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7 Places to Fall in Love with New York State This Autumn

Friday Aug 16, 2019
7 Places to Fall in Love with New York State This Autumn
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As cooler weather emerges and a vivid tapestry of colors blankets the landscape, New York State's newest hotels and lodgings are ready to welcome visitors looking to immerse themselves in local culture, cuisine and attractions. These exciting new hotels are the perfect way to anchor a day-long or weekend getaway, and this autumn will showcase an array of impressive additions to a rapidly expanding hotel landscape.

"Nature puts on a spectacular show in the fall, making it a magical time for visitors to explore New York State," says I LOVE NY Executive Director of Tourism Ross D. Levi.

"Accommodations can help add a hyperlocal flavor to any itinerary and new properties are attracting travelers from near and far. Francophiles will immerse themselves in a Parisian-inspired oasis; animal-lovers will wake to the sound of goats; serenity seekers will find peace in remote surroundings and nostalgia will be easy to find in an old drive-in theater turned airstream park," Levi continues. "No matter the chosen path, it will be accompanied by a day of brilliant fall foliage, amazing food and cultural experiences to match."

A Cultural Night In
The Downtowner (Capital-Saratoga) is a fresh take on the vintage motor lodge of the 1960s, bringing it back to life as a playful yet sophisticated hotel in hip Saratoga Springs. The rooms embrace a minimalist luxury aesthetic while offering all the essentials for a comfortable overnight stay. Each of the 42 guest rooms highlights a different artist, making this the ideal stay for culture-seekers.

While there: Dine on wood-fired pizzas topped with farm fresh ingredients at the new Saratoga Springs' Flatbread Social after exploring Saratoga Spa State Park or an afternoon at the Revolutionary War battlefields at Saratoga National Historical Park.


Hotel Caravana (Hudson Valley) captures the nostalgia of the 1960s in the region's first boutique airstream concept. Eager to bring freedom and good vibes to Amenia, Hotel Caravana has turned something old into something new again for overnight guests. Located on the same property as of the Four Brothers Drive-In Theater, the retro airstreams house up to four people with two twin beds and one queen-sized bed as well as a teepee for additional guests. Room service is available from the recently renovated Grand Shack, adjacent to the theater.

While there: Think of Hotel Caravana as a base camp for exploration. Get outdoors with bikes, lawn games, firepit, hammocks, drive-in movie screenings, a nearby mini golf course and The Harlem Valley Rail Trail.

Pet Friendly
The Gray Barn at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary (Catskills) is a haven for both visitors and the more than 380 rescued farm animals that call it home. Located in High Falls, the Gray Barn is sleek and clean, offering modern accommodations in five bedrooms, each with its own en suite bathroom and private terrace. Enjoy a fresh, seasonal vegan breakfast menu prepared with local ingredients and served in a communal space with a lounge area, dining room, kitchen and an outdoor deck ideal for autumnal views of the Shawangunk Ridge and the Sanctuary's pasture.

While there: Mingle with the animal residents of the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary on a 'VIP' private tour — available only for guests and in direct support of the Sanctuary's nonprofit rescue, education and advocacy work. Stays at this property are ideal for ecotourism because they require a Sanctuary membership, starting at $40 annually, which exists to rescue farm animals and advocate for exploited animal groups.


History Revived
Zabriskie House (Finger Lakes), originally built in 1904 and reopening in October, is the fifth Inns of Aurora property. This historic treasure, brought back to life in the Village of Aurora, will have 11 guestrooms, plus a spacious double parlor complete with fireplaces, a 14-person wood-paneled dining room, a columned front porch and a stunning three-story staircase. Original art from founder Pleasant T. Rowland's personal collection will complement the restored architectural details, designer fabrics and luxurious finishes. Luxury Italian linens and private marble-floored bathrooms round out a stunning stay.

While there: Take advantage of a broad range of activities, including lake kayaking and canoeing, casual bike-rides down fall country roads and golfing at the Wells College Golf Course.

Luxe Escapes
Mirbeau Inn & Spa Rhinebeck (Hudson Valley) is set to give guests a taste of an old-world chic Parisian Hotel, bringing even more charm to the quaint village of Rhinebeck this fall. Mirbeau's expansion into the Hudson Valley also brings with it a hospitality philosophy of balancing life with wellness and indulgence, as reflected in the on-site spa services, classes and dining. Tucked into nearly three acres, room options include one king or two queen-sized beds, or luxurious suites, each with a fireplace and soaking tub. Renowned master chef Charlie Palmer will open a signature restaurant at the resort, Willow by Charlie Palmer, showcasing regional ingredients through his Progressive American Cuisine.

While there: Take flight above the changing leaves in an open-air biplane at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodome, or visit the Dutchess County Fairgrounds for a variety of fall-focused events like the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival.


The Abbey Inn & Spa (Hudson Valley) is a former 1903 convent and chapel being transformed into a luxury hotel that will feature seasonal dining options, a health spa, a fully restored chapel, private pool and natural pond surrounded by 60 acres of manicured walking trails and a Zen Garden. Opening in late fall and just 25 minutes north of New York City in Peekskill, The Abbey will sit on a scenic bluff overlooking the Hudson River and offer a spectacular view of the Manhattan skyline. Its 42 guest rooms & suites are situated in the classic stone mansion and will infuse modern design while paying homage to its history.

While there: Explore the quaint town of Peekskill, grabbing a coffee at Kurzhals Coffee followed by treasure hunting inside The Coop Arts & Antiques, perusing comics at The Rift Collectibles and artisan shopping with QuirkShop.

New and Notable
The Menhaden (Long Island), located in the heart of Greenport Village, is a new boutique hotel with 16 well-appointed, modern rooms featuring large windows, high-end finishes and spa-like bathrooms. Its exclusive roof deck is the highest point in the village, and offers a firepit, lounge seating and expansive views of Greenport Harbor, Shelter Island, the North Ferry and the picturesque Long Island sunsets.

While there: A bevy of bespoke experiences can be booked through the hotel including yoga on the roof, vintage wine tours, day boating, farm tours, oystering and a trip to Lavender by the Bay.

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