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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Get Back to the Farm in Columbia County

Sleep in a renovated barn, taste food at its freshest, and roam across pastures dotted with free-range livestock just two and a half hours outside of New York.


1. Where to Stay

The FarmStay at Kinderhook Farm features a wall of screens that look out at grazing livestock.  

Find a surprising level of comfort inside a barn at the FarmStay at Kinderhook Farm (from $285, two-night minimum), opening for its inaugural season on May 21 in Ghent. The 1,100-square-foot renovated building sleeps up to four adults and two children and is outfitted with antiques from Keystone and Colonia as well as a complimentary, fully stocked kitchen, where you can whip up something with vegetables and herbs from the outdoor garden and freshly laid eggs from chickens clucking outside the front door.

Soak in an oversize claw-foot tub in the Herb-Cabinet Room (from $120) at the Chatham Bed and Breakfast, a few minutes away from the bookstores and cafés of Hudson Avenue. Set on the second floor of a four-room house built in 1898, the room is the inn’s most spacious, with an elegant four-post bed and windows overlooking a big front yard. Browse chef-owner Chris Sisinni’s collection of cookbooks in the large, light-filled kitchen while he prepares pear-ginger waffles or local bacon and eggs.

Sip tea in your very own sitting room in the Library Suite (from $150) at Union Street Guest House, a boutique hotel in Hudson that offers a more urban setting than Chatham or Ghent, with access to shops, antique dealers, and art galleries a block away on Warren Street. The hotel’s cozy, lived-in atmosphere extends to the one-bedroom suite, which features antique books and lamps and décor inspired by nineteenth-century Swedish painter Carl Larsson.

Published on Apr 14, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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