A two-hour drive from New York City, the Hudson Valley is the winter weekend destination of choice for city dwellers. With vineyards, old-money mansions, and quaint cottages surrounded by autumnal foliage, it’s easy to see why. Former New Yorkers move to the area to embrace a slower pace of life, and after a weekend or two here, you’ll be tempted to join them. Here’s our pick of the best hotels in the region.
If you want to make the most of your time in the Hudson Valley, Hotel Nyack is neatly placed near the Governor Mario M Cuomo Bridge and Hook Mountain State Park. Within an old factory building, the loft-style rooms will suit creatives with their large windows, patterned wallpaper, clawfoot tubs and jewel-toned furnishings. For the warmer months, there’s a seasonal outdoor pool.
Behind its 19th-century brownstone facade, the Morgan State House is an Albany-based gem. Rooms are classic guesthouse style – think wood-burning fireplaces, four-poster beds and views across the adjacent Washington Park. The English garden out back with ivy-filled window boxes and vibrant blooms is a lovely spot to relax with a book on a warm day.
The Tarrytown House Estate exudes old-world elegance and comprises 10 Georgian suites and 212 guestrooms; some have balconies overlooking the Hudson River. Once settled, head down to the acclaimed Goosefeather restaurant – often touted as one of America’s best. It leans heavily on Hong Kong influences, with seasonal modern Chinese fare served by chef Dale Talde (of Top Chef fame).
The Thayer Hotel sits on the grounds of the US Military Academy. Behind its imposing stone facade is a delightfully classic interior. Rooms are well-appointed, with bright white linens and dark mahogany headboards. MacArthur’s Riverview Restaurant is a gothic gem known for its award-winning Sunday champagne brunch, best enjoyed on the Jefferson Patio during the summer months.
If a private members club had the charm of a family-run hotel, the Saratoga Arms would be the result. Step across the large front porch into this boutique hotel, built in 1870. Inside, the country-style interior creates a cozy base – upgrade to the king suite with a fireplace. In the morning, the farm-to-table breakfast is a must-try, with freshly squeezed fruit juice, lemon ricotta pancakes and applewood smoked bacon.
The Woodstock Inn on the Millstream sits in the heart of the Catskills. It has a home-like atmosphere, centered around 3 acres (1ha) of floral-filled gardens and an adjoining stream. A seasonal breakfast of locally sourced pastries, bagels, almond butter and fruit jams is available each morning.
Scribner’s brings a much-welcomed Scandinavian style to the Catskills’ Hunter Mountain. Think clean lines, dark wood floors, macramé wall hangings and crisp white walls and linen. Once you’ve checked in, head to the in-house restaurant, Prospect, for local cuisine with a creative spin. The floor-to-ceiling windows offer spectacular views of the mountainous landscape.