After planning a US trip including 7 nights in New York City & 5 in Washington, we wanted to relax in the countryside for some R&R and the Catskill Mountains region in up-state New York seemed like a great option. Whilst there are numerous B&B places to choose from, we were looking for a lodge-style property in a rural setting & the Minnewaska Lodge looked like it would suit our requirements.
The lodge is very easy to locate, just a few miles out of New Paltz which is very close to the New York State Thruway and is set well back from the minor (& very quiet) local road. The property appears to be a family-run operation which has a warm & welcoming atmosphere unlike a typical motel & is immaculately presented. The staff were very friendly & made you feel more like you were in a B&B.
We had booked a premium “Cliff View” room with balcony & were absolutely delighted with the views over the large rear lawn with fire-pits & Adirondack chairs with the imposing ridge of cliffs (as promised) dominating the view about a ½ mile away. This was the escape-to-the-country setting that we had dreamed of.
The room was immaculately clean but just a tad smaller than we had expected but did include one separate comfy chair, a 50” LCD TV with some digital channels plus a table for two for in-room dining etc. The free wi-fi was a standout – this was the only decent internet connection I had during the trip as I was able to download a 2.5gB sat nav map update in less than an hour – a task I had to put on hold since arriving in New York City almost 2 weeks earlier.
A couple of caveats. There is a convenience store right next door but it closes at 6pm & does not sell beer (NY state liquor laws?) so if you enjoy an ale or wine after a day’s sightseeing, you’ll need to pick up supplies in New Paltz (the Lodge does not sell liquor but I assume this would involve massive licensing costs so no hard feelings there). The only eatery within walking distance in a German Bräuhaus restaurant across the road which is closed Mondays & Tuesdays – we arrived Tuesday. This left us with a 4 mile drive to the Mill Restaurant and Tavern but this provided an excellent meal & was worth the short drive.
Overall – highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled upon 17 acres at the base of the rugged Shawangunk Mountains lies the Minnewaska Lodge, a uniquely designed 26-room property in the quaint town of Gardiner, New York. Surrounded by 25,000 acres of State park preserve, with breathtaking views of the Gunk’s Ridge 1,200 feet above the lodge, this Hudson Valley hotel offers a tranquil boutique experience. Minnewaska Lodge is centrally located just 75 miles North of New York City in the historic Hudson Valley, making it an unparalleled destination among New Paltz hotels for romantic getaways, weddings, reunions, corporate retreats, meetings, parties or small events. Accommodations at the Minnewaska Lodge are comfortable, providing the amenities and services of a fine hotel, with the ambiance of a cozy bed and breakfast. Oak Mission-style furniture and arts and crafts decor create a charming mountain retreat-like setting. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Minnewaska Hotel Gardiner