|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Big Pink, the house where Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes were recorded with his back-up band, later know as The Band, whose first album was called "Music from Big Pink". The updated Dormer unit was Levon Helm's bunk area back In the late '60s. The Central Staircase opens mid-unit to a dining table & chairs; to the right is a desk-bar; the kitchen, with stone counter-top; bathroom with tile shower, and a futon-couch-sitting area. To the left, in the bedroom area, there’s a sitting area with TV ( limited cable ) and a queen sided bed with a quality mattress set. The Dormer has air-conditioning, and views of Overlook Mountain, fields and forest. Outside is the lawn with out-door furniture & original stone fireplace/bbq area nestled beneath the pines. The Dormer can sleep 4, and has WiFi.
The main floor is a 2 bedroom unit with a sunroom ( Rick's room - was Rick Danko's quarters), living room with sofa, writing table & chairs at the picture window, wood-stove/fireplace. It opens into the Dining Room, which has a antique dining table & chairs for 6. The kitchen, as does much of the house, maintains the mid-century period look, with forest views east. The main bedroom has a queen-sized bed, desk, sitting area & full closet. The second bedroom has 2 twin beds, dressers and side tables. The sunroom had a futon twin couch ( which folds down to become a sleeper). The sunroom has it's own back entrance, and opens to the lawn and old out-door fireplace for campfire evenings. All told, upstairs has a queen bed and full futon - can sleep 4 people max. The Main Floor has a queen-sized bed, 2 twins and a single 'twin' futon on the sunporch -and so can sleep 5 max.
Note: the Basement is not included in the rental.
Only the third owners of Big Pink, my wife Susan and I are offering the Dormer unit for the first time for overnight accommodations. Both of us are from New York State, Susan from the Adirondack Mountains near the Canadian border, I am from downstate in Westchester County. We both have a deep abiding love for nature.
My first time in the Catskills was for the original Woodstock Music and Arts Festival in 1969, when I was in high school. In the 1980's, I was the live sound man / production manager for infamous NRBQ band, most of whom lived in Saugerties, and often played the legendary Joyous Lake club in Woodstock. It was from those years that I came to love the Woodstock-Saugerties area, and when a friend who was living here told me that Big Pink was up for sale by owner in 1998, after 6 months, and 3 failed attempts to sell to to someone else, Suzy and I became owners. As a musician guitarist/songwriter myself, of course I was aware of the history of Big Pink, but we ended up buying it mainly because we loved the land and the setting: the best rehearsal and jamming space in the world was for me, of course, a notable bonus!
We love living in this area, with a diversity of people, music and artists venues, restaurants and cool streams to swim in during the hot summer.
Don LaSala purchased this house in 1998
You will be staying at Big Pink, arguably the most famous house in rock history. (See Wikipedia for story- Big Pink House).
As owners, and having it as a home for over 15 years, we have tried to maintain the place as pristine rural sanctuary from urban hustle-bustle. This is because we believe that first and foremost, this house was indeed a creative retreat for those road-weary musicians, where they could enjoy some undisturbed peace. We hope that now it can be a source of inspiration for you, during your stay.
It is just under a 2 hour drive to NYC, and only 45 minutes from Albany, NY, which has an international airport, and 20 minutes from the Rhinecliff/Kingston Amtrak station.
You will be very near to both the village of Woodstock, and the Town of Saugerties.
It is close to Levon Helm's Barn, home of the Midnight Rambles, as well as the nationally renowned equestrian center, HITS ( Horseshoe In The Sun), Rhinebeck, NY and to the north, Hudson, NY. You are not far from Bearsville Theater, which hosts notable concerts, and the local Woodstock music venues of Harmony, Catskill Pizza as well as those of Kingston, NY, just to the south.
You will be among the very few to have spent the night at this place that has become a pilgrimage place, and considered by some the birth-place of the genre Americana music. Our guests have usually remarked on the peacefulness and being inspired in their creative pursuits: musicians write songs, writers come up with ideas. It can be an ideal retreat for the creative, or just a place to celebrate life.
Be aware that Parnassus Lane, a co-owned private road, is unpaved. There are blue stone steps & pathway to the side entrance ( which is actually the main entrance) to Big Pink, and a staircase takes you to the 2nd floor Dormer: from there, you have views of Overlook Mt and the field and pine forests surrounding. These Whispering Pines were celebrated in song, and wildlife such as deer, wild turkeys, migratory birds and black bear are often seen, and need to be respected.
Inspirational, relaxing experience. Awed by the rich history of the house. Don and Sue were very generous with their time, showing the home, telling the story of each room. And the Basement!
Big Pink is a shrine and Sue and Don really take care of you when you book it; traveling there is a cinch and the house appears to match up identically to photos we have of the Basement Tapes era. It's quiet and in the wooded hills--overall not an experience to be bettered. Already reviewing my calendar to see when I can go back...
Don and Susan were gracious, thoughtful hosts. My friends and I simply had a great time. We all walked knowing the historical significance of the house and the recordings made there, but we left completely thrilled with the house and the surroundings as well. The house was well furnished, comfortable and spacious. It was a weekend that none of us will ever forget. Thanks Don and Susan!
We came to Big Pink to celebrate my husband's 50th birthday and it was a beyond extraordinary and memorable stay!! Sue and Don are amazing hosts and made sure we felt welcome and were available if we needed anything.
The home itself has many historical touches, with the basement recording area being one of the coolest things. Big Pink was very clean & comfortable and sleeps 8-9 people/4 couples. The house has 2 kitchens and they were both well stocked with coffee/tea,, dishes/glasses and anything you would need to cook with. The property itself was private and beautiful. Can't say enough about how special this was for us and our friends!! We will never forget our weekend at Big Pink. Thanks Sue and Don!!
Best trip of our lives! Don and Sue were so lovely and accommodating. Worth the price, recommended for any music or nature lover!
Great House . Had a great time Beautiful area.
Day trip into NYC on a Train .
We visited Bethel and walked the Woodstock site .
Went to Levon Helms Midnight Ramble
A great time .
Woodstock, NY is the 'most famous small town in the world'.
Saugerties, NY is a Hudson river town, with a hopping village with restaurants, cafes, a bookstore, a major equestrian center (HITS), antique stores and bars.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest|
|Property Damage Protection||$59|
|Refundable damage deposit||$450|
Our policy is to not allow pets nor children under the age of 10.