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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Celebrate Spring in Ulster County

Savor the season's first blooms over local wines and whiskey and choose from an abundance of outdoor activities just 90 minutes from the city.


1. Where to Stay

Buttermilk Falls Inn + Spa sits on a working farm with peacocks, chickens, and alpacas.  

Roam 70 bucolic acres overlooking the Hudson at Milton’s Buttermilk Falls Inn + Spa (from $250), where a small working farm provides organic fruit, vegetables, and eggs for the property’s new restaurant, Henry's. Ten rooms, three suites, and four guest houses all feature unique decors, ranging from nautical antiques to contemporary art.

Find urbane style at the new Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern (from $250), a 30-room boutique hotel that sits on the Esopus Creek in Saugerties. Since its opening in January, the hotel’s farm-to-table dining room has earned praise from the Wall Street Journal and Robb Report, and all of its understated guest rooms come with private balconies or patios overlooking a waterfall.

Get the best of old and new at the 1850 House & Tavern (from $149), a historic inn that reopened this month following a $1.5 million renovation. Inside, you’ll find the standard range of modern amenities alongside nostalgia-tinged furnishings like antique kaleidoscopes and compasses. Located on the main street of increasingly bohemian Rosendale, it’s walking distance to galleries and boutiques, and just across the street from film screenings and a variety of live events at the Rosendale Theatre.

Published on Mar 29, 2012 as a web exclusive.

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