Movin' on Upstate
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Movin' on Upstate

An unsung, romantic getaway in the Hudson Valley

  • 03 April 2012

From luxury inns that book up years in advance to musty B&Bs that smell of cats and elderly loneliness, my, aren't upstate getaways romantic?

Get the hideaway you seek, but skip the nonsense at Glenmere Mansion, an overlooked luxury resort just a short drive north.

Only 90 minutes up I-87, Glenmere is a lakeside Tuscan-style villa nestled on 150 acres of terraced, fountain-filled gardens. Standout opulence includes:

Dining: Glenmere boasts three options, all cheffed by a former Jean Georges Vongerichten apprentice: the luxuriously formal Supper Room, bedecked with white tablecloths and marble fireplace; the casually cozy, patio-equipped Frogs End; and the palatial, private parties-only China Room.

Relaxing: Glenmere provides an array of lavish options, from exotic Hammam rituals (Turkish soap massage, Moroccan purification, etc.) to more traditional pampering — "chardonnay body drench" for her, classic massage for you. Or vice versa. No judgments here, man.

Activities: Hike or bike the 11-mile Heritage trail through quaint hamlets, take a tasting tour at Brotherhood Winery (oldest in the U.S.), or hit the nearby Dia: Beacon art museum, housing works by Warhol and Serra, among others.

Rooms range from $650 deluxe suites to a 1,250 sq.-foot penthouse with 360° rooftop views and a private elevator — that's a bit pricier, but all options are mercifully cat-free.

The Specifics

Glenmere Mansion

634 Pine Hill Road
Chester, NY 10918

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