December 8, 2022
Building on the success of Eastwind Hotel’s established properties, Eastwind Windham and Eastwind Lake Placid, the brand will debut Eastwind Oliverea Valley in January 2023, bringing its signature Scandinavian-inspired accommodations to a new corner of the Catskills. Eastwind Oliverea Valley delves deeper into the natural splendor of the region and offers an enhanced guest experience including an on-site restaurant and bar, Dandelion, pool, and new room category. The third property from the portfolio’s founders Bjorn Boyer, Julija Stoliarova, and Dan Cipriani is the brand’s first ground-up build, offering intentionally styled accommodations featuring designer-curated Mid-Century vintage furnishings. Nestled amidst three 3,000-foot peaks and framed by lush trees and the calming sounds of Esopus Creek which runs alongside the property, Eastwind Oliverea Valley has been purposefully designed to offer secluded, elemental escapes that don’t sacrifice style.
Amenities abound; Travelers can ride one of the complimentary bikes along a nature path, join a sunrise yoga session, creative seasonal workshops, or foraging walk and lounge by the pool with curated DJ sets. The property features a refined food and beverage program, which guests can enjoy across a variety of different formats: a seasonal all-day menu and dinner service at Dandelion, breakfast baskets for in-room delivery, s’mores kits for creating at the firepits, cocktails at the bar, weather-permitting meals prepared on the open flame Argentinian grill, and private dining with prix fixe menus under the canopy of trees.
“When conceptualizing our latest Eastwind installment, we knew we wanted to offer a true resort experience with an enhanced amenity program that would keep guests engaged during the entirety of their visit,” says co-founder Boyer. “At the Oliverea Valley property, we’ve created more opportunities for guests to gather, lounge, and unwind together.”
Dandelion is the first full-service restaurant outside of the five boroughs from Eastwind Hotels Co-Founder, Daniel Cipriani, who was previously the chef and founder of some of Brooklyn’s favorite restaurants including Urban Rustic, Sea Wolf, Playland Motel, Lodge, and Gemelli. After spending nearly 20 years running restaurants in NYC, the last few years he has been exploring the Catskills and Adirondacks, getting in touch with nature, sharpening his foraging skills and building relationships with local farmers. Using his new skills and relationships, Chef Daniel will feature a “forage-to-table,” plant-forward, international comfort food menu at Dandelion. An all-day menu of select seasonal cocktails and small plates will be available daily. Dinner will be served Thursday through Sunday evenings with standouts such as Lohikeitto, a Finnish salmon chowder, and house made gnocchi with trumpet mushrooms, as well as nightly specials based on what’s seasonally available via foraging and local sourcing.
The boutique hotel features 30 unique guest rooms all differing in layout and decor, each individually curated by Eastwind Co-founder and Creative Director Julija Stoliarova, with Scandinavian design in mind and inspiration from Mid-Century vintage styles. The all-weather, wood A-frame freestanding cabins are now available in four types, all outfitted with queen beds: Lushna Cabins, Lushna Cabins with Decks, Lushna Suites, and an entirely new category catering to more varied guest needs — Double Lushnas. Guests can also select from a variety of different hotel rooms, featuring king beds and varying in-room amenities including furnished lofts with floating netting under the skylight, vintage desks, rain showers, seating nooks, hooded Pendleton robes, private patios, fridges, and electric kettles with tea and coffee kits for early morning pick-me-ups. Intentionally styled, accommodations highlight the natural surroundings with the use of earth tones, organic materials, and vintage decor.
“The sentiment of Hygge, the Scandinavian word meaning a sense of contentment and coziness, drove the design of Eastwind Oliverea Valley. Think spacious common areas with large windows for natural light, high ceilings, clean minimalistic lines, and earth tones to complement the surrounding landscape,” says Stoliarova. “It’s the vintage furnishings and objets d’art within each of our spaces that are vital to our storytelling and make subtle statements. In curating, I was inspired by the discerning eyes behind a number of female-founded boutiques.”
Situated on the Esopus Creek along Ulster County, Oliverea Valley is located in the heart of the Catskill Mountains. The property is just a short drive away from local landmarks including the Phoenicia Diner, Belleayre Mountain, Shandaken Historical Museum, Woodland Valley State Park, Giant Ledge, Ashokan Rail Trail and more. Providing a respite from city living, year-round activities span skiing and snowboarding to horseback riding, fly-fishing, hiking, and biking.
For more information, visit www.eastwindhotels.com and follow on social media @eastwindhotels.