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Gretchen is extremely accommodating and flexible. If we needed anything she was there ASAP. The apt feels like you have taken a trip into someone else's very interesting life.
My boyfriend and I had a great time at Gretchen's place! We had no problem getting around without a car, (we took the bus from NYC- the bus stop is less than a mile from her house) and Rosendale's Main Street is really close, with plenty of restaurants, etc. Gretchen was kind enough to leave a map of the area, and advice on the best places to go, etc, and even brought us a flashlight in case we wanted to walk into town after dark. We thoroughly enjoyed exploring the rail trail, just steps from her place. Everything at her home was just as she described it (the wifi worked fine for us!), and we will definitely be recommending it to friends :).
We had a great night at Gretchen's. The location is very beautiful.
I had a very nice stay at the apartment. I was there for a week. It is a very special town. Well worth a weekend visit. If you're on foot, the apartment is a very close walk to town which is perfect during the day. There is even a nice walk through the forest to get there. When the sun has gone down, the area is not well lit and therefore as a female on my own I asked people I was with to drive me to the apartment as I didn't feel safe walking there on my own. I'm sure nothing would have happened as everyone in town seemed like a special breed of super nice people, but still, I think it is worth keeping in mind. If you have a car then this wouldn't be anything to worry about. I'd definitely enjoy coming back to the area, and would consider staying at the apartment again if it was available. Enjoy your stay!
Thank you. My landlord isn't about to fix the light but I am going to provide a flashlight.
Great location if you're looking to get away while still being able to walk to town for dinner and/or a drink. Felt welcome and taken care of and when there were any questions Gretchen was quick to help.
Gretchen was easy to work with and very responsive and thankfully very active to offer any help. The best thing about it is the location. I would recommend it to anyone who's planning to do a lot of hiking and biking. The beautiful rail trails and trestle are right outside of the apartment, and the cute town of Rosendale is about a 10-15 minute walk. You can also easily rent bikes nearby the bus station.
However, the apartment is pretty much as it's described. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who wants to spend too much time inside. It's a quiet neighborhood, but there are a lot of other apartments very close by and as it says here, you can really hear the noise from other apartments. So don't expect having privacy. I personally thought it could've been cleaner too. It has a functioning kitchen, but I don't think it's good enough to cook a nice dinner if you have any plans to do so. There are nice restaurants with bars in the town on Main Street. There's not much to do in the night time and it gets very dark to walk around the neighborhood so I recommend bringing a car or having a bike during your stay.
I really don't know what he means about my kitchen not being good enough to cook a nice dinner. I mean I don't have anything fancy like a pasta maker or Cuisinart but there is plenty of counter space and cooking tools!
I did not meet Gretchen but her place was just as advertised. Perfect location for hiking the rail trail! She was helpful and left a map and detailed instructions on where everything is in the area. Her place is a little tough to find because the street sign is covered with overgrown trees, so pay close attention to the driving directions she gives you!
Thanks for telling me the place was a little musty! I will make sure to air it out. We've had so much humidity lately!
Gretchen's apartment is located in a charming riverside area right next to some of America's most interesting railroad history. The surroundings are quiet and beautiful - just as we like it. The apartment itself is very roomy but requires some minor maintenance and cleaning. In our opinion the bed is a little small for a couple. We had no face-to-face contact with Gretchen but we also had no need for such during our short stay (2 nights).
I am building a house nearby in Rosendale, and needed a place to stay for the better part of two months. Gretchen's place was just what I needed - a clean and quiet place to come back to after a day of work, and a great place to launch from when it was time to go out and experience the area. Rosendale has a unique feel to it - very casual, progressive thinkers (and characters!) and beautiful countryside. Taking a walk over the rail trail's steel bridge was a highlight most evenings after dinner.
The apartment has high cielings and is a relatively large one bedroom setup, and Gretchen has it decorated with eclectic memorabila. Very cool.
There was a slight problem with the booking for one of the weeks that I was here, but Gretchen, with some effort, was able to manage to sort it out and neither I nor the other prospective tenant was inconvenienced.
Both Gretchen and her apartment are amazing!
The apartment's decor is kitschy-cool, and it was spacious, clean, and quiet (Gretchen warned me about neighbors having a tv, but I heard them very rarely and at low levels). Though the building is in town, it's on a very quiet side street pretty far from neighboring buildings. I fell asleep to the sound of an owl every night and woke up to a chorus of birds in the morning. There's maybe one street lamp on the whole street, so it's really dark and nice.
Gretchen went out of her way for me, even running me to the grocery store for some shopping (I was there 10 days and w/out a car)! For those without a car, the cheese shop in town (very short walk away) *does* sell tomatoes, greens, avocados, apples, onions, etc., in addition to some prepared food and of course cheese. Not much else, but it could definitely get you through a few days.
I loved rosendale and the rail trail. the woods were beautiful and the view from the trestle (bridge) is incredible. Rosendale is small, quiet, and w/ a crunchy vibe. But not yuppie like i imagine woodstock is -- i really loved it.