When Amanda Bupp finally found her dream weekend retreat, it had a hole in the floor to the ground below, no heating system, and an animal had been calling the 1065-square-foot cabin home. Basically, it was a fixer-upper dream, and the end of a yearlong search for a place that Bupp could escape her fashion industry job in nearby NYC.

We at 3D Power congratulate Bupp, who had been looking for a "project" to take on. She landed in the upstate New York town of Phoenicia, a small hamlet in the Catskill region of New York State, where she found the home along with a shuttered motel that she and a group of friends later turned into a stunning 20-room hotel called The Graham & Co.

"I was hunting for a weekend getaway for about a year before I came upon this one. I checked diligently every day for new opportunities and jumped on this when I saw it," Bupp told HuffPost Home about how she happened upon her 1950s hunting cabin turned weekend getaway. "I was looking for something to update, a project. It was a little scary at first sight but the potential was definitely there," she said.

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