Donna Vallone, Creekside cabins, cottages and lodge
Do you like streams and mountains? Peace and quiet? Gorgeous views in all directions? How about hiking, biking, antiquing and some of the best trout fishing in the world?
You can find all this and more “creekside” at one of the cabins, cottages or lodge accommodations owned and operated by Donna Vallone in Roscoe, NY.
The business originated in the 1970s when Donna’s father-in-law, Ed Vallone, opened seven rustic cabins along the Willowemoc Creek in the Catskill Mountains. Ed ran the cabins through the ‘70s and ‘80s and when Donna and her husband, Phil, owner of the Rolling V Bus Company, relocated to the area from New York City in 1990, she became intrigued with the idea of restoring and reopening the cabins. “I had two babies at the time,” she said. “I thought it would be the perfect at-home business for an at-home mom.”
She renovated the cabins and reopened in 1995 under the name “Creekside,” when her children were six and eight.
In May and June, she said, the cabins rent mostly to fishermen, who come from all over the world to fish for trout in the Willowemoc and Beaverkill creeks and to visit Roscoe (“Trout Town U.S.A.”) and the renowned Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum. “People come from as far away as South Africa to fish,” she said. “It’s fun.”
In July and August, many who rent the cabins are couples, families and individuals needing respite from busy lives and urban settings. Those who really want to get away from it all love the “rustic simplicity” of the cottages, said Donna, which do not have phones, televisions or Internet access. There is plenty to do in the area though, and the bucolic scenery alone is restorative and inspiring.
The devastating regional flooding of June 2006 caused enough damage to the cabins that Donna had to close for that summer. She took it as an opportunity to renovate the cabins and re-opened for business the following spring.