The Band’s Big Pink is Now a Vacation Rental Home
If you're planning a vacation in New York's picturesque Catskills Mountains, you may consider staying in a piece of rock history. Big Pink, the house where Bob Dylan and the Band recorded The Basement Tapes, is now available for rental.
The house, located at 56 Parnassus Lane in West Saugerties, N.Y., is currently listed at VRBO. It has three bedrooms -- with room for nine sleepers -- two bathrooms, basic cable and a view of Overlook Mountain. However, the building's famous basement is off-limits to renters. The listing has 24 pictures of the inside and outside of the house.
The owners are charging $650 per night, with a weekly rate of $2,750. Stays of seven nights or longer reduces the nightly rate to $393. Pets and children are not allowed, however, the owners are willing to make exceptions for "well behaved teens with parents." The listing currently has only five reviews, all of which have a five-star rating, praising not just the history of the property, but also the manner in which the property has been maintained.
Big Pink was where Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson lived when they followed Bob Dylan, who lived in nearby Woodstock, upstate after his 1966 motorcycle accident, with Levon Helm joining them a year later. Dylan and the group would regularly record the songs they were writing in the studio that was constructed in the basement.
Although the Band's 1968 debut, Music From Big Pink, was recorded in New York and Los Angeles, the album's title paid tribute to their residence. A picture of the home adorned its back cover along with the caption, "A pink house seated in the sun of Overlook Mountain in West Saugerties, New York. Big Pink bore this music and these songs along its way. It's the first witness of this album that's been thought and composed right there inside its walls."
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