Local produce figures prominently at on-site restaurant Dandelion, which serves dinner and is open to the public. You’ll find dishes with foraged morels, wild pansies, and yes, the eponymous plant, including a dandelion-flavored ice cream with wild blueberries, a favorite of Eastwind Hotels co-founder and veteran restaurateur Daniel Cipriani. Don’t miss the dill-garnished lohiketto, a Scandinavian fish stew made with local trout, and the homemade ricotta cavatelli with wild mushrooms and Parmesan. Pair your meal with a local beer or cider, or sample the Black Manhattan—Hudson rye, fernet, and bitters—and end your night making s’mores at the fire pit.
If you’re feeling a little bit city, a little bit country, a stay at Hotel Nyack, a JDV by Hyatt property that’s a half a mile from downtown, might be just the thing. While the 133-room property has an urban vibe with a loft feel, high ceilings, and colorful local art, its restaurant, FARM, offers the best of nearby purveyors, as befits its name.
Start your day right with kicky horseradish pesto atop avocado toast, tacos stuffed with eggs and chorizo, or a grain bowl with asparagus, arugula, and house made green goddess dressing. Shareable dishes include flatbreads with prosciutto and Nettle Meadow Farm’s mozzarella and burrata with grilled peaches. Other menu favorites include the 53-day aged steak and the fresh tagliatelle tossed with squash and FARM’s vegan pesto. Their signature dessert—a banoffee pie featuring banana cream filling drizzled with chocolate and caramel sauces—is a must. From the bar, enjoy a seasonal ale from nearby Garnerville’s Industrial Arts Brewing or a Blackberry Collins, anchored by hand-distilled Black Dirt bourbon.
Spectacularly situated on 220 acres, Inness—named for Hudson River School painter George Inness—takes its cue from the landscape. There’s a nine-hole King Collins-designed golf course, saltwater pools, 60 acres of hiking trails, a tennis court, kids programs, and a farm store on site.
Photo by Christian Harder
Spearheaded by veteran NYC and local restaurateur Taavo Somer (who founded Lola Pizza in Kingston), the retreat and its well-appointed accommodations in the farmhouse and standalone cabins are sophisticated and stylishly minimal, complete with amenities like Frette robes. The seasonal dining here centers around a wood-fired oven, which turns out much of the food including a top-notch roasted Snowdance Farms chicken with carrots, and roasted rapini with brown butter, lemon, and rosemary. Burgers and fish are cooked a la plancha.
The vintage chairs at INNESS’ restaurant are from a church in Belgium. Photo by Christian Harder.
For breakfast, enjoy à la carte options like a Dutch baby or grain bowl in the property’s open kitchen restaurant. Inness plans to expand its organic garden and orchard this summer. Look for menu items such as ember-roasted leeks with chardonnay vinegar and lemon zest, wild striped bass with fennel and Fresno chiles, and coconut panna cotta with lime granita for dessert. The unique Sunset Valley cocktail incorporates mezcal, Campari, and persimmon; natural wines, local beer, and cider round out the bar program. Inness even offers cooking classes in the farmhouse kitchen, like a kimbap lesson taught by local Chef Michelle Chiu (of Eat Two Five, an Asian pop-up).
Activities: Berry-picking at Saunderskill Farms, watching car racing at the Accord Speedway, shows at nearby Rosendale Theatre, or antiquing on Main Street.
Part of the Auberge Resorts Collection, rustically elegant and high-end Wildflower Farms has 65 freestanding cabins, cottages, and suites all with in-bed views are furnished for couples and families with warm woods, earth tones, and A-grade amenities. Local seasonality is the byword at Clay, the New American restaurant and bar named for an appreciation of the clay-rich soil that produces the area’s food. The frequently changing menu features 15 kinds of cherry tomatoes and six varieties of chicories and bitter lettuces along with a host of other produce all grown on the onsite farm.
Courtesy Auberge Resorts Collection
Snag the table abutting the open kitchen where you can chat with the chef and order the farm salad, which can include some of those chicories, two kinds of Salanova lettuce, Tokyo turnips, and pea shoots from the farm. Summer dishes will also feature garlic scapes and three varieties of Asian eggplant. An umami, dry-aged porterhouse at dinner serves two to three. At press time, summer desserts were in development.
Wildflower Farms was named one of the 100 best new hotels by Travel + Leisure. Courtesy Auberge Resorts Collection .
Other spots to eat, drink, and relax include the Great Porch, where seating around a stone fire pit offers incredible views of the Shawangunk Ridge, the poolside Dew Bar with visiting chefs, and the Green Room, a bar and listening space that hosts a Thursday night music series, and where an extensive wine list includes outstanding vintages throughout New York.
There’s no shortage of fun things to do: classes at Maple House (including focaccia workshops from Gardiner-based Foccacia Flourist), a cooking school and farm education center (you can collect eggs), spa treatments, even electric dirt biking.
Activities: Hike or rock climb at Mohonk Preserve or go skydiving at Skydive the Ranch in Gardiner. Then swing by Dressel Farms for their not-to-be-missed homemade ice cream made with local ingredients. If they have sweet corn, get it.
The saying “country charm reimagined,” painted on a wooden bench on the porch of The Millbrook Inn, perfectly describes the vibe of this nine-room boutique B&B. New ownership has renovated, expanded, and designed the space with pastoral appeal. William Morris wallpaper, playful prints, vintage furniture, and delicious dining offer an elevated experience.
The farm-to-table Millbrook Inn makes the most of fresh, local produce. Photo by Nina Barry.
There’s an especially local food focus here. Dairy and beef is sourced from Millbrook Beef and Dairy, the produce is from neighboring farms, and spirits and wine come from the Hudson Valley or New York State. Breakfast can be fruit-topped pancakes or a homemade yogurt board with a basket of warm pastries including biscuits and butter flavored with herbs from the garden. The dinner menu at restaurant The Vintage changes frequently, but you’ll always find the signature custom-blend burger accompanied by root veggie chips, and a crudo preparation of Hudson Valley Fisheries’ steelhead salmon trout (in summer with lemon aioli and zest, capers, and cucumbers). Boozy house-made sorbets like lemon gin and orange bourbon make a playful dessert.
The clubby bar turns out seriously fun and creative drinks, often with house made syrup. Try the No. 7 (named after room #7 which is adorned with rabbits and carrots). It’s a blend of silver tequila, carrot and blood orange juices, and cardamom syrup, garnished with carrot tops.
Activities: Visit the Asian-influenced Innisfree Garden, taste wine at Millbrook Vineyards and Winery, or try fly fishing at Orvis Sandanona. There are lovely boutiques and shops in town, too.
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