Our History

The Oldest Single Family Owned Inn in the United States

  

The origins of Winter Clove Inn begin in the late 1700’s just after the Revolutionary War when the Slater family received a large land grant as payment for Revolutionary War services in present day Round Top, NY. The Slaters began farming this land and it is here they would establish their homestead. Around this time the name Winter Clove also first appeared on an early map of the Northern Catskill Mountains. When the surveyors ran their lines through this clove, or mountain valley, they found the ice and snow of winter had not given way to spring as it had in the surrounding area, thus the name Winter Clove was born.

  Then in the early 1800’s travel to the Catskill Mountains increased as visitors looked for an escape from the summer heat and commotion of New York City. In the summer of 1838 Mr. Slater opened his farmhouse to visiting guest and soon after the name Winter Clove was first used in reference to the house.

   In the 1860’s Henry Barber Whitcomb arrived to survey the Slater’s land and would fall in love with and wed Mary Slater. The two would eventually inherit the farm and boarding house which they would continue to operate during summer months. Many renovations and nearly 200 years and five generations later the Whitcomb Family still owns and operates the resort making it the oldest single family owned hotel in the United States. Today the Whitcombs are proud to continue the family tradition of welcoming guest who are attracted by the same principals of family, relaxation and natural beauty that attracted Winter Clove’s first guest in the early 1800’s.