A long-time dream turned into reality
Susan and Barry Smith are the owners of Windham Manor, the premier Catskill wedding venue, nestled in the Northern Catskills. Susan, a successful entrepreneur and expert in many different fields, and Barry, a long-time New York stockbroker decided to step back from the whirlwind of life in the City and make their beloved second home in Windham, New York their permanent residence. Susan and Barry are the proud parents of two incredible women and grandparents to five.
Raising their daughters in Windham, frequenting the ski mountain and creating so many treasured memories here, their daughters wanted to get married in the Catskills. Sadly, at the time, there were no suitable venues. Fast forward to just a few years ago and a handful of grandchildren later, Susan and Barry decided it was time to take a step back from their 9-5s to enjoy family time and a slower pace of life - and what better way to do that than stepping into their dreams of building their very own wedding venue in the very town their daughters wanted to get married in?
Retirement for Susan and Barry hasn't necessarily looked like the "kick-your-feet-up" kind of life most people dream of, but this is the life the Smith's thrive in, what gets them out of bed in the morning and keeps them excited for each new day. Susan and Barry poured their hearts into the construction of the Barn at Windham Manor, thinking through even the smallest of details including state-of-the-art soundproofing, low-impact lighting throughout the Barn, and stormwater management - they even found ways to protect the on-site wetlands.
Susan and Barry have a heart to support other local businesses in the area. They have established Windham Manor intentionally to outsource all their event services - from lodging and catering to security and entertainment - to local businesses and individuals. Windham Manor truly is a labor of love.