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Onteora Mountain House
As the retreat where mayonnaise mogul Richard Hellman once summered, the Onteora Mountain House is more romantic lodge than bed and breakfast. It is fitting that many couples decide to celebrate their marriages here. Rooms are clean and large, with cathedral ceilings and exposed beams, and many have features such as fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, big windows, and impressive views of the Catskills. (One room offers a view of the stars through a speculator skylight over the whirlpool.) In the warmer months, you can have your breakfast on the 60-foot wraparound dining porch (against a backdrop of more of those gorgeous views), and when it’s chilly, you can take your meal fireside, in the “great room.” There is a koi pond on the grounds, along with plenty of trails to wander. There’s also a championship billiard table downstairs, if you’re feeling a different kind of sporty.
The Inn at Hudson
“We’re low on the doily factor,” says co-owner Windle Davis when describing the vibe of the Inn at Hudson. The historic mansion was completed in 1906 and restored from its shell by both Davis and his partner Dini Lamont. Although the inn does not lack antiques, the owners are all for the simple aesthetic—sparse furniture and all-white bedding make up the four palatial rooms. Each day, the cotton sheets are linedried outside for the freshest possible scent. Organic products are found in the shower and baths, and the garden on the grounds supplies many of the vegetables used in the kitchen. Dini’s menu often features such tempting delicacies as sautéed tomato with fresh pesto, or organic chicken sausage, and he also readily whips up a batches of blueberry, banana, and mango pancakes each morning. Prior to flipping flap jacks at the B&B, these two gentlemen were leading a much less simple life. Davis and Lamont were singers in the early ‘80s band Post Modern Sexual Response, and Lamont’s alter ego, Musty Chiffon, has led him around the world. Ask him nicely and he might give you the juicy details.
Pig Hill Inn
Pig Hill Inn, supposedly named after an Irish pig farm, is nowhere near such a place; in fact, it’s located about as close to the town center in Cold Springs as one could be. Like most cozy inns, there’s no shortage of antiques, but at Pig Hill, almost anything can be yours if the price is right. Love your ultracomfy sleigh bed or the original art that hangs on the walls of your room? Most likely there’s a price tag hanging from it. Something else that will make you take a second glance? The inn is run by 27-year-old Kyle Gibbs, who “stumbled into this job by mistake. After walking out of a lot of kitchen jobs out on Route 9, I found this. The kitchens along there are filled with egos, and everyone wanted to be chefs. I wanted to cook—and here, I can cook.” Gibbs’s breakfast and baked goods are raved about, and you’ll often find guests enjoying the fruits of his labor in their pajamas. “That’s the best compliment,” he said. “Guests would never be able to roam around that comfy in a hotel.”
The dude ranch might just become the next new “it” vacation. It’s fun, affordable, and high on the kitsch factor. Pinegrove Ranch in Kerhonkson gives you the dude-ranch vacation without having to schlep it to the western end of the country. Pack up the family (or a group of friends who enjoy being around children) and plan a weekend of horseback riding, cattle driving, campfires, and s’mores. There is no roughin’ it at this ranch, and the spacious rooms at Pinegrove often include space for multiple families who want to stay together, so you’re likely to see bunks, foldouts, and futons among the comfy regular beds. Rates include three all-you-can-eat country-cooked meals and a chuck wagon snack bar. Thankfully, you’ll burn off those calories with the head-spinning number of actives offered on the ranch (aside from “pudding eating”). Rock climbing, horseback riding, a pool complete with waterslides, and even a cattle drive can only begin to describe what Pinegrove offers its guests. And if the adults need a stiff one to wind down, they’ll enjoy the nightly cocktail party with free hors d’ouerves and drinks while the kiddies are entertained with a “Coke-tail” party—complete with their own DJ.