Enjoy Classic New England Lodging at a Millbrook Bed and Breakfast

The Village of Millbrook, New York is a “real” village, following a classic New England town plan: Along half the tree-lined main street, Franklin Avenue, are small commercial enterprises (specialty and antiques shops, real estate offices, restaurants), while the other half is residential. Millbrook’s Free Library, a center of community cultural life and the village’s largest building, marks the division. There are three churches; a village green with band shell at one end of Franklin, a public park at the other; and one traffic light.

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Millbrook has attracted many groups over time, among the earliest the Quakers (an historic Meeting House and cemetery are here). Then, during the waves of late 19th- and early 20th-century immigration, many Irishmen came to work on the horse farms, and Italian stonecutters developed the mason and construction trades. As of October 2014, Millbrook joined the prestigious ranks of the international network Museum in the Streets, resulting in self-guided bilingual tours via several dozen illustrated markers that recount the village’s cultural evolution. Today Millbrook draws many New Yorkers in search of a quiet lifestyle and bucolic setting.Situated amid rolling hills at the highest point of Dutchess County, Millbrook has long been synonymous with New York State’s horse country, with beautiful farms on all sides. Everywhere you turn the views are enchanting, in all seasons. Small-scale dairy and organic farming is also a feature of the area.Among local educational institutions of note are Millbrook School; Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT; Vassar and Marist colleges in Poughkeepsie; and Bard College, in Annandale-on-Hudson.The many stately historic houses along the east bank of the Hudson—among them, FDR’s family home and presidential library, Samuel Morse’s Locust Grove, Boscobel to the south, Olana and Montgomery Place to the north—are all within easy drives of Millbrook. Nearby arts venues include the restored Bardavon Opera House in Poughkeepsie, Vassar’s Art Center, Rhinebeck’s Playhouse, and Bard’s Fisher Center for the Performing Arts.For outdoor sports, Millbrook is home to Orvis-Sandanona, known for its handsome grounds and its shooting and fly-fishing schools. Mashomack and Tamarack are private membership clubs for polo and shooting. The landscape is a natural for numerous golf courses and links.

Millbrook is the fortunate beneficiary of two outstanding public gardens: Wethersfield, in the classic Italian style of formal order and ornamentation, and Innisfree, a naturalistic “Chinese cup” garden set around a glacial lake that draws international visitors—and migrating birdlife. (David Wheeler, founder and editor of the British journal Hortus, has written: “Like the pyramids of Egypt or the Great Wall of China, Innisfree helps us to define what we mean by ‘civilization.'”

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196 E Duncan Hill Rd, Dover Plains, NY 12522

Local Phone: 832-9311

Hilltop House Bed & Breakfast

43 Depot Hill Rd., Amenia, NY 12501

Local Phone: (845) 789-1354

Hilltop House Bed and Breakfast has five delightful guest rooms quaintly furnished with antiques and fine linens, each offering their own distinctive charm. Common areas at the inn are wonderful places to relax and visit with fellow guests. Spend a … Continue reading

Inn the Woods Bed and Breakfast

32 Howard Boulevard Extension, Hyde Park, NY 12538

Local Phone: (845) 229-9331

Intimate two guest room Bed & Breakfast with bright and spacious rooms. Central to Roosevelt and Vanderbilt estates, the Culinary Institute of America, the Walkway Over the Hudson and colleges of Vassar, Marist and Bard. Using local and creating homemade … Continue reading

Journey Inn Bed & Breakfast

1 Sherwood Place, Hyde Park, NY 12538

Local Phone: (845) 229-8972

Best location directly across from the Vanderbilt Estate, down the road from FDR home and museum, a few miles from the Culinary Institute of America, and 10 minutes to the village of Rhinebeck.