In nearby Milton, NY on a 75-acre Hudson River Valley slice of heaven is a wonderful inn and spa consisting of a 1764 main house, several outbuildings, a working farm and a most wonderful restaurant, Henry’s. With the close proximity to the Capital Region, The Buttermilk Falls Inn makes a great place to wind down and let worldly woes go by and chill.
The Spa at Buttermilk Falls is exquisite, sitting majestically over the bank of the prettiest part of the Hudson River. Modern in both look and state-of-the-art services, it serves to round out the entire inn, farm and total property experience. The spa, with heated saunas, steam room and luxurious indoor pool, is eco-friendly, concentrating on the green philosophy of using only products that are naturally crafted and organic.
Walking trails surround the property to view the working farm, farm animals, a small quaint cemetery on the property and, of course, the falls. Meandering around requires walking shoes or sneakers and a desire to be quietly dazzled by nature. This is an exquisite stretch of the Hudson River. The many lawns on the property cascade into gardens and fountains.
Henry’s Restaurant at the Farm is a must. I had the best lamb that I have ever eaten, served in three different and distinct sauces for dinner. It was one of those meals that you will always remember each time you dine out. Henry’s sources ingredients from local farms and artisan food producers and purveyors as well as using what they grow directly on the property. Like many of the great Hudson Valley restaurants, the relationship made with local farmers and artisans assists greatly with the outstanding meals, but the excellent preparation by Chef Gary Lucato steals the thunder when preparing these incredibly fresh and creative dishes.
The rooms are appointed in the style of the 1764 building, but with all amenities that you would want. They are comfortable, impeccably clean and some, like the room I was in, opened to an outdoor patio. Each morning, a breakfast buffet is available but orders also are taken for special individually-cooked breakfasts. Again, the food is local and wonderfully prepared, and is casually served for your morning enjoyment. If you are not a morning person, this is a great place to ease into the day with good food, coffee and a book, like I did!
There is so much to do in the stretch along the Hudson in Ulster County and neighboring Duchess County. The drive is brimming with wineries to enjoy and historical attractions, like the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and the Vanderbilt Mansion, to explore.
The Buttermilk Falls Inn can be a vacation close to home that would certainly deliver all you could want to center your mind and body. Visit buttermilkfallsinn.com.