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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. Barn Wedding Hudson Valley download (3)download (9)download (10) download (5) download (6)download (7)download (11)

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. GOP_4 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) GOP_29 GOP_6 Game of Ponds 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   Game of Ponds

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:

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


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


  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 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.

Sweet Things are Made of This… In the Hudson Valley

Everyone knows that the Hudson Valley foodie scene is among this universe's finest.  What you may not know is that we are at the epicenter of a host of very delicious sweet goodies.  Thinking of how to romance your lover in the Catskills?  Try one of these ideas.
  1.  Lucky Chocolates Truffles
Lucky Chocolates Truffles These squares of hand crafted delight come in a host of flavors.  We're partial to the salted caramel, but hey you may prefer Fresh Mint, Macha Latte, Powerful Pomegranite or stop in their shop in Saugerties to decide which yummy ones will tantalize your honey. 2.  Fruition Chocolate Tumbled Raspberries You can find Fruition in a few spots, but we really love their little shop in Woodstock.  These little treats in a jar are absolutely seductive in so many ways. Fruition has a wonderful selection of chocolate bars and treats.  You also should try their chocolate dusted almonds.  Wow.   awestruck lavender cider 3.  Awestruck Lavender Hops Hard Cider Say what?  Yup, this new small batch crafter of delicious local hard cider is making one with lavender infused in it.  Guess what.  It's sumptuous.  Would be nice with a host of things, although our favorite paring is the glass of this to one's lips.  Can be found at a number of local wine and liquor stores.  We got ours at Beer World in Saugerties.