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Hudson Valley Haven

by Rona Berg

The bucolic Troutbeck is a slice of the Tuscan countryside in New York’s Hudson Valley. Driving down tranquil country roads, the relaxation begins well before you arrive. 

The picturesque 250-acre estate is a perfect weekend getaway, and has been a draw for artists, thinkers and distinguished guests for centuries, including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Sinclair Lewis and Thurgood Marshall. Luxurious accommodations include a beautiful two-bedroom suite with a private living room or “sleeping porch.” But of course, being surrounded by beautiful organic farms, the culinary experience is a big part of the draw at Troutbeck. Chef Gabe McMackin, from New York City, celebrates the local bounty with a calendar of special seasonal culinary experiences—featuring local chefs, cookbook authors, and Manhattan transplants—that take place al fresco, at a long wooden table on a stunning stone patio. 

The Barns, a recent build on-property, hosts a range of wellness offerings that include yoga, Pilates, mindfulness meditation, kinesoma, functional fitness classes and private sessions. Made from blonde wood reclaimed from the deconstructed Tappan Zee Bridge, which formerly spanned the Hudson River, it is a light, bright, airy space, under a canopy of oak trees.

Guests can chill in Adirondack chairs by a lovely creek, visit the gardens filled with flowers, and unwind in the charming spa, which offers acupuncture, Gua Sha facials, massage, Somatic Experiences and saunas, including infrared. Or simply sit by the beautiful pool, in a rustic setting, and savor the best lobster roll you’ve ever had! Of course, the area is well-suited to biking, hiking, skiing and exploring delightful nearby towns from Rhinebeck, New York to Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Whether you venture forth, or stay on property, Troutbeck is a place you’ll yearn to return to, time and again. 

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