I had the delightful privilege last fall of attending a media retreat at Wildflower Farms Resort in the Hudson Valley. I was the only writer not based in New York, but the minute I got the invite to the retreat and looked up the property, I was on Amtrak booking a train to Manhattan. There was no way I was missing an opportunity to spend a few days in the serene countryside of the Hudson Valley, especially not at an Auberge property.
We took a bus up from the city to the resort, just an hour and half away (in theory — we hit an accident), yet it feels a world away out in the country, surrounded by farmland and established neighborhoods. Truly, there’s a sense of peace as soon as you get out there. Add in the crisp fall weather and a roaring fire in the midst of the hotel’s indoor-outdoor lobby, and I was in heaven.
My Wildflower Farms Resort Review
I checked into the Meadow Cottage, which is one of several cottages along a row that seem almost Icelandic or Nordic. These rustic cottages are one with the landscape, yet when you open the door, they’re warm, welcoming, and luxurious. They nailed it with the rustic elegance. My cottage had a gas fireplace, which I used throughout the entire stay, and opens up to a lovely patio and views across the meadow. It feels completely private, and I noticed that the way they’ve built the cabins means that each one is blocked from the next one’s patio. You feel like you’re in your own world.
There is a wall of windows opposite the king bed, which is one of my favorite features in a room. There’s a seating area and window seat, which was perfect since I did have to work on this trip (weekday trip problems!). The decor is rustic yet light and vibrant. It’s seriously perfect for the setting, and I was in heaven on a solo trip there.
Throughout the stay, we ate all of our meals on-site, enjoyed the spa, and did a tour of the farm itself. The restaurant was delicious, with warm, inviting decor, and that same autumnal, fiery feel. The spa was incredibly relaxing (what a treat to get a massage on a weekday!). And I loved the farm tour — I even went home with fresh eggs and veggies.
Wildflower Farms Resort is definitely pricey, with the lowest rates around $899 for weekdays, but what a peaceful, serene place.
Also, I’ll note that something odd was going on with my Lightroom when I edited these photos, giving everything a slightly washed out look, but it works with the vibe of the property, particularly on the cloudy fall days when I was there.