Hudson House River Inn – Cold Spring, NY

http://www.hudsonhouseinn.com/
2 Main Street – Cold Spring, NY

The Hudson House River Inn is a charming little hotel.  It is bigger than a bed and breakfast with a restaurant on the premises.  They are running a Summer Package deal for $525 with two nights of accommodations in a river view balcony room, prix fixe dinner for two, a bottle of Millbrook Chardonnay in your room upon arrival, early check in at 1pm and late check out at 2pm. Also, breakfast is included with your stay.  We found this to be an excellent value.  There are several room types available at different costs.

The Village of Cold Spring is located on the Hudson River in New York.  Take the Metro North Railroad Hudson Line from Grand Central Terminal toward Poughkeepsie.  It takes about 1 hour, 10 minutes to the Cold Spring Station.  A round trip ticket is $24.50/person.  It makes a great day trip for hiking or spending the day in town.

We were not sure about how the restaurant would be, but we were quite impressed with what we ordered.  Our stay included a free pre fixe dinner.  The 3 course meal was actually too much food!  Below was our menu.  It was simple food, well prepared.  We both love the lobster bisque and had it more than once over the weekend!  We did brunch our last day there AND lunch one day.  So we must have liked it!  They serve ridiculously good homemade popovers with strawberry butter.

First Course:

Arugula Salad
Champagne raspberry vinaigrette w/caramelized pecans and parmesano reggiano

Lobster Bisque

Main Course:

Roasted Garlic and Lump Crabmeat Encrusted Filet of Salmon
chardonnay lemon butter sauce

Certified Black Angus Petite New York Strip Steak
an eight ounce dry aged steak ~ your choice of grilled or au poivre

Dessert:

Apple Strudel
with caramel sauce and french vanilla ice cream

Regarding the accommodations, we reserved a river view room with a balcony.  I think our expectation was perhaps too high for a country inn.  The room served its purpose and it was right on the river.  You cannot beat that!  We stayed in the luxurious James Hotel the week prior which may have biased us a bit.  The space was tight and it could use a major update.  But if you are coming up for a weekend of hiking and kayaking it works.  Most likely you will be out in the great outdoors as much as possible and only need the room for a bed and a shower.  Think “Rustic”.  They were booked solid and the restaurant was continuously hopping.  We checked out a few other places in town and none seemed quite as nice.

We plan to return in a few weeks for a private kayaking lesson with Hudson Outfitters and return to the hotel.    Next time I will get some photos…this weekend was all about R&R!

Check out our upcoming separate posts on hiking Break Neck Ridge and dining at Le Bouchon…

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