My boyfriend and I found this place last summer when we came up to the area to visit some of the Hudson Valley wineries. We instantly fell in love with it. The inn has been restored to evoke the history of the community of the mid-nineteenth century... while providing guests all the amenities of the twenty-first. The rooms have comfortable beds and seating areas, private bathrooms, flat screen tvs, free wi-fi and remote controlled heat/air. But it's the little touches that make all the difference. Little mini-fridges with bottles of water, guest robes, bathroom amenities including toothbrush, toothpaste and floss, and when we went back last weekend (now it is winter), they put a little electric fireplace in the room for extra warmth and atmosphere.
Downstairs reminds you of home... only better. The furniture has a distinct "Pottery Barn", and yet it still manages to feel like you are back in time. While sitting at the bar, which is clean and comfortable, you are reminded of the past with a huge photograph of the original bar, which was on the opposite wall. It's open to the public too, so in the evening after dinner, you might be having a nightcap with a few locals. The living room area has comfortable couches to sit and relax. You might even find a few games or books in the corner to enjoy a relaxing evening.
In the morning you come downstairs to the smell of a freshly made full-service breakfast. A large fruit salad, alongside spinach and cheese quiches, pancakes, bite-sized french toast or other gourmet treats awaits. Yogurt with granola or fruit as well. You will be stuffed! In a nod to the present, a self-service keurig with a plethora of coffee or tea options. Enjoy your morning meal at a small table in the front room facing the main street, or settle into the back room with your coffee overlooking the creek (and the deck- to be finished in the Spring)
The service is terrific. We loved it so much this summer that we went back last weekend to celebrate Valentine's Day. In our 2 day stay, we met Amy, Sunshine and Susie, and they all were wonderfully attentive to us at every turn.
The downtown of Rosendale is small, but there are a few good places to eat, and there is much to do in the area. If wineries are your thing, then there are several withing 30-45 minutes, including Whitehill and Tuthilltown Distillery. If outdoors is your thing, you can hike Mohonk, which is about 20 minutes away just outside New Paltz. And Bellayre, Windham and Hunter Mountain skiing are all about an hours drive. We even took a 30 minute detour to Hyde Park on the way home to see the Vanderbilt Mansion (also FDR's home and the Culinary Institute of America are there).
We plan on heading up again soon, and are even thinking of bringing friends with us and, and I'm even thinking of it as the perfect venue for an upcoming birthday party. It's warm, cozy, friendly, and just a perfect retreat for anyone looking to get away from the big city for a few days.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A renovated historic hotel on the Rondout. The property features 11 guest rooms, a seasonal waterfront deck that serves fresh homemade food, many gluten free options are available daily. Our tavern boasts craft beers and signature cocktails. Located in Rosendale, N.Y. where you can park your car and walk to shops, dining, coffee, entertainment, swimming and hiking. Check our promotions pages for our recent accommodations specials. ... more less
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