Relax & De-Stress in the New Year
I don’t know about you, but my 2018 was full of new adventures & changes, that, while exciting and uplifting, were also very stressful. Even good change can be stressful, as can the entire holiday season. Family dynamics, travel, money concerns, all can have us thinking…Take me away!
Now that we are in a new year….how do YOU de-stress Hudson Valley? In thinking about this question, I realized, there are so many wonderful, world-class Hudson Valley destinations that can help us do just that, right in our backyard so to speak. I encourage you to check out the list below, if you think we missed some that deserve to be on it, please share!
Hudson Valley Spas & Getaways
Built-in 1911 as the country retreat of industrialist Robert Goelet, Glenmere is much more than just a world-class spa. It is truly a destination. Boasting its own helicopter landings availability, “Today, Glenmere is a luxury escape, ready to host the contemporary guest in modern comfort while offering an irresistible opportunity to turn back the pages of time to a more graceful, gracious way of living.”
The Spa at Glenmere is as luxurious as the rest of the mansion with the foundation being their stunning Carrara marble Bath House and Hammam. Time spent here allows one to be surrounded by water therapies from around the world including an Herbal Steam Room, Dry Heat Sauna, Stimulating Swiss Shower, Cool Mist Room, Aqua Massage Vitality Pool, and Warm Marble Bellystone.
Other services are performed in beautifully appointed suites featuring a private restroom, changing and vanity area, steam shower, soaking tub and treatment area. They even have a convenient duet suite with side-by-side soaking tubs and treatment tables, allowing guests to partake in most services with a friend or loved one.
If the spa isn’t enough to keep you fully occupied and relaxed, one feature of Glenmere that is not to be missed is their amazing gardens. Originally designed by Beatrix Farrand, America’s first female landscape architect, they cover the original estate’s 150 acres and are a modern tribute to traditional Italian gardens, full of terraced vistas and fountains.
I don’t know about you, but I am beginning to relax already just thinking about all this magnificent estate has to offer!
Phone: 845.469.1900 Address: 634 Pine Hill Road Chester, New York 10918, Visit Website
Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa
Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa is a 75 acre Hudson River Valley estate offering a remarkable selection of lodgings, a farm-to-table restaurant, an organic kitchen garden and orchard, a world-class spa, gardens, trails and an animal sanctuary. Did anyone one say…relaxation?
Not only can you visit the spa and delight in any number of massages (I counted 12 different kinds!), body therapies, Facials, and nail therapies, but you can also order your spa lunch, and indulge in the solar-powered dry sauna, eucalyptus steam room or geothermally heated endless pool. If you are feeling up to it after your spa visit, head on over to Millstone Farm and check out the animals, gardens, and orchard.
Phone: 845-795-1310 Address: 220 North Road Milton New York 12547, Visit Website
Mohonk Mountain House
A breathtaking resort founded by the Smiley Family in 1869, Mohonk Mountain House sits beside a serene mountain lake in the Hudson Valley, 90 miles north of New York City. Surrounded by 40,000 acres of pristine forest, this National Historic Landmark resort offers farm-to-table cuisine, miles of trails for hiking or winter sports, boating and swimming on the lake in summer, golf, tennis, and horseback riding. There is a reason this resort has a list of awards that goes on, and on. Not just a top resort in NY, this luxury destination is one of the tops in the world with all the amenities you could imagine including their award-winning Spa at Mohonk Mountain House.
The Spa includes 16 treatment rooms, relaxation verandas, a solarium, outdoor heated mineral pool, and both men’s and women’s changing rooms, each complete with a eucalyptus steam room and dry rock sauna. There is also a 60-foot indoor pool featuring underwater music, and a full set of mindfulness offerings meant to enhance relaxation, insight, and awareness. All things to make us laugh, relax, and forget the stress of the past year and holiday season.
Phone:866-535-8692, Address: 1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz, NY 12561, Visit Website
Windham Mountain Resort
At just over 2 hours from the New York metro area, Windham Mountain Resort, now in its 58th year of business, calls itself the “family friendly resort of the Catskills”. Operating year-round, there is no shortage of things to do to lower one’s blood pressure after the holiday season and promote relaxation at this wonderful resort. Committed to their winter sports, one can have a blast skiing over the resort’s 285 skiable acres, but that is only the beginning. They also have an inn, golf course, an adventure park, lift-served mountain bike park, three restaurants…and of course, the alpine spa including their new yoga space overlooking the sloops. Great for beginners, or experienced skiers, single adults or families with kids, Windham Mountain Resort has something for everyone! Phone: 1-800-754-9463 Address: 19 Resort Drive, Windham, New York 12496, Visit Website
The Copperhood Retreat & Spa
Specifically focused on “transformative vacations of wellness and rejuvenation”, this beautiful retreat is all about catering to the visitor. Offering a wide variety of results-driven programs for weight-loss, detox juice fasting, raw food diets, fitness renewal, and stress relief, as well as the classic spa getaway, there is something for everyone here. Nestled on 40 acres in the Catskills, this lovely resort has all the amenities one could ever ask for to relax and destress. Their spa includes 7 treatment rooms, an outdoor cabana for riverside massages, a water therapy suite with Vichy shower, a hydrotherapy tub, Scotch hose and steam chamber for Swedana, a gym, pool, Finnish sauna, jacuzzi & steam room, and a yoga studio. With groomed walking trails, tennis courts, and outdoor winter activities, you are sure to leave your stay at Copperhood Retreat & Spa happy and relaxed.
Phone: 845-688-2460 Address: 7039 State Route 28 Shandaken, NY 12480, Visit Website
Emerson Resort & Spa
Boasting the World’s largest kaleidoscope, this top Hudson Valley destination is more than just dancing shapes and pretty colors. As a pet owner, I love the fact that they are dog-friendly with their own dog park, available “Pupgrade” featuring a doggy welcome basket, and even have a special doggy menu at the onsite Woodnotes Grille restaurant. WHAT!? That is awesome! But wait, there’s more!
The full-service Spa at Emerson Resort includes all your standard luxury spa offerings as well as a few unique packages that really help it stand out from the pack. The Tarot card and Chakra balancing package is the first of those. According to Emerson, your 90-minute session finds the source of your ailment through a Tarot Card reading and then unlocks your body’s Chakras to help create synergy between the mind, body, and spirit. The second truly unique offering from Emerson is their CBD (cannabidiol) Pain Relief package meant to soothe and target aching muscles and joints with this FDA-registered topical medication.
Now, if for some reason, you haven’t fulfilled your every desire at the spa, restaurants or numerous indoor and outdoor walks and activities, don’t fret. There is still that time-honored classic American pass time available here that is sure to satisfy your last itch…shopping! With 6 different shops available, you are sure to find a wonderful memento to take home from your stay. Now, what could be better than that, Hudson Valley?
Phone: 845-688-2828, Address: 5340 Route 28, Mt Tremper, New York 12457, Visit Website