Living in NYC during fall can give non-native New Yorkers a deprived feeling—there are barely any leaves actually falling off the trees! While a brisk walk in Central Park can satisfy some, to enjoy autumn in all its natural glory, escape the city and head a few hours upstate to see the colors change and enjoy a luxuriously relaxing weekend. In fact, many New Yorkers have been opting for second homes or even primary residences in the gorgeous Hudson Valley, thanks to its proximity to Manhattan (just a few hours via car or Metro North railroad) but wholly unique atmosphere. Read on for our Hudson Valley travel guide.
Glenmere Mansion is a boutique resort in the lower-Hudson Valley town of Chester. The magnificent 150-acre estate formerly functioned as a retreat for the Goelet family, where they hosted royalty and artists at their Gilded Age vacation home. Marble staircases, gorgeous terrace views over formal gardens and meadows as well as an all-around air of elegance make Glenmere an ideal retreat. The property offers a luxurious full service spa as well as two gourmet restaurants. Private helicopters can also be chartered for the 50-mile trip from NYC to Glenmere’s grounds.
For a more quaint experience, visit The Inn at Hudson. This mansion constructed in 1903 offers four different guest suites, each with their own unique character and is a popular B&B with couples. Located in downtown Hudson, the inn has few amenities but offers plenty of assistance planning expeditions into town.
For a trendy, international dinner with perfect wine pairings, visit Crimson Sparrow. Expect seasonal dishes like Foie Gras with pumpernickel, beets and cherries and octopus with soy bean, pine nuts and Lardons.
Located in a 19th Century blacksmith’s workshop, Fish and Game is a restaurant that focuses on local ingredients, serving their pre-fixe menu and cocktail list based on ingredients sourced from local farms.
The town of Cold Spring is known for its antique shopping scene! Spend a day on Main Street wandering in various antique shops finding furniture, artwork, knickknacks or just appreciating the quirks.
For a luxurious spa retreat, check in to Mohonk Mountain House. 16 various treatment rooms as well as a mineral pool and solarium offer eco-friendly, calming services like tension taming massages and manicures as well as well-being experiences like meditation and personal training sessions. Choose a day spa package and enjoy a healthy meal at the Mohonk restaurant or stay overnight for an all-encompassing spa experience.