Eco-pampering in the Hudson Valley
Tue May 10 2011
Photograph: Roey Yohai
Travel time: Two hours from NYC by car
Why go: You could go to a spa in the city for a day of pampering—but stepping out of a Zen-like environment onto the grimy city streets sort of kills the whole relaxation vibe.
Stay here: At the Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa, you'll stay swathed in serenity: The sleek, eco-friendly sanctuary, owned by Robert Pollock, the founder of Soho's Great Jones Spa, is in a bucolic Hudson Valley setting—in fact, you can gaze out at the Hudson itself from the comfort of an Adirondack chair on the grounds. The Inn was originally a trading post in the 17th century, but its decor strikes a balance between historic charm and modern comforts. The building's ten rooms each have their own character, but all have wooden floors and fireplaces. Or stay in one of the seven carriage houses, which offer more privacy and can accommodate large groups. Start the day with complimentary breakfast in the main house's sun-drenched enclosed porch, or—if the weather's nice—take your bagel and locally smoked salmon to the adjacent patio, which overlooks the river. (buttermilkfallsinn.com). Rates start at $250. Mention TONY to receive 30% off Mon--Thu and Sun through May 31, plus 10% off spa services and meals at Henry's Farm to Table.
Do this: Guests at the inn have free rein of the solar-powered spa's sauna, steam room and 40-foot indoor pool—take in the surrounding scenery through floor-to-ceiling glass panels while you swim. A day pass is $35 (couple $50), if you don't want to stay the night. Choose from an array of services, including seven types of massage ($60--$155), exotic body wraps ($155--$175) and organic facials ($100--$140). Extend your blissful state with a walk around the 70-acre property, which houses Millstone Farm; you can take a peek at the chickens, alpacas and llamas that live there. This is also the heart of Hudson Valley wine country: Benmarl Winery (benmarl.com) and Stoutridge Vineyard (stoutridge.com) are both within a 15-minute drive of the spa and offer weekend tours.
Eat here: The menu at Henry's Farm to Table (henrysatbuttermilk.com), which opened at Buttermilk Falls in January, emphasizes local produce and goods—some supplied by Millstone Farm. Sample a selection of cheeses ($11) from the area, including nearby Coach Farm, or try the duck breast ($25), which comes from La Belle Farm, located an hour from the restaurant.