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Recently, we’ve become a bit obsessed with the Hudson River Valley. We’ll admit that this obsession is, in part, due to a trip upstate to visit a friend in Rhinebeck and another friend who moved to Hudson to get out of the city grind. So these days, when looking for a quick romantic weekend outside of New York City, the Hudson River Valley is the place for us.
One place we’re keen to check out is the Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa. An eco-chic retreat owned by Robert Pollock, the founder of Soho’s Great Jones Spa. With a view overlooking the Hudson, you can take in the crisp clean breezes in an Adirondack chair on the grounds while sipping an equally crisp glass of white in a setting that was originally a trading post in the 17th century.
With only ten rooms and seven carriage houses, each has wooden floors and fireplaces. Add to that, awesome nature hikes, complimentary breakfast in the main house’s enclosed sun-drenched porch or on the adjacent patio overlooking the river. There’s also a solar-powered spa’s sauna, steam room and 40-foot indoor pool with scenic floor-to-ceiling glass panels while you swim.
A day pass is $35 (couple $50), if you don’t want to stay the night. Choose from seven types of massage ($60-$155), exotic body wraps ($155-$175) and organic facials ($100-$140). Nearby is also the 70-acre Millstone Farm where you can check out achickens, alpacas and llamas. For those like us who like some great vino: Try Stoutridge Vineyard and Benmarl Winery, both just 15 minutes by car.
Rates start at $250.
Hint: Mention TONY to receive 30% off Mon–Thu and Sun through May 31, plus 10% off spa services and meals at Henry’s Farm to Table on the property where you can sample a selection of cheeses ($11) from the area, including nearby Coach Farm, or try the duck breast ($25), which comes from La Belle Farm, located an hour from the restaurant.
Apparently, one of the most beautiful countries in the world, Georgia is little known as a tourist mecca, but that’s what makes it all the more unique. Known for it’s wine and lush clear mountains, she’s a country nestled between Russia and Turkey in the Caucasus. A rich blend of Eurasian architecture, beautiful Black Sea coast, and enticing wine regions, arguably the oldest in the world, this makes it an absolutely essential part of your next itinerary. And thanks to Silk Road Treasure Tours, travel specialists in destinations along the ancient Silk Routes, you can spend 8 days uncovering 8,000 years of wine-making traditions on its new “Wine and Black Sea Tour of Georgia.” We do love our wine…
Whether it’s the vintage wines of Georgia’s five renowned growing regions or the architectural marvels that strike your fancy, you’ll be able to visit the traditional wineries of farmers in Kakheti and Kartli (sounds like the characters from Game of Thrones) to learn about wine production, or eight thousand year old storage methods invoking hand-crafted “Qvevri” (clay jars), and taste various wines in the vineyards of an American artist (Pheasant’s Tears), the modern winery of a German industrialist (Shuchmann Wines) and the cool cellars of Georgia’s ancient Alaverdi monastery. If your fancy runs to ancient myth, you will fall in love with Kutasi, the town of the legendary Golden Fleece, and Adjara, a small town along the Black Sea that’s home to the Gonio fortress, also linked to the tale of Jason and the Argonauts. Or you can simply breathe in the beauty of the UNESCO-famed Jvari and Svetitskhoveli cathedrals and admire the multicolored balconies of Tbilisi, while wandering the narrow streets of Georgia’s capital, which will earn you ample relaxation time in the sulfur baths known to have made an unforgettable impression on the likes of Pushkin, Lermontov, and Dumas.
Small group tours are offered with seven departure dates from August 18, 2012 to July 2013, starting at just $3,400 per person and we think that’s swell enough to swig.
I have family in upstate New York so when I came across some information about Saratoga, I wanted to spread the word. A great place to be green, the city has bike rentals like Blue Sky Bicycles and Elevate Cycles, as well as natural mineral springs to take a therapeutic dip at Saratoga Spa State Park, a 2,000 acre oasis. Accommodations include quaint B&B’s to well-known chains. We love the quaint B&B’s ourselves so take a look at the link below for some great suggestions and start planning your trip!