Foxfire Mountain House

(Warning: this may be my most aesthetically pleasing post to date.)

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Last Thursday I was wisked away to the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York for a creativity summit with Free People and Polaroid (read more about this experience here). After being in school for nearly a month and barely surviving the stress of moving houses and starting classes, an escape to the woods was much needed. You know you’ve reached a place of tranquility and relaxation when you no longer have cell phone service.

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As a girl from Pennsylvania I usually traveled to the Poconos for my dose of nature, or to the creek two minutes down the street from my house. Needless to say it was not hard to find little wonders around me.

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Being surrounded by mountains brought me back to my childhood trips to the Poconos, watching the deer outside my uncle’s cabin. It was the simple things like placing corn cobs outside for them to eat and jumping in leaf piles that made me so happy.

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The Foxfire Mountain House reminded me just how enjoyable unplugging and taking in your simple surrounding can be.

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My favorite part of this hotel is all of the history built into it. The building opened as an inn in 1914 and has been passed down through generations of families. In 2015, a couple restored the house after it had fallen into overgrowth and decay, bringing it back to its original state.

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The hotel now has 11 rooms for guests to stay in, each with their own unique attention to detail. They even have a private cottage available, equipped with your own kitchen, living room, bathroom, and bedroom.

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All of the unique design elements of this inn come together to make a place that is truly magical. From the lily pond outside to the vintage Sari curtains, no detail goes unnoticed. It is inspiring to be in a place with so much character rather than a commercialized chain hotel whose decor is the same around each corner.

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This yellow velvet couch may be my favorite thing in the entire house. Secretly storing the image of it away so I can someday find one for my apartment.

If you’re in need of a city escape or are looking for some creative inspiration, take a weekend trip to Foxfire Mountain House. You can look forward to fresh air, home-cooked meals, and a surprising elements of design in each room.

 

#FPMeGetTheShot Creativity Summit

Who knew adding one simple hashtag on one of my Instagram pictures would lead me on a trip to the Catskill Mountains with Free People early Thursday morning?

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I was invited by Free People and Polaroid to a creativity summit hosted by the Foxfire Mountain House in upstate New York as reward for posting one of these images using the hashtag #FPMeGetTheShot. When I found out that I had won I was honestly shocked that an opportunity as unique as this one could come from a little hashtag I added to one of my pictures on Instagram.

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I began my day by waking up at 5am… Yes, 5am exactly. Free People is the only thing that could ever get me up before sunrise. At the crack of dawn, all thirty of us girls met in front of their 5th Avenue store and loaded onto the bus to start our journey up north.

We were greeted by Free People’s Social and Public Relations team as well as photographers from both Free People and Polaroid. Foxfire Mountain House had a buffet of homemade baked goods and fresh juice set up in the cozy little lounge of their big white house. Nothing beats being greeted with cinnamon buns and fresh country air!

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After breakfast we began a panel discussion with Free People and Polaroid employees. The girls and I all received tips and tricks from expert photographers that will help bring our photos to the next level. We also heard from various employees of Free People, hearing about how they got started with the brand and what creative roles they fill.

After the panel they let us loose to explore the hotel and all of its natural beauty. One of my favorite parts about this mountain getaway was the little wooden bungalow in the yard (pictured on left). I can’t even imagine how nice it would be to sit out there in front of a fire pit on a chilly fall night, s’mores in hand.

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Following another amazing meal provided by Foxfire Mountain house (I would visit here again just to eat!), Free People and Polaroid gave us a challenge to style different outfits in different locations, using FP’s fall muses as inspiration. How beautiful are their fall velvet pieces? I need to get my hands on these mustard pants!

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Once the challenge was over the FP girls announced their favorite Polaroid pictures that were taken, judging on creativity of the shot and how well the looks represented the brand’s muses.

Getting the opportunity to work with so many amazing women from all over the country (Nebraska, California and Texas to name a few!) and two iconic brands made for an unforgettable day. The next time you see a giveaway or contest on Instagram… jump on it and enter! You never know what it could lead to.

Read Free People’s blog post about the event.

(photos by Jana Kirn)