Whether its hiking, horseback riding, golf or hunting, Hudson Valley has something for the outdoor-love in everyone. Check out our sporty list of things to do near Millbrook, NY.
For an outdoorsman, there can be no better thrill than a day at Orvis Sandanona, located right here in Millbrook. Housed on an estate that began during Thomas Jefferson's presidency, history and beauty come together in the oldest permitted shotgun shooting club in the country. Open 363 days a year, it welcomes seasoned shooters and first timers equally. Attend one of the world-famous 1 and 2 day schools specializing in wingshooting, upland hunting, and fly fishing. If you don't have time to commit to a full day, book a private lesson! Whether its sporting clays, guided fly fishing or hunting, or your very first lesson, there is something for everyone.
Just 15 minutes from the inn, this 18-hole championship public course has been ranked #2 in New York State by Best of Golf Advisor. It has spectacular views of the Catskill mountains, and the natural shape of the land, with its swells and natural hills result in a challenging course, with tees that range in length from 5198 yards to nearly 7000 yards. The course features an online booking system, so you can make your tee times in advance, and rest assured your weekend of golf is set and ready to go. The club also features a pro shop with everything you need for a day on the links. The course and pro shop are open every day until dusk.
Its hard to visit Millbrook and NOT experience the horse culture! Why not saddle up at MCL Farm, a full-service lesson facility and the perfect place to take a weekend ride. It's in the heart of Millbrook horse country, surrounded by hundreds of picturesque trails to enjoy. With both an indoor and outdoor arena, it's accessible all year around. 30-60 minute private and semi-private lessons are available to all ages and levels. Book in advance.
Recognized as one of the world's best gardens, it was designed at the height of mid-century design and sensibility. For over 50 years, landscape architect and Harvard Professor Lester Collins oversaw the creation of this Asian-inspired landscape garden on the Millbrook country estate of heiress Marion Burt Beck and her husband, artist Walter Beck. Cliffs, waterfalls, streams, and picnic spots dot the 40-acre lake that is the centerpiece of the 150 acre garden. It may be enjoyed on your own, but guided tours are also available. Either way, wear hiking boots! The garden's website offers a convenient digital map of the gardens and its highlights on the walking path, which can be dowloaded onto your phone. There is parking on site. Email the office to inquire about private guided tours.
This 1000-acre estate was built by Devereux Stillman (whose grandfather founded what eventually became Citibank). He was an avid conservationist, art lover, and equestrian. Now the estate is open for guided tours of his home and 10 acres of formal gardens; and the rest of the property is filled with beautiful hiking/riding trails that you are free to investigate on your own. Check out the website for a trail map you can download, plus a schedule of great events each summer weekend, like educational bird walks; book signings, and art exhibitions. Open May through September.