This past weekend we celebrated a national holiday dedicated to love. Why not extend that love to a place such as the Hudson River Valley? This is a place that I love. Here we are surrounded by both great beauty and rich history. So take some time to stop and smell the roses, perhaps ones you’ve just gotten for Valentine’s Day, and enjoy the beauty of a few Bed and Breakfasts close to my home and my heart.
The Maplestone Inn, circa 1790, was built alongside a stone farmhouse. It is classically decorated, recognizing the history of the structure while providing modern day conveniences. It is located on beautifully landscaped grounds in the town of New Paltz. Most notably marked by the presence of an authentic red barn, inside the inn you will be pleasantly surprised to find unique touches such as a Vermont casting stove and a 1928 claw foot tub.
No detail was overlooked in creating the atmosphere of this charming B & B. Wireless internet access and a plush robe will round out your experience. The Inn has managed to maintain the integrity of the space while creating a luxurious and welcoming atmosphere in a unique little town. Nearby is the Mohonk Mountain Preserve, the largest member and visitor-supported nature preserve in New York State. Mohonk provides you with an opportunity to utilize its numerous climbing and hiking trails, which might be necessary after enjoying the Inn’s complimentary three-course breakfast.
541 Route 32 South, New Paltz, NY 12561
Staying at this Inn will truly be a journey as the artfully decorated rooms transport you to the different places that each represents. My personal favorite is the “outback room”, which is decorated in an Australian theme. Here you can find a vacation within your vacation. The Inn is located in Hyde Park – an area replete with historical significance, where you’ll find the Vanderbilt Mansion and The Franklin Roosevelt Library. The dining choices in Hyde Park are exceptional. The nearby Culinary Institute of America offers up delicious fare whether it be Italian, French or Americana. Finally, in true New York fashion, a meal in Hyde Park would not be complete without making a visit to the local diner. Eveready Diner, which has been featured on the Food Network, is the perfect spot to enjoy a morning cup of coffee or satisfy a late night craving for a milkshake!
1 Sherwood Place, Hyde Park, NY 12538
The Porter House
The little town of Millbrook is the setting for the Porter House. In a previous life The Porter House was a 1940’s phone exchange. It has been adapted and turned into a charming little B & B. The house itself was built by Italian stonemasons in 1912; their intricate stonework and craftsmanship gives a unique feel to the outside of the house. The five rooms and shared common areas retain their authentic wood floors. In the town of Millbrook you will find a winery, access to Hudson Valley River cruises, and numerous other activities showcasing the beauty of the region. One particularly beautiful attraction is the Innisfree garden. You can explore a 150 acre garden that is truly unique filled with exotic plants, streams, waterfalls, and terraces overlooking a 40 acre glacial lake.
The Porter House
17 Washington Avenue, Millbrook, NY 12545
Mt. Beacon Inn
The town of Beacon is easily accessible on the Metro North Railroad’s Hudson Line. This is where you will find the Mt. Beacon Inn. Each of its three rooms are spacious and uses décor in keeping with the history of the house. The colonial home, built in 1911, is filled with Victorian fireplaces, authentic hardwood floors, and period furniture. Upon entering you will feel like you have stepped back in time. The Inn is within walking distance of the town’s main street, which provides ample opportunity for exploring shops. It is also a popular spot for hikers and city-dwellers looking for a weekend escape.
Mt. Beacon Bed & Breakfast
829 Wolcott Avenue 9D, Beacon, NY 12508
The Delamater Inn
The Delamater Inn is located on the grounds of the Beekman Arms in the historic center of Rhinebeck, NY. These historic buildings make up what is known as America’s oldest operating Inn. The Inn is right in the center of town surrounded by numerous little shops and restaurants. Located just down the street is Upstate Films where you can catch a foreign or indie film not available at a mainstream movie theater. There are also plenty of opportunities for antiquing and dining out. The Beekman Arms boasts a fabulous restaurant that serves tavern-style fare. Rhinebeck allows you to take in the history of a quant New York town while enjoying the culture of a city.
Route 9 Rhinebeck, NY 12572
845. 876. 7077