A Long Fall Night

This off season has been one of the busiest we’ve had in a long time. Due to some unforeseen circumstances, we had two months to renovate the Evergreen to prepare for opening this winter season. The lobby looks amazing, and the office area allows us to function much more efficiently. Three rooms were also refreshed, with new paint and some new furniture. We could not be more pleased with how all the hard work came out.

John and Mickey are in good health. They still take Benson for a walk around the Windham Path every day the weather permits. All of their children, most of their grandchildren and lots of their great-grandchildren came over for Christmas breakfast.

Eric and Debbie spent the fall overseeing the renovations. It was a long and difficult process, but it all worked out in the end. They’ve been spending a lot of time with Maddox and Aiden. The kids are learning the tools of the trade, including fixing just about everything.

Kurt, Dasha, Maddox, and Aiden are all doing well. They made their annual trip to Russia to visit their family. All summer Maddox kept telling us how excited he is to start Kindergarten. He loves his teacher and is having lots of fun with his classmates. Aiden is getting bigger each day and is not afraid of anything. Dasha was promoted from her seasonal receptionist job at the Manager of Alpine Spa.

Brent has continued to do work on his house and adopted a dog. Bella is a 7-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix. She is doing a great job at keeping Brent company at all times. Seriously, Brent does not have any privacy in his house anymore. Bella gets along well with Maddox, Aiden, and even Benson.

Evan is working at Windham Mountain again this winter. When he isn’t working, he spends a lot of time snowboarding. Evan has developed a passion for photography, video, and editing both. He has been a big help with the renovations and getting us open for the winter season.

Even after a jam-packed fall we still have plans to do some projects this spring. Last summer we replaced all of the furniture in the Main Building rooms and converted some to King rooms, and this spring we’ll do more renovations to Main Building rooms. For more updates visit our website, sign up for our e-mail list, like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

The Thompson House opens for our 138th summer season on May 25, 2018. Hopefully, we’ll see you and your family this season. If you haven’t already made your reservation for this summer, please call us at 518-734-4510 or send an e-mail to info@ThompsonHouse.com.

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