There’s been a swell of Upstate eco-focussed resorts that have opened in and around the Hudson Valley in recent years. New player Wildflower Farm brings rustic charm to the picturesque Shawangunk Ridge, offering cabins and cottages that channel the earthiness of the natural world – and a dose of contemporary design.
Located 90 minutes from north Manhattan, Wildflower Farms is part of the Auberge Resorts Collection. It spans 140 acres and encompasses flower meadows, woodlands and hiking paths, with expansive views of the Ridge – the long, easternmost section of the Appalachian Mountains.
As you might expect, this Catskills retreat emphasizes reconnecting with nature. Restaurant Clay offers locally sourced and seasonal food from the on-site working farm, and there’s also open-air swimming and miles of walking trails.
There are 65 cabins in total, all of which have been designed to frame the outside world – think huge windows, buckets of natural light, and furniture pieces that echo the colours of the landscape. The use of wood, wool and sheepskin lends an appropriately rustic atmosphere to the spaces, although that’s offset by clean lines and the sharp silhouettes of mid-century furniture.
Nightly rates start at $1,000 (less through winter months), and guests can spend time in Wildflower Farms’ spa or cosy up around the communal fire pit on the Great Porch – a prime spot for sunset-watching.
There is also a brimming roster of workshops to join, dedicated to everything from cooking and baking to growing mushrooms, grafting trees and making pottery.
2702 Main St, Gardiner, New York 12525 USA