ECCE Bed and Breakfast—a beautiful five-bedroom home perched on a bluff 300 feet above the Delaware River—is rated among the top 25 B&Bs and Inns in the United States on Trip Advisor, and it’s easy to see why. Guests enjoying breakfast on the deck are treated to stunning river and mountain vistas and bald eagles soaring past at eye-level—views that bring the concept of local conservation into sharp focus.
Owners Alan Rosenblatt and Kurt Kreider opened their inn in 2004 and have been committed to giving back to the local community ever since, joining the Conservancy’s Green Lodging Partnership at its inception in 2012. “As early members of the Green Lodging Partnership, the program opened our eyes to how our offering could support efforts to protect the local environment, and, at the same time, share with our guests the unique wildlife, land, and water resources in our region—and inspire them to protect it, too,” Alan explains.
Alan and Kurt enjoy chatting with their guests about local environmental issues, recognizing that for many tourists, their reason for visiting is to take a break from busy suburban and urban areas and experience the beautiful scenic views and outdoor activities we have to offer. Many enjoy exploring ECCE’s 60-acre property and the hiking trails that wind down to the river valley—not to mention fishing, swimming, and paddling the Delaware and nearby lakes and streams. Alan is chairman of the Board of Directors for the Sullivan Catskills Visitors Association and notes that tourism is on the upswing in the county, largely due to the pristine environmental appeal of our area.
In addition to the spectacular natural areas surrounding ECCE, Alan and Kurt also support the community by featuring a rotating art exhibit with creations from local artists and by hosting events on behalf of area charitable organizations. The homemade meals they prepare for guests often include ingredients from their own garden or sourced from the local farmers’ market. “We have a community that is environmentally concerned and is active in support of preserving our land and water,” Alan notes.
Participation in the Green Lodging Partnership means that with every stay, residents and visitors to our region are making a direct contribution to the protection of everything that’s special here—now and for future generations. The Conservancy thanks Alan and Kurt for their investment in local conservation and invites you to learn more about ECCE at eccebedandbreakfast.com or about the Green Lodging Partnership at delawarehighlands.org/greenlodging.