In New York's Catskills, a respite for luxe and local travelers

The exterior of Hasbrouck House, a luxury inn in the Catskill region of New York.
Jeri Clausing
Jeri Clausing

What's better than a summer home in the Catskills? A seventeenth-century Dutch stone mansion turned luxe inn with a pool, spa, lake, orchard and one of the best farm-to-market restaurants I have experienced in years.

This luxe inn, the Hasbrouck House, was more than a welcome respite of luxe and solitude, especially after spending in week in a grand historical rental home (think big porches and lots of character but only one modern shower) with a constant flow of family and friends.

As soon as we pulled into the Hasbrouck House, I knew we had made the right decision in adding one final day to our nearly annual trip back east, to an area where my husband spent summers as a child.

Located in Stone Ridge at the foot of the Catskills, the Hasbrouck House is one several old inns that have been renovated or opened in recent years in the Catskills and Hudson Valley. Between the 1980s until just after the most recent recession, the area's allure as a summer escape dwindled, and many inns and camps have fallen into disrepair. But it has again become a hotspot both for New York City residents looking to escape heat the summer heat and for luxury travelers seeking the authentic.

The Hasbrouck House will likely satisfy both types of travelers. A Dutch farm turned inn, the property reopened last summer after being renovated from top to bottom, and it offers the perfect mix of old and new. With 20 rooms across the main house and adjacent carriage and stable houses, each is different. (Disclosure: Hasbrouck House is co-owned by Eitan Baron, the husband of Travel Weekly news editor Johanna Jainchill.)

The carriage house's luxury suite has an elegant yet classically simple farmhouse feel with wide wood plank floors, wood burning stove, and, best of all, a huge soaking tub.

The 50-acre estate is home to a lake and quiet pathways and seating areas.
The 50-acre estate is home to a lake and quiet pathways and seating areas.

We arrived on a Sunday afternoon, after most of the weekend guests had gone. Our room was not quite ready, so we unwound under an umbrella by the pool, soaking up the quiet country vibe before wandering the walking paths on the 50-acre estate to a lake and nearby orchards. We got back just in time to relax in our room, then take a bottle of champagne to one of the seating areas scattered around the property to enjoy what turned out to be a near perfect summer afternoon.

The real treat, however, came at dinner at Butterfield's, a farm-to-table restaurant that offers brunch on weekends and dinners Wednesday through Sunday. We started with the heirloom tomato and roasted beet salad. Granted, it's hard to mess up a summer salad when you are in farm country. But it's still quite possible without the wrong dressing (or too much of the right dressing). Both were seasoned just right, with the tomatoes served with sweet corn and the beets accompanies by quinoa and mustard greens.

For a main course I had the poached halibut, with summer succotash and tomato consomme, and my husband had lamb belly and leg of lamb. We both agreed it was one of the best meals we had in years, and the perfect relaxing end to a very busy vacation.

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