The Hudson Valley’s Best Bed and Breakfasts
The Hudson Valley has long been a popular retreat for New York City folk looking to escape the rat race for a weekend of luxury now and then. It began as a simple country getaway where people could don their casual wear and kick back without a care in the world. In the past few years, however, the Hudson Valley has emerged as a wonderful and luxurious destination that marries small-town with big-city sophistication.
B&B’s abound in the lush and relaxed country and riverside towns, many of them historically accurate and restored to wonderfully modern standards. Here are a few of the best the area has to offer.
- The Kaaterskill
The Kaaterskill is a rare gem located directly in the center of the Catskills. It’s a gorgeous old farm complete with horses, nature walks and stunning landscapes with majestic views of the Catskill peaks. The rooms are finely-appointed and the pond and woodsy surroundings guarantee that the soothing sounds of nature life will lull you to sleep. City folk will feel like they are a million mile away from Manhattan – and many find reason to return over and over again.
- Sheeley House Bed and Breakfast
The beautiful décor at this High Falls, NY B&B will transport you back to the Victorian age. Beautiful 1880s style décor and completely renovated bath fixtures ensure that guests are living in the lap of luxury. The house is clean and quite large, so don’t worry about the cramped feeling of some B&B’s. Sue Sheeley, the owner, serves up a gourmet breakfast in the lovely dining area and does a great job of making guests feel right at home. Plus, the location is just right – far enough from the downtown “bustle” of High Falls and Rosendale to feel immersed in the country but near enough to take advantage of the shopping and small-town charms if you so desire.
- The Chrystie House
The Chrystie House is a fully restored nineteenth century Federal-style mansion that offers travelers one of the most tranquil and luxurious escapes in the Northeast. Situated within walking distance of Beacon’s Main street, it offers easy access to the town’s offerings, including DIA Beacon, the world-renowned art and sculpture museum. The property itself consists of four acres of historical garden area and the rooms are clean, bright and full of antique colonial charm.
Stonegate B&B is a handsome Victorian Inn located in Highland, NY, tucked away in a quiet hamlet full of old trees and gorgeous landscaping. The suites are spacious and the hosts have a reputation for being the friendliest in the area. Guests will find beautiful architecture, a calming setting and a location great for either unwinding on the front porch with a glass of wine or taking in the local culture of nearby New Paltz and the local wineries.
- Enchanted Manor of Woodstock
Just as the name suggests, this B&B is a magical and enchanted destination set in the beautiful and peaceful town of Woodstock, NY. Just outside the town itself, guests are immediately enveloped in a sense of serenity and relaxation the moment they step onto the front porch of this stately old mansion. The eight acres of land include a pond and cascading waterfall, and guests can have breakfast served on the cypress deck overlooking the pond and salt water pool. The small details, like the chocolate and cookies presented upon arrival, are what really makes this manor feel like a slice of heaven.