A Vegan B&B in New Lebanon, NY: Red Robin Song Guest House
The Red Robin Song Guest House, New Lebanon, NY
Tucked away in the town of New Lebanon, NY in the hills of the Berkshires, on a quiet off-the-beaten-path side road off Rt. 20, you’ll find the spacious and serene Red Robin Song Guest House. The B&B rests on 85 acres surrounded mostly by wooded land, which include manicured hiking trails for guests to explore, but on the immediate grounds, guests will be pleasantly surprised to see not only wildlife native to this picturesque country area, but also seven goats, five chickens, four Guinea hens, four cats and one dog–all rescued animals that give one a hint to the purpose of this large and quaint getaway.
You won’t hear noises of the city, or traffic of any kind, “but the frogs can be loud at night,” say owners Lisa Robinson-Redd and Jeff Redd. The Red Robin Song Guest House (a clever combination of their names) was a lifelong dream for the couple, although they thought it would come true much later in life. When they bought their home–the majority of which now houses guest rooms and guest common areas–they didn’t have an immediate plan or intention of turning it into a B&B. That is until they decided they wanted to adopt rescued farm animals from the Catskill Animal Sanctuary. It was then that they learned one of the major requirements to doing so – at least one person had to work from, or be at home at all times. The pieces of this puzzle fit quickly together as Jeff was ready to exit the construction business after 20 years, and quickly welcomed the full-time job of being an Innkeeper, grounds keeper and other duties as well as running the Guest House, and taking care of the animals they’ve rescued.
“That is the bonus,” he said with a wide smile.
Jeff, a vegetarian and Lisa, a vegan, realized another benefit of their establishment – they know how hard it is to find a vegan-friendly place to visit on a trip. So by making their B&B all vegan, they not only get to meet other vegans and relish in giving them the treatment and accommodations they have always longed for, but they get to inform their many non-vegan guests of the benefits of a vegan lifestyle. Lisa and Jeff are eager to educate about not only the vegan-only food they serve, but the vast array of vegan products throughout the guest rooms, bathrooms and common rooms. The many non-vegan guests are very receptive to the information and are not at all fazed by the Inn being all vegan; they enjoy the room, the food and the hospitality.
I got the chance to stay in the Lily Pad Room earlier this week, which is the Red Robin Songs’ largest guest room, featuring a private bath with Jacuzzi tub, complete with garden window, a sky light and separate shower. The room contains a king size bed with luxurious linens, 2 large closets, a sofa and cable TV. This room also has sliding glass doors that reveal a small deck for guests to sit back and relax while gazing over two ponds and the goat pasture and hill.
The bathroom is stocked with over a dozen vegan bath and body products, including facial and cosmetic items, and a line of vegan men’s personal grooming products. They have two other smaller guest rooms that have a close-by shared bathroom.
Unlike many Bed and Breakfast facilities, most of the house is for the use of the guests. Jeff and Lisa have their own private quarters in another part of the house. In addition to their guest rooms and the grounds, hiking trails, a new pond with beach and row boat, guests have plenty of room inside to wander and relax and enjoy time together. The Great Room has two fireplaces with plenty of seating on large furniture to cozy up with a book from the corner bookshelves. One corner is a game corner where a table and chair is set up with a chess set, a music corner sits opposite, where a full size keyboard is set up and a selection of music for guests to enjoy. There is a full size dining table and a bar, which guests can use, although they must bring their own wine and other alcoholic beverages, which can be stored in the nearby wine refrigerator and a twin refrigerator for other guest supplied beverages next to it.
The dining room, where breakfast is served each morning, is off the Great Room and contains a refrigerator with complimentary beverages and a snack cabinet stocked with chips and salsa, energy bars and other various vegan snacks. There is a Keurig coffee maker ready to go any time of the day with a wide selection of coffees and non-dairy creamers such as coconut milk or almond milk and an eclectic selection of mugs that matches the country eclectic décor of the rooms.
Our breakfast on the morning of our stay consisted of coffee, juice and iced water with lemon in a beautiful glass pitcher. Fresh pineapple slices on a platter and the hollowed out pineapple shell was filled with fresh blueberries. Fresh flowers decorated the table along with cloth napkins and linens and the main course consisted of a vegan yogurt parfait with granola and fresh fruit, vegan sausages, French toast on raisin bread and warm potatoes with spinach, red peppers and garlic. It was both pleasing to the eye and the palate.
As if there are not enough things to do at the Guest House, like mingling with the “animal hosts” and hiking and snowshoeing in the winter, the B&B is only 3 miles away from Lebanon Valley Speedway; other features in New Lebanon are the farmers market, flea market, Theatre Barn and Concerts at Tannery Pond, all of which can be enjoyed in the summer months. It’s also 15 minutes from Jiminy Peak for skiing in the winter and their adventure park in the summer. The Inn is also surrounded by hundreds of acres of land conservancies where guests can spot wildlife such as owls, deer, fox, coyotes, porcupines and other woodland creatures.
Room rates range from $115-155 per night and always include vegan personal products and a vegan breakfast.
The Red Robin Song Guest House is located at 94 Schoolhouse Rd in the hamlet of West Lebanon. Visit www.redrobinsongguesthouse.com for more information.
–Nicole M. Berhaupt is a Contributor to The Free George. Photos by Nicole M. Berhaupt.
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