The Hudson Valley’s year-round beauty is attracting everyone from weekend escape artists to full-time transplants at a pace that hasn’t been seen since the early 20th century. Straddle New York’s Hudson River to witness vineyards, orchards, farm-to-table restaurants, historic towns, and epic hikes.
We chose our favorite accommodations to experience the Hudson Valley judging by three main criteria’s: Design, Hospitality, and Overall Vibe:
Housed in a former 1920’s movie theater, this 27-room hotel perfectly embodies what we love about Hudson. The design is retro-chic done right. Bright and airy spaces, raw brass fixtures, potbelly stoves, carefully placed stacks of firewood, cozy reading corners, and more. Quite simply, Rivertown looks and feels like what you’d want when staying in an Upstate town that’s renowned for antique finds and vintage furniture.
An in-house tavern combines local Upstate flavors with a North African flair, and just a few steps away is the all-organic diner, Grazin. This duo of eateries is enough to ensure you won’t go hungry, though Rivertown’s spot on the top of Warren Street –Hudson’s main drag – puts everything this compact city has to offer within easy walking or pedaling distance. Complimentary bicycles will let you get around in style.
With a guest list featuring Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau, Ernest Hemingway, and President Theodore Roosevelt among its most notable names, you’d think this hotel would feel like a museum. The Civil Rights Movement even made major progress here! These classic American meeting places can get real stuffy real quick, but Troutbeck is just right.
The interior feels comfortably lived in (its walls are over 250 years old), and the rolling 45 acres of grounds contain everything from hiking trails and tennis courts to a mid-century swimming pool. Infinite spots for impromptu yoga go unsaid. Troutbeck has historically been a choice spot for romantics, naturalists, humanists, and poets, and its current iteration will continue the tradition of discreetly uniting a community of artists, thinkers, and entrepreneurs.
Sometimes, the wonders of life are better left to mystery. Case in point: the Dutchess, a 14-room “secret hotel” with zero marketing, no social media, and a barebones website. The hotel is smart enough to know that expectations can crush even the most amazing realities. Just show up, and let the property show you a good time. A cluster of renovated farmhouses (tastefully authentic, far from trying too hard) make up the guest rooms. The property sits on 200+ acres of rolling landscapes, perfect for aimless afternoon meanderings.
Equal parts wilderness and wellness, this rustic retreat is all about relaxation. Rejuvenate through sound therapy, forest bathing, Swedish massages, Ayurvedic steam cabinets, yoga, and more. On-site meals – made almost entirely of ingredients from the farm – are prepared by a Michelin-star chef and shared in a communal dining room, because everybody here is friends. We won’t spill too many details, but know that this is a place for escapists, curious, and adventurous only. We’ll see you there.
One of the oldest standing inns in the entire state, Hasbrouck House continues to set the standard for Hudson Valley getaways. It merges history with modernity in a manner that so few properties can manage. An original stone facade, charmingly steep stairwells, and brick walls remind you that you’re in a house that’s older than America’s independence. And yet, gold fixtures, marble counters, and creature comforts like heated bathroom floors help bring Hasbrouck House up to speed.
55 acres inhibit afternoon frolics and flow right up to Stone Ridge Orchard for cider tastings. In the summer, take advantage of outdoor movie nights, swim laps in the hotel’s 55-foot pool, or borrow a bicycle to explore Stone Ridge. Build an appetite before returning for dinner at their farm-to-fork restaurant, Butterfield. This is the country home away from home you’ve always imagined.
Mohonk Mountain House is pure magic. A Victorian castle set on a ridge of the Shawangunk mountains amidst 7,800 acres of nature preserve – what more could you want? A private lake? Endless panoramic views? Access to a 30,000-square-foot spa that ’s been called the nation’s best? OK, add all of that too.
Mohonk bundles unlimited activities (like tomahawk throwing, kayaking, and horseback riding) and gourmet meals (built from the region’s seasonal bounty) into a hassle-free daily rate. We’re normally suspect of all-inclusive resorts, but the focus here is about letting you enjoy nature without having to think about anything else. We’re pleased to report that the 265-room resort manages to succeed in turning the outdoors into your own playground.