Welcome to classic weekending: It’s Troutbeck, the activated country house where you’re going to eat, sleep and hobnob in casual elegance.
A storied and sprawling stone estate that dates to the 1800s, Troutbeck is fresh from a makeover by the same designers that reinvigorate Four Seasons hotels and multimillionaires’ homes. (Think details like Frette sheets, breakfast in bed on Scully & Scully trays, and bathrooms with radiant heat floors.) The dining room presents seasonally inspired menus with locally farmed ingredients interpreted by a five-time Michelin-starred chef, and there’s a glowing copper-top bar and a fireplace-lit study where you can chat with your fellows just like Thoreau and Twain did when they were guests here.
Book now and get ready for all the fun nearby, from downhill skiing at Catamount Mountain Resort to winery and distillery tours at the Millbrook Vineyard and Hillrock Distilleries. Then again, you might be tempted to go no further than your steaming six-foot tub while looking out at the blissfully quiet snowy acres. Sports or soaking or both, it’s waiting for you just a short drive from the city or quick trip on Metro-North.