How many of us have secretly dreamed of owning and running our own bed and breakfast inn in some tiny, bucolic town with infinite things to do? I know I have.
Loretta Breedveld had the same dream years ago and the courage to see it through. She has never regretted her decision.
“Don’t be fooled. It’s a lot of work,” Loretta says. “But the rewards are boundless. Meeting new guests, seeing the delight in their faces, building your own business and seeing it through to fruition. There’s no feeling like it. It’s a satisfaction beyond description.”
Loretta has owned the Warwick Valley B&B for 27 years. She immediately set out to restore the circa 1910 house to its former glory and add a few touches of her own. The result of her hard labor is a delicious nine-bedroom, nine bath gem in the tiny town of Warwick, NY, about an hour and a half north, northwest of busy Manhattan.
“Sadly, I will have to give up the inn in the not distant future,” Loretta says, clearly distraught at the prospect of leaving the dream B&B business she built from scratch. “But it’s time to go. I need to spend more time with my children, who live in North Carolina and Colorado. They need me and I need them.
“Running this inn were the best years of my life. But there is a time for everything and now it’s time for me to move on.”
One person’s loss is another person’s gain. The next owner of The Warwick Valley B&B is bound to be enchanted and enthralled by the unique property.
The inn combines the charm, grace and architectural splendor of an era past with modern, updated bathrooms and kitchens.
There are six completely furnished guest rooms, a furnished efficiency apartment, and beautiful private owner’s living quarters. All the rooms are different and charming in their own way.
My wife stays in the Provincial Room once a month when she has business trips to Warwick.
“I just love the whole experience, Loretta, the inn, the breakfast she makes in the morning…” my wife says. “But what’s really fun for me is being in the middle of town. Warwick is my favorite hamlet in the lower Hudson Valley. It couldn’t be any more charming.”
The B&B is just three blocks from a slew of restaurants, haute cuisine to simple fare; an historic pub from Revolutionary War ear, cute shops, spas, yoga centers, dance studios and more.
Warwick is home to the “Best Small Library in America”; the second best ice cream parlor in the United States, and one of the few movie drive-ins left in the country.
But that’s not all. Warwick is also home to a magnificently manicured world-class disc golf course featuring rolling terrain and beautiful views; a Zen-like meditation estate and sculpture garden called Pacem en Terris; the Appalachian Trail with easy, moderate and challenging hikes for all ages; two ski resorts, Mount Peter and Mountain Creek Ski, eight high-end golf courses; several wineries, distilleries; and breweries; and apple orchards where New Yorkers flock to each year to do some picking, especially during Applefest, the town’s annual extravaganza.
The variety of activities is literally endless for both families and individuals.
And the experience can be enjoyed year-round. Colorful leaves and the town’s apple festival in the autumn, skiing and Christmas sleigh rides in the winter, berry-picking and breath-taking hikes in the spring, and swimming, kayaking and boating in the summer. What more could you ask for?
“I’m going to hate leaving all this behind,” Loretta says forlornly. “But I’m sure the next owner will build on what I’ve built and bring even more smiles to even more visitors.”
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