It’s dreary and cold but cozy antique torches and a story-book Colonial welcomes my visit. I pull into a gravel parking lot dotted with zip cars and out-of-state plates.
It’s obvious that New Yorkers know all about this Mid-Hudson hide-away but why not the Capital Region? We’re only a short 90 minute drive from a masterfully renovated farmhouse with modern cottages and stunning views of the Hudson River.
This is Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa, a riverfront retreat tucked away on 70-acres of private woods with gardens, trails and yes, even a waterfall, in Milton, NY.
On a cold, windy day in December, Buttermilk reveals it’s magnificence with lighted bridges and decorated Christmas trees.
Jordan, the Front House Manager, gives me a tour of the property aboard his golf cart. He points out the large stone patio on a bluff overlooking the Hudson, popular with marrying couples and family reunions.
Next to the tennis court, Jordan unlocks the latest addition to boutique lodging – The Riverknoll House.
“Am I in Malibu or Milton?” I ask myself…
This contemporary concept rental is aglow with unique amenities – a gourmet kitchen with a triangle island, bright, open, floor-to-ceiling windows and large decks.
Jordan assures me the building is an original 19th century structure. The chic open floor plan preserves the charm of a farmhouse with hardwood flooring and rustic wood-burning fireplaces.
Unfortunately, I’m not here to spend the night.
Instead, a cocktail and dinner awaits me at Henry’s Farm to Table restaurant. Henry is the name of the owner’s son, a self-effacing business tycoon who bashfully brushes off my request for a photo and interview.
Menu items at Henry’s are handpicked from a culinary harvest by Executive Chef Paul Kelly. Poultry and meat come from nearby farms like Coach Farm, Hudson Valley Cattle Company and Labelle Farms. Vegetables, fruits and herbs are grown on-site. Local isn’t a trend here – it’s a mantra.
Tomorrow’s blog will expand on mouthwatering dishes including cocktails made with distilled whiskey and Prohibition era vodka, both made in New York State, of course.