The High-Design Hotel

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For eons, the Hudson Valley has hosted visitors from around the world. In the 19th century, magnificent mountain houses ruled the landscape. In the mid 20th century, grand resorts and bungalow colonies were popular options. In recent years, B&Bs have blossomed. But in the 21st century there’s a new entry to the accommodations scene: the high-design hotel. These places aren’t necessarily fancy; in fact, several of them are reinventions of modest roadside motels. But they’ve been remodeled with a keen eye for design, with reclaimed wood and hand-blown glass, outfitted with work by local artisans and artists, sometimes spare but always appealing to the refined eye. Some of these hotels and motels fall into category of rustic chic; others have gone for something brighter and more dramatic: the Upstate version of Ian Schrager. We’ve rounded up for you a few contenders of high-design hotels in the Hudson Valley.

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  1. […] Germantown farmhouse, a renovated 1980s contemporary bachelor pad near the Ashokan Reservoir, and a bevvy of fabulous high-design hotels in the Hudson Valley and Catskills, including Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa, depicted above. […]

  2. […] Note: This piece was originally published in the Upstate House Spring 2014 issue. It’s been reposted here with the author’s permission…my permission! I wrote it! […]