Located 50 miles from New York City in the Lower Hudson Valley, the adults-only Glenmere Mansion is an ideal weekend culinary getaway.
First Things First: The Food
The 18-room Relais and Chateaux hotel is home to two restaurants, the elegant Supper Room and the cozy Frog’s End Tavern. One executive chef oversees the menus at both restaurants, delivering dishes that are polished, comforting, and infused with produce from the surrounding Hudson Valley.
“Farmers drop their produce right to the door,” says owner Alan Stenberg. “That’s a very special relationship.” During my winter visit to Glenmere, the chef happily listed off ingredients he was working with at the moment: “quince, mustard greens, root vegetables, squash…”
Local produce is just one highlight of dining at the Supper Room. All the breads are baked on premises, including cheddar chive biscuits and cornbread. The in-house sommelier can happily recommend New York wines to accompany each course.
When I asked the chef what he would order in the Frog’s End Tavern, he quickly replied, “without a doubt, the roasted chicken.” This dish, complete with creamy mashed potatoes and Swiss chard, is the very essence of a dish you want to devour while on a weekend escape in the country.
About the Hotel
Glenmere Mansion opened in 2010, after a four year, multi-million dollar renovation. The country villa was originally built in 1911 for wealthy industrialist Robert Goelet. The property has all the old-world charm of a villa in Tuscany, and in fact, was modeled after one, with a lovely interior cortile (or courtyard) and formal gardens. The hotel also offers a fitness room, tennis court and seasonal outdoor pool; a spa is scheduled to premiere soon.
How to Get There
Glenmere Mansion is located in Chester, New York just 50 miles from New York City. Parking is available to overnight guests and guests dining at the Supper Room. (Driving is really the best way to get there—if you traveled by bus or train, a cab ride from the station would be required to reach the hotel.)
Glenmere Mansion, 634 Pine Hill Road, Chester, New York 10918
While You’re There:
- Warwick, NY: The town of Warwick, just 10 minutes from Glenmere, is known for its Victorian charm, farmers markets, boutiques and antique stores. Seasonal apple, strawberry, and pumpkin picking are also available.
- Heritage Trail: Active travelers might want to embark on a hike along the Heritage Trail, an 11.5-mile trail located on the abandoned Erie Railroad.
- Wineries: Explore local wineries including Brotherhood Winery (the oldest winery in the United States) and Warwick Winery.
- Woodbury Commons: The famous Woodbury Commons outlet stores are 10 minutes away by car.
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Images courtesy of Glenmere Mansion.