Explore the Hudson Valley

Experience The Hudson Valley

Ideal Upstate Idylls

  |   May 1, 2021  |  Comment

Pictured above: Urban Cowboy Catskills, Big Indian. Photo by Ben Fitchett.

The Hudson Valley and Catskills have been stunning visitors and stealing hearts for centuries, sparking lifelong passions in the hearts of talented hosts who craft unique visions of the ideal Upstate idyll. From the days when Hudson River School painters swapped tips on epic plein air vistas through the Dirty Dancing era and on into the third millennium, our hospitality skills have just been getting better, and there’s something delicious here for everyone’s taste—whether your jazz trio wants a long evening of craft cocktails after the gig or you want to introduce your 10-year-old to kayaking, you’re sure to find a place to rest your heads that will be the perfect complement.  

Hutton Brickyards

Immerse yourself in the glory of the river at Hutton Brickyards, an atmospheric stretch of post-industrial Kingston riverbank studded with intuitively designed luxury cabins, fire pits, and spots to chill. There’s afternoon cocktail service on your private deck (just raise your flag), a serene waterfront spa, and a plethora of pleasures like croquet, archery, biking and kayaking; spectacular breakfasts ordered from your tablet will appear at your door like magic, and you’ll feast on local organic fare artfully prepared on wood-fired grills and ovens by chef Dan Silverman of Manhattan’s Minetta Tavern.

The Abbey Inn & Spa

The Sisters of St. Mary’s found spiritual riches along the Hudson, and you can stay in their lovingly restored convent at The Abbey Inn & Spa. Named #3 on the 10 Best New Hotels List in the United States by USA Today, the boutique property features epic, sweeping river vistas, 42 tastefully appointed rooms, and lots of porches. The farm-to-table Apropos Restaurant and Bar offers delicate Mediterranean flair applied to local ingredients by Executive Chef John Paidas; there’s a state-of-the-art spa onsite and all of artsy, vibrant Peekskill to explore.

The Maker

The Maker in Hudson is an intimate 11-room destination sprung from the creators of global beauty sensation Fresh, and their aesthetic is celebrated throughout the three historic buildings in gleaming wood and perfect pops of color. Rooms pay homage to various arts and eras with tasteful décor in rooms like the Writer, the Artist, and the Architect. The Maker Gymnasium integrates the best traditions of acrobatics, bodybuilding, and modern fitness with a focus on fun and tailored training. Three choices—cafe, glass conservatory restaurant and. candlelit lounge—feature fresh, creative menus and free-spirited cocktail programs.

Urban Cowboy Catskills

Tucked away on 68 acres of the Big Indian Forest Preserve, Urban Cowboy offers 28 guest rooms with individually sourced and hand-selected antiques in five standalone buildings. This is real country, with urban amenities. (Sadly, no mechanical bull.) Book one of the signature suites featuring a clawfoot tub for two, private deck, and potbelly stove. (A select few have a cedar soaking tub on the deck.) Awaken to elegant in-room coffee service and fortify yourself for a hike with local fruits, snacks, breads, cheeses, meats, and juices; come back to a bubble bath, a cocktail, and an evening’s stargazing surrounded by high peaks and nearby stars. 


There is nothing else on Earth quite like Troutbeck, the historic estate retreat dedicated to “Romantics, Naturalists, Humanists, and Poets.” The 250-acre property in Amenia has been described by Conde Nast Traveler as “the country retreat you wish your multimillionaire great-aunt invited you to every weekend.” Rub spectral elbows with the ghosts of Hemingway, Thoreau, and Emerson at this haven for generations of intelligentsia, complete with a wood-burning fireplace in the library. There’s an elegant restaurant helmed by Michelin-star chef Gabe McMackin, as well as a copper bar with the finest local bevvies and a pantry stocked with fine artisanal edibles. The grounds include a tiered, walled garden, swimming pool and tennis court.

The Spruceton Inn

Formerly the Schwarzenegger’s Sunshine Valley House (the previous owners were cousins of the former California governor, and yes, Arnold actually slept here), the Spruceton Inn in West Kill is the brainchild of Casey Scieszka, a writer, designer, and world traveler. Her vision of a Catskills getaway: nine comfy rooms with big windows that look out on the meadows and mountains, and decor that’s minimalist and modern with just a hint of rusticity and goes on to embrace eight acres of mountain meadows dotted with fire pits, Weber grills, and hammocks. 

Stagecoach Inn

Goshen’s Stagecoach Inn dates to 1747 and was a bustling stop on the Albany Post Road by 1801, when a thoroughbred stud operation that foreshadowed the establishment of the neighboring Goshen Historic Track, a half-mile harness racing track. The five rooms blend modern luxury—think flat screens, high-speed WiFi and down alternative pillows—with refined historic detail for a timeless appeal; the graciously landscaped grounds offer plenty of seating nooks. The continental menu available in the elegant Spode Dining Room, intimate solarium, and bluestone-paved back porch is complemented by an extensive wine list and award-winning cocktail program.

Diamond Mills

Enjoy the gurgle of the water running over the dam with your morning coffee from your balcony over the Esopus Creek at Diamond Mills Hotel in Saugerties, then head out for a day of exploration—you’re minutes from some of the finest waterfalls, forests, and farms the region has to offer, not to mention five-star antiquing and festivities at the four-season ski resorts. Come back and dine at the Tavern—al fresco or fireside—on farm-to-table delights, house-made pasta, fresh-baked goods, fine wine, local brews, and craft cocktails.

Dutchess Inn & Spa

The Euro-influenced Dutchess Inn & Spa has 10 luxury rooms in the heart of Beacon and offers an array of lounging options: fire-lit living room or glass-walled candlelit solarium roof with panoramic river views and stargazing spots; or your own elegantly appointed digs with in-room aromatherapy, luxury linens, walk-in rainfall shower, and flat-screen TV. There’s a MedSpa supervised by a board-certified plastic surgeon offering beauty enhancements along with a relaxation spa offering facials and massages, not to mention hydrotherapy. You’ll find complimentary coffee and tea in the living room 24/7.

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