Beauty is Everywhere

The fall foliage in the Great Northern Catskill Mountains is absolutely beautiful. When you stay at The Thompson House you are surrounded by all of the autumn colors. The trees on our property, around the Evergreen Park Nature Trail, and the amazing view of Windham Mountain, make you happy that you decided to stay with us.
Warm yellows, bright oranges, and fiery reds will be everywhere you look in Windham, NY. Enjoy the brisk fall air as you walk the Windham Path and marvel at the beauty that surrounds you.
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Affordable Foliage Getaway

Visiting the Windham, NY to see the beautiful fall foliage is affordable, when you stay at The Thompson House. A room for 2 people starts at $113.00 per night with complimentary continental breakfast, or $146.00 per night with our delicious meal package, which includes full breakfast and four course dinner. Our rooms are clean and comfortable, with varying sizes for couples to families of five. Most of the rooms in the Evergreen overlook Windham Country Club and have a wonderful view of Windham Mountain.

Fall Time Fun

There are many fun things for all ages to do in the Catskill Mountains during the fall season. Everyone will enjoy a walk on the Windham Path or through the Elm Ridge Wild Forest. Kids will love picking apples, peaches, and pumpkins at the local farms. Adults will enjoy a visit to the local winery and breweries. Hard Cider anyone?
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After taking a year off, winter has returned to the Catskill Mountains. We’ve had cold weather and snow since Thanksgiving, which is a welcome change from last year. According to the weatherman, we did have average snowfall this winter. There were over 2 feet of snow on the ground at one point, and the kids enjoyed every minute outside. Winter is coming to an end, and the weather is already starting to change. As we sit down to write this letter the weatherman is predicting we’ll have a record high-temperature today. 70o in February is very unusual for us.

With great sadness, we need to let everyone know that Joanne’s daughter, Krystal, passed away in January.  She had beaten Breast Cancer a few years earlier, but this last year cancer got into her liver and spread before chemo could get ahead of it.  Krystal was a young, hard working, ICU Nurse at Albany Medical Center for 20 years and is greatly missed by her many friends and relatives.

Here at The Thompson House, we’ve kept busy doing various renovations around the property, some roofs, and some bathrooms. Currently, we’re working in the Manor House redesigning some spaces to make better use of all that area.

We’re grateful for all the guests who were able to join us last summer. Whether it was to be part of a reunion, play golf, go hiking, or just relax by the pool, we hope you enjoyed your time in the Great Northern Catskills. It was also great to have you be part of our Thompson House “family.”

We are all blessed to be in good health. John and Mickey still go out for their exercise daily. They’re also busy helping volunteer organizations in the community and visiting friends and neighbors that can’t get out anymore. Although they no longer take their annual trip down south, they do enjoy short excursions with a local senior club and going off on their own.

Just last week we were excited to celebrate Aiden’s 1st birthday. He’s very fast on his feet and likes to get into everything. He’s doing his best to keep up with Maddox and Lada, and they’ll be running the games before you know it.

Deb and Eric are enjoying having their grandchildren over. They’ve forgotten how much fun it is to have little ones running around the house, and how exhausting it is.

Dasha, Kurt, Maddox, and Aiden went to Russia in November to celebrate Dasha’s Grandmother’s 90th birthday. It was Aiden’s first trip to Russia, and Maddox enjoyed introducing his little brother to everyone.

Brent and Evan are both doing well. Brent is finding out all the wonders of being a homeowner and making daily trips to the hardware store. Evan decided he wanted to spend his winter in Windham and has been working at Windham Mountain as a “Ski Technician.” His plan was to spend the winter snowboarding, but that came to an end when he broke his wrist snowboarding over Christmas Vacation.  The surgeon was pleased with his work, and he hopes for a full recovery.

Our doors open on May 26th this year for our 137th season, and hope you, your families and friends will join us for fun and relaxation in the Great Northern Catskills.  Give us a call at 518-734-4510 or send us an e-mail to info@thompsonhouse.com  if we can assist in setting up your vacation plans.

Warm regards,

The Goettsche Families

The Perfect Christmas Gift

The Thompson House apparel makes the perfect Christmas gift for your loved ones. For 2016, when you purchase 2 either tee shirts, polo shirts, sweatshirts, or hoodies, you’ll get a gift certificate to The Thompson House Cafe along with your order. The amount of the gift certificate will depend on which items you purchase. See the chart below for gift certificate amounts, then contact today to place your order.

Gift Certificate amounts:

2 Tee Shirts or Polo Shirts = $5.00 Gift Certificate to The Thompson House Cafe

1 Tee Shirt or Polo Shirt and 1 Sweatshirt or Hoodie = $10.00 Gift Certificate to The Thompson House Cafe

2 Sweatshirts or 2 Hoodies = $15.00 Gift Certificate to The Thompson House Cafe

We have a variety of sizes and colors to choose from, so order yours before its too late.

tee-shirt polo-shirt

sweatshirt hoodie

Contact Us Today

Call us at 518-734-4510 or send an e-mail to start your purchase today.

Fine Print

Tax and shipping are not included in the price of the items. Contact us for a quote.

Delivery by Christmas or specific date is not guaranteed.

No returns or exchanges. All sales are final.

Cannot be combined with any other offers or specials.

Offer ends December 31, 2016 at 11:59PM.

July 4th, 2016

It was a beautiful July 4th, 2016 in the great Northern Catskills this year. Thank you to all the guests who were able to join us at The Thompson House. If you weren’t able to join us this year, we hope to see you next year.

Beautiful Weather

The weather before and after the 4th was amazing in 2016. The sun was out most of the time, the temperature was warm and consistent, and everyone was loving the pool. People enjoyed time on the golf course and spending time on our NEW miniature putting course.

Start a Tradition

Families and friends are continuing a great tradition of meeting at The Thompson House every year, at the same time for a wonderful vacation. If you and your family and friends haven’t started a tradition of meeting at The Thompson House, call us at 518-734-4510 or send an e-mail, to start one today.

There were 3 generations of some families here, grandparents, parents and grandchildren. It is amazing to think that another generation of The Thompson House guests will soon be running around and playing games, just like their parents did 20 something years ago, and their parent before them.

Parade

The parade put on by the Windham Hose Company was excellent as always. The Thompson House’s float this year was… Finding Dory. You can see most of the parade in the photos below, as well as some of the guests who were able to join us. Next year we hope to see you in these photos.

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Season of Family 3

Aiden Eric Goettsche

February 23, 2016

Dasha and Kurt welcome a new member to their family. Aiden Eric Goettsche, a baby boy, born February 23, 2016. Dasha and Aiden are both doing well. Kurt is enjoying having someone new to tell jokes to. Maddox loves his little brother, and holds Aiden every time he gets a chance.

We are all doing well up here even though it still gets a little chilly at night.  John and Mickey did not make their usual trip to Florida this winter and opted instead for a 2 week cruise.  Lucky for them they were 1 week ahead of that recent famous cruise that encountered those 30 foot waves.  They did “a lot of nothing” and came home safely.  Brent and Evan are also doing well.  Brent purchased his first house last fall and is learning all the ins and outs of home renovation.  Evan is a coach at the EF Academy near Thornwood, New York  and is very proud of his undefeated soccer team.

Last  fall, Eric, Deb, Kurt, Dasha and Maddox enjoyed a wonderful trip to Russia.  The first week we stayed in Kovrov – Dasha’s home town. We had fun walking to the local markets and took some day trips around the region visiting the historic cities of Suzdal and Nizhny-Nougorod.  From Kovrov we took an overnight train to St. Petersburgh and had 4 days to see all the museums and even the ballet, Swan Lake.  From there a high speed train took us to Moscow for more sightseeing and visiting with more family and friends.  It was truly a trip of a lifetime.

Here at The Thompson House we are always trying to improve our property.  We finally said good bye to the green and white mini-bus and bought a larger van for trips around the mountain top.  The 18 hole putting green was removed last fall and Eric is attempting to build his own miniature golf course.  It may just be a few holes to start but will still hope to be fun for the whole family.  Also, for our guests’ that have enjoyed the popular Windham Path, plans are in the works to extend it all the way to Hensonville and west along South St. to Windham Mt. And – for our biking enthusiasts, more single track trails are being built near the Escarpment Trail area and Windham Mt. has plans to build 2 more downhill bike trails

We open our doors on May 27th this year for our 136th season and hope you and your families and friends will join us for fun and relaxation in the Great Northern Catskills.

Regards,

The Goettsche Families

The Great Northern Catskill Mountains

We’ve been talking about it since it first opened in 2013, but the Windham Path is one of our favorite things about being in Windham. Just a mile and a half loop through the fields, down by the creek and a long the woods, just about anyone can enjoy being outdoors. The fresh air of the Great Northern Catskill Mountain and all the beauty nature has to offer. The Windham Path is easy to access, half a mile down the road from The Thompson House on Route 23.

Now, the Windham Path has a second entrance, behind the Windham Pharmacy, only a quarter of a mile from The Thompson House. With the new entrance, Dasha, Maddox, and I (Kurt), walk around the Windham Path almost everyday. Maybe it is the fact we can get away for a little while, but still be close to home. It could also be how easy it is to get to the path from The Thompson House. Of course we can find the same beauty around The Thompson House, but there is something about the path that draws us to it.

Dasha and I like to talk about everything as we look at all the pretty flowers around the path. Maddox loves to watch the birds go in and out of their houses put up by Windham Area Recreational Foundation (WARF). Occasionally he’ll chase after a chipmunk that wonders onto the path. Sometimes we’ll go down by the creek and look for fish swimming around in the water. If you get out to the path just after a rain storm you may see a rainbow appear over the mountains. The beauty of the Windham Path is endless.

Follow The Beauty

If you don’t follow us on any social networks, you’re missing a lot. We post a lot of pictures and interesting information to all of our profiles. Of course following us on all social networks will give you the best chance to see everything we post. I think we post some really beautiful pictures to our Instagram account several times a week. (See the examples in the post) We also share information about events and special activities in the area. Not being a part of our social network is really a disservice to yourself and everyone you are vacationing with.

See you soon

We look forward to see you all this summer and hope you get the chance to enjoy the Windham Path as much as we do. Tag us in your photos taken around the Windham Path and around The Thompson House, so all your friends can see what a great time you are having in Upstate New York. If you use #thouse2015 we MAY even give something away at the end of the season. So go post, tweet, follow, like, and whatever else is out there, and countdown your time until you are back at The Thompson House.

Jack loves The Thompson House so much he wrote a song about us. We love you too Jack. We hope to see more of your great work for years to come.

Thompson House Song

By: Jack

I love The Thompson House it is the best.

I love The Thompson House.

You love The Thompson House.

I love you guys so much.

I love The Thompson House.

You love The Thompson House.

And I love you.

Love, Jack

thompson house song by jack

If you want to have your project featuring The Thompson House posted on our website just send it to us and let us know. If you have a project, but don’t want it posted on the website please send it too us anyway. We’d love to see it.

As you know, currently the only way to purchase your favorite merchandise from The Thompson House is to make a trip to the Catskill Mountains. If we offered it, would you be interested in purchasing merchandise from our website?

This Memorial Day

As we get ready to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend and the start of our 2015 summer season, it is important for us to remember the real reason we all celebrate this weekend. We gather to remember the people who died serving our country in the armed forces. Chances are we all know at least one person who gave their life in the service of the United States. On this Monday, Memorial Day, the people of the United States of America are encouraged to visit and place a flag on the graves of those who died serving our country. Also, at 3:00 PM local time a moment of remembrance should be observed for all of those who lost their lives protecting our freedom.

Brief History of Memorial Day

Memorial Day started as Decoration Day shortly after the end of the United States Civil War. Families would gather and towns would have parades to honor those who died as a result of the Civil War. After the United State’s involvement in World War I, the Federal holiday evolved to honor all those who died protecting the United States. For decades Memorial Day was celebrated on May 30, but in 1968 Congress passed the Uniformed Monday Holiday Act. This Act moved Memorial Day to the last Monday in May to create a three day weekend.

Continuing The Tradition

For decades Memorial Day was celebrated with parades through towns and cities, as well as placing flags on the graves of those who died fighting in war. While some continue these traditions, many younger people do not even know why we celebrate Memorial Day. This Memorial Day bring back part of the tradition. An observance you can do right at home is: “In traditional observance, the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day. The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.”

More Information

History.com

USMemorialDay.org

VA.gov

Below is our 2015 Spring Letter

WHO’S READY FOR NICE HOT SUMMER DAYS AT THE THOMPSON HOUSE!!

Sure – we love the snow and the winter – but really!!

Warm wishes from your Thompson House Family up here in the great northern Catskills in beautiful Windham, NY. Last week we thought maybe we were mysteriously relocated to the Yukon! We

hope this letter finds you well and anxiously waiting for your “yellow” envelope to arrive meaning SPRING is here! It has been an interesting winter to say the least. Like everyone in the northeast we are all waiting for the warm weather to get here to thaw out our bones and get ready for a great summer.

Our families are all doing well – from our youngest Maddox to our oldest, John, we are all enjoying the great amount of snow that has fallen this season. John comes over every morning to help shovel off the skating rink and Maddox has already hit the slopes with his dad, Kurt. Even Dasha has been seen shushing off the top of Windham Mt. with some great instruction from Evan. The Pines hill has also brought many smiles as we’ve introduced Maddox to a great sleigh riding place. It seems like just yesterday it was Kurt, Brent and Evan sledding at the Pines. Boy how time flies!

Last fall John and Mickey (Eric’s parents) were given an award from the Community of Windham Foundation in recognition of their “altruistic dedication and benevolent service toward the betterment of the Windham community”.   All of their children and most of their grandchildren were at the ceremony to witness this great honor. This is the 3rd year the award was given in honor of former town Supervisor, Pat Meehan, and Brent of course questioned who could possibly have done more than his grandparents!

For our outdoor enthusiasts we will again be offering discounted golf to our local golf courses on the mountain top. There is also some great news about the addition of a bridge for the Windham Path. Now our guests’ can access the path right at the Windham Pharmacy right on Rt. 296. You will no longer have to walk along the road to see the beautiful nature of Windham and the surrounding Catskill Mountains. Also, the NY Dept. of Conservation has announced the expansion of the biking and hiking trails along the Elm Ridge/Escarpment Trail system. Now we will have almost 20 miles of mountain biking and hiking trails just a few miles from our resort.

Our 2015 summer season will begin on May 22, Memorial Day weekend and continue through to October 12, Columbus Day weekend. We are anticipating the weather will be warmer than it has been the past few weeks and hope that you can join us for some fun in the mountains.

Please note that we will not be answering the phone from March 28th to April 12th, but you are always welcome to send us an e-mail at TheThompsonHouse@gmail.com.

Regards,

The Goettsche Families