In 1757, the wealthy Hasbrouck family built a country estate as a getaway from the busy village of New Paltz. The stone mansion was one of many built by the Hasbroucks, whose handiwork can still be seen all over the region today, especially in New Paltz’s historic Huguenot Street. The stonework is reminiscent of the French countryside, and it’s certainly at home here—one afternoon in the landscape and you’ll understand why the family chose to put down roots in Stone Ridge.
Nearly three hundred years later, the charm that attracted the Hasbroucks still remains. Stone Ridge’s winding roads are riddled with quaint hamlets, bucolic farmland, and stunning historic structures. The newly restored Hasbrouck House is one of those magnificent places.
A seventeen-room, four-season getaway, the Hasbrouck House offers a luxurious respite where nature meets history. The boutique hotel sits on 55 acres with incredible historic features: an original smokehouse, brick walls and fireplaces, bannisters and stairs, front patio, and of course, the beautiful stone facade. In spring and summer, relax by the 55-foot landmark historic pool or borrow a bicycle to explore the property. In autumn, pick apples at the neighboring orchard and explore the short trails; cozy up at the lakeside fire put at the orchard. In winter, stay cozy next to the fireplace in the club room with a cocktail in hand or go ice skating on the pond. Roast marshmallows over the nightly bonfires, which go year-round. If you get the itch to explore, the nearby Catskill Mountains and Minnewaska State Park are just minutes away.
Co-owners Akiva Reich and Eitan Baron bought the inn, formerly known as the Inn at Stone Ridge, in early 2015. For nearly a year, the inn was painstakingly restored to honor the original structures, and exude the same luxury it did when the mansion was built. But it’s also been rethought: modern details such as the custom lighting by Materia Designs, radiant heated bathroom floors, Nespresso machines, iHome docking stations and flat screen TV’s dress up the rooms. Mini-bars are locally stocked, the room service is attentive, and high-quality bedding complete the luxury experience.
Downstairs, the common spaces exude the same luxury that the 17 suites do. The lobby is manned by hospitality king GM James Anthony, previously of The Graham & Co. and the Ace Hotel; he’s also the curator of the Phoenicia Flea. Upon arrival, guests are greeted with the scent of Carlen Parfums, sold at the front desk. (For what it’s worth, Aztec Noir and Coco Flor are our faves!) Beyond that, the dining room at Butterfield, the inn’s farm-to-table restaurant, is absolutely magnificent. Sleek, black leather booths are complimented by wood accents and brass decor. Several booths are tucked into corners, creating an intimate feel; a private chef’s table located within the kitchen creates a coveted dining experience. Make a reservation for some fine fireside dining, or head to the Club Room outside the bar for a fireside cocktail. Layers of rich texture under beautiful light fixtures turn this into a cozy place to relax and read a book during the day.
What to Do Around Stone Ridge: Hike to An Apple Orchard, or Up a Mountain; Tour The Area’s Antique Shops
You can easily spend a few hours at Stone Ridge Orchard, which backs up to the Hasbrouck House property. Borrow one of the hotel’s bikes or head over on foot, following the wooded trail from the back of Hasbrouck House’s property and into the orchard. Guests are welcome to peruse the orchard, and can even light up the private firepit next to the pond. In autumn, apple picking is a must, or just pick up some produce at their farm stand. Don’t miss the cider donuts!
Nearby, Mohonk Preserve, Minnewaska State Park, and the Catskills all offer fantastic sight-seeing. During the summer, check out Mohonk Preserve’s Split Rock swimming hole, accessible from the Coxing Trailhead. On weekends, be prepared to arrive early to get one of the few parking spots. Admission to Monhonk’s parking lots are $12; check out their list of suggested hikes here. Another spot to check out is Awosting Falls, in neighboring Minnewaska State Park. The 60 foot waterfall drops into a clear, wide pool before turning into a rolling stream. The hike down to the falls is an easy 40-minute round trip from the parking lot, with much of it being a flat carriage road. From there, you can walk or drive up the steep hill that leads to Lake Awosting, an incredibly scenic lake atop the mountain. Last, for a leisurely walk with one of the most scenic views in the Catskills, check out the Ashokan Reservoir, with 2 miles of paved road crossing the reservoir. The views here are spectacular, especially if you go to catch the sunset.
Those wishing for an actual hike should check out Sam’s Point Preserve, about 40 minutes from Stone Ridge. The hike is located in the highest section of the Shawangunk Mountains and takes about 4-5 hours to complete, but time flies at our favorite hike in this region. Landmarks on the hike include a waterfall, ice caves, cliffs, pygmy pine fields, a birch forest, blueberry fields, and numerous vistas.
The nearby towns of High Falls, Rosendale, and Accord are all worth checking out too. Begin your tour at vintage and antique stop Sweet Pea Stone Ridge, stocked with local handmade goods, furniture, antiques and vintage. A five minute drive east on 213 will take you to High Falls, where you should check out Ron Sharkey’s Black Barn. Filled with antiques, the black barn never disappoints and also plays host for flea markets on select weekends. Just down the road, Nectar carries gifts for the home, offering art, lighting, textiles, antiques and more. Stop in for lunch at the very cute Kitchenette for a home-cooked meal and a milkshake. A little further is Rosendale, where you should check out Rosendale Theater, an indie non-profit movie house. Stop in for lunch or dinner at Market Market Café, our favorite restaurant in the area. Next, stop into Accord to browse another gem of an antique shop called Downtown Antiques. After shopping, head to Westwind Orchard for wood-fired pizza (check their schedule), and Arrowwood Farms Brewery, just across the street. Both establishments are using local ingredients to create memorable, one-of-a-kind food and drinks. If you’re visiting during November or December, head to Bell’s Christmas Trees for an amazing experience where visitors can cut down their own Christmas trees, then warm up next to their giant wood stove.
If you wish to explore the area even further, check out Kingston, New York State’s first capital. The city is full of beautiful and historic charm, especially in the Rondout Area, which boasts some of the best shopping and dining in the region. New Paltz is also closeby; ask the front desk at Hasbrouck House to make some recommendations, or consult their own area guide and map.
Where To Eat & Drink in Stone Ridge: Fireside at Butterfield, Breakfast at a Farm, or a Farm-to-Table Café & Bar
Butterfield is housed in the main building of Hasbrouck House, and is not to be missed. The restaurant’s name comes from the nickname given to the land by its farmers, with its rich and fertile fields. Chef Shawn “Radar” Burnette takes the namesake seriously. Whenever possible, the menu is hyper-local (like, a 20-mile radius hyper-local) and changes with the seasons. Hailing from NYC’s The Breslin and Charleston’s Husk, Burnette made it his personal project to restore the centuries-old smokehouse on the property. When he’s not in the kitchen, he can usually be found in said smokehouse, experimenting smoking meats and vegetables.
Breakfast is not included in the price of rooms, but is available at Butterfield beginning at 8 a.m. Try the egg sandwich! For a change of scenery, head down the road to Lekker or The Roost. A little bit further is Saunderskill Farm, which is not only a great breakfast and lunch spot, but also an awesome grocery and market. On that note, visit the farmstand at Stone Ridge’s own Davenport Farms to stock up on local food, too!
For dinner, our favorite restaurant in the region is Market Market Café & Bar, about ten minutes down the road in Rosendale. The farm-to-table restaurant, bar and micro-venue takes an artistic approach to both their food and programming, walking the line between fancy and casual, vegetarian and omnivorous. If you’re a vegetarian, the bahn mi or vegetarian rueben are a must! In town, if you’re in the mood for Asian fare, you’re in luck! Asia and Momiji are practically across the street from each other; go to Asia for pan-Asian, and Momiji for sushi. Both are solid options, but best of all, they don’t require much driving.