Local getaways for every type of traveler

Guests and day trippers at the Mohonk Mountain

Guests and day trippers at the Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz can rent canoes, rowboats, paddle boats or kayaks. (July 2011) (Credit: Newsday / Beth Whitehouse)

Looking to getaway without leaving the Hudson Valley? From a luxury hotel to a family-friendly dude ranch, we found seven Hudson Valley destinations perfect for a staycation.

For spa lovers: Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa in Milton

Set on a 75-acre estate, the accommodations at Buttermilk Falls range from individual guest rooms, many of which have Hudson River views, to more contemporary two-bedroom carriage houses and cottages (220 North Rd., Milton; 845-795-1310; www.buttermilkfallsinn.com).


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The hotel's eco-friendly spa, which specializes in massages, facials and body treatments, is a major draw. Many of the organic materials used in the body treatments even come from the property. Use of the gym, sauna, steam room and pool is complimentary for guests; special treatments are not.

Guests can also hike through a network of trails and take in the scenery, which includes the inn's small namesake waterfall and their own organic gardens, fruit trees and flower fields. The Millstone Farm, located on the property, also has chickens, peacocks, beehives and llamas. The farm is open to both hotel guests and diners at the inn's restaurant, Henry's at the Farm.

Henry's is a farm-to-table restaurant in which 85 percent of the ingredients are sourced from within 10 miles of the property. Dishes include roasted local quail salad ($12) and a prosciutto de Parma and roasted mushroom white pizza ($16).

The clientele is "about 70 percent couples, 20 percent families and 10 percent single people," said Jodi Cummings, general manager of the inn. "We do have some people who come with a book and just want to go the spa, hike and relax on their own."

Nightly rates range from $250 to $975 depending on size of the room and the time of year. An overnight stay includes breakfast and a buffet-style afternoon tea with sweets and savories.

For shopping enthusiasts: Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern in Saugerties

Located in the quaint village of Saugerties, this 30-room luxury boutique hotel is a relative newbie, having opened in 2011 (25 S. Partition St., Saugerties; 845-247-0700; www.diamondmillshotel.com). Most of the accommodations are standard guest rooms, although there are also two suites, including the multi-level Tower Suite.

With its close proximity to antique shops and bookstores, it's the perfect getaway for shopping enthusiasts. Those looking to take in some of the local scenery have options, too, as the hotel offers local kayaking packages and wine tours.

Open nightly for dinner, for lunch on Wednesday through Friday and for brunch on weekends, the hotel's contemporary American restaurant, the Tavern at Diamond Mills, has become a dining destination. Dishes include lobster corn chowder ($9), bacon-wrapped filet mignon ($38) and other lighter options, like the rotating flatbread of the day.

Nightly rates for standard rooms start at around $250, with the largest suite topping out at $600 a night. A stay at Diamond Mills includes a complimentary breakfast of fresh baked pastries, freshly squeezed juices and coffee. Every evening, local wines and cheeses are offered to guests for no extra charge.

For dog owners: Emerson Resort & Spa in Mount Tremper

Located about 15 minutes from the laid-back towns of Woodstock and Phoenicia, the Emerson Resort & Spa offers two housing choices for visitors: a newer, adults-only inn and a family-friendly lodge (5340 Rte. 28, Mount Tremper; 877-688-2828; www.emersonresort.com).

It's "mountain-style on the outside with that log cabin look inside," said David Cyrelson, the director of marketing, of the lodge. "Its kind of Ralph Lauren does country."

And the good news for dog owners (and lovers) is that Fido can come. Many of the rooms in the lodge and some of the rooms in the inn are dog-friendly, and there's even a dog park on the premises. Another cool feature? The on-premise country store is home to the world's largest kaleidoscope.

For families: Pinegrove Ranch and Family Resort in Kerhonkson

If you're looking for an all-inclusive, old-timey family experience -- think summer camp for the whole clan -- Pinegrove Ranch will likely fit the bill (30 Cherrytown Rd., Kerhonkson; 845-626-7345; www.pinegroveranch.com).

Families can take part in horseback riding, archery, line dancing, hayrides, laser tag and countless other activities. In fact, there's so much to do at the resort that "usually you leave your car in the parking lot when you arrive and don't see it until you leave," said owner David O'Halloran.

The 10 different room types are Western-themed. The cost, $149 per adult per night, includes riding (there is a $20 discount if you're not riding). Kids ages seven to 16 are $99 ($10 less if they're not riding); kids between two and six are $69 per night and under-twos are $25. Kids ages seven and older can ride on the horse trails and pony rides are available for the younger tykes.

The price includes three meals a day (breakfast and dinner are both sit-down; lunch is buffet), plus a cocktail hour with hors d'oeuvres for the parents. There's also a snack bar serving burgers, hot dogs, French fries and ice cream between meal times.

For those seeking Zen: Omega Institute in Rhinebeck

For a true Zen getaway that will transport you from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, you may want to consider Omega Institute in Rhinebeck (150 Lake Dr., Rhinebeck; 845-266-4444; eomega.org/visit-us/rhinebeck-ny). The more than 200-acre campus, formerly a Yiddish summer camp, has plenty of space for quiet contemplation and relaxation.

Though day visits are possible, most guests stay for two or five nights and take part in some sort of workshop. "There are about 350 workshops offered each year, and they include everything from psychology to cooking to dance," said Chrissa Pullicino, the public relations manager. Many visitors to Omega also take part in the Rest and Rejuvenation program, where you can do as little or as much as you want. There are trails for hiking, a lake for swimming, "or you can just lay in a hammock and read a book," Pullicino said.

Guests can take part in "open classes," like yoga, meditation, dance/movement and tai chi for no extra fee. The on-premise Wellness Center offers facials, henna, massage, acupuncture and nutritional counseling for an added cost.

There's a wide range of accommodations that cater to a variety of budgets and needs. There are campsites ($186 per person for a two-night stay); private rooms with private bathrooms ($622 per person for a two-night stay); private rooms with shared baths ($538 per person for a two-night stay); and deluxe green rooms (up to $524 per person for a two-night stay). Accommodations include three vegetarian meals a day in Omega's dining room, which has a three-star certification from the Green Restaurant Association. There are also lots of options for gluten-free and vegan eaters. A small restaurant called the Omega Cafe -- open between scheduled meal times and evenings -- offers non-vegetarian options.

For stargazers: Bedford Post Inn in Bedford

Richard Gere and his wife, former Bond girl Carey Lowell, have meticulously transformed a formerly run-down farmhouse into an upscale Relais & Chateau getaway, the Bedford Post Inn (954 Old Post Rd., Bedford; 914-234-7800; bedfordpostinn.com).

A major draw is the Inn's Farmhouse Restaurant, which features a menu heavy on seasonal cuisine that is updated almost every night. In addition to the food, "the real highlight during the summer is the patio," said Oscar Henquet, the general manager. "It transports you to the South of France." There's also a casual dining cafe.

In addition to fine dining, there is also a yoga studio on the premises where you may see Lowell herself taking a class. And if celeb-spotting is more your type of sport, you may be in luck -- Martha Stewart, Justin Long, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds have all reportedly dined here recently.

Rates, which run from $395 to $650 a night, include afternoon wine and cheese on weekends, breakfast every day at the barn and a complimentary yoga class.

For rock 'n roll fans seeking R&R: Kate's Lazy Meadow in Mount Tremper

Featuring retro-style suites and cabins overflowing with kitsch, Kate's Lazy Meadow, co-owned by the B-52s' own Kate Pierson (the redhead), is by far the funkiest option on our list (5191 Rte. 28, Mount Tremper; 845-688-7200; www.lazymeadow.com).

Located on nine acres in a secluded area off the Esopus Creek with views of the Catskill Mountains serving as a backdrop, "relaxing is the main activity," co-owner Monica Coleman said. There's also excellent tubing and fishing nearby, too.

Nine rustic one- and two-bedroom suites are available starting at $175 per night, and three lodges (one studio, one two-bedroom and one three-bedroom) are available for $300 a night. There's no food served on the premises, so self-catering is required. The nearby towns of Woodstock and Phoenicia offer plenty of restaurant choices, too.

For anyone and everyone: Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz

Built in the 19th century and overlooking Lake Mohonk, the Mohonk Mountain House is a picturesque and full-service 259-room resort (100 Mountain Rest Rd., New Paltz; 800-772-6676; www.mohonk.com).

Set on 1,200 acres, guests are invited to hike on 85 trails, navigate through a garden maze, rock climb, swim and play tennis. Nightly entertainment includes campfires, stage productions, live music and children's performances. For those who want to take things a bit easier, there's a 30,000-square-foot spa, "or you can just spend time relaxing in a rocking chair and just taking in the scenery," said Nina Smiley, the director of marketing.

If you do decide to venture outside the complex, you may want to check out some nearby fruit orchards. Every month, the hotel focuses on one local fruit, and gives visitors recipes on how to use it and information on where to pick it. August's fruit is raspberry. Another option is to walk across the nearby Walkway Over the Hudson, which connects Poughkeepsie to Highland.

Rates, which start around $580 per night for a two-person room, include three meals a day, afternoon tea and cookies and most activities. Self-catering cottages, which sleep four to six people, are also available and include full kitchens (from $439 per night). If you do decide to venture off the grounds, the hotel will pack picnic lunches for the road.

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