If you are in New York City and want a bit of old world serenity for your family, you should check out the Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa in Milton, New York. Just 90 miles north of the city, the inn hosts a working farm and dates back to the 18th century where families can experience the timeless beauty of the Hudson Valley together.
Plus, the inn specializes in sustainability and it’s a good place to teach your kids about the significance of healthy living. Not only do they serve local, organic foods grown onsite, but they rely on geothermal and solar energy to warm its spa waters.
On our recent visit, geese, ducks and swans swimming in the Swan Pond greeted us. The owners of the inn provide food for guests to feed the birds who have seemingly hearty appetites.
We were also instantly drawn to the farm where the owners grow fruit, vegetables and herbs that that are used in the inn’s own restaurant and kitchen, as well as lamas, chickens and peacocks. On our walk around the property, we also came across the waterfalls the inn must be named after, and my son happily watched the local trains go by at the bottom of the hill. Guest parking is located near the farm, so we had a good taste of the livestock on our way in, as well.
There are 17 guest rooms and suites at Buttermilk, 10 in the main house and seven free-standing buildings in walking distance. The rooms are tastefully decorated, with antiques, some featuring elements from the original structure built as a trading post in 1680 such as a stone chimney or wall. They all have garden or river views and have gas-fireplaces, air conditioning, flat screen TVs, cable, whirlpool showers and / or tubs, robes and hairdryers.
The free-standing suites are perfect for families, equipped with a kitchen, laundry facilities and a working fireplace. They all vary in price, making the inn affordable for any budget.
The inn also features a restaurant, Henry’s, which offers a contemporary country menu as a salute to the Hudson River Valley, showcasing ingredients grown on-site as well as those sourced from other local farms and artisan producers. Breakfast is complimentary in the inn’s Sun Room and includes homemade muffins and other options made with fresh ingredients straight from the farm.
Teatime occurs daily and upon arrival with fresh scones, fruit and tea. There is nothing better than sitting on the patio taking in the majestic view of the Hudson Valley.
There is plenty to do nearby, including hiking on the Rail Trail; exploring nearby scenic parks, boating on the Hudson, antique hunting, swimming in sylvan lakes, visiting local art galleries, touring the Hudson Valley wine country, and shopping are all possibilities. There are also several family-friendly attractions in close proximity, including the Mid-Hudson Chidren’s Museum, the Walkway Over the Hudson, Locust Grove, and an excursion to the funky town of New Paltz.
To top it off, the staff is genuinely helpful and full of suggestions for things to do for adults and children all ages. The inn is truly a labor of love for everyone who works there and we felt just as enamored as they do with the property. The grounds are sensational and was truly one of the most beautiful spots we’ve visited in a long time.
It’s important to note that children are welcome, but there are restrictions on the rooms that accommodate them, so check with reception when you make your reservation. Children are also not welcome in the spa, but there are plenty of attractions nearby to keep everyone happy.
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Editor’s Note: We received a media package at Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa, but were not required to write about or express any specific opinions about our stay. As always, our opinions are our own.
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