Our History

The Oldest Single Family-Owned Inn in the United States

The origins of Winter Clove began just after the Revolutionary War, when the name "Winter Clove" first appeared on the original map made of the Catskill Mountain. When the surveyors ran their lines through this clove, or valley, they found the ice and snow of winter had not given away to spring as it had in the surrounding areas—thus, it was given the designation "Winter Clove."

Then in the early 1800’s, as travel increased on the Hudson River and naturalists, sightseers, and visitors were attracted to the beautiful Catskill Mountains, H.B. Whitcomb opened his farmhouse to summer guests, which was located on the Winter Clove grant of land. Thus, the beginning of five generations of innkeepers has carefully maintained and updated Winter Clove.

Today, the natural beauty that attracted the first visitors still greets the Whitcomb's guests. The Winter Clove Inn is a charming, resplendent inn providing a wide variety of resort activities. The Inn has maintained a tradition of fine food, lodging and sincere hospitality for over 150 years.