As quarantine requirements, travel bans, and closures look to cramp our fall travel plans, Hudson Valley hotels offer an opportunity to escape close to home with a staycation. And, for food and design lovers, there’s never been a better time to book a stay in our region, where you’ll find mini bars stocked with local snacks, unique concept restaurants, and even a weeklong, all-inclusive, food-driven experience at a former summer camp.
302 Warren St, Hudson
The gist: Fresh beauty brand co-founders Lev Glazman and Alina Roytberg have crafted the Hudson Valley’s most sumptuous new hotel, where every space, sip, and bite is a feast for the senses.
Dining: Make the most of a stay by hitting all three, lushly appointed spaces. In the morning, have breakfast at The Maker Café, an ode to Europe’s grand coffeehouses, with locally baked pastries from Bartlett House in Ghent. Later in the day, sip cocktails, like an Oaxacan Old-Fashioned or Vieux Carré, in The Maker Lounge, where the antique fireplace, floor-to-ceiling mirrors, and fringe-edged pendant lights evoke Gatsby-era atmosphere. Then, cap the evening with dinner at The Maker Restaurant, housed in a stunning, glass conservatory, where Executive Chef Michael Poiarkoff serves refined, seasonal fare, like tagliatelle with bacon, garlic scapes, and egg yolk; shiso-scented steelhead trout; and playful ice cream sandwiches.
Rooms: Each of the 11 rooms and suites draws its unique design inspiration from a different figure, decade, or original feature. The decadence is in the details, including an olive granite soaking tub, stained glass window and vintage painting easel, restored 19th-century book shelves with a curated collection of novels selected by NYC’s Strand, or custom fabric wallpaper.
Rates from $350/night; www.themaker.com
5762 NY State Rte 52, Kenoza Lake
The gist: The latest opening from foodie-favorite Foster Supply Hospitality is this restored, early-1900s, summer Catskills retreat on Kenoza Lake with a nature-inspired spa, outdoor sauna, and private hiking trails spread across 55 acres.
Dining: The dining program is, admittedly, less ambitious than what you’ll find at The DeBruce, Foster Supply’s much-lauded Livingston Manor property. But, the Old World Continental cuisine is an utterly unique throwback, comprised of preparations that have largely been lost to time, like luscious lobster thermidor, pork trotter terrine, tableside Caesar salads, artichokes barigoule, and crêpe soufflé.
Rooms: The vibe of the 22 rooms is best described as contemporary Victorian, with dusty rose, velvet chairs; custom-built, upholstered sleigh beds; tiny writing desks; pretty, patterned wallpaper; gold accents; and, often, deep soaking tubs overlooking the lake.
Fall weekend rates from $499/night; www.kenozahall.com
301 Wall St, Kingston
The gist: Hudson Valley heavy hitter Zak Pelaccio and Taavo Somer have made Hotel Kinsley into a buzzy dining hotspot in the Stockade District — with a stylish hotel to match.
Dining: Before you even take a bite, Restaurant Kinsley is impressive — flooded with natural light, strewn with banana plants, and styled with terracotta-colored banquettes and velvet seating. Thankfully, the locally sourced, seasonal menu is so well-executed that it can stand on its own, from a simple cheeseburger with house-made Kinsley sauce and the chili-honey fried chicken to the fish tacos with sushi-grade tuna and ponzu aioli.
Rooms: So far, only 10 of the 42 anticipated rooms are open to the public. Expect stylish statement headboards, marble-tiled baths, organic bath products, and fun extras like Tivoli bluetooth speakers, tiny Smeg fridges, and mini bars stocked with Hudson Valley snacks, including Bjorn Qorn, Fruition Chocolate, Seek North Kombucha, and Keegan Ales.
Rates from $239/night; www.hotelkinsley.com
3805 Main St, Stone Ridge
The gist: With more than 50 acres to spread out, multiple on-site dining experiences, and a nightly outdoor movie series, Hasbrouck House has adapted to be exactly what we need during the social-distancing era.
Dining: Hasbrouck House’s hyper-local, fine-dining restaurant, Butterfield, has expanded its outdoor dining options, with tables on the historic front porch and bluestone patio. For something more casual, the outdoor Butcher & Bar shack serves specialty burgers, salads, and snacks, like fried cheese curds, Adirondack cheddar crostini with quince jam, and Zora Dora ice cream bars. It’s here that you’ll also find select theme nights, like clam bakes and paella dinners, as well as themed snacks to pair with the Sunset Flix film series.
Rooms: Spread across three buildings, guest rooms are elegant and understated, with wide-plank wood floors, leather armchairs, heated marble floors, and pops of jewel tones via velvet-upholstered benches and ottomans. Book a weekend stay to take advantage of enticing extras, including free passes to select NYS parks, farm brewery tastings, Saturday morning yoga, and a complimentary bottle of wine and picnic basket upon arrival.
Fall weekend rates from $290/night; www.hasbrouckhouseny.com
954 Old Post Rd, Bedford
The gist: Just eight rooms comprise this Relais & Châteaux property in Northern Westchester, where there’s always a chance you’ll bump into one of Bedford’s celebrity residents, including Martha Stewart and co-owner Richard Gere.
Dining: New Executive Chef Roxanne Spruance brings an impressive pedigree — she previously owned NYC’s Kingsley and worked at Blue Hill at Stone Barns and Wylie Dufresne’s wd~50 — to the recently reopened Barn restaurant. The menu is eclectic, spanning Asian-inflected dishes like crispy lobster Rangoon and kanpachi crudo, and upmarket comfort foods like fried chicken and roast cuts of heritage pork with lime, mole, and husk cherries. When the weather’s warm, the verdant, pergola-shaded terrace with an open, wood-burning kitchen is one of the Hudson Valley’s most beautiful outdoor dining spots.
Rooms: Serene relaxation seems to be the overall theme of the décor. All rooms have spectacular spa bathrooms, with clawfoot tubs; walk-in, dual-head showers; and showpiece, marble-mosaic floors. King rooms come with working fireplaces and terraces overlooking the grounds, but for a super cozy stay, you can’t beat the Queen Deluxe, where the won’t-want-to-wake-up bed is framed by exposed beams from the original 18th-century structure.
Fall weekend rates from $575/night; www.bedfordpostinn.com
1 Team USA Way, Port Jervis
The gist: Normally closed to the public on fall weekends to accommodate its busy wedding season, Cedar Lakes has turned COVID-19 cancellations into an opportunity to experience the summer-camp-turned-boutique-hotel’s expansive property during curated, all-inclusive, weeklong stays.
Dining: A daily, required, $125-per-person resort fee covers all activities, food, and beverages, including wine and cocktails, during your stay — and there are plenty of ways to get your money’s worth. Go for a mountainside picnic; shop the property’s biweekly farmers’ market; indulge in warm cookies or swing by the onsite ice cream stand; have dinner at the outdoor pavilion; and end the day with s’mores, maple Old-Fashioneds, and ghost stories around the bonfire.
Rooms: Each of the 18 private cottages varies in size, price, and amenities, but expect spa-like bathrooms with rainfall showers, heated stone floors, wood-burning fireplaces, lake and forest views, outdoor patios, and/or full kitchens among the potential features. Can’t unplug from work for a full week? A large barn has been set up as a socially distanced remote workspace with desks, WiFi, printers, and mail service.
Rates from $350/night (excluding daily resort fee) with a six-night minimum; www.cedarlakesestate.com