Good Vibes Only: A Contemporary Upstate Home – Airbnb Review by Photographer Maxwell Alexander

Not all Airbnb locations have to be in New York or on the coast. Sometimes it’s good to get away and find some peace and quiet in the countryside. That’s what photographer Maxwell Alexander did recently when he visited a newly renovated contemporary home in upstate New York, just two hours from New York City. Here are his thoughts on the experience…

If you are looking for a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this is the place. You’ll find this listing in Kingston, NY, near hikes, wineries, orchards, rustic Hudson Valley towns, and farmers markets. There is something for everyone, whatever your interests. If you’re a photographer like me, you’ll be in heaven with all these incredible landscapes.

Good Vibes Only: A Contemporary Upstate Home – Airbnb Review by Photographer Maxwell Alexander – Airbnb Photography for Duncan Avenue Studios (NYC) + Alluvion Media (Hudson Valley)

My recommendation is to visit the Forsyth Nature Center which has 24 animal exhibits and a dozen gardens which are home to a variety of native plants and animals, Clover Brooke Farm where you will see goats, alpacas and other animals, and the Kiwanis Ice Arena for ice skating as well as Hunter Ski Resort and Burger Hill for sledding during the winter season. Also don’t forget the city of Kingston where you will find some amazing fine dining establishments.

Good Vibes Only: Review of an Upstate Airbnb Listing by Photographer Maxwell Alexander - Airbnb Photography for Duncan Avenue Studios (NYC) + Alluvion Media (Hudson Valley)
Good Vibes Only: A Contemporary Upstate Home – Airbnb Review by Photographer Maxwell Alexander – Airbnb Photography for Duncan Avenue Studios (NYC) + Alluvion Media (Hudson Valley)

This contemporary 5 bedroom home is surrounded by a state forest and is close to all the action while offering peace and quiet.

Good Vibes Only: Review of an Upstate Airbnb Listing by Photographer Maxwell Alexander - Airbnb Photography for Duncan Avenue Studios (NYC) + Alluvion Media (Hudson Valley)
Good Vibes Only: Review of an Upstate Airbnb Listing by Photographer Maxwell Alexander – Airbnb Photography for Duncan Avenue Studios (NYC) + Alluvion Media (Hudson Valley)

Two floors make up the house, with the kitchen and dining room upstairs and the secondary area downstairs.

In the master bedroom, there is a king-size bed with paneled walls and an en-suite bathroom with a walk-in shower. One downstairs bedroom has a queen bed and the other has a king bed (which can be converted into two twin/bunk beds). A completely renovated bathroom with bath/shower is shared by the two bedrooms.

Good Vibes Only: Review of an Upstate Airbnb Listing by Photographer Maxwell Alexander - Airbnb Photography for Duncan Avenue Studios (NYC) + Alluvion Media (Hudson Valley)
Good Vibes Only: Review of an Upstate Airbnb Listing by Photographer Maxwell Alexander – Airbnb Photography for Duncan Avenue Studios (NYC) + Alluvion Media (Hudson Valley)

The lower level features a self contained living area with a colorful and whimsical hand painted palm tree mural in the living room. Make yourself comfortable in front of the Smart Picture Frame TV. You can cook an easy meal or make coffee without going upstairs using the small kitchenette that seats up to ten people.

Good Vibes Only: Review of an Upstate Airbnb Listing by Photographer Maxwell Alexander - Airbnb Photography for Duncan Avenue Studios (NYC) + Alluvion Media (Hudson Valley)
Good Vibes Only: A Contemporary Upstate Home – Airbnb Review by Photographer Maxwell Alexander – Airbnb Photography for Duncan Avenue Studios (NYC) + Alluvion Media (Hudson Valley)

Additionally, there are two queen bedrooms on the lower level. Their bathroom has a dark tile walk-in shower that has been completely renovated.

Good Vibes Only: Review of an Upstate Airbnb Listing by Photographer Maxwell Alexander - Airbnb Photography for Duncan Avenue Studios (NYC) + Alluvion Media (Hudson Valley)
Good Vibes Only: Review of an Upstate Airbnb Listing by Photographer Maxwell Alexander – Airbnb Photography for Duncan Avenue Studios (NYC) + Alluvion Media (Hudson Valley)

A large upper deck has a long wooden dining table, lounge chairs and a gas grill, all looking out over the backyard and towards the woods. There is a picnic table near an unfinished playhouse and a garden on the ground floor. You can create authentic Catskills s’mores around a Solo Campfire on the side of the house.

Good Vibes Only: Review of an Upstate Airbnb Listing by Photographer Maxwell Alexander - Airbnb Photography for Duncan Avenue Studios (NYC) + Alluvion Media (Hudson Valley)
Good Vibes Only: A Contemporary Upstate Home – Airbnb Review by Photographer Maxwell Alexander – Airbnb Photography for Duncan Avenue Studios (NYC) + Alluvion Media (Hudson Valley)

Kingston and its lovely shops and restaurants are only 10 minutes away, so you have plenty to do on your doorstep. Woodstock’s arts and music scene is also less than 15 minutes away. The Ashokan Reservoir with its incredible railway is also only 12 minutes away. In terms of location, there is no better place to explore the Hudson Valley and the Catskills than here.

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