“The landscape is dominant,” Taavo Somer said of his new high-design, 225-acre retreat that’s already one of the best hotels in Hudson Valley. Dotting the pastoral grounds are 28 cabins, a 12-room Dutch Colonial farmhouse, a restaurant, two swimming pools, a nine-hole golf course, and a three-acre organic garden, as well as a wild garden designed by famed landscape architect Miranda Brooks. A wellness center with a spa and gym will open later this year.
“I wanted to move away from the typical Upstate aesthetic—antlers, plaid, reclaimed wood—and do something different,” designer Robert McKinley said of his interiors for Hotel Kinsley, a boutique hotel housed in four different 17th to 19th-century buildings. Different, to him, meant rooms adorned in warm, sixties space-age-esque colors (think a mustard yellow headboard, a bright blue rug, an orange velvet sofa, and plaid chairs) dotted with modish modern pieces like Smeg refrigerators and walnut desks.
Hotel Kinsley’s restaurant is by already-mentioned-in-this-article Sommer. It serves up “new American” fare, like roasted local organic chicken, house-made gemelli pasta with crispy ham, and heirloom tomato salad.