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Warrensburg B&B proprietors to retire after record run

Steve and Sandi Parisi stand in front of their enterprise, Country Road Lodge Bed & Breakfast, which has won awards for its rustic riverside ambiance and gracious hospitality. Steve and Sandi have decided to retire and close down Country Road Lodge, believed to be the longest-running single-owner bed and breakfast enterprise in the nation. June 10 was its last day in operation.

Steve and Sandi Parisi stand in front of their enterprise, Country Road Lodge Bed & Breakfast, which has won awards for its rustic riverside ambiance and gracious hospitality. Steve and Sandi have decided to retire and close down Country Road Lodge, believed to be the longest-running single-owner bed and breakfast enterprise in the nation. June 10 was its last day in operation. Photo by Thom Randall.

— On June 10, Steve and Sandi Parisi, proprietors of Country Road Lodge Bed & Breakfast, served their last breakfast as innkeepers.

Steve Parisi started the accommodation as a ski lodge in 1974. Seven years later, it formally became a bed and breakfast when Steve moved to Warrensburg from Manhattan. He said this week his switch of careers from advertising work to running a bed and breakfast was “unexpected but amazing.”

Then in 1988, Sandi joined Steve — and the two been running the bed and breakfast since then.

“We’ve really enjoyed operating a small business in a great community like Warrensburg,” Steve Parisi said.

Sandi Parisi said that Country Road Lodge, operating under the same proprietorship for 38 years, is believed to be the longest-running single-owner bed and breakfast enterprise in the nation.

Country Road Lodge Bed & Breakfast, situated beside the Hudson River off a long dirt road, has earned a sterling reputation for its primitive but gracious accommodations — whether it’s the “feng shui” of its heavenly orientation, the beautiful pristine vistas, or the sounds of nature that beguile guests.

The accommodation has won a series of awards for its hospitality and character, particularly the Parisis’ friendly approach.

"It’s been a fun ride," Steve said of their lengthy tenure.

Steve and Sandi said they will be staying in Warrensburg, initially at the former lodge, then moving into the Warrensburg hamlet several years from now.

One factor in staying in Warrensburg, doubtlessly, is their considerable involvement in the community — Steve is Director of the Warrensburgh Museum of Local History, and Sandi serves as the Town Historian.

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