Opening a bed and breakfast inn is always a challenging, often exhilarating, and sometimes maddening endeavor. The one certainty is that no inn can transform itself from ugly duckling to magnificent swan without many skillful hands, many creative minds, and a generously collaborative spirit anchored in a shared strategic vision.
The innkeepers of Danskammer House LLC are deeply indebted to the following parties without whom their vision of a welcoming old house nestled in a little village in the historic and scenic Hudson Valley would never have been realized: Dan Rider and crew of Creative Construction for their structural improvements and creative renovation of the historic house; Steve Bianco and crew of Marlboro Mountain Construction for their imaginative hard-scaping design and sensitive treatment of the landscape; Carlo Serena for his old-school commitment to quality Italian masonry services; John Smith and crew of Heckeroth HVAC for their transformation of antiquated plumbing and HVAC systems to meet contemporary standards; Kirk and Adam Miller of Songswift for their deft design and aesthetically graceful interfaces supporting website development of an old-school bed and breakfast concept in the rapidly changing digital marketing environment; Joseph Squillante of Silver Ink Studio for his painterly sensitivity to and luminous treatment of Hudson Valley subjects through the camera lens; Joanne Sagarese Pagnotta for her generous archival research among local history sources and her extraordinary gift of McEntee paintings; Becky Cornell of Michael’s framing shop for her aesthetically sensitive matting and reframing of historic Hudson River School paintings; and Levi Fisher and fellow Amish craftsmen of Fisher’s Quality Furniture for their simply elegant, hand-made furniture that highlights the grain of native woods. Many others also made valuable contributions. The innkeepers are grateful to all who helped shape the vision of Danskammer House Bed & Breakfast and brought it to reality.