Tried booking at the Grand Duchess for October 15-16th 2006. First I sent an email and with no reply after 2 days, I called. Was told that weekend could be parents weekend at a local college and to call back 2 days later when someone could help me. Then finally received an email reply that April 15-16th was available. I called to inform them they had the wrong weekend. Then they tell me Oct 15-16th is the Sheep and Wool festival and the entire house is booked. I looked on the internet and saw The Sheep and Wool festival is always the 3rd weekend of October and is on October 21-22nd this year. I had another friend who also tried to book for that weekend and got the same runaround. Also, we were in Red Hook this weekend and drove by the place. It looked kind of run down anyway. My advice--save yourself the hassle and book at the Red Hook Inn. The innkeepers are very friendly and customer-oriented!