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Welcome to www.weloveourlife.com. This is our page dedicated to our experiences while staying at the Glenwood House in Pine Island, New York. The Glenwood House has been awarded a "best of ..." www.weloveourlife.com award.
Check out our 2002 visit to the Glenwood House.
The nightly rate includes a very filling, multi-course breakfast. The food was wonderful and hearty. Breakfast was in the dining room with other guests, and it was apparent to us they all felt very fortunate to be able to spend time in this beautiful little corner of the world. The innkeeper rescues/adopts Pug dogs, and they peacefully slept under the table, warming our feet (although not begging for food). The website does indicate that breakfast can be delivered to the room, if requested.
There was no bar/lounge; we had brought a cooler to chill some wine and for a few beers when we watched a football game Sunday evening.
We can't say enough about Andrea Colman, who owns the inn with her husband, Kevin (whom we did not actually meet during our stay). She manages the b&b, along with a large family of several very well-behaved children who interact pleasantly with the guests and who seem well aware the inn is important to the family. Andrea greeted us when we arrived, and carried some of our bags to our suite (over our protests, and she simply smiled and said, "it's my job"). It was a few minutes later that we realized she had used that opportunity to light candles and put on a CD to make the room more welcoming. She asked us what we felt like having for dinner, and produced many different menus for restaurants in the area, and went over them at length with us, discussing pros and cons of area restaurants. She also offered to make any necessary reservations, if needed. She showed us where they kept videos, and explained what was going on in the Warwick Valley that weekend and told us she was available if we needed suggestions, directions, etc. She was the supreme hostess, although very mellow and appeared she would be unflappable in even the most dire situations. She had a "Mother Earth" aura about her. She is the sort of person who draws people out, perfect for an innkeeper. Anyone wishing to preside over a well-run inn would do well to spend some time with Andrea. This is the service all innkeepers should aspire to. Keith gets credit for finding this inn...he did a great job!
We arrived in the area on Saturday, September 30, the height of the apple harvest/festival. Warwick, a charming small town in the region, was mobbed with city folk eager to pick their own apples, so we retreated to the country roads. Having both grown up in rural suburbs, we had done enough apple picking in our lives, but for those of you who haven't, September is a nice time to visit this region (but plan ahead, as there are crowds).
Sugarloaf is a nearby town with lots of local artists and crafts stores.
We continued on our wine tour. We visited Demarest and Warwick Valley Winery. You can read more about these wineries and more on our wine page.
Ye Jolly Onion - County Route 1, Pine Island, NY, 10969 845-258-4277
The Barnsider Tavern - 1372 Kings Hwy., Sugar Loaf, NY, 10981, 845-649-9810
Crystal Inn - 10 Amity Road, Warwick, NY, 10990, 845-258-4232
There are more bars and restaurants in Warwick, the local center of population, with some live entertainment. We decided to soak up the country aura, and retired to our room both evenings to sit by the fire. On Sunday evening, we enjoyed a snack and some beer while watching the Philadelphia Eagles in a rare prime-time appearance in an ESPN-televised football game, curled up in front of our cozy gas stove.
This is the Mid-Atlantic region of the US. We were in Pine Island from September 29 - October 1. The days were mild (60s) and the nights were just a bit cooler (high 40s/low 50s). The Mid-Atlantic region can get very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter. It is nearly always humid. Early fall is a pleasant time of year to visit.