You’ve officially made it through the height of the winter and as spring peaks, take some time for yourself and make way to The Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa, a Hudson Valley Bed and Breakfast in Milton New York. Just a short, scenic drive from the bustle of New York City, this popular wellness center helps you find your center. And really, what’s better than that?!

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Time stands still, sanctum is found, and life becomes balanced after just a few days at The Inn — an extraordinary 75-acre-river property that offers cabins, estate rooms, and private houses with royal views of the Hudson. There’s Henry’s, a farm-to-table restaurant, an organic kitchen garden, and orchard with a viewing deck and outdoor wood fireplace overlooking the Hudson. Did we mention the world-class spa? There’s much to do or nothing to do, but whether you head up for an evening, a weekend, or a weeklong retreat, one thing is certain – there’s something special about this place and its inviting country charm.

On a recent sunny afternoon we arrived to our destination – a two-bedroom guesthouse offering modern luxuries and rustic charm. The Inn plays host to 10 distinctively decorated rooms in the circa 1764 Main House, with river or garden views, and names like Sweet Basil, Winterberry, and Lotus Blossom. Four guesthouses and a former barn provide an additional eight guest rooms and cottages with stunning panoramas and secluded outdoor spaces, making it the perfect place for an intimate event or getaway with family and friends.

After a few hours of R&R, we were off for a hike to the Buttermilk Falls. The rushing water and the night air brought a smile as we pulled our sweaters around us just a little bit tighter. Just what we needed, the idyllic setting immersed us into a peaceful state of mind and awoke our appetite for a lovely meal at Henry’s.

Henry’s keeps in mind the farm-to-table aspect in its inventive and ever changing menu. “Barn to Bar” takes the organic herbs, vegetables, and fruits grown at the Millstone Farm and integrates them into the signature cocktails. We tried “The Cuke,” made with gin, mint, and cucumber, as well as the “Lavender Sidecar” with honey and infused lavender, a local favorite. Flawless in presentation, we dined on honey garlic shrimp with Millstone Farm brandy glaze and heirloom tomato gazpacho with jumbo lump crabmeat. The seared monkfish was cooked to perfection while the roasted garlic ravioli with braised lamb shank, mascarpone, and arugula will be talked about for weeks to come. When we couldn’t devour one more bite, we settled into one of the leather sofas next to the roaring fire and enjoyed a nightcap (and admittedly, the crème brulee — perfection!). 

I woke the next morning and sat with a blanket and espresso on the porch watching the sunrise over the Hudson. Now this is what Saturday mornings should be. It was off for an early morning visit to the spa with four treatment rooms and a green philosophy seen in their natural and organic massages, facials, and body treatments. Natural light infiltrates the wellness facility cascading from oversized windows, reminiscent of the inn’s airy, simple beauty. After our massages and facials, a spa lunch was brought to us as we lay by the indoor pool for a few hours. Eager to make sure we experienced all the resort had to offer, we biked on the estate trails, fed the farm animals, picked apples, and canoed in the pond before heading back home.

I was so relaxed, I choose to stay on property for the entire time, but should you choose to wander, there’s hiking the Hudson Valley Rail Trail, scenic parks, boating on the Hudson, antiquing, art galleries to tour, as well as the Hudson Valley Wine Country. The Hudson is filled with historic treasures, award-winning restaurants, and natural beauty that must be seen. It’s no wonder that it was named one of National Geographic Traveler’s “Best of the World” destinations.

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