Buttermilk Falls Inn
What We Love
- Idyllic rural setting on 75 acres overlooking the Hudson River
- Classic inn amenities: wood-burning fireplaces, floral decor and homemade scones and local jams
- Boutique size with resort-style amenities: farm-to-table restaurant and cooking classes; gym, tennis courts and the luxe all-natural spa
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What To Know
- Riverbirch and Riverknoll Houses have more privacy, but they’re a stroll from the Main House; Standard Rooms in the Main House are on the small side
- WiFi is available in common areas of the Main House and some houses
- Children 15 and under are not permitted in the Main Inn or spa and pool area
- Pets are not permitted in Standard Rooms (located in the Main Inn)
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
On 75 rural acres alongside the Hudson River, the inn is a country charmer with all the modern trimmings. Shades of white, cream and taupe, wood floors and antique furniture define the Main House, where guests mingle for breakfast and afternoon tea (and reliable WiFi) every day. Settle into one of the rust-red leather sofas next to the roaring fire, or wander the lush grounds, which are filled with ponds, rustic outbuildings and the namesake falls.
Bed & Bath
Rooms and suites are spread across the 18th-century Main House and four free-standing guesthouses. On a cliff with river views, North Cottage is a charming two-bed stone and wood house with a cozy cottage feel. City slickers with more contemporary tastes, especially those traveling with a group, will prefer Riverbirch House for its sleek modern style, 5,000 square feet of space and setting in a grove of birch trees.
Just a few steps from the Main House, Henry’s Farm to Table Restaurant (closed on Monday and Tuesday) uses local ingredients on its inventive, ever changing menu. Nosh on local delicacies including a Hudson Valley Cattle Company strip steak with roasted butternut squash, or a selection of pizzas (the white sauce with apple and cheddar cheese is divine). A highlight of any stay is visiting the on-site Millstone Farm, which grows many of the organic fruits, vegetables and herbs used in the restaurant — I was instantly smitten by the resident doe-eyed alpacas. And for sybarites, the lovely spa focuses on natural and organic products. Try the Buttermilk Body Bliss, which uses Fiji cane sugar and drift nut oils to buff away dry skin, followed by a scalp massage with warm oils.
In the Area
Just 80 miles from New York City, the Hudson River Valley gets city folk back to nature. Admire the river and valley floor from the Walkway Over the Hudson, the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world, or make the 20-minute drive to Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, America’s first presidential library. Active types should head to Minnewaska State Park or Mohonk Preserve for hiking trails, while shoppers can browse the fun and funky retail outlets in New Paltz, around 20 minutes away, or Woodbury Commons. Everyone should make time for the extraordinary Storm King Art Center — one of the world’s leading sculpture parks, with enormous, modern works spread across a sprawling 500-acre site.
How to Get There
Lovely property with beautiful grounds and nicely appointed, although somewhat dated, rooms and private bathrooms. Check in was handled well and having arrived early we visited the spa/pool area.
Nice pool area but at this level one would certainly expect a hot tub or whirlpool - most disappointing is they offer a tea from 3-5 and at 3:30 there were 2 brownies and one cookie left. There was iced tea and coffee and lukewarm water for hot tea. It’s cold enough to flurry so you might consider warm cider instead.
Hardly what you would expect from a property awarded a certificate of excellence and at the rates currently charged. Walked over to get a glass of wine at the restaurant and were told the restaurant/bar opens only at 5. Dinner at 7 so hoping for the best !
The inn and surrounding area are beautiful. The included breakfast was lovely with freshly baked goods, fruits, omelets and pastries. Service at the inn's restaurant was in need of improvement. Rooms at the inn are quaint and ours a bit small and cramped.
Interesting menu, spa relaxing and ambience very nice. I've been there on multiple occasions and have just visited for the day to use the spa services , for dinner and also I've stayed over with my husband and friends for a weekend getaway.