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Welcome to www.weloveourlife.com. This is our page dedicated to our experiences while staying at the Dominion House in Blooming Grove, New York. The Dominion House has been awarded a "best of ..." www.weloveourlife.com award for their fantastic breakfasts.
There is an indoor hot tub in a wood-lined room (which also contains a long vanity and toilet). We spent some time in the hot tub on a cool evening with the window open wide. There is a pocket door to slide shut and it was as if we were in a cocoon all by ourselves – it was very relaxing. There is also a billiard table that is available to the guests. Upstairs in the main house there is a library that is stocked with many books. We were intrigued by the obviously old selections. There is also a computer in the library for guest use. There is one more amenity that can’t be ignored: the ample front porch, which is great for spending some time sipping a drink and reading a book, or simply contemplating the calming landscape.
We were served a full breakfast both mornings we were there, and we were very impressed. The first morning, we dined on the front porch. The meal began with home-made coffee cake that was scrumptious. That was followed by bowls full of tiny cantaloupe balls and fresh strawberries, accompanied by absolutely incredible apple pecan pancakes. A plate full of bacon was also served. We had our choice of fruit juices. When we arrived, Joe asked us what we preferred for our morning beverage, and we requested iced tea. We appreciated the pitcher full of freshly brewed iced tea prepared especially for us.
The second morning we had a change of venue and dined under an awning on the rear deck. This time, our morning culinary adventure began with fresh cranberry scones. They were wonderfully crisp, and not too sweet, but just right. That morning we were served peach French toast accompanied by fresh grapes and slices of orange. Kathy had once again crafted a carbohydrate lover’s dream of a breakfast, balanced out nicely by a place full of tiny sausage patties that were extremely fresh and out of this world. We’re embarrassed to say that we demolished all of the sausage, as it complimented the French toast wonderfully.
We are pleased to give Dominion House a “Best of” award for the truly creative and delicious breakfasts they serve!
This is a B&B with no bar; we brought our own wine.
When we first arrived, Joe was very welcoming. It almost felt like we had known him for a long time; he has a way of making guests feel very comfortable. When we told him we were headed off on a balloon trip later that day, he asked if we had directions. We showed them to him, and he told us he would write out better directions, since the ones we had used an exit that was closed during our stay. He spent some time showing us around the house. The house was built in 1880 and he has a good grasp of the house’s history. Many pieces are original to the house. He and his wife are only the fourth owners of the house; his parents owned the house before them. The ceilings on the first floor were 12 feet high, and there is a grand 20-step staircase in the center of the house. Since there weren’t any other guests there at the time, he showed us the remaining rooms, and then the library. He took the time to explain how to logon to the computer. The piece de resistance was a set of original blueprints and elevations of the house, which are framed and displayed in the upstairs hall. The provenance surrounding the house and its contents definitely deserve a lot of pride. (Joe caught us later by the pool with the updated directions that served us very well.) He is a very laid-back guy and we loved it when he said, “Whatever you do at home, we want you to feel comfortable doing here too.” And we knew he meant it. Except for smoking, of course, which is restricted to outdoors.
Joe’s wife Kathy is the cook, and she is extremely gracious and attentive. Her breakfasts are out of this world and she serves them with a beatific smile. They both took the time to say good-bye to us when we left, and they really seem like they want you to come back. When we left, Joe took a picture of us (he does that with all the guests).
We highly recommend this inn as a relaxing getaway. It is out in the country and has a bucolic setting, which we just loved.
The main reason we went to New York for the weekend was to take a hot air balloon ride. We’d been trying to do so for a couple years, but the weather wasn’t cooperating. This time, we finally got to go – celebrating Keith’s birthday from two years earlier. We flew with Above the Clouds. It was a truly incredible experience.
Check out our complete write-up and our pictures from our balloon adventure here.
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As in any area, there are bars around if nightlife is what you desire. We weren’t there for the nightlife; our idea of a fine evening while we were there was a soak in the hot tub, and then curling up in our robes on the porch of the cottage and sipping champagne.
New York is one of the mid-Atlantic states. This area of New York is about an hour northwest of New York City and is cooler. We were there in June and needed air conditioning for the first 24 hours, as the air was warm and muggy. Some cooler, clearer air pushed through and on our second night, we turned off the air conditioning and slept with the windows open (and bundled under blankets). It is best to take layers to be prepared for variances in the temperature.
If you will be outside in the evenings in this area in the summer, it’s a good idea to use bug spray (any of our faithful readers will observe this is a tip we often dwell on, as we seem to attract more mosquitoes than the masses do). This area is very country – don’t expect big-city brusqueness. People take their time here and are courteous and as guests, it’s a good idea to act in kind.