Its official! Our inn and restaurant are finally in full swing, and not a minute too soon…as this is when the Hudson Valley season begins to heat up. There are plenty of activities for you to enjoy. Dutchess County, in particular, hosts some of the most entertaining things to do in all of the Hudson Valley. Right in our neck of the woods, all the vineyards and orchards are starting to bloom, and its a perfect time for a picnic and a glass of wine, brandy, or whiskey from any number of local vineyards and distilleries. If you prefer a more active afternoon, we have one of the top 10gardens in all the world (read below)! A little further north, you can use us a base to attend the Rhinebeck Crafts Festival: shop till you drop, then come home to a hand-crafted cocktail and delicious meal at The Vintage.
- Location: 362 Tyrrel Rd, Millbrook, NY
- Distance from us: 8.0 miles
- When: June 4, 2022
If you’ve never visited Innisfree Garden, you’re definitely missing out. Considered one of the world’s ten best gardens, this 185-acre garden features garden scenes based on Chinese and Japanese principles, a relaxing lake, and numerous waterfalls and streams. On Innisfree Community Day, the garden conducts a variety of special programs that span the entire day. Enjoy an Innisfree sunrise, a lunchtime picnic, and much, much more. All activities are included in the (minimal) price of admission. Please, note that you must register ahead of time to attend Innisfree Community Day. Also, the event will take place, rain or shine, and tickets are not refundable. To register, visit the Innisfree Garden website.
- Location: 6550 Spring Brook Ave, Rhinebeck, NY
- Distance from us: 29.1 miles
- When: June 25-26, 2022
The Rhinebeck Crafts Festival, held at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, is a great opportunity to explore (and purchase) a variety of handmade contemporary arts and crafts. The works of more than 200 American craftsmen will be on display. At the festival, you’ll find jewelry, paintings, drawings, photographs, ceramics, and more. Enjoy activities such as interactive puppet theater and face painting. There will also be plenty of gourmet foods, as well as tastings carried out by local wineries and distilleries. You can even watch hands-on craft demonstrations.
- Location: Dutchess County
- Distance from us: Varies
The Dutchess County Wine Trail is always an enjoyable adventure. Travel through eastern Dutchess County and three great wineries/vineyards. The trail connects Clinton Vineyards, Milea Estate Vineyard, and Millbrook Vineyards and Winery. The three establishments are around 15 minutes apart, and Millbrook Vineyards and Winery is less than ten miles from Millbrook Inn. Each of the vineyards provide wonderful terraces to do an outdoor tasting, or purchase one of their bottles and have a scenic picnic. Besides the opportunity to sample some of the Hudson Valley’s best wines, exploring the Dutchess County Wine Trail lets you meander through the beautiful Dutchess Country countryside.
Reservations are sometimes required on weekends; call us for help or do it directly on the vineyards’ websites.
- Location: 466 Woodstock Rd, Millbrook, NY
- Distance from us: 9.4 miles
Enjoy an extreme trail ride on horseback at Misfit Farm in Millbrook. Whether you are a beginning or experienced rider, you’ll have a great time on one of their custom-designed trail rides. Mistfit Farm has hundreds of acres of hills, brooks, and wooded areas for you to explore. Note that the difficulty of a trail ride is based on the least experienced member of your group. In addition, helmets are required (and provided, if you don’t have one).