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
I visited today for the spa and a manicure. The grounds are beautiful and the facilities are lovely. I was expecting a relaxing time at the spa prior to my manicure. Unfortunately the pool and steam room were so cold I couldn't use them. My manicure was wonderful and I was very happy with the results. Not sure if I would return to the spa.
by Lynn H
Spent 2 nights in Captain's Room. Photo makes it look large. It is not. Thought it very expensive for the experience. Bed OK. Very quiet. Staff pleasant and helpful. Complimentary Breakfast has lots of choices. Loved the French toast. Requested simple fried eggs and were delicious. Henry's not so much. We made reservations- not necessary as not busy. Service perfunctory. Food expensive and just OK. Ate there 2nd night because it was convenient. Truffle fries delicious but soggy. Lamb a little muttony tasting. Burgers were good. Weak martinis. Did not use spa services or walk the property because we did day tours in the area.