by Holly Rosen Fink
Located just 90 minutes north of New York City in the Hudson River Valley is the Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa. There are just 17 guest rooms and suites at Buttermilk, 10 in the main house and seven in freestanding buildings within walking distance of the main house. The property was built as a trading post in 1680, and the rooms are tastefully decorated to include antiques and some elements from the original structure, such as the stone chimney and a several walls. They all have garden or river views and have gas fireplaces, air conditioning, flat-screen TV’s, cable, whirlpool showers and/or tubs, robes and hairdryers. There are spacious rooms that are perfect for families, equipped with a kitchen, laundry facilities and a working fireplace. They all vary in price, making the inn affordable for most any budget-conscious family.
The inn also features a restaurant, Henry’s, which features a contemporary country menu, as a salute to the Hudson River Valley, showcasing ingredients grown onsite, as well as those sourced from other local farms and artisan producers. Breakfast is complimentary in the inn’s Sun Room and includes homemade muffins and options made with food from the farm. Teatime occurs daily, and upon arrival, there is nothing better than sitting on the patio taking in the majestic view of the Hudson Valley.
There is plenty to do nearby, including hiking on the Rail Trail and nearby scenic parks, antique hunting, boating on the Hudson, swimming in Sylvan Lake, visiting local art galleries, touring the Hudson Valley wine country and shopping. To top it off, the staff is genuinely helpful and is full of suggestions of things to do for adults and children of all ages. The inn is truly a labor of love for everyone who works there. Although the inn does welcome children, there are restrictions as to which rooms can accommodate them, so be sure to contact the inn regarding the room types.
Our Editor Loves
- Comfortable and luxuriously well-appointed accommodations
- Plenty of family-friendly onsite activities
- Beautiful property
We came here for a mini moon after our wedding. Just what we needed. Only 1.5 hrs from the city, quiet and relaxing.
Check in/ out was smooth.
Breakfast was delicious and there was always abundant food.
Spa & deep tissue massage was excellent (very reasonable too!). Started on time, and my masseuse Adrienne was awesome.
We stayed in the Riverknoll Downs- and agree with some of the other reviews about the noise upstairs (people walking around is loud) and the trains- though I used a ear plug at night and slept like a baby, and the upstairs footsteps were only really noticeable here and there... but we also live in the city so we are somewhat immune to that kind of thing.
We mostly did a lot of nothing- relaxing by the fireplace, reading books and drinking champagne, wine, etc. Exactly what we needed.
We did take a walk around the property and saw the animals, and on our way back stopped and did a 1.5hr mini hike to Franny Reese State Park which is only a 5min drive away.
We loved this place and we will definitely be back.
by Katie B
Since this was our last vacation before our baby arrives in February, my husband and I decided to treat ourselves to a weekend at Buttermilk Falls. It was worth the splurge and we thoroughly enjoyed a relaxing stay.
We booked the Juniper suite with the babymoon package that is advertised on the website. This included massages, boxed lunch at the spa, water bottles, a onesie & stuffed animal. We were happy to spend the majority of our weekend on the property. We spent half a day at the spa & pool, went for a few walks, and lounged in our room next to the fireplace. We weren't planning to dine at Henry's, but luckily it happened to be restaurant week so we went for it!
Overall, the property is beautiful, staff was friendly, food was delicious, and we had a great experience. Our only complaint is that, for an expensive room, the bed was not very comfortable and the pillows were lumpy.