Destination Guide

Hudson Valley

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The massive Hudson Valley region, stretching from northern Westchester County and spanning both sides of the majestic Hudson River, is a wonderful, complex destination for outdoor enthusiasts and lovers of art, Americana, history and food, as well as spiritualists and wellness seekers.


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Glenmere Mansion

Opulent but incredibly tasteful, Glenmere Mansion is a favorite romantic retreat on the western side of the Hudson thanks to its beautifully decorated rooms, spacious spa and acclaimed restaurant.

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​Stretched along​ the​ ​borders of ​Connecticut and Massachusetts​, the scenic Hudson Valley has been home to humanists and artists for centuries, including Troutbeck’s one-time owner, the poet-naturalist Myron Benton. A peer of Emerson and Thoreau, Benton was born and raised in Amenia and lived on this estate in the late 19th century. Today, his former manor house-turned-hotel offers a countryside escape that is easily reached from New York by a two-hour train or car ride for travelers looking to trade the urban bustle for some rural relaxation.

The 37 guest rooms and suites are spread between the Manor House (built in 1919), Benton House (formerly the Century House, with 13 newly renovated guest rooms and suites by Champalimaud Design, each with private outdoor space), Benton Cottage and Garden House. All feature modern and simple décor, including Frette linens, Malin + Goetz products and heated floors in the bathrooms. Everything about the interiors match the calming exteriors—cozy fireplaces surrounded by plush couches and armchairs, books lining the walls next to art pieces that held special motifs to the hotel’s history and a sun room where you can enjoy breakfast or lunch. The hotel’s restaurant draws visitors and locals alike for its farm-to-table fare, which is directly sourced from small farms in the neighboring valley. On Monday nights the chef holds a Pasta Night, serving delicious creations with a wine-pairing.

The 250-acre property lends itself to simple relaxation and outdoor activities that cater to both families and couples. There are two tennis courts, a small outdoor pool (open in the summertime) and four trout pools accessible only to guests. Near the tennis courts are “The Barns,” which offer a range of wellness services and amenities—treatment rooms, changing rooms and saunas, as well as a gym and a 1,250-square-foot space basking in natural light for yoga and Pilates studio classes. The surrounding area has multiple biking and hiking trails, ​and the property can arrange guided fishing excursions, river rafting trips, horseback riding and skiing in the winter. Troutbeck also offers access to the nearby towns of Millbrook and Salisbury, but other notable sites—including the open-air museum and sculpture park at Storm King Art Center—are located more than an hour away, so a car is recommended for further exploration.

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