Big Pink Available for Weekend Getaway

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Big PinkWhether you seek a long weekend in the Hudson River Valley or your band wants to track some tunes at a place where the mojo just may still linger – now you can stay at the source of what’s come to be called Americana music and make your own (actual or proverbial) music from Big Pink.

Yep, the West Saugerties, NY house where Bob Dylan and company recorded The Basement Tapes and where Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson transformed from The Hawks into The Band, is open for business as a short-term getaway (check out its listing here). Today it’s available as a HomeAway vacation rental for an average of $500 a night (two-night minimum) or $3,000 a week.

Related: Photographer Elliott Landy talks about shooting The Band

Aside from a few updates, the oddly colored, otherwise undistingiushed mid-1960s era three bedroom/two bath house is largely unchanged from when some of the most memorable American music was written and recorded there. And all it takes is a little imagination and a sense of romance to enjoy something more than just an escape into the hills of Upstate New York.

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As one recent visitor recounts: “The feeling began as we turned onto the gravel road. I had to turn off the radio and roll down the windows. I sensed we were approaching more than a house – that we were coming up to a sacred site. ‘Sacred’ may be overstating it, but only slightly. Imagining the members of the Band and Bob Dylan driving this road almost 50 years ago gave us chills.”

Levon's old bedroom

Lay down your weary tune in the same bedroom where Levon Helm once counted sheep and sawed logs!

Another one observes: “There is no house in the world quite like Big Pink – the spirit of The Band and Bob Dylan lingers in every room and the music echoes off the walls.” We don’t know if the spirit that lingers is the scent of Marlboros, weed and Canadian bacon, but given that it’s 2015, the house is now a no smoking space.

And since Big Pink can sleep up to nine people, yes, one could bring the band and record some music there. But there is one catch….

At the end of its description on the vacation rental listing page, it reads: “Note: the Basement is not included in the rental.” Huh? But that’s where the magic happened!

Rob Patterson

Rob Patterson

Rob Patterson began writing about music in 1976. Since his first published record review in Crawdaddy he has contributed to numerous national popular music magazines such as Creem, Musician, Circus, Spin, Request, Tower Pulse!, CD Review, Acoustic Guitar, Harp and many others along with major country music, consumer audio, musical instrument and studio recording magazines plus international publications New Musical Express and Country Music People in the U.K. From 1977 to '84 he wrote a nationally syndicated music column as well as stories for Newspaper Enterprises Association/United Feature Syndicate that ran in more than 400 daily newspapers across the nation. His work has also appeared in many weekly newspapers, onlinepublications like Salon.com and The Huffington Post, such books as the Rolling Stone Record Guide & Revised Record Guide, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Rock History and The Year In Rock, 1980-81, plus liner notes for 20 album releases.
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  1. Mike L
    #1 Mike L 16 March, 2017, 01:02

    Pretty cool. Though you can probably get an airbnb up there for way less and just visit the house..walk on the yard where the Band probably had cookouts and smoke a J in their honor..since ya can’t smoke indoors anyway. Maybe it’d be worth it if you could do your own recording in the hallowed basement..but without access to me it’s not worth it. Perhaps they should consider turning it into a studio down there. The Band’s music has been so hot this past year with the 40th anniversary of the last waltz..might be a good time to turn it into a studio..or a Band museum. Kinda funny how a bunch of Canadian cats basically rewrote the book on Americana music! To this day with Americana music being real popular..no one has done it better than them..in my opinion.

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    • Renae S
      Renae S 29 April, 2017, 00:41

      I’m in agreement with you Mike. The basement should be opened and be used as a recording studio. And for the record Levon Helm was from Arkansas.

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