Escape to the "Hudson Valley"…
Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa
Are you in need of a break and want to travel no more than two hours south of the Capital Region? If you want to escape your everyday life, visit local sites or just plain relax and play hooky, head to the Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa just outside the city of Poughkeepsie in Milton.
The Inn is located on 70 beautiful acres right on the Hudson River offering majestic views of the river and the surrounding mountains, meticulously landscaped gardens, waterfalls, streams and its own cemetery. You’ll find any tension you may have slowly dissipating simply by walking the grounds or sitting by one of the windows and gazing out.
Originally built in 1680 as a trading post on the New York to Albany route, it was later purchased and turned into a homestead by the Smith family in 1764. Most recently, it was renovated and expanded to create this fabulous Inn and Spa.
Since then, Buttermilk Falls has grown in popularity, especially with New Yorkers seeking to escape the city. They also host many weddings and other special events. The day we visited preparations were underway for a huge wedding set in heated tents overlooking the river – a scene that the bride and groom and their guests will surely never forget.
The Inn features 13 unique guest rooms including those in three carriage houses that can accommodate larger groups (now that would be fun – to escape to the Inn with a group of friends on a snowy midwinter day or weekend!). Each room and carriage house features amenities one would expect: a fireplace, wireless Internet and air-conditioning, but each has its own distinctive style. Our room featured a lovely antique canopied bed. With the Inn’s commitment to reducing their carbon footprint, they even supply a reusable water bottle in each room that they will happily refill during your stay.
You can’t visit the Inn without planning a trip to the Spa, renowned for its modern and environment-focused design and services. Located just a short walk from the Inn, the beautiful, full-service spa features all the services you would expect, plus some unique offerings like yoga classes, acupuncture, healing therapy and even teeth whitening. My Swedish massage was one of the best in my memory and the service was over-the-top. Aside from the services, an even more impressive part of the spa is its green philosophy. The sun and earth powers the sauna, steam room and mineral pool, as well as heats the pool during the winter months. As you can imagine, the products they use are only organic and natural. They have been called the "premier eco friendly Hudson Valley Spa" and it’s a moniker they well deserve.
The construction of a restaurant was underway at the time of our visit and is set to open this winter (check the status when you reserve). They also plan to feature cooking classes by masters in the region. On the recommendation of the innkeepers, we traveled into nearby Poughkeepsie for dinner at The Artist’s Palate located at 307 Mail Street (www.theartistspalate.biz). The menu was varied and unique, featuring local cuisine and ingredients. It was a terrific place for dinner and had great wine!
The next day we awoke to a scrumptious breakfast buffet. Similar to the restaurant the previous night, the buffet featured cuisine made with ingredients from local growers and providers in the Hudson Valley. Each day features made-to-order specials, fueling you for the day ahead. Freshly baked breads, eggs cooked-to-order and French toast top the list.
When in the area, be sure to visit the City of Poughkeepsie which is undergoing a revival of sorts of its downtown area, featuring new and exciting restaurants, galleries, coffee shops and more. Be sure to visit the Water Street Market (www.WaterStreetMarket.com).
In nearby Hyde Park is the famous Vanderbilt Mansion run by the US Park Service and Department of the Interior. A tour of the mansion will bring you back to the era of the rich and famous who made their family fortunes in commerce. Just down the road is the Roosevelt estate which is steeped in history of the family that had such an influence on our country. You can find information and directions at www.nps.gov.
They are heading into their wedding season, so give yourself time for reservations.
Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa is located at 220 North Road, Milton, NY. Plan a visit soon – you deserve a break! For more information phone 877.7.INN.SPA, 845.795.1310 or visit www.buttermilkfallsinn.com.