We got the opportunity to clap eyes on a brand-new boutique hotel springing up in Woodstock called Hotel Dylan. And by brand-new, it’s so new that it’s still under construction. Still, it’s coming together over there on Maverick Road and Route 28, right behind the now-empty Black Bear Tavern and Lounge. Like a vision that could have come from Wes Anderson himself, the Hotel Dylan is a crisp, white two-story building offering 11 rooms close to Woodstock, Kingston, Shandaken, and West Hurley. But make no mistake: It is all Woodstock, from its name (an obvious nod to Bob) to its slogan (“Peace. Love. Stay.”) to its vibe (think classy-kitschy with a splash of retro appeal and hint of outdoorsy. Got all that). Owner Paul Covello also purchased the Black Bear Inn, which is currently for lease. According to Abbe Aronson, the hotel’s PR person, they’re currently interviewing chefs to take over the large restaurant with a second floor event space. And that’s not all. Covello scooped up the next door lot and house, which will be transformed into the front desk/lobby and spa facility. The design team behind the whole she-bang is the husband and wife design team the Novogratz.
Opening day is set for June 28th, and right now, two rooms, a queen with two beds and a king, are gussied up for visiting journalists, photogs, and bloggers looking for a glimpse of just one of a number of hotels and motels cropping up all over the Catskills. While we were visiting, artist Michael De Feo was in the midst of putting up a large-scale art installation on the side of the building. It was not yet complete during our visit, but you can see photos of it after the jump. Rates are still being determined, so keep checking the Hotel Dylan website for details and updates. The Catskills, they are a-changin’.