MINERVA - One of the oldest homes in the town of Minerva is also one of the most beautiful. The big white house that sits on the hill in Olmstedville has recently gone through some major rehabilitation. Due to the careful work of Barry and Peggy Mix, the old house on the hill has become a stunning bed & breakfast and a nice Olmstedville destination.
The Alpine Homestead Bed & Breakfast, housed in a building that dates back to the 1850's, offers four bedrooms and several common rooms. They are all beautifully and tastefully restored to their former glory.
Barry and Peggy were instantly attracted to the house. "We saw the possibilities and wanted to turn those possibilities into a reality," they said.
Proved by old snapshots, the Mixes have worked to keep the house looking like it did in the 1880's.
Barry, who retired from the Washington-Saratoga-Hamilton-Warren-Essex BOCES in 2004 and Peggy, who retired from Hospice of Washington County in 2007 have put an amazing amount of time, effort, and resources into the B&B.
Retired, restless, and looking around for a project they could jump head-first into, Barry and Peggy bought the house in 2005. After about 18 months of restoration work, the two opened the business in 2007.
"We have stayed in many different B&B's and this far surpasses them all in every way. The house is beautiful, from the paint colors to the decorations. The cleanliness is much appreciated. The breakfast is outstanding, and the hospitality is second to none. We could stay here forever," said a customer who stayed at the B&B over the past summer.
Barry and Peggy have been working to advertise all over and have been successful in drawing customers from as far away as England and France. In their third year of business, they are beginning to get repeat customers - many come for the downhill skiing at Gore, X-country skiing at Garnet Hill Lodge, rafting on the Hudson River, snowshoeing, biking and other area outdoor activities.
They have been doing well, but Barry believes they can go further.
"There is definitely room to do more business," he said.
Check out their website at www.thealpinehomestead.com, or pay them a visit.