Old Stone Farm in Staatsburg, NY, for a couple days of country living.
As Eugene and I drove up the gravel entry path, we were absolutely stunned by the seemingly endless rolling hills and woods that surrounded us.
At the top of it all, sat the inn--a cluster of restored antique barns and stone farm houses that became our home for the weekend.
The two helped us with our luggage, valeted our car, and led us to our bedroom, located on the second floor of a gorgeous renovated barn.
After a quick rest, we walked down to the pavilion to join the inn's owner and the other weekend guests for wine and hors d'oeuvres of latkes topped with an herb cream and smoked salmon. (Eugene ate at least six of these.)
We introduced ourselves--the group that weekend included two psychotherapists, a producer, an energy worker, and a journalist--and then chatted until it was time to ring the dinner bell.
(Fun fact about me: few things stress me out more than mediocre food--something which was NOT an issue here.)
That night, we started with a chopped salad of local vegetables (updated beyond the classic with a touch of bitter radicchio), followed by an entree of seared cilantro-marinated halibut served seared over a local sweet corn hash and red pepper cream.
For dessert, we had a dark almost-flourless chocolate raspberry cake with homemade local raspberry sorbet. It was so good that I basically tuned out of the conversation, entering into a little chocolate-induced reverie.
[Note: I took photos of this meal, and then proceeded to accidentally delete them all, so my prose will have to suffice.]
After horseback riding, we were ready for lunch, which we ate at a little table on the sunny porch overlooking the property.
It was so good and filling that I honestly thought that was the whole meal, and would have been perfectly happy if it had been.
For dessert, we had homemade ginger ice cream in a local blueberry soup.
(And Eugene had to stop himself from taking the dessert of the lady sitting behind him who didn't eat dairy or sugar; restraint we both later ended up regretting.)
(Had we not just eaten, I probably would have loved to check out one of the local restaurants.)
(Although really, we were just killing time until dinner.)
They were about our age, which Eugene and I were SUPER excited about as the other guests, while really lovely, were all a few decades older. It was nice to have some new friends our own age to play with.
After another amazing meal (arugula salad with marcona almonds, braised chicken over polenta, and homemade strawberry sorbet over macerated berries), we took a bottle of wine and some blankets outside, and settled onto a cluster of Adirondack chairs to watch the sun set and look out for shooting stars, satellites, and potential space ships.
(Please note the "also.")
Actually, I just had a full portion of each (for research and photography purposes).
(I'm not into things like excessive nature.)
At noon, we headed back up to our sunny table and sat down to wait for lunch, which was probably one of my favorite meals.
Toasted multi-grain bread, homemade thousand island dressing, melty swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and a slaw of shredded carrots and parsnips.
It was so weird and delicious; we devoured it in seconds.
And when they offered us a couple more, we quickly accepted.
After exchanging emails with some of the other guests, we reluctantly checked out and headed back home feeling refreshed and ready for the week ahead.
If you're looking for a luxurious weekend trip near New York City, this is definitely the place to go. We were so impressed by the attention to detail evident in every corner of that home, and look forward to returning soon!
Old Stone Farm is a wonderful place to visit if you're looking for an escape from city life. In addition to standard lodgings (rates start at $295), the inn also offers a number of personal development workshops and retreats, daily yoga classes, riding, guided hikes/nature walks, and spa and wellness treatments. Old Stone Farm is also available for weddings and other gatherings. All meals are included in the price of your stay.
For more information visit Old Stone Farm's website, or call 845-876-3977.
Old Stone Farm
2434 State Route 9G
Stattsburg, NY 12580
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Note: Our stay at Old Stone Farm was graciously provided to us at no charge as part of a press preview. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post, and all opinions are (of course!) my own.