In recent years, the Hudson Valley has evolved into a fashionable destination for New Yorkers seeking escape from the city’s concrete canyons. Once a region of dilapidated post-industrial towns, it now boasts art galleries (Dia:Beacon), sculpture parks (Storm King Art Center), farmers markets, wineries and craft distilleries, as well as an expanding roster of restaurants and hotels. The latest addition will be Wildflower Farms, a new resort located 90 minutes from Manhattan, set on 140 acres and surrounded by orchards and gardens, as well as its namesake farm. Scheduled to open next year, the property will become part of the rapidly expanding Auberge Resorts Collection. (The group opened no fewer than seven hotels in 2020.)
Wildflower Farms will comprise 65 freestanding cottages and suites featuring fireplaces, decks, private patios and fire pits. A 9,000-square-foot spa will include outdoor hot tubs and an indoor saltwater pool and will be augmented by an open-air gym pavilion. The nearby Mohonk Preserve will provide a center for hiking, biking and rock climbing. Central to the resort’s identity, however, will be its culinary program. As well as enjoying its farm-based cuisine, guests will be able to take cookery classes and participate in activities such as foraging. Those who want to expand the gastronomic aspect of their trip may wish to visit the Culinary Institute of America, located in Hyde Park, a 40-minute drive away.