6 Reasons to Visit Buttermilk Falls
One of our favorite areas in the Hudson Valley comes alive with these can’t-miss experiences.
Buttermilk Falls Inn
Oh, the magic of Buttermilk Falls Inn. It starts once you reach their property, when you notice the change of smell. The fresh air and cool breeze definitely relaxes you right away. The staff eagerly awaits you at their desk inside a charming rustic guesthouse.
The whole property boasts of trail tracks (some which lead to the actual Buttermilk falls waterfall), a huge pond, an organic garden, a Llama sanctuary, a couple of farm animals, a bee house, an indoor/outdoor bird aviary and peacock sanctuary, an ancient graveyard, views of the Hudson River, many adorable guest cottages, and a spa with an indoor pool and sauna.
I particularly enjoyed my stay at the North Cottage, with its wood burning fireplace. Add the fact that it was on top of a cliff with amazing views of the Hudson River, and we wanted to stay all month! The North Cottage is great for friends or family as it can house four people in the two bedrooms. It’s right next to the aviary (peacocks have such strange voices — I’ll never forget the sound!).
Because it’s the most removed from pretty much everything else on the property, at the end of the trail, it forces you to either drive or, better yet, walk through the property to get to the spa and restaurant. In the process you pass the llamas and a barn, and walk over a bridge with a gorgeous duck-and-swan-filled pond underneath. This walk made our stay all the more memorable.
Make sure to take some time to relax at the spa, where you’ll have a choice of several treatments that use natural products (some of which are made on the premises). I got the Millstone facial from a fantastic esthetician named Dana Gonnella, who is very knowledgeable in the area of natural and homeopathic skincare. As she says: “My specialty is holistic/natural skin care. I really try to educate clients about true natural skin care products and how it effects us a cellular level. Inside and out. After all, 60% of whatever we put on our skin goes into our bloodstream. I treat the skin as our whole being. It reveals what’s going on inside.”
The Millstone facial uses Babor for cleansing (I’m not sure why they chose this line, but make sure to ask the esthetician not to use Babor products, as it’s a brand full of toxic chemicals), almond/oats/honey exfoliant (which is made on premises), cucumber toner, and an apple honey mask. By the end I was super relaxed and ready for a nap!
This facial is one of a couple of treatments offered that use mostly natural skincare, which is why I’m recommending it. As Dana says: “It’s all about allowing our cells to breathe and keep their integrity. Petrochemicals [which are in almost all non-edible skincare products] mutate our cells. It’s like putting Saran Wrap around our cells and not allowing them to breathe. Essential oils do the opposite. They allow our cells to breathe; they regulate inflammation and strengthen our cells mitochondria so we don’t mutate into disease…” As a rule, if you can’t read (or, better yet, eat) the ingredients, don’t put it on your skin.
One word of advice: it may be difficult for you to just walk-in and have a treatment because they’re frequently fully booked. You don’t want to waste your stay without trying their spa, so make sure to book in advance.