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6 Reasons to Visit Buttermilk Falls

One of our favorite areas in the Hudson Valley comes alive with these can’t-miss experiences.


Farm to Table Dining

Farm to Table food is the best thing that you can put inside your stomach these days. I don’t know about you, but I definitely want to know the ingredients in my food are organic and definitely not from a Monsanto GMO/pesticide-laden non-sustainable industrial farm. That said, if you definitely want to eat organic (and you should), always call ahead to confirm what ingredients or dishes are organic that day. Don’t be afraid to ask what farms they use for what ingredients, either. A good farm-to-table restaurant should be able to tell you that so you can verify.

6 Reasons to Visit Buttermilk Falls

Henry’s from the outside

At ‘Henry’s at The Farm’ restaurant in Buttermilk Falls Inn they “make every effort to source as many ingredients as possible from the Hudson Valley and are proud of the fact that during the growing season about 50 percentage of the ingredients used by the kitchen are indeed local; and the majority of those are organic,” — a few may even be from their on-premises garden.

With delicious comfort food-style dishes and great staff (our waiter, Graham, was a sweetheart), you’ll want to come back on the regular. We only wish they had more vegan options! We loved eating outside on the 2nd story deck because we could watch the ducks and swans in the pond below, but the inside has decadent and sexy red walls and leather decor, and would be a perfect date spot. If you’re wondering why the restaurant is named Henry’s, it’s because the real estate investor (Robert Pollock) who last purchased Buttermilk’s son is named Henry.

6 Reasons to Visit Buttermilk Falls

Outdoor seating at Henry’s at the Farm, at Buttermilk Falls Inn

6 Reasons to Visit Buttermilk Falls

Fried chicken and waffles at Henry’s at the Farm restaurant at Buttermilk Falls Inn

6 Reasons to Visit Buttermilk Falls

Cocktails and scallops at Henry’s

6 Reasons to Visit Buttermilk Falls

Inside Henry’s at the Farm

When you check-in at Buttermilk Falls Inn, breakfast, and afternoon tea will be free of charge. But that’s not the best part. The best part is that it’s serviced on the outdoor patio with sweeping views of the property and the Hudson River. We had a hearty breakfast of blueberry muffins, scrambled eggs with apple sausage and peppered bacon. Not only that, coffee refills were on the house (and it was good coffee!). You also have the option to enjoy your meal in the sunroom, as we call it, which is overlooking the patio, still with views of the lush greenery and the surroundings. And if watching playing cats doesn’t bother you, then feel free to say hello to the three yard cats that sometimes hang out on the patio.

6 Reasons to Visit Buttermilk Falls

Where we had breakfast and tea every day, overlooking the Hudson River and part of the grounds at Buttermilk Falls Inn

Another culinary delight in this part of the Hudson Valley is the Culinary Institute of America, which is only 10 minutes from Buttermilk Falls Inn. You will be astounded by the amount of attention to detail and comprehensive service that the students and former graduates here will give you. But why not? This school is often coined as the Harvard for chefs or think about it like this – if Juilliard is for the performing arts, then CIA is for cooking.

Here’s a video to give you a feel for the place:

The restaurants on premises are The American Bounty, The Bocuse which serves French cuisine, Caterina de Medici which serves Italian, and Apple Pie Bakery Café. Most of the ingredients used in the school’s restaurants are from the farms in the nearby Hudson Valley area.

6 Reasons to Visit Buttermilk Falls

The Bocuse

6 Reasons to Visit Buttermilk Falls

American Bounty Restaurant

6 Reasons to Visit Buttermilk Falls

Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici

These restaurants are the training grounds for the students, so expect some creative cuisine. But lo and behold, they cook well and they serve you well enough to deserve tips. Unfortunately, the school policy and the IRS prohibit them from receiving any tips as they are not paid workers. So just praise their great work to show appreciation because really, the food is spectacular.

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 34 Comments

  1. Avatar of Caroline Zalog

    You’ve really convinced me to book a stay there. I really like how the Buttermilk Inn looks like. It’s plain and nothing really too fancy, but the surroundings and the views are really great. I will literally turn off my phone just so I can really relax during my stay here. No social media or gadgets aside from taking pictures. No WiFi for me and no data connection either. I just want a vacation that’s away from all the pressures of daily life and I just want to chill!

  2. Avatar of Lorena Suarez

    It must be very fun to travel to a lot of places. If only I had that luxury too.

  3. Avatar of Carol Ribeiro

    Sorry, but I’m not a fan of historic places. It’s just nice to take pictures but it just doesn’t feel fulfilling for me.

  4. Avatar of ERICA


    Rhineback looks like a very colorful place to visit. It’s an eye-candy to look at. I bet pictures and OOTDs would be amazing here. But I prefer the scenery in Buttermilk more than the Hamptons style one. Sometimes, luxurious hotels aren’t the key to a great vacation. It’s the amount of lush greenery that I see around me. We’re always surrounded by hotels in the city anyway and I want a change of scenery when I’m on a vacation. I don’t even mind sleeping in wooden beds.

  5. Avatar of Lorena Tucci

    Where’s the falls? Of all the things… That’s what you didn’t show.

  6. Avatar of Caroline Leonora

    I didn’t think drive-in theaters still existed. It’s a nice thing though! I want to experience it.?

  7. Avatar of Jeanette Cobb

    Jeanette Cobb

    A facial sounds really good right now. I agree with your philosophy that our skin will reflect what’s on the inside. I’ve never encountered Babor products, but if I ever encounter them I’ll avoid it because I don’t want toxic products on my skin. Cucumber toner sounds really great and refreshing on the skin, I would also want to try that apple honey mask. It probably smells like delicious pie. I really want to try. I’m asking my friends to go here with me.

  8. Avatar of KELLY


    If you enjoy places like this or museum like visits, this can be a good place. But if I wanted R & R, I would rather go elsewhere.

    • Avatar of Carol Hopkins

      Carol Hopkins

      I kind of feel the same. This place looks beautiful but there isn’t much to do.

  9. Avatar of Debora Candiotto

    The Vanderbilt mansion looks really cool. It looks like something from the movies. It would be really great to take pictures here.

  10. Avatar of Lorena Yoshi

    Llamas are so cute. I like that the wildlife here is very abundant. I really think that there should be more places that are like this– a sanctuary for wildlife and a haven for people to enjoy nature at its finest. I find it really rare for places like this to be frequently be visited by people, unless you’re a nature lover and you’re in a vacation. But places like this need regulars so they can appreciate the beauty of having nature around us instead of skyscrapers.

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