Romancing the Hudson Valley

Roses on a Music SheetVisiting the Valley and looking to spice up your life with a little romance during the month of February? The Hudson Valley abounds with everything from romantic secluded spots on the Historic properties to sneak away to, to fine dining, to cozy bookshops and art galleries to bring your sweetie to poke around in. If you are looking for a few events to plan a bit in advance while visiting, check some of these romance driven specialty events to put a little zip back into your love life.

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 8:00 P.M.
Love songs at the CIA
The Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra (NDSO) celebrates Valentine’s Day early with a collection of love songs followed by a cabaret. At the Marriott Pavillion at the Culinary Institute of America. The performance will begin with American love songs by George Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart and Cole Porter. Broadway performers Erin Stewart and David DeWitt will also accompany the orchestra to perform their favorite songs from the Great White Way, the Great American Songbook and vintage Hollywood gems. In addition, the CIA will open the Caterina de’ Medici restaurant for a special $39 pre-performance dinner. Tickets for the concert cost $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $5 for students. NDSO also offers a reserved seating package that includes your choice of show seating and guaranteed seating at the Caterina de’ Medici restaurant for $45 per person (does not include $39 for dinner). 

February 9, 2019
Valentine’s Wine, Cheese, & Chocolate Tasting Party
Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
The Poughkeepsie art center gives the people what they want and dishes out a decadent spread of wine, cheese, and chocolate in its picturesque Grand Parlor. Love songs in the background set the mood at the indulgent event.

February 9th/10th, 2019 12:00-6:00 P.M. and February 16th/17th, 2019 12:00-6:00 P.M.
Local Cheeses, Chocolates and Wine Pairings for Valentines Day Weekend
Benmarl Winery, Marlboro, NY
One ticket includes a seated wine tasting (a total of five wines), paired with New York State local Cheeses and Chocolates. This is a great way to start off a romantic weekend with your love OR your awesome friends. Please arrive before your hour tasting window starts for check in.
$25 per PERSON

Feb. 9, 10, 16, 17, 2019
Sweet & Sinful Revenge Wine & Cupcake Pairing
Celebrate Valentine’s Day and come discover the romance of pairing wine with some of life’s greatest pleasures. Indulge yourself with cupcakes and wine in sinful combinations. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased online. Robibero Family Vineyards, 714 Albany Post Road, New Paltz, NY 845-255-9563

February 14, 2019
An Evening in Paris
Anthony’s Pier 9, New Windsor
Escape to France, sans the plane ticket, at Anthony Pier 9’s Parisian-themed fest. Beginning at 6 p.m., couples can dance to love songs and popular hits from DJ Octavius while enjoying drinks from the top-shelf open bar. Upon arrival, all visitors receive a box of one dozen long-stemmed red roses along with passed French Kiss martinis and champagne. To eat, Anthony’s goes above and beyond with New York strip steak, vegetable-stuffed crepes, and French-cut chicken with brie and raspberries.

February 14, 2019
Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Dinner
Terrapin, Rhinebeck, NY
In honor of the most romantic day of the year, Terrapin invites couples to celebrate with a three-course prix fixe dinner menu that includes a choice of tapas, an entrée, and dessert. Fall in love with specials like Nantucket Bay scallop ceviche and butter-poached lobster tails with ginger beurre blanc. Looking for something a bit more casual? Just drop into the Red Bistro, located next to the Dining Room, instead.

February 14, 2019
Simi Stone at Colony, Colony Woodstock, Woodstock, NY
Bring your single friends, your coupled friends, your work friends, your neighbors, your…well, you get the picture, to Colony Woodstock’s Valentine’s Day show. Talented singer-songwriter Simi Stone takes the stage for a multifaceted performance filed with songs, dance, and even a little improv. $20-25

Roses with fresh strawberries and red wine in glassesMany of our member B&Bs have special romance packages, and many will be having previously unadvertised specials on their Facebook pages, so please like and follow their pages to stay on top of specials or offers. Some of our inns also host weddings, a little nugget to keep in mind when your significant other pops the question on Valentine’s day. A B&B is one of the most romantic places to have a getaway with your special someone. All are unique and all have their own special touches to make your romantic getaway be the vacation of your dreams. We have included all of our member B&Bs on this list, and highlighted a little bit of what makes them unique, so if you are looking for a particular type of special lodging, we’ve done the best to give you a small taste of what they offer. We encourage you to book directly with the Bed and Breakfast for best rates and to take advantage of any unadvertised specials the B&B may be running.

The Baker House Bed And Breakfast, Rhinebeck, NY
Built around 1870, The Baker House is a fine example of the Victorian Italianate architectural style with four romantic en suite guest rooms. For those wanted to snuggle in and stay local in this cold weather, they offer a happy hour is daily between the hours of 4 and 5 pm with complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with light snacks.

Barclay Heights Bed And Breakfast At Smythe House, Saugerties, NY
Hosts Chefs David Smythe (Culinary Institute of America professor) & Justine Smythe (Cornell Hotel School & CIA graduate) are both hospitality professionals and will serve you one of the finest breakfasts in the Valley.The B&B is a renovated three story 1890 Classic American Shingle Style Colonial with 6 rooms, and a Jacuzzi for snuggling up with your significant other while enjoying a soak.

Buck’s Homestead B&B, Montgomery, NY
This Bed & Breakfast is a country farmhouse that was originally a family dairy farm circa 1938 and built around 1830. The house is listed on the local register of Historic places and features 3 large, sunny guest rooms, a screened-in wraparound porch, and a rocking chairs on the front porch for relaxing for relaxing and sipping a cup of tea with your loved one.

Bykenhulle House Bed And Breakfast, Hopewell Junction, NY
The inn offers 6 Rooms and Suites with Fireplaces and the suites with Jacuzzis. It also has a Baby grand piano so you can serenade your loved one with romantic poetry set to soft music. The B&B also does weddings! Valentine’s Day is one of the biggest engagement days of the year! Their event space can seat up to 80 guests in the ballroom or the great lawn can be tented for up to 125 guests. In addition, we can host a romantic outdoor ceremony with your choice of the blue stone patio or the charming gazebo area.

The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast, Salisbury Mills, NY
Snuggle up to a fire in one of the ten guest rooms that have in-room fireplaces. The inn has 14 guest rooms stocked with all sorts of games ranging from cards, to checkers and chess, backgammon, Risk, Scrabble and many more in which to challenge your loved one to a romantic contest of winners vs losers. The inn also offers Individual or Couples Messages. Their licensed Massage Therapists will massage your cares away in our wonderful Spa Area.

Changing Times Boutique Country B&B, Hamlet of West Taghkanic, NY
This B&B offers 4 rooms, check out the Aramis Suite with a king sleigh bed and electric fireplace with the home’s original large bath with deep soaking tub. Or on your romantic getaway with your furkid and can’t bear to leave them behind? The B&B also offers the Garden Suite, a pet friendly suite with your own patio with access to open green space.

The Country Suites Bed & Breakfast, Spencertown, NY
Artist Steve Bakunas and his wife actress Linda Lavin invite you to enjoy a relaxing country getaway at their newly constructed bed and breakfast, designed and built by Steve, and decorated by Linda. Each suite has a unique theme: Paris, Italy, Manhattan, Hollywood, and Serenity. There are five suites in all. Four are 700 square feet and the fifth, the bridal suite, is 1,000 square feet. A separate area, designated as The Situation Room, is outfitted with an easel, acrylic paints and canvas, keyboard with headphones, games, puzzles, and assorted learning material. Everything needed for a romantic getaway for the artists in all us.

The 1850 House Inn & Tavern
The B&B offers 11 stylish guest rooms, which include a spacious two-bedroom suite, all with Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as private bathrooms. An onsite seasonal tavern and dining are available to the public and our in house guests. The Inn also hosts weddings include use of their waterfront deck.

The Grand Dutchess, Red Hook, NY
Escape to another Century and spend the night in Victorian Elegance at this 5 room inn. Our 1874 Victorian home is located on one acre in the Village of Red Hook. Perfect for a leisurely escape, romantic getaway, small meeting, corporate retreat, family wedding or more.

Hilltop House Bed & Breakfast, Amenia, NY
This romantic country inn (circa 1909) is an 5 room antique-filled getaway, a comfortable “home-away-from-home.” The Rose bedroom and Sunshine Room both offer crystal chandelier over the beds to set the mood for a romantic weekend away.

Inn At Green River, Hillsdale, NY
Many of the seven romantic guest rooms include fireplaces, deep-soaking tubs, two-person showers or whirlpool tubs.
For a little bit of history, check out the the Thorsden Room which has a gas fireplace and five toile-draped windows, with views of the hillside garden and the former church next door. It is named after the madam, “Ma” Thorsden, who ran the Inn as a bordello in the 1930s and ’40s, despite its location next to the church and history as a one-time parsonage!

Inn At Silver Maple Farm, East Chatham, NY
This spacious post and beam Inn offers eleven well-appointed guest rooms, each with its own private bathroom. Each of the suites features a seasonal gas fireplace and large soaking tub. If this doesn’t sound romantic, we are not sure what does! Ascend a private staircase lined with silver maple tree murals to reach the luxurious Loft Suite with a wood paneled cathedral ceiling, fireplace, and large sofa which invites you to enjoy wrap-around views of both the hillside and front gardens.

The Inn At Twaalfskill, Highland, NY
The Inn was constructed in 1902. Attentively decorated in rich, warm style, interiors evoke European and French County influence. The building has been meticulously maintained and admired for its elegant exterior, meticulous grounds and gracious public spaces. Offering 3 spacious romantic bedrooms, Room #1 has a large Jacuzzi tub surrounded by windows giving you a wonderful sundrenched and luxurious soak.

Inn The Woods Bed And Breakfast, Hyde Park, NY
An intimate two guest room Bed & Breakfast with bright and spacious rooms offers a elegantly set and candle lit table for breakfast and an outdoor hottub, this B&B in a peaceful wooded setting is the perfect romantic getaway.

Journey Inn Bed & Breakfast, Hyde Park, NY
This 7 room B&B offers a taste of history in some rooms and a taste of Europe and the Orient in others. Every room has its own custom theme reflecting arts and culture from around the world.

Old Drovers Inn, Dover Plains, NY
This inn offers a formal dining room and six guest rooms, each with its own private bath. They also host wedding and boutique-style events up to 50 people. Valentine’s Day is only a few weeks away, join them this Thursday, February 14th, serving their regular menu with a few specials 5 pm -9 pm. Or any Thursday, Friday or Saturday evening at the Tap Room

Olde Rhinebeck Inn, Rhinebeck, NY
This 4 room B&B offers Inn Room Massage, Give yourself or partner the gift of touch. Relax in your suite, soothing music and essential oils enhance the experience. Willow, their Inn house masseuse, is a NY State Licensed Massage Therapist as well as a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She is a Rhinebeck local and has been massaging for over 6 years. Looking to make sure your romantic getaway is eco-friendly? This B&B has achieved TripAdvisor Green Leaders Platinum level and Green Concierge Certification.

Primrose Hill Bed And Breakfast, Rhinebeck, NY
This 2 room B&B offers a beautiful 4 poster canopy bed in their Reflections room and an English sleigh bed in their Traveler’s Rest
room both letting you relax and enjoy a romantic getaway from it all. Be sure to contact their daughter’s Spa in Rhinebeck Village for information on treating yourself and your travel partner to a relaxing Massage or Facial at I Kneaded This.

Rushmore Estate Bed And Breakfast, Highland Mills, NY
With four private rooms that are named after the four presidents on Mount Rushmore, all with fireplaces. The Washington Room offers a gorgeous canopy bed, the Lincoln Room an incredible lake view and the Roosevelt Room has an amazing marble bathroom.

Saint Hubert’s Lodge, Marlboro, NY
This 8 room lodge and B&B rests of 165 acres of land and offers three course breakfasts, with luxury rooms offering whirlpool or clawfoot tubs. It also hosts lakeside weddings including the use of Saint Hubert’s poolside patio for a nightcap in front of the outdoor fireplace before retiring to your private luxury suites.

Stonegate Bed & Breakfast, Highland, NY
This Victorian beauty offers four guest rooms with private baths,tastefully decorated and restored; one room with fireplace. Centrally located to many attractions and historic sites, this lovely inn is great getaway for a romantic interlude.

Thyme In The Country, Hudson, NY
For those who wish to treasure the environment while still spending a romantic weekend a way, this B&B offers three Guest Rooms
Home-Grown Organic Breakfasts, Natural Fiber Bedding & Rugs, the use of Eco-Friendly Cleansers and in the warmer months
Organic Vegetable, Herb & Flower Gardens.

WhistleWood Farm Bed And Breakfast, Rhinebeck, NY
This rustic but elegant 7 room B&B offers luxury with the warmth and coziness only a inn like this can offer. Some rooms have stone fireplaces in front of which to snuggle up with your loved one and enjoy a glass of wine. The inn also hosts weddings and events up to 150 people.

The Woodstock Inn on the Millstream, Woodstock, NY
With 18 private rooms and studios, as well as two stand-alone cottages, A selection of rooms also have fireplaces, kitchenettes and spa-tubs. They have the perfect quote on their website, “Think bed and breakfast friendliness meets boutique hotel amenities.” Just a short stroll to the village of Woodstock, this is a perfect romantic getaway for those looking for someplace very close to things to do and see.

Champagne Glasses with candles and red roses

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