Hudson Valley Hospitality

Mugs and book in front of a fireplaceThe Hudson Valley reflects its Dutch and Nordic roots because it epitomizes the Danish concept of Hygge (Pronounced “hoo-ga”) to a perfect T.

The innkeepers of the Hudson Valley Lodging Association reflect and enhance that concept and offer their guests such warm hospitality and makes it as a shining example of why the Hudson Valley and its innkeepers shine.

Hygge is not defined as a single word but as a concept of well being, contentment and enjoying the simpler things in life. What better example of hygge then curling up in front of a cozy fire with your significant other at one of our welcoming inns or enjoying sweet and savory comfort foods for breakfast prepared with love by hospitality professionals?

Hygge stems from hyggja which means to think in Old Norse.[2] Hygge is built from the Old Norse word hugr which later became the hug which means the soul, mind, consciousness.[3] But it is also speculated that hygge might originate from the word hug. Hug comes from the 1560s word hugge, which means “to embrace”. The word hugge is of unknown origin but is highly associated with an Old Norse term, hygga, which means “to comfort”, which comes from the word hugr, meaning “mood”. In turn, the word comes from the Germanic word hugyan, which relates to the Old English hycgan, meaning “to think, consider”.[4] from Wikipedia 

Scandinavian Christmas DecorationsThe Dutch also have a similar word Gezelligheid, which can be translated as coziness or fun. It is usually used to describe an occasion where everyone is relaxed and being social with others or catching up with an old friend. When staying at one of our innkeeper’s homes as a guest you can socialize with other guests in a warm and cozy setting, a perfect translation of Gezelligheid!

Finnish has a similar word, hyppytyynytyydytys (which is quite a mouthful), ‘bouncing pillow satisfaction’ or the pleasure and satisfaction derived from sitting or bouncing on a bouncy cushion. One could roughly translate this to say that our B&B’s offer hyppytyynytyydytys as well, the wonderful luxury of a comfortable bed with plumped pillows and soft duvets.

Norway, not to be left out, has Kos (pronounced “coosh”) and is the Norwegian alternative to the Danish hygge. Kos has no direct translation, it can mean a variety of things, from enjoying a hot cup of delicious coffee, cross country skiing in a beautiful winter wonderland, spending quality time with others or spoiling yourself with a gift. What better gift for you and your family is some time spent together at a romantic or family-inclusive B&B?

Cup of Cocoa with macaroons on a wood boardGive yourself or a family member the gift of hygge, what can be a better way start to a new year then a meal with friends and friends just met, visiting a Hudson Valley winters farmers market, cuddling by a roaring fire, savoring the smell and flavor of a local breakfast and enjoying the warmth, hospitality and hygge our innkeepers have to offer?

The Hudson Valley has been noted prior for Hygge:
Hygge Hudson Valley: The Danish Secret to Surviving Upstate Winters
How to find “hygge” in the Hudson Valley
Embracing the Hygge Life at Home in the Hudson Valley

A recipe for the perfect Hygge day!
Scandinavian Glogg
Makes 10 Cups
Ingredients

  • 2 bottles of red wine (a red wine blend is suggested like 19 Crimes Red Blend, and here is an “inn” joke for you, one of the 19 crimes mentions lodging, #6 in fact, every bottle of 19 Crimes has one of the crimes on the cork)
  • 3 cups of bourbon
  • 1 cup spiced dark rum
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange zest
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1 tablespoon cardamom pods
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger
  • 3 sticks cinnamon
  • 12 cloves

Combine all of the ingredients into a large pot. Bring to a simmer and simmer for 2 minutes.
Remove from heat and let stand for 1 hour. Strain, reheat to serve or refrigerate and reheat to serve
Garnish with orange slices and a cinnamon stick

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