At Troutbeck, you hear nature, you see nature, and you can explore and enjoy nature...all with a cozy bed, a big soaking tub, and soft Frette linens to welcome you at the end of your day.
Home is looking a bit too familiar these days? Airplanes seem a bit cramped right now. Cross-border travel is complicated. Life is speeding up again and you want to slow down?
Troutbeck is your answer. Located in Amenia New York, this corridor serves as a creative cultural region. This upscale country lodge dates back to the mid 1700s and entertained literary elite from Mark Twain to Henry David Thoreau to Ralph Waldo Emerson. In 2017 Troutbeck's current owners restored this private estate's historic details and blended contemporary with antique, weaving in fine cuisine with unpretentious luxury.
Centrally located, and feeling worlds apart from the hustle and bustle of daily life, Troutbeck can be reached from Manhattan in under 2 hours, from Boston in around 3 hours, and is a quick 90 minutes from Hartford. Turn off NY Route 343 and down the driveway, park your car, and stress disappears. At Troutbeck, you hear nature, you see nature, and you can explore and enjoy nature...all with a cozy bed, a big soaking tub, and soft Frette linens to welcome you at the end of your day. And the team at Troutbeck welcomes you with unassuming authenticity, takes time to genuinely connect, and offers warm smiles.
Sleeping at Troutbeck
With only 36 rooms, you feel like you are a guest at a wealthy friend's country estate, and that is Troutbeck's intention. The Manor House has a residential front door and you enter into the foyer to be welcomed. No vast cavernous spaces exist here and instead the Manor House consists of cozy rooms on the first floor, which are multi-functional and can serve as a private dining room on one evening and a small board meeting room one afternoon. There are nooks in Troutbeck's library room for reading your book, intimate corners and roaring fireplaces to sit and converse, and a study with a rotation of local artwork hanging on the walls. Throughout the Manor House you enjoy the constant combination of original wooden beams and hardwood floors mixed with graphic patterned area rugs and sleek contemporary lighting fixtures.
While most rooms and suites at Troutbeck have a deep soaking tub, a few offer showers only. Regardless of bath or shower, guests enjoy heated floors and luxurious Malin + Goetz products.
Eating at Troutbeck
Although this is a boutique property, Troutbeck takes cuisine seriously. Gabe McMackin is a Michelin starred Chef who earned his fame in Clinton Hill Brooklyn as owner and chef at The Finch. Chef Gabe knows his way around farm to table cuisine and garnered experience over the past couple of decades at foodie favorites Gramercy Tavern and Blue Hill at Stone Barns. The menu at Troutbeck is short, and focused on simple flavors with the freshest locally sourced ingredients from around the Hudson Valley. Eggs are from local farms, honey is from the local beekeeper, and menu items rotate with the growing seasons.
What to do at Troutbeck
Most guests visit Troutbeck to sleep late, enjoy breakfast in bed (yes, it exists here!), linger over a cup of coffee, swing in the hammock, drink wine with lunch, sit in an Adirondack chair and listen to the babbling brook, and generally recharge and reconnect.
However you can be active at Troutbeck while you are recharging and reconnecting. Set on Troutbeck's 250 acres they have tennis courts and recreational bicycles for guest use. Troutbeck's outdoor pool is open seasonally to guests, with food and beverage service available.
Most recently Troutbeck opened their Tall Barn and Long Barn wellness facilities. Set adjacent to one another and a 1 minute walk from the Manor House, the barns house a movement studio for yoga, pilates and meditation classes, and a fitness center with elyptical and rowing machines, sauna, locker room and spa treatment rooms.
With a short venture off-property there are several outdoor activities. For hunt and field enthusiasts, Orvis' Sandanona is 20 minutes down the road in Millbrook and is the oldest permitted shotgun shooting club in the country. In addition to modern sporting-clays, Sandanona also offers fly-fishing instruction so you can wade for Brookies or practice on their private trout stream. Fly-fisherman can also enjoy Troutbeck's three trout pools on the Webutuck River, available only to guests.
Cycling in the area is some of the best in the country, with hundreds of miles of quiet country roads to explore. If you are more of a cycling recreationalist, the Harlem Valley Rail Trail is just down the road and consists of over 26 miles of paved trails through Dutchess and Colombia County. Since 1996 the Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association has been developing paved trails for public use on abandoned portions of the New York and Harlem Railroad.
With a picnic lunch in tow, guests head off for a day hiking the Appalachian Trail, near Pawling and Dover Plains, NY. The hiking is mostly flat and this section of the Trail is also near to the Pawling Nature Preserve, for added routes. Be sure to stop at Kelly's Creamery in Dover Plains for some of the area's best handcrafted artisanal ice cream. They even offer vegan and dairy-free options.
In winter, skiing is nearby! Family-friendly Mohawk Mountain is 15 minutes down the road and Catamount Mountain Resort is 35 minutes away from Troutbeck. At times, Troutbeck offers ski and stay packages, so ask your Elli Travel Advisor for details.
Tips When Visiting Troutbeck
There are a few helpful things to know about a stay at Troutbeck. This is a destination aimed at romance and connection and one of the charms is Troutbeck this uniqueness.
With that in mind, all rooms have King beds; some rooms even have two King beds! Like any "home", Troutbeck's rooms are all different and require stairs to access them. There are no elevators and no two rooms will have the same configuration. It is what makes Troutbeck special and why many guests enjoy returning time and again, to experience a different room or suite each time.
Every room has different square footage, different location (Manor House vs. Annex buildings), and different configurations. As well, there are few "cozy" (aka "small") rooms here. Your Elli Travel Advisor has contacts at Troutbeck and can ensure there are no unwanted room surprises when you arrive.
Troutbeck is "unassuming casual luxury" vs. a "see and be seen" spot. Yet with only 36 rooms, Troutbeck sells out regularly. We recommend reserving far in advance to avoid disappointment.
Elli Travel Rates are Always the Same as Published Rates.
Book with your Elli Travel Advisor or email firstname.lastname@example.org to unlock the following complimentary benefits at Troutbeck:
Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
Daily full breakfast a la carte for two guests per bedroom
$100 USD Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
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