Hudson Valley getaways
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.
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. The more than 200-acre campus, formerly a Yiddish summer camp, has plenty of space for quiet contemplation and relaxation.
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. 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.
The Millstone Farm, on the Buttermilk Falls property, has chickens, peacocks, beehives and llamas, open to both hotel guests and diners at the inn's restaurant, Henry's at the Farm.
Guests at Buttermilk Falls can 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.
Henry's at the Farm, the farm-to-table restaurant at Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa in Milton, uses 85 percent of ingredients 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).
Nightly rates at Buttermilk Falls 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.
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. With its close proximity to antiques shops and bookstores, it's the perfect getaway for shopping enthusiasts.
Most of the accommodations at the Diamond Mills Hotel & Resort are standard guest rooms, although there are also two suites, including the multi-level Tower Suite.
Nightly rates for standard rooms at the Diamond Mills Hotel & Resort start at around $250, with the largest suite topping out at $600 a night. A stay 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.
Open nightly for dinner, for lunch on Wednesday through Friday and for brunch on weekends, 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.
A dish at The Tavern at Diamond Mills in Saugerties.
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. 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-premises country store is home to the world's largest kaleidoscope.
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.
Families can take part in horseback riding, archery, line dancing, hayrides, laser tag and countless other activities at Pinegrove Ranch and Family Resort.
Kids ages seven and older can ride on the horse trails at Pinegrove Ranch and Family Resort. Pony rides are available for the younger tykes.
Though day visits to Omega Institute are possible, most guests stay for two or five nights and take part in some sort of workshop. Guests can take part in "open classes," like yoga, meditation, dance/movement and tai chi. The on-premises 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 at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck. There are campsites, private rooms with private bathrooms, private rooms with shared baths and deluxe green rooms. Accommodations include three vegetarian meals a day in Omega's dining room.
Bedford Post Inn in Bedford: Richard Gere and his wife, former Bond girl and yoga instructor Carey Lowell, have meticulously transformed a formerly run-down farmhouse into an upscale getaway. 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.
A major draw at the Bedford Post Inn is the Farmhouse Restaurant, which features a menu heavy on seasonal cuisine that is updated almost every night. A five-course tasting menu costs $75 per person, with $10 from the tasting menu donated to a different charity each month.
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 a funky place to relax and unwind.
Located on nine acres in a secluded area off the Esopus Creek with views of the Catskill Mountains serving as a backdrop, Kate's Lazy Meadow is a great place to relax. There's also excellent tubing and fishing nearby, too.
Nine rustic one- and two-bedroom suites are available starting at $175 per night at Kate's Lazy Meadow.
There are three lodges (one studio, one two-bedroom and one three-bedroom) available for $300 a night at Kate's Lazy Meadow.
The inside of Kate's Lazy Meadow, a colorful and laid-back place to relax and unwind in the Hudson Valley. Woodstock and Phoenicia are the nearest towns, offering a variety of restaurants and entertainment options.
A gnome hiding in a tree is just part of the unexpected fun at Kate's Lazy Meadow in Mount Tremper.
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. It is set on 1,200 acres, and 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.
The grounds at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz.
The amenities at Mohonk Mountain House include a 30,000-square-foot spa. Rates, which start around $580 per night for a two-person room, include three meals a day, afternoon tea and cookies and most activities.
Guests and day trippers at the Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz can rent canoes, rowboats, paddle boats or kayaks. (July 2011)