With its authentic Italian fare, stellar beer selection (more than 500 options to choose from), and patio overlooking a serene pond and forest, The Country Inn Restaurant and B&B has long had a Shangri-La sort of feeling to it. Tucked away in the hills, it’s been the kind of place that many travelers can’t even find, and the few lucky guests who come across it don’t want to leave. Peter and Diane Rinaudo’s restaurant and B&B is both a home-away-from-home and a hideout off the beaten path in Krumville, a small hamlet nestled between the Catskills and the Rondout Valley.
For three years now, guests have been able to book the Luv Shack—a charming one-bedroom cottage just steps from the restaurant—or one of three suites at the Inn’s bed-and-breakfast, and enjoy luxe comfort in the peaceful hills. You’ll be welcomed with housemade truffles and escorted to your cozy, spotless room (“I’m an absolute clean freak,” says Diane), complete with air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and a flat screen TV.
Located minutes away from hiking trails, breweries, wineries, shopping, and more, the Inn provides easy access to nearby attractions where you can spend all day enjoying the delights of the region, and then retreat back to your hideaway to let the Rinaudos spoil you rotten, awakening to a breakfast crafted from the freshest seasonal ingredients.
"Tucked away in the hills, we have everything our guests need. They come, relax, and don’t want to leave."
“We balance the luxury and the rustic aspects, and people of all styles and tastes seem to love the results,” Diane says. “And with the kitchen and the bar right there, it’s really easy to meet their needs.”
"Our goal is for
everyone to feel as
comfortable as family."
- Diane Rinaudo, Co-Owner
Wood-fired pizza and Italian specialties are a focus on their menu. The Rinaudos visit Italy every year and come back inspired, reviving their menu with new ideas that are sourced as locally as possible. And the burgers so good with a crisp beer from their extenseive beer selection are back on the menu by popular demand. Krumville is a wonderful community, and the Country Inn is a vital feature for locals as well as wanderers.
“A lot of people need a one-night getaway to refresh and carouse a little and not have to drive,” says Diane. “We have couples who check in from the restaurant. After all, we do have 500 beers you can try! Booking in advance is a good idea, though. And we serve as a sort of overflow bedroom for the community; we love hosting family get-togethers. Last weekend we served a family who had guests come for a 73rd birthday party.
We have a family style table that seats 20. I love seeing everybody be able to sit down at the same time.”
When you check in, dietary restrictions and preferences will be duly noted and observed in the preparation of your housemade meals and edibles. Whatever kind of fun you’re after, the Rinaudos can help you find it.
“Since we live here as well, we’re present the whole time, and I love being a tour advisor and sounding board,” says Diane. “Something about the place just attracts great, fun people, and we’ve molded the experience to show them a great, fun time. Through e-mails, I get to know who the guests are and why they’re coming. If it’s your anniversary or your birthday, you’ll find a special welcome. If you’re bringing the kids, we’ll have a treat ready for them.”
Besides the neighbors and the many visitors they get from the metro area who just want to head to the hills for a couple of days of refreshing, well-nourished bliss, the Inn gets visitors from all over the world on all kinds of missions. “We had a kid from Israel who just radiated excitement the whole time,” Diane says.
“We get guests from the UK, from Italy, all over Europe, who find us through Booking.com. We had a couple who spent their day exploring Mohonk and came back here to sleep. And I’ll never forget the Elle model. She arrived at midnight with her whole crew and the crew just started drinking up a storm.... She’d never been in the US before. She was exhausted. I made her at home the way I’d want someone to do for my daughter. Anything she needed, she got.”
The restaurant, unlike the guest rooms, has neither Wi-Fi nor cell phone service. “Peter has really great taste in music, which makes an excellent soundtrack for face-to-face human interaction with the friends you came with and any new ones you make,” Diane says. “Putting the screens away while you eat and drink adds a whole other layer of nourishment to the experience.” Suggestion: Eat on the patio overlooking the gorgeous pond. Life here in the middle of “nowhere” agrees with the Rinaudos, and there’s nothing they like better than sharing the joy. “I love all of it: cleaning, cooking, welcoming, and nurturing,” Diane says. “And our guests are so much fun.
I love meeting people from places I’ve never been and having them say, ‘We hate to say goodbye, we’ll see you again!’ My goal is for everyone to feel as comfortable as family.”
The Country Inn
1380 County Road 2,