Dog lover, vegetarian, artist, teacher of arts and crafts at ARC.
Gretchen's place was walkable from the bus from NYC (hour 30 mins NYC to rosendale) and a 20 min walk to her place. 10 min walk to town and literally 1 minute from 2 trail heads. Perfect for a getaway without a car. Such a great break! Thanks again Gretchen!
My husband and I visited Gretchen's apartment for a quick getaway. Gretchen responded promptly and gave us great information about how to find her place and what to do in the area. The apartment is decorated with a lot of fun books and personal effects that make you feel like you're staying at a friend's house.
This was our 1st AirBnB experience and after a wonderful weekend getaway at Gretchen's, I can't imagine ever staying at a hotel again. The trip was to celebrate my husband's birthday. We didn't know too much about the town but Gretchen kindly answered my every question and was full of great recommendations. We felt so at home at her place that we were a little sad to leave it. It's full of wonderfully interesting vintage pieces... very bohemian/artsy feel... right up our alley. The location is perfect since the rail trail is only steps away for hiking and the town is like a 1 minute drive. We loved the quirky town of Rosendale and will definitely be back for a visit again. We highly recommend dinner at 'Market Market', some cheese at 'The Big Cheese' and most definitely stop at Soiled Doves Thrift store. We walked away with a bunch of fabulous treasures including some fabulous vintage jewelry at extremely reasonable prices. The owner and her cats are great as is everything in the store! We also danced the night away with some unexpected salsa Saturday at the Rosendale Cafe. Overall, extremely happy with our experience with Gretchen, Airbnb and Rosendale.
I stayed at Gretchen's in the lovely town of Rosendale for 5 days as a self-imposed art residency with the hope of editing in a cozy home and then walking in the snow and having a cup of tea on main street. All of this I accomplished with delight and with the generosity and help of Gretchen who is communicative, accommodating and a joy to rent from. We were car free and she helped us get groceries, find great walking trails, and get to and from the bus stop - thank you!
Response from Gretchen:
You're welcome! Don't forget to let me know about your documentary!!
This a lovely quiet spot with immediate access to the rail trail. Rosendale is a cute little town perfect for getting away from it all. I hight recommend market market and and the big cheese for food spots in town. If your into beer it's definitely worth the 15 min drive to Keegan ales in Kingston. Gretchen couldn't have been a better host. Hope to be back one day.
Gretchen was AMAZING! Me and my girlfriend arrived into town in the middle of a really bad snowstorm. I called Gretchen for directions multiple times and she was very accommodating. We were almost to the apartment when our 2-wheel drive couldn't quite make it up a hill. Gretchen came to the rescue, and picked us and our luggage up in the middle of the storm, then dropped us off at the apartment. So thankful for that! Then she arranged for a shovel to be used for us to dig our car out two days later. Really couldn't have asked for more. Great host!
And far as Rosendale...absolutely gorgeous. The snowstorm passed and we were left with a picturesque town covered in beautiful white snow. As mentioned before, our car was snowed in the entire trip. That was not a problem AT ALL b/c the town is very easily accessed by foot from the apartment. It didn't get above 20 degrees for the entirety of our trip, and we managed just fine.
Main Street is great. The Alternative Baker has delicious sweets and a friendly/chatty owner. I'm still thinking about the scone. The Rosendale Theater is a gem. Bywater Bistro is the late-night spot. And by late night, I mean open until midnight on Friday night. I didn't try any food, but they have good cocktails and even better beer on tap. Also, Antonio's Pizza deserves a mention b/c they deliver and have honest-to-god really tasty pizza, even by NYC standards. The garlic knots were some of the best ever, as well.
Other highlights: Rosendale Cafe, the quaint little library and pet store. Unfortunately, we weren't able to make it to Market Market, but I hope to visit again in the summertime.
We ended the trip by walking on the rail trail. That really was the perfect, final note. And the trail begins literally 1 minute from Gretchen's front door, making her place a must-book if you're staying in Rosendale.
Great place to stay! Gretchen was very accommodating, and went the extra mile! Perfect place to stay if you hike the yard trail and hit some restaurants downtown (within walking distance). Rosendale is such a great little town that reminded my of "It's a Wonderful Life" when it snowed. Comfortable and quiet apartment.
We had a great stay at Gretchen's sweet pad in Rosendale. Gretchen was wonderful to work with and her place was just as described. Rosendale is fantastically cute and Gretchen's place couldn't be situated in a better place to access all of rosendale's greatness. Gretchen left great and witty written recommendations for eats, hikes, and local flavor. I'd absolutely stay here again.
My girlfriend and I had a wonderful time over Thanksgiving weekend. Gretchen's place was very comfortable. The location is great: you're just a few minutes walk away from the main strip of restaurants, shops and bars in Rosendale. Gretchen also had left a very handy list of recommendations. My girlfriend really enjoyed going to the nearby yoga studio and I particularly enjoyed the 1850 Tavern. We also loved being able to stroll on the nearby rail trail with our dog. Nothing but good things to say about the apartment and the town.
We spent one night at Gretchen's place and had a lovely time. The town Rosendale is extremely cute, and the apartment is nice, very close to a hiking trail. Gretchen left us notes to explain everything we needed to know about the apartment and area, which was very convenient.