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
by Garret N
Christmas 2017. A gift certificate from our wonderful children! Much thought about which room we wanted - decided on the Grand Laurel. Clearly many others do as well - made our reservation for Feb 2019 in Feb of 2018. WELL WORTH THE WAIT! The room is large and lovely - décor is "interesting"! The bed and pillows super comfortable. Gas fireplace - awesome. But the real icing on the cake - the Steam Shower. The BEST! Felt like a kid in a candy shop. If you can wait for this room - do so! The staff was lovely. Gabby and Amelia at the front desk - very helpful. The servers at breakfast - cheerful and helpful. Breakfast was absolutely delicious! Did not get a chance to try the Afternoon Tea - but it looked very nice. Walked over and visited the Llamas and Alpacas and chickens...looking forward to returning when everything is green and lush versus white and frozen. But honestly - being there in the winter was super cozy. 52 minutes from our home. A crime that we had not been there before. Close to FDR/Vanderbilt/CIA/Benmarl winery and so much more. Thank you for being a lovely home base for a great weekend!
Very comfortable room; accommodating and friendly young staff; nice grounds;spa and indoor pool first rate; and attached restaurant -- Henry;s-- excellent, In off season we got three nights for the price of two. It was altogether a happy experience and while we recognize we were pretty lucky with the weather (in November) I could see it being fun in the winter, as well