Staying PowerKelly Seiz | June 3, 2015 | Comment
The Hudson Valley is home to dozens of world-renowned, award-winning hotels, spas, and bed and breakfasts waiting to be booked and enjoyed. Visit Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa in Milton, where luxury and relaxation combine on 75 sprawling acres of waterfalls, streams, and lush, green lawns, for a massage package, a romantic night in, and an organic, locally sourced meal and cocktail. For a fun-filled, adventure-driven stay, try Hotel Dylan in Woodstock, where the central lawn features a ping-pong table, hammock, and two fire pits, and the rooms all feature the owners’ quirky, eclectic designs.
Take a day to discover the nearby nature trails and swimming holes Hudson Valley natives know and love. More rustic visitors should hike up to Deer Mountain Inn in Tannersville, a six-room lodge and two architecturally unique private cottages, both of which boast a rustic feel replete with modern luxuries and decor. The on-site restaurant and bar is filled with dark woods and smooth leathers to create a warm, cozy atmosphere.
If you’re bringing the kids, try The Thompson House, the family resort of the Catskills, with 70 clean, comfortable rooms, including larger suites for bigger families. The room rates include a full breakfast and sit-down dinner, so it won’t hurt the budget. If you consider yourself a history buff, try one of several Hyde Park hotels, like the Journey Inn Bed and Breakfast or the Roosevelt Inn. Both are only minutes away from local landmarks, like FDR’s Home and Library, the Vanderbilt Mansion, and the world-renowned Culinary Institute of America.
For a more intimate experience, the Hudson Valley has a number of smaller, independent bed and breakfasts that provide a quiet escape from the chaos of the work week. In Highland, the Jingle Bell Bed and Breakfast converted a wood and stone barn into a private guest cottage, overlooking the original 1790’s salt box house. The cottage has beamed cathedral ceilings with skylights that bathe the room in natural light, and the furniture and decor are almost entirely antique. The lodgings include a fully equipped kitchen and private bath, but the true star is the gorgeously landscaped pool at the foot of a natural rock outcropping.
Whether you’re family oriented or on a lover’s retreat, the Hudson Valley has something to offer with its incredible landscapes, scenic views, sophisticated dining, and of course, the mighty, historic Hudson River.