One of my favorite things about living on the East Coast is all of the opportunities for easy trips out of the city to explore the surrounding area. I’ve taken a few trips around upstate New York for local wineries and a heavy dose of nature, which can be just what the doctor ordered after too much time in the concrete jungle.
I was recently invited for a Sunday night stay at Buttermilk Falls Inn in Milton, New York, which is about 90 minutes outside of the city. I grabbed a close friend, Andrada, who was also in need of some quick R&R and we eagerly packed our bags for 24 hours of hiking, relaxing, and wining and dining.
The grounds & accommodations
We were surprised at how easy it was to get to Buttermilk Falls Inn, especially as New Yorkers without cars. We simply took the Metro North train from Grand Central Station to Poughkeepsie and then hopped in a ten minute cab to the property. Getting back to New York on Monday morning was just as simple; we had time for a morning run and a quick breakfast before grabbing a 7:30 a.m. train back to the city.
The grounds at Buttermilk Falls are absolutely beautiful and surprisingly enormous. We took a long walk to take everything in; there are acres of fields, flowers, forest, an aviary and beehive, a spa, and a fully functional farm where much of the produce for the Inn’s restaurant, Henry’s at the Farm, sources from. It’s not surprising that the beautiful, tranquil space hosts many weddings throughout the year.
The B&B has ten rooms and eight unique private cottages; we were hosted in the Rook’s Nest cottage, which seemed like a mansion compared to our tiny New York City apartments. We had a spacious queen bed, a sitting area, a fireplace, and a large bathroom, all equipped with wifi and HBO. We were greeted with a bottle of prosecco and branded water bottles, both of which were perfect for our afternoon activities.
The food & drink
For both of our meals (brunch and dinner) we opted to eat outdoors on the deck at Henry’s at the Farm, although the restaurant has a warm, spacious interior. We soaked in the sunshine and gorgeous views of the grounds as we selected our starters and mains. We loved that the American-style fare was sourced locally from the on-property farm whenever possible; even organic herbs, vegetables, and fruits on the cocktail menu are locally grown.
We had some self control and opted out of tempting brunch items such as chicken and waffles (voted best by Hudson Valley Magazine) and bananas foster French toast. Instead, we shared a few light entrees with plenty of fresh seafood and veggies.
We both agreed that the potato latkes with smoked trout and pickled cucumbers were the star of the show. Dill creme fraiche tied the whole dish together and it was incredibly refreshing.
The seafood salad was a close second. We were presented with extremely generous portions of lobster, mussels, and shrimp topped with a light garlic citrus vinaigrette.
Both dishes were also available on the dinner menu and we had a hard time not ordering them again.
We also had the panko-crusted soft shell crab, which was a little too breaded for my taste, and the wild mushroom omelette.
For dinner, we also gravitated towards seafood. We started with scallops and veggie spring rolls, which were presented beautifully.
We both had the Chilean sea bass as our main course, which we declared was “melt in your mouth good.” The fish was cooked beautifully and complemented by a handful of littleneck clams.
Visitors come from far and wide for the on-property spa. It typically books up about six weeks in advance, but we were luckily able to get squeezed in for an hour-long classic massage. The spa space is very tranquil and clean and includes an indoor pool, sauna, and a sundeck open to use for all guests.
The massage was absolutely heavenly after a long day of hiking in the sunshine. We departed in a state of bliss and actually had to sit down and decompress for a few minutes because we were so zenned out. It was the perfect way to wind down our afternoon. We popped the prosecco for a few glasses of bubbles after our treatments and were on cloud nine.
If we had more time in the area, there’s plenty to do off-property. We were intrigued by offerings such as a beautiful stroll on the Hudson Walkway, local winery tours, and the nearby Woodbury Commons outlet mall. However, there was plenty to do and explore at Buttermilk Falls Inn for the afternoon!
This was a lovely getaway that was so easy to access from the city and a great way to unwind with a girlfriend. We returned back to work on Monday completely rejuvenated and ready to conquer the week–no Sunday Scaries at the Buttermilk Falls Inn!
Buttermilk Falls Inn
220 North Road
Milton, New York, NY 12547