Do you need a couples escape for the weekend and don’t want to go too far? A visit to The Inn at Twaalfskill may just be for you. This charming, quaint and romantic Inn is located right in the heart of the Hudson Valley in Highland New York and just an hour and change north of Westchester and two hours from Manhattan. The Inn was built in 1905 has been transformed by the innkeepers into a wonderful and charming place to visit for a weekend or longer.
Driving up to the inn you cross a bridge over a stream which gives the inn its name. The restored century old home has a wonderful details and a pleasant front porch just in case you want to sit outside and take in the country air. Entering the inn you pass by the sunlit breakfast room which is a perfect setting for breakfast. The main floor common rooms of the Inn consist of the entrance area with fresh flowers, a coffee bar with coffee ,tea, cookies and more, a comfortable living room/parlor with a fireplace, television and comfortable furniture. A very cozy room. There is also a small powder room.
Front Hall and stair
Coffee, expresso and tea
Beautiful first floor room
Upstairs there are only three well appointed guest rooms. Each room has its own bathroom attached. Even though the house that is now the Inn dates to 1905, the guest room baths have all been renovated and are modern with marble or porcelain tile, updated fixtures and plenty of hot water. Each room (as is the entire inn) with a mix of antique furniture and small antique accessories. You can tell the Innkeepers went to great efforts to create a pleasant blend of authentic period pieces and modern conveniences. Each room has televisions. Wi-fi is provided if you must check your emails or texts, but you are in a romantic inn, so turn off your cell phone and enjoy the quiet and the ambience.
The beds are queen size and very comfortable with fresh pillows and a comfy quilt. I slept very well in my room that evening. The inn provides newspapers and magazines for your reading pleasure .
Breakfast in the morning was a pleasure with yogurt, juice, coffee or tea, and scones. There was also a choice of a vegetable frittata or French toast served with Crown Maple Syrup (from the Hudson Valley). It was a really delicious home made breakfast. As a nice touch you can pick your time to have breakfast by advising the Innkeeper the night before on a sign in sheet unlike some inns that just serve at a certain hour.
Outside the Inn has made cruiser type bicycles available for guest use. This is fantastic as steps away from the inn is the Hudson Valley Rail Trail. The rail trail connects with the Walkway across the Hudson, one of the premier attractions in the Mid Hudson Valley and should be on your must visit list.
Bikes provided by the Inn
The Inn located in Highland is the perfect home base for a weekend of exploring the area. Nearby is Hyde Park home of the Culinary Institute of America, FDR Historic Site and the Vanderbilt Mansion historic site. There is biking or walking on the Hudson Valley Rail Trail, or the nearby Wallkill Valley Rail Trail. There is great hiking in a number of parks and preserves, apple picking, shopping and even wine tasting at some of the local wineries in the area. The nearby village of New Paltz offers numerous dining options and is a fun town to browse and explore.
So if you are in need of a bit of an escape and don’t want to travel far, a stay at the Inn at Twaafskill is just what you need.
The Inn At Twaalfskill
144 Vineyard Avenue Highland New York
for more info on the Hudson Valley Rail Trail: http://www.hudsonvalleyrailtrail.net
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