A new and quirky hotel in upstate New York aims to coax visitors — especially city folks — into a chill state of mind. Think Scandinavian decor that perfectly frames views of the outdoors, including the Windham Mountains.
But it goes much deeper than that.
"The entire property was designed with the 'Nordic _lagom_' concept, meaning not too much, not too little," says Julija Stoliarova, co-owner of Eastwind Hotel & Bar, which she and a group of friends opened earlier this year in Windham. In other words, this is not your run-of-the-mill cabin with stripped-down amenities and style. Instead, a curated selection of art and decor fills each of the 19 rooms and suites. Stoliarova likes to call it "a midcentury look with a hint of clean urban design energized by the hotel's backcountry." And for those who want an even more remote experience, small, freestanding A-frame cottages embrace country minimalism even more.
"We wanted to create a cool, cozy spot in the Catskills that would be a great escape from hectic city life," says Stoliarova. Mission accomplished.