A Hudson Valley Getaway for the Smart Set
Greek island hopping and glamping in the Gobi desert have their charms, but sometimes a cozy weekend in the country is exactly what’s in order. The inn at Troutbeck, a retreat nestled in an idyllic corner of New York’s Hudson Valley, is the perfect setting for such a mini break. The sprawling Victorian estate, which has operated as both private residence and hotel since 1765, used to be known as the getaway for the smart set, counting among its visitors Mark Twain, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and President Theodore Roosevelt. A new wave of smarties are heading for the very same hills — and superior amenities. Thanks to a massive restoration overseen by leading New York design studio Champalimaud, the latest iteration of Troutbeck is a perfect marriage of historic details and modern luxuries. You’ll be charmed by the dining room’s simple farmhouse table and the original library, complete with moody wood paneling and massive crackling fireplace. You’ll be grateful for the post-Roosevelt touches, such as Frette bathrobes and a copper bar stocked with New York-distilled spirits. Our favorite detail, though, might be the Pantry, a walk-in larder stocked with gourmet provisions from local purveyors. Fresh crackers and fresher country? Heaven.