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Where: Buttermilk Falls Inn, Milton, NY
Distance from Manhattan: 1.5 hours
Good for: A bucolic few days off the grid, breakfasting on local cheese, gazing at the Hudson River from your cottage’s airy living room and wandering through acres of shady woods.
The scoop: Summertime is synonymous with taking it easy. It's not just that song urging us toward easy living – the heat and humidity practically forces muscles to relax. Breaking for a low-maintenance getaway is almost an imperative. And finding the perfect retreat is almost an emergency.
Fortunately, the pastoral grounds of the nearby Buttermilk Falls Inn are the dictionary definition of “the simple life.” Afternoon tea with coffee cake and carrot cake follows hearty country breakfasts of buttermilk pancakes, fruit and farm-fresh eggs. Honeybees and heritage chickens roam the property alongside alpacas and angora goats. And the rustic Hudson Valley is right outside, tempting guests with fly-fishing and wine-tasting. If your soul hasn’t quite caught up with your body, relaxation-wise, that’s due to change in just minutes at this rustic Eden.
Then again, the inn is technically an inn and spa, and massage therapists assiduously tend to those worn-out muscles. The famous Buttermilk Spa is eco-friendly, and the treatments incorporate holistic and indulgent elements. In the new Bamboo Massage, smooth bamboo canes replace their hands to dissipate residual tension. An eye treatment does the same with puffy circles thanks to the energizing properties of roseroot, sugar beet and macadamia oil.
And when the puffiness is all but banished from your eyes, the inn will take care of the rest. It is, after all, on some of the choicest riverside land in the entire northeast. Stretch out in your sitting room and contemplate the Hudson through your window wall, or take a stroll away from the picturesque colonial. The 75 acres of woodland and farmland – including alpacas, angora goats and the chickens who laid your breakfast eggs – are yours to admire on a leisurely stroll or a brisk walk. Just remember: Easy does it.
What to know: While the inn’s relaxing atmosphere and convenient location for New Yorkers make it ideal for last-minute drop-ins, some of the amenities require booking weeks in advance. Rooms fill up quickly, and thanks to its statewide acclaim, the spa booking window is six to eight weeks before appointment.
The deal: The one place the inn isn’t easy is on the pocket, but some limited-time promotions help. The Summer Sojourn package, which runs through September 30, scores guests 25 percent off rooms and a 25 percent spa discount as well as one complimentary lunch and daily breakfast and afternoon tea. Lovebirds can take advantage of the inn’s variation on the classic couples’ package: discounted spa treatments and unlimited steam room and sauna use on top of the ever-romantic Prosecco and chocolate-covered strawberries.