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The Romance of Buttermilk Falls Inn

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Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa in a Nutshell
The Romance of Buttermilk Falls Inn

The front of the circa-1760s Anning Smith house, which holds 10 guest rooms and the breakfast room at Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa.

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There are 75 pastoral acres to Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa in New York State's Hudson Valley, and guests are welcome to explore them all. Experience the Inn’s eponymous waterfall, the ponds and gardens, farm animals and streams. There’s also Buttermilk Spa and onsite restaurant, Henry’s.

If you prefer to cocoon, it’s only about ten paces from the Inn to the restaurant and slightly more to the spa. The garden and farm animals are a bit further, but you can drive to them if you like.

The Inn’s main house, the Anning Smith House, was built in the early 1760s. It has been expanded and renovated many times over in the past 250 years. Still, there are enough details preserved, such as the short, wide doorways and nine-inch-wide floor planks, that the house’s Colonial origins are evident.

Décor at Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa succeeds by doing all the things interior decorators say never to do. Guest rooms and public areas in the main house, including corridors and the living room, are rich with memorabilia. Someone spent a lot of time at flea markets collecting copies of the Hardy Boys series, 20’s era children’s toys, encyclopedias, maps, and more ephemera. Yet nothing feels cluttered and items and objects that should not go together do.

The style and spirit of Buttermilk extends to the staff, who are charming and helpful. They behave like people who love coming to work.

Note: Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa is not fancy; jeans and boots are acceptable everywhere.

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