Since opening in 2001 to promote animal rights and vegan living, Catskill Animal Sanctuary in Saugerties has rescued more than 3,500 farm animals. Now, home to more than 300 animals, CAS welcomes guests for weekends, weddings, and other events at its bed-and-breakfast, the Homestead.
An 1813 farmhouse, the Homestead was renovated using traditional carpentry methods and eco-friendly salvaged materials. Its original wide-plank floors, exposed brick walls, sumptuous fireplaces, and contemporary furnishings create an elegant, cozy wedding venue. The Homestead accommodates 30 people inside and 50 people outside on its gently rolling lawn.
“I can’t think of a better place for a couple to exchange their vows promising love and understanding,” says CAS founder Kathy Stevens. “The Sanctuary has those very things at its heart.”
Lili Trenkova and Raffaella Ciavatta were among the first couples to wed at CAS. “It was the first sanctuary the two of us visited, so we have a special connection with it and all of its residents, human and nonhuman,” says Trenkova. While staying at the Homestead, recalls Ciavatta, “We experienced one of the most peaceful nights of sleep of our lives, so it made perfect sense for us to hold our wedding ceremony at CAS.”
The Homestead features a suite (queen bedroom, kitchen, private bath and living room) and three guestrooms, and offers extra cots and air mattresses for additional guests. (Well-behaved dogs are welcome.) Guests receive a complimentary vegan breakfast (with gift baskets available), a VIP pass to visit CAS’s animal residents, and a tour. Nearby, Saugerties offers an eclectic and charming array of dining, shopping, and hiking options. For more information, visit casanctuary.org/upwedding or call (845) 336-8447.