodge, since we have nearly 60 acres of lovely land to explore, the walking and hiking opportunities for dogs is a key part of our "down-to-Earth" philosophy. Since the cabins that we rent out to guests are pet friendly, our guests often bring their dogs along to be part of their vacation experience. Whether it's for a few days or a few weeks, individuals, couples and families return time and again to our little river valley because they can include their dogs as part of their trip instead of having to leave them at home or kennel them.

The combination of terrain here at Wellnesste includes open fields, wooded trails, ponds and river frontage so there's lots of opportunity for both guests and their dogs to enjoy the great outdoors together all year 'round. Looking for a little retreat with your furry friend? We look forward to hosting your stay.

~Christophe

Quintessential Americana

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Let’s face it- Christmas time in today’s mad rushed society often leaves us feeling stressed, anxious, cash-strapped and well, empty. All the shopping, the myriad of advertisements, the onslaught of “to do lists”, the pressure of getting out Christmas cards in time, etc., etc., etc. I don’t think it was always this crazy. I grew up in the 1970’s where things were a bit more simple (think “red rider bb gun & Christmas Story), but even then consumerism had already taken a hold on American society.

For those of us who are sentimental and a bit idealistic, we might think of an “old fashioned” Christmas as a more favorable alternative to the current state of affairs. By old fashioned I think of the Northeast United States, family gatherings, a real Christmas tree (none of those synthetic plastic things that continue to crowd our landfills), white fluffy snow, candlelight, a real wood fire in the fireplace, caroling and home-cooked goodies.

Whether or not you’re a religious Christian who believes in the story of Jesus, Christmas is truly a time of reflection, peace and thankfulness. We reflect upon yet another year that has whizzed by; we try to find peace, promote peace and hope for peace which is otherwise greatly lacking throughout much of the calendar year; and we are generally thankful for our freedoms, our families, warm shelter and food to sustain us as we meander through the coming winter months of January, February and March.

In so keeping, our family and close friends from Camden, NY recently made a short pilgrimage (just over an hour’s drive) from our peaceful little valley to Cooperstown. There we found the Farmers’ Museum and their annual “Candlelight Evening”.

I must say that as we strolled the grounds with several thousand other human beings, the air was festive, peaceful and fun. If you ever wanted to see the “Quintessential Americana Yuletide Celebration”, then be sure to put this event on your calendar for next year.

Horse drawn carriage rides in Cooperstown for Christmas on a Wellnesste Lodge weekend vacation adventure.
Horse drawn carriage rides in Cooperstown for Christmas on a Wellnesste Lodge weekend vacation adventure.
Old Saint Nicholas in Cooperstown on a Wellnesste Lodge weekend adventure
Old Saint Nicholas in Cooperstown on a Wellnesste Lodge weekend adventure

The temperature was a perfect 35 degrees and there were several inches of new snow blanketing the entire living museum. The glimmer of thousands of tea light candles lit the paths, rock walls, buildings and stables. Old Saint Nick was meandering about the compound bringing cheer to wee-little ones as well as to the adults present. We enjoyed hot wassail out of a large iron kettle that was heated by the open flame of Maplewood harvested last season. The sound of fiddles, caroling and horse hoofs were in the air as we strolled here and there from the old Blacksmith’s Shop to the School House, the barns, the church and other enchanting nooks and crannies around one of the oldest rural life museums in the country. Singing along in song, sipping our drinks by the immense open bonfire, holding hands on the horse-draw carriage ride…. so beautiful, almost surreal and definitely an “old fashioned” Christmas feel.

I suppose what I like most about this whole experience was that everyone involved- the visitors, the museum volunteers, the caroling children & adults, even the animals in the live nativity seemed genuinely happy, peaceful & thankful. There were no presents exchanged, no over-commercialized buying or selling of goods and certainly no multi-media promotions on site. Just people interacting with people and enjoying the season like days of old.

Hot wassail over an open fire in Cooperstown during a Wellnesste Lodge weekend vacation adventure
Hot wassail over an open fire in Cooperstown during a Wellnesste Lodge weekend vacation adventure

With Christmas around the bend, it’s nice to know that this sort of gathering still goes on in America and that kindred spirits have a way to enjoy the festive season like their early-American ancestors once did.

Merry Christmas to all. Joyeux Noel. God Jul.

Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noel, God Jul to all from Wellnesste Lodge in Taberg NY
Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noel, God Jul to all from Wellnesste Lodge in Taberg NY
Christmas carols in Cooperstown during a Wellnesste Lodge family weekend vacation adventure.
Christmas carols in Cooperstown during a Wellnesste Lodge family weekend vacation adventure.