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Mar 20, 2008 12:58 PM

Hudson Valley- Foodie trip where would you

go, stay want romantic, not fancy food but wholesome food, Would love to stay at a romantic b&B with great amenities. Any good farms, cheese makers, chocolate makers, etc. which restaurants? Anyone ever heard of Buttermilk Inn and Spa? There food is suppose to be good also/

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  1. Not sure where Buttermilk is, but I can give you some ideas near Beacon/Fishkill NY. Alps Chocolate in Fishkill/Beacon is amazing and Il Barilotto is a great Italian restaurant that is close by... Monetvrede Inn in Cortlandt Manor has beautiful (expensive) and a spa, but I don't know anything about their food...

    1. When my husband and I want a romantic weekend away with a great dinner, we stay at the Alpine Haus B&B (acutally in Vernon, NJ over the border, near the Mountain Creek ski area) and eat at the Iron Forge Inn in Bellvale. The food at the Iron Forge is creative, beautifully prepared, and often local ( The setting is beautiful. Alpine Haus is pretty basic as far as B&Bs go though. There are others in the area such as the Glenwood Mill, Cider Mill, Glenwood House, Apple Valley, and The Peach Grove in the Warwick/Glenwood area and there are a couple of places in Greenwood Lake that I can't remember the names of.

      For local cheeses and breads Bobolink Farm is also in the area ( There are wineries and orchards as well.

      The best part of the area is that in a couple of weeks the Bellvale Cremery will open for business. ( It's the best ice cream ever!

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      1. re: Avalondaughter

        Avalondaughter, so the Iron Forge Inn (Bellvale is Warwick, right?) has a realllly good ice cream place near it?

        Sounds like a perfect Sunday drive kind of place. Ice cream before and after dinner, if they're open.

        1. re: dolores

          Yes. The Iron Forge Inn and the Bellvale Creamery are quite close to each other. If you drive up 17A from Tuxedo to Warwick (or from Warwick to Tuxedo), you will see the Creamery and in Iron Forge Inn is on a side street off of 17A. (You can also take a back road up the mountain from the Iron Forge. The actual dairy farm is right beyond the restaurant and then you drive right back up the mountain from a back road and you will be approaching the Creamery from the other direction).

          Bellvale ice cream is served with desserts at the Iron Forge, so you can actually kill two birds with one stone.

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        1. this place fits the bill: cedar ridge farm b&b in gardiner (next to new paltz).

          the chef owner is a cia grad, the rooms are yuppie-fabulous, the b&b is in the country with spectacular up-close views of the ridge. and they host culinary adventure weekends if you are interested in that kind of thing.

          p.s. also read the raves at tripadvisor.

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          1. re: localvore

            I've found tripadvisor to be incredibly unreliable. Not only do many of the reviewers have a very different level of standards than I but the site was exposed recently (on a tv program I can't recall which) as being primarily filled with posts from the business owners themselves.

            Doesn't mean your rec isn't reliable - just a comment on trip advisor for reviews - restaurants and other.

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            1. re: The Chowhound Team

              Sprout Creek Farm in Peekskill makes some really amazing artisinal cheeses. I'm a former fan of Bobolink's cheeses, though find them way too inconsistant and sometimes just bad. It's a neat place, sustainable, learning environment that's somewhat like Stonebarn, somewhat like bobolink. If you plan yer trip right, you might be able to take a cheesemaking class at Sproutcreek as well.
              BTW: CIA is about 20 minutes away.


              1. re: sixelagogo

                I was interested to read about Sproutcreek as I live very close to Peekskill; however Sproutcreek looks like it is actually in Dutchess county, about 45 minutes north of Peekskill (but agreed, quite close to the CIA). It definately looks interesting though; I too have had some inconsistency issues with Bobolink (who I have known since they were associated with Egg Farm Dairy in Peekskill)

                1. re: DGresh

                  Yer's a little out of the way (closer to poughkipsee (sp?)) but definately worth a stop if yer in the region.