Cliff & Marilyn Get Hitched at Barn on the Pond

Cliff & Marilyn hosted their romantic BBQ barn style casual wedding at Barn on the Pond in April, and the two lovebirds couldn’t have been happier.  Fifty of their favorite people gathered in the Catskills for the destination wedding of their dreams.

Marilyn wrote this review on Wedding Wire: “We got married at Barn on the Pond and everything about the place was perfect. The owner is extremely professional and helpful and also is just a kind and engaging person. There are personal and creative touches everywhere in the barn. From the decor to the architectural design elements, the whole place is just an awesome and relaxing space. We enjoyed the large kitchen, (two sinks/two dishwashers, lots of space) the open plan living room and dining space was perfect for us and our guests. The fire pit in the yard was a major high point too. I highly recommend Barn on the Pond and we will definitely be back!”

A few wedding photos from their unbelievably flawless day by Stefy Hilmer Photography.

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Game of Ponds, Summer is Coming!

Game of Ponds Random Trailers presents a Pond production: GAME OF PONDS (Summer Is Coming).

Randomly written and directed by Matteo Stanzani & Mirco Pasqualini.
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Cast:

Gina Jessica Smith (the barefoot Sorceress)
Isabella Pulcinelli (the uncombed Fairy)
Mirco Pasqualini (the furry Dwarf / the King of Bonerland)
Matteo Stanzani (the mad King of Beardoland)
Marshmallow, Frida and Cappuccino (the dragons)
Arthur (the dead squirrel)
Unicorn (himself)

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Watch the Game of Ponds trailer here:


International release date: summer 2016. Maybe.

American Humane Association – No animals and no dragons were harmed during the making of this film (the squirrel we found was already dead, and we buried it!)

Random Trailers and its team thanks to Tripp for the location: Barn On The Pond, Saugerties, NYGOP_9

 

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Meet My Mom and ‘Partner’, the Extraordinary Patricia Lubben Bassett

Patricia Lubben Bassett, World Traveler and My Fabulous Mom
Patricia Lubben Bassett, My Fabulous Mom & ‘Silent’ Partner at Barn on the Pond

My mother Patricia Lubben Bassett was a world traveler and luxury travel consultant in Dallas for years.  She was a dynamic lady with a sense of adventure and an appreciation for different cultures.  Pat’s joie de vivre was felt by all who were lucky enough to meet her.

With her notable style and taste, she instilled in me an appreciation of different cultures.  Because of my wanderlust upbringing, I too have a passion for travel and continue to endeavor to see the world.   My parents made it a point to educate us about different places, by taking us around the world from a very early age.

My parents loved to take us to mountainous New Mexico towns like Santa Fe and Taos.  This is where I found an appreciation for the wooded nature lifestyle.  One that really stands out is a small ski town Ruidoso, which reminds me of Belleayre Mountain. The trees, the trails, the lakes and nature of our childhood travels remind me so much of the landscapes around Barn on the Pond.

Pat was a jet setter.  She loved to travel the world, and collected beautiful objects on her journeys.  You can find many of her global finds around Barn on the Pond.

A love of living life to the fullest is one of the wonderful qualities I believe I inherited from my mother.  She taught me to get out and experience life.  My love of the Catskills and inspiration to open Barn on the Pond can be credited to her strong influence on me.  Like her, I love getting out of the city to try new things.  Growing up with my mom, she showed me a world beyond our doors.   I often refer to mom as my ‘partner’ here at Barn on the Pond.

There was no hostess better than Pat.  Throughout her life, she organized extravagant theme parties for fundraising, non-profit, charitable causes and fun with friends.   When I was a cadet in military boarding school, she loved to host my school friends on the weekends.  Our house became a respite from military school life.  She became their surrogate mother.  My parents often let us build bonfires and camp out in the backyard.  My friends considered her their mom away from mom, and our home was their home away from home.

Pat was heavily involved in the arts, charity work and philanthropy until her untimely passing.  At Barn on the Pond, we continue her legacy by fostering creative and  out of the box thinkers, just as she did throughout her life.  You might notice the poster for the Patricia Lubben Bassett Art Education Wing at the Roswell Museum and Arts Center in New Mexico here at the barn.   This wing at the museum was named after her because she believed so strongly in arts education for young people.

Mom’s love of travel, hosting, hospitality and great parties lives on here at Barn on the Pond.   When you stay with us, we want you to feel as though she’s hosting you herself.   Well, she certainly is in spirit.  It gives me great pleasure to honor my mom in all we do.  I love you mom.

Happy Mother’s Day Pat!

Read more about Patricia Lubben Bassett on our history page.

Compass & Twine Spends a Couple of Nights in the Catskills

Get to know Compass + Twine:  Sarah + Lindsay are the journey-tellers behind Compass + Twine. Their passion for travel led them to become a go-to travel resource among colleagues, family, and friends.

Compass + Twine focuses on sharing luxury travel experiences with their travel-minded followers in the United States and around the globe.  Last week, the ladies came to enjoy a few days in the Catskills as our guests.  They explored the area, had a fabulous hike up Overlook, made some of the best looking s’mores we’ve ever seen and enjoyed the barn and all of our amenities.

Check out their blog where they talk all about their upstate NY adventure and their stay with us at Barn on the Pond.  Read the blog here: http://compassandtwine.com/barn-on-the-pond-saugerties-ny/

Libations Created in our Chef’s Kitchen

Eve’s Revenge
From Ora Wise, chef of Harvest & Revel Catering

Yield: 2 drinks (because drinking is best done with others)

Eves Revenge Culinary Cocktail

Ingredients

1 oz fresh squeezed and strained lime juice
1 oz agave
1 oz blended scotch
2 oz tequila reposada
1 small chile (thai, serrano)
1 oz pomegranate juice

Steps

  1. Cut the stem off of the chili, muddle it in the agave in the bottom of your shaker
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients
  3. Add ice and shake for 20 seconds
  4. Strain into a chilled coop or cocktail glass.

Garnish with a thin sliver of chile floating in it. 

Or just drink as is if you don’t want as much heat. 

If you’re feeling feisty and fancy…you can also moisten the rim of the glass by rubbing a lime on it before pouring the drink in. Then mix together equal parts sugar and salt on a small plate. Press the top of the glass into it to coat the rim.

Bad News!

BAD NEWS…

 HOME AWAY AND VRBO have begun charging travelers who book and pay through their websites a 4-10% booking fee!

THE GOOD NEWS? We at Barn on the Pond do not charge any booking fees when you book and pay directly through us.

Book directly with us, and pay NO additional fees. Wait, that is really good news!

We have limited availability this summer, only a few weekends left in August, so check our calendar and book your dream getaway in the Catskills today.

Happy Spring!

Cheers, 

Tripp Bassett & the Barn on the Pond team

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