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From luxury retreats offering sumptuous furnishings and Michelin-Star cuisine, to quiet inns that specialize in affordable elegance, escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and head to the Hudson Valley, where you can check in and enjoy a stay surrounded by nature. In a region renowned for its scenic beauty, find a new favorite place to get away from it all.

From farm stays to mountain top manor houses, here are 10 places to experience the best of the Hudson Valley landscape.

Cedar Lakes Estatecedar lakes estate (Orange) is a timeless, rustic-chic retreat with vast grounds and gorgeous property. Home to 16 luxury lakeside cottage rentals with fireplaces, kitchens and many more amenities such as breathtaking views of a moonlit lake and surrounding mountains from the doorway. The 500-acre property is the perfect nature getaway especially if you're looking for a mountain top view of Shawangunk Mountains.  Your stay at the property grants you access to all that the grounds have to offer including use of the lakes, pool, hiking and biking trails, outdoor guided yoga classes along with bonfire pits, tennis and basketball courts.

The Gray Barn at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary (Ulster) in High Falls is a haven for both guests, and the more than 380 rescued farm animals that call it home. The Gray Barn offers a sleek and clean look with modern accommodations in five bedrooms, each with its own en-suite bathroom and private terrace. Enjoy a fresh, seasonal vegan breakfast menu prepared with local ingredients and served in a communal space with a lounge area, dining room, kitchen and an outdoor deck.

The Long Neck Inn (Greene) This environmentally sustainable inn, located on the grounds of the former Catskill Game Farm, is so named because it was once the Catskill Game Farms’ giraffe barn. Tucked away on 200 acres in the Catskill Mountains, the property features five guest rooms named for animals who once called the farm home, as well as four campsites through Tentrr. The site includes over five miles of walkways and trails, connecting to more than 20 miles of maintained mountain bike/hiking trails. Long Neck Inn donates a portion of every stay to various global conservation efforts.

Mountain Merino Manormount merino manor bed and breakfast (Columbia) is a luxury B&B situated on 100 acres overlooking the Hudson Valley and the Hudson River. A neighbor to Olana State Historic Site, guests can stroll the grounds of famed artist Frederic Church’s masterpiece of a home. Just minutes from downtown Hudson, the manor is surrounded by beautiful views that put the beauty of the Hudson Valley into artistic perspective. Check-in to your room and enjoy a candle-lit fireplace ambiance, soak in a whirlpool tub, or find a spot outside and enjoy the view. Guests enjoy a gourmet breakfast each morning.

Bear Mountain Inn (Rockland) is a rustic retreat inspired by the natural beauty of nearby Bear Mountain State Park. Just 45 minutes from the hustle and bustle of the city, discover an elegant retreat that beckons you to explore and relax in equal measure. Located at the base of Bear Mountain and close to the Appalachian Trail, the lodge is an ideal place to stay in the Hudson Valley for nature lover. Stay in the Overlook Lodge, the Historic Bear Mountain Inn, or in one of the Stone Cottage rooms, and enjoy natural yet elegant furnishings and décor, surrounded by the beautiful landscape. Dine on gourmet cuisine at Restaurant 1915 and the Blue Roof Bar. Swing by Hiker’s Café for a grab-and-go lunch before hitting the trails.

Glynwood Center for Regional Food and Farming (Putnam) is a destination retreat that marries a sense of place with purpose, while offering a stunning location to experience the natural beauty of Hudson Valley farmland. Plan a group getaway or business retreat and engage with the land in a new way. From walking through farmland where pastures are occupied by sheep and goats, to purchasing your supplies at the farm store, where fresh veggies and pasture-raised meats are on offer, experience the simple pleasure of living close to the land. Whethern you’re planning a retreat for a larger group, or looking for a cozy cottage tucked into the woods, Glynwood offers it all.

Troutbeck (Dutchess) is an award-winning estate hotel situated on 250 acres of bucolic landscape. Feel like you’re in an elegant country house for a weekend retreat. Feast on seasonal cuisine prepared by Michelin Star Chef Gabe McMackin, then stroll the grounds and enjoy a select performance during the retreat’s event series. Easy to get to by car or train from the city, enjoy access to more than 5,000 acres of wilderness offering hiking, horseback riding, fly fishing, and winter sports.

The Bedford Post Inn in Bedford (Westchester) is an eight room luxury
inn with two upscale restaurants, a yoga center, and ample grounds to explore. A Relais & Chateaux property, stroll the wooded grounds, take a dip in the outdoor pool, then head to the studio for a yoga class. The Barn and The Terrace, the Inn’s two on-site restaurants, offer sumptuous cuisine and cocktails. The Terrace is open in summer, while The Barn is open year-round.

The Morgan State House (Albany) might be located right on State Street in downtown Albany, but with its secluded, walled garden and elegant rooms, it feels like a world away. Check-in for a stay at one of the most exclusive places to stay in Albany and enjoy the relaxed-meets-upscale comfort of the house.

gardner farm inn exteriorGardner Farm Inn (Rensselaer) offers a historic farmhouse escape close to Troy’s vibrant downtown. The lovingly restored farmhouse dates back 1700s, offering guest rooms that are furnished in an eclectic, yet elegant décor, and delicious breakfasts made with locally sourced ingredients. Situated among towering trees, the Inn feels tucked away, yet is within an easy drive of microbreweries, concert venues, state parks, and more.

For more ideas on where to stay in the Hudson Valley, check out our list of Places to Stay.

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