Craftsmanship like that is sadly missing from the landscape these days.
What's really neat is that the large archway is their carport! I'd imagine by looking at the size of the fairly large model car in relation to the building that it's a bit larger than we suspect. They had to have gotten a great deal on the place to justify the amount of square footage of living space, and to afford repairing the place also. I imagine that the room over the car would be a decent size living room. I have no idea how deep the building is, but I'd like to be able to park that car in my living room, and have the amount of space there appears to be around it. Looks like the car is about the same width as the window. Maybe it has the same gable end on the back side too? That said, all the mechanicals have to fit in there too. I've always remembered that building from when I was young. It meant that we were almost to the lake.
I don't think I was detected at all. I parked my car on the side of 299, and walked over to look down the long carriage road and took just enough time to get it in focus and snap a couple of shots.. jumped back in the car and headed up to the lake. I'm sure they get their share of folks who think they've reached the entrance to the preserve, because the road looks like it should go straight up their driveway as you head up 299, as it once no doubt did. I can picture some rich folk from NYC pulling up behind their car spouting "Is the valet ever gonna come out and bring us to our room?.. you just can't get good service these days Harold".. lol. Sortof like the story about the lady walking into Windsong asking if they were open for lunch
The full size 'partially zoomed' pic is in the photo album linked in the 'Misc' forum. You can get an idea of how long their driveway is better in that shot. I cropped out the small part posted here from the larger fully zoomed one, and was standing on public road so I didn't end my hiking day early with a visit to the local lockup. The edge of the warning sign is also visible in the larger partially zoomed version, in the lower left corner.
I can't imagine what it must've been like to be pulled along on a sleigh up that road.. the sight of that building in the snow must have given a 'curb appeal' to the Mohonk Mountain House one can only dream of. I can almost hear the sound of the horses crunching down that 'really cold' type of snow.
Glad I was able to shed some light on how the building is, and that it appears to be a good future for the building too.
P.S. I seem to remember the sleigh in front of the campground, but I didn't see it on the way up Sunday. I think it was out at the front of the Peterskill campground until about 6 or 7 years ago.