Imagine the escape of your dreams. It’s a place where mountainside views complement rolling fields, where pristine golf courses beg to be played, and where outdoor adventures await just outside your door. It’s a place where communities can gather near the fire pit during chilly fall evenings and huddle around the pizza oven on breezy summer nights. It’s an escape where families can relax inside sprawling residences or bond over games at the bowling alley, drinks at the milkshake bar, or lazy afternoons in the greenhouse. In short, it’s an all-in-one paradise that gives new meaning to the notion of live-work-play.
And it just so happens to be hiding in Dutchess County.
Since 2017, Silo Ridge Field Club has made a name for itself as an exclusive vacation home destination in upstate New York. Of course, don’t be surprised if you’ve never heard of it. The luxury expanse quietly hides out in Amenia between Millbrook and the Wassaic train station. If it seems out of the way, that’s precisely the point. After all, where else can you build an 800-acre gated community — with a golf course and a vineyard — in the Hudson Valley?
View of landscape surrounding the Ridge House / Photo by Discovery Land Company
Developed by the Discovery Land Company, which was founded by Michael S. Meldman in 1994, Silo Ridge is one of the brand’s newer forays into the northeastern U.S. region. Other than its sites in Westhampton Beach and Southampton, Discovery’s communities tend to take root near the water in vacation-friendly destinations like California, Hawaii, and Mexico.
Inside the pearly gates at the Silo Ridge location, community members step foot into a world of possibilities. With 245 residences ranging from homes to condominiums to townhouses, plus an 18-hole golf course, a number of communal spaces, and sports and wellness programming, Silo Ridge quite literally has something for everyone. Perhaps that is why the locale attracts the likes of residents like Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen, residents who crave luxury amenities and picture-perfect living away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Back of Ridge House / Photo by Jeff Lipsky
The perks of living at Silo Ridge are twofold. First, there’s the exclusive residential options, options which vary to suit a medley of aesthetics, families, and price points. Prospective members can choose from not one, but five home locations on the grounds. The spaces vary from one-bedroom suites at The Green and Hudson Valley-esque five-bedroom homes at the Village Green to single-family homes at the Lakeside, three-bedroom abodes at the Club Meadow, and custom Estate Homesites that nestle against a private 220-acre land preserve.
Want to live a hop and a skip from the Tom Fazio-designed golf course? Take a tour at The Green. Dreaming about a private pool that’s mere steps from the fitness center? Club Meadow is the home base for you.
The other half of Silo Ridge’s allures comes in the form of the club’s never-ending roster of outdoor activities and onsite amenities. In fact, such activities are a large part of the appeal of parent organization Discovery Land Company, which operates its very own recreation program, Outdoor Pursuits, to arrange and cater activities to residents’ interests. At the Hudson Valley location, the Outdoor Pursuits options are very nearly limitless. With activities like hunting, biking, paddle boarding, camping, ziplining, skiing and snowboarding, fly fishing, horseback riding, kayaking, and archery available on or near the grounds, boredom is nigh unto impossible for homeowners and their families.
Outdoor bar at Silo Ridge / Photo by Jeff Lipsky
On the grounds, a golf course, spa and fitness center, pool club, garden, practice range, movie theater, climbing wall, and numerous pools and ponds are only a few of the attractions for club goers. In each setting, residents can bond with fellow community members over shared interests and group activities centered around sports and hobbies. With so much space on the grounds, they’re also free to seek privacy and serenity, two factors that often play centrally into their decision to settle at the Ridge in the first place.
No matter where you go at Silo Ridge, however, farm-to-table living remains paramount. Orchards and farmers markets abound nearby in Dutchess County, while an onsite organic garden and kitchen program led by Chef Jonathan Wright, VP Culinary Operations East Coast & Caribbean Discovery Land Company, keep locals eating happy. Dubbed “terrain-to-table,” the cuisine at Silo Ridge House, the onsite restaurant, offers a little something for everyone, with an overall emphasis on fresh, local ingredients.
Chef Jonathan Wright / Photo by Jeff Lipsky
“In my profession as a chef, I like having the ability to influence the ingredients that I use,” explains Wright. “I value a close relationship with the farmers who grow and rear my ingredients, and this is easier to cultivate when you’re actually cooking near the farms that are your sources.”
At the Ridge, Wright works with Executive Chef Robert Hohmann to personalize each and every ingredient that residents sample. From homemade sourdough and herb-infused honey, jams, and vinegars to homegrown organic produce, the culinary duo prioritize a healthful, local approach to their culinary program as a whole. At the Ridge House Restaurant, Silo Ridge’s onsite eatery, diners can savor curated, thoughtful meals like a 72-hour braised short rib with bone marrow and horseradish, spring risotto with nettles and fiddlehead ferns, and smoky ham hock ravioli with sun choke velouté and parsley oil.
Inside a comfort food station at Silo Ridge / Photo by Jeff Lipsky
Further afield, a juice bar offers fresh sips for guests, while two comfort stations near the golf course are a must-visit for charcuterie and a made-to-order grill that churns out everything from ribs to Angus burgers. Menus walk the line between simple and decadent, offering diners the most flavor with the cleanest preparation, and ultimately deliver a true Hudson Valley dining experience.
All in all, while Silo Ridge may function as a vacation destination for the well-to-do who crave a bit of quiet, it’s easy to envision the community’s potential for family-based living year-round.
Are you ready to join the club?
Silos and comfort food station / photo by Jeff Lipsky