Innsider: January 2024

 

2024. As we start to enter our second winter here at the inn, we seem to understand it’s more important to focus on the winter warmth of the community that surrounds us, rather than the winter chill outside. It’s really a wonderful time of year to make a visit. Everything and everyone seems to get more intimate and friendly. Food is cozy and comforting; shops are quieter and shopkeepers really can take time to cater to their winter visitors; winter walks among snow-covered evergreens are idyllic; and a taste of local whiskey in front of a crackling fire at one of our many award-winning distilleries is the perfect end to a winter’s day. At the inn, January and February will have wonderful events to celebrate the winter and the romance of Valentine’s Day.

WINTER EVENTS IN AND AROUND MILLBROOK, NY

WINTER WINE AND WHISKEY DINNERS AT THE MILLBROOK INN

In February, we have taken advantage of the slower pace of the winter, and invited some of our favorite wine and spirit makers to help us host intimate dinners that will pair our hyper local cuisine with their wine or whiskey in every course! Its a great opportunity to taste many of their best releases in a single night; meet and talk to the makers themselves, and make new friends with fellow connoisseurs! Its also a great gift for Valentine or Galentine’s Day! Only 30 tickets available for each event, and our inn-siders are the first to hear about this event! So grab a room, and then go to Open Table for tickets to the event! Click the links below to find out about each event, its menu, ticket prices, and more!

Register for February 3rd Dinner with Tenmile DistilleryRegister for February 17th Dinner with Whitecliff Winery

WASSAIL CELEBRATION

Saturday, Jan. 21st at Rose Hill Farm, Red Hook Just north of us sits the historic and charming town of Red Hook and the Rose Hill Farm orchard. Join them as they uphold the ancient tradition of wassailing. This annual celebration of the year’s apple harvest dates all the way back to the 15th century in England. Help anoint the trees with cider to ensure a prosperous apple harvest next year. Take a guided, torch-lit tour of the orchard, complete with songs, poems and reflections with the trees, with special guests Dan Pucci and Craig Cavallo, authors of the book “American Cider.” Click here to learn more.

MARTIN LUTHER KING WEEKEND

If you are interested in American history, then you’ll want to be here for the holiday weekend: Hudson Valley’s most noted historical sites will WAIVE their entrance fees on Martin Luther King Day! It’s a great time to visit places like FDR’s childhood home and presidential library, Eleanor Roosevelt’s home; Martin Van Buren’s mansion or theVanderbilt Mansion. All parks and museums run by the National Park service will be free!

Book Your Winter Weekend Now!

A PEEK INNSIDE JANUARY: THE CRANBERRY FORD

The Hudson Valley is rich in colonial history, and we always look for ways to stay true to the region in our design, our food, and our cocktails. Like this drink. The Ford was a popular drink in the region during the 1800’s. Similar to the Martinis of that time, with gin and dry vermouth, but with the addition the herbal note of Benedictine. We give it our own seasonal spin, swapping the Benedictine for a local cranberry liquor from our favorite local liqueur maker, Heimat. Its delicious on the rocks, but feel free to also serve it straight up and chilled, like a martini.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 ounces of your favorite gin
  • 1 ounce of Heimat cranberry liqueur
  • 1 ounce dry vermouth
  • Dash of orange bitters
  • Orange peel and sugared cranberries for garnish

Directions:

  1. To make the sugared cranberries: boil a handful of cranberries in a simple syrup just until  blistered/split. Make sure they stay intact. Let cool in the syrup and store them in syrup for  up to a week in the fridge.
  2. Put all the ingredients in a shaker with ice
  3. Shake well until cold
  4. Strain into a short glass on the rocks OR a martini glass straight up
  5. Garnish with an orange peel and two sugared cranberries