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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Savor the Season in Millbrook

As the days grow shorter, head to the farms and vineyards of this uncrowded Hudson Valley town for late-season wine tastings, seasonal dinners, and top-tier organic cheeses and meats.


1. Where to Stay

Old Stone Farm is a boutique retreat and wellness center in nearby Rhinebeck.  

Relish the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century luxuries at Millbrook Country House (from $200), where an American Colonial exterior from 1808 meets interior embellishments of eighteenth-century Italy. Request the Barocco room, which features a circa 1740 gold-leaf Venetian bed covered in Frette linens. Owners Giancarlo and Lorraine provide an excellent multicourse breakfast—he’s had a lifetime of eating well in Emilia-Romagna, and she was an editor at Gourmet.

Discover the area’s history at the Millbrook Inn (from $225), formerly a boys’ dormitory for the now-closed Greer School founded in 1906. Not to worry, the building’s been completely renovated, and in 2011 debuted eight serene but elegant rooms featuring classic dark-wood furniture and tasteful artwork, like black and white photographs, all with private bathrooms with heated floors. Ask for the Anne room, which has a four-poster queen-size bed and a Jacuzzi.

Practice your sun salutations in an exquisitely restored eighteenth-century barn at Old Stone Farm (from $395), where your stay includes unlimited yoga classes and three organic meals a day. Relax in the full-service spa with a cup of hot cider, take a guided nature walk through some of the farm’s 236 acres, or take a ride on one of the farm’s 22 horses, which enjoy state-of-the-art facilities. The ten rooms and four-room cottage, all of which have organic mattresses and Frette sheets and robes, have been painstakingly decorated in modern-farm fashion by owner Sherry Kahn, who scours the country for unique art and antiques.

Published on Nov 22, 2013 as a web exclusive.

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