Hasbrouck House: A Reimagined Luxury Boutique Hotel in Stone Ridge, NY
3805 Main Street | Stone Ridge, NY
In the seven years since buying our cottage in the Hudson Valley, I have passed Hasbrouck House, perched on a gentle hill in Stone Ridge, ten dozen times journeying towards orchards, farm stands, and ice cream shacks. Years ago, my husband and I were guests at what was then the Stone Ridge Inn, but the hushed buildings, pool, and sprawling acres that once made up a grand 1750’s family estate spoke of more life, more ambitious tales. As we watched the “For Sale” sign come and go in 2015, I wondered who would shepherd in the next era of this great property, one of the oldest standing inns in New York State. Who would welcome spirited gatherings on the lawn in this otherwise quiet hamlet? Who would give locals and guests alike both a place to unwind and step away from their worlds?
Akiva Reich and Eitan Baron are the new owners who looked backward to the estate’s origins just far enough to make the property sing again — rechristening the inn its original Hasbrouck House title, restoring the 1920’s pool, and firing up the long-shuttered smokehouse, among other things — and rushed boldly forward to unfold a completely new story.
Today, Hasbrouck House boasts a masculine, understated glam — 30 beautifully designed bedrooms among 55 dreamy acres, and polished farm-to-fork restaurant Butterfield — creating an alluring pull from more renowned towns like Woodstock and Kingston. Reich’s mastery of combining old and new is hard won, having transformed a dilapidated 1800’s brass foundry into The Green Building, one of the most sought after event spaces in his native Brooklyn. In partnering with Baron, a leading environmental developer whose hotel touch includes electric car charging stations, the pair created a space unlike any other in the Hudson Valley.
There’s plenty to see inside, but the pull outside is also strong — there’s the pool to lounge by, grand trees to lay picnics under, a patio to dine on, and miles of hiking trails to explore. “That this is one of the oldest properties in the region was key in how we wanted to go about the restoration. The idea was to pay respect to the past and appreciate what we have today,” Reich says. “That’s where you see the design — we were very conscious of the historic element, but wanted to create something luxurious and new.”
Sarah Copeland is the author of Feast and The Newlywed Cookbook: Fresh Ideas and Modern Recipes for Cooking With and for Each Other. After 18 years living in New York City, working with national lifestyle brands like Real Simple, Food & Wine, Saveur, and Food Network, among others, Sarah and her family escaped to the Hudson Valley, where they now enjoy long hikes, local foods, and any excuse for a bonfire.
- Location: Stone Ridge, NY
Radiant Heat Bathroom Floors
Rainfall Showers or Soaker Tubs in Each Room
Kiehl’s Bath Products
Dine-in Restaurant and Bar
Multi-use Club Room with Fireplace
Outdoor Fire Pit
Landscaped Grounds with Miles of Hiking Trails
Pool + Patio Dining
The glow of the porch and windows of Hasbrouck House has drawn me every season since it opened its doors last fall. Until this stay, though, all my time here was spent on the grounds, where I joined friends and neighbors at three of the artisan markets and events held here in its first season: Phoenicia Flea, Field + Supply, and a memorable grand opening party with a live band, smoked meats, and local brew on the patio. Particularly relaxing is the ample bonfire, along with excellent live music on the immaculate wood stage, handcrafted by The Hudson Company, which will get more action this summer as movie nights and music festivals become regular offerings.
The entryway mixes wallpaper, stunning mirrors from Nectar in High Falls, and marble surfaces that shine, but not so much that you don’t feel at home leaning in to learn more from the host about the new on-site massage services from Maha Rose Center. Tiny, and with an almost-always-closed door to the rest of the inn (there’s a separate entrance for the bar and dining room), the front desk gives little away, part of its mystique.
The feather duvets and pillows, atop high leather bed frames by Akiva Reich & Co deliver perfectly on the comfort scale. It was the ideal place to dive into the hotel’s signature GUIDE, with news about local artisans and stunning photographs of the grounds, and get started on the overly ambitious 1,000-page book I brought with me. But I couldn’t stay put for long; from my room, I could make out the edge of the wooded hiking path that backs into Stone Ridge Orchard — worth the effort to get out of bed in any season.
My stay found me in the Stable House Garden Suite with a second, lofted room. When the extra bed felt too empty after my first night, I invited my 6-year-old for a sleepover. This daybed turned luxe nest was the perfect place for us to read stories, play cards, and devour our DIY ice cream sundaes on the marble-and-brass trays (with provisions from Davenports Farm Stand, just down Route 209).
When I arrived, thick curtains were drawn to let in the sunshine, the key to my happiness in any stay away from home, though I found the blackout liners requisite for early mornings. Here, I got serious sleep. Since half my stay landed on a workday, the sleek marble, brass and velvet desk duo by Akiva Reich & Co., dressed with leather desk blotters from Jay Teske Leather Co., created an idyllic writer’s ambiance. A full day of focused writing was rewarded with a decadent-feeling dinner of local greens and a grilled ribeye in the bar.
In the textured Club Room, reupholstered leather chairs and crush velvet wingbacks from Brimfield Flea Market lend plenty of places to land among the book-lined walls, colored window frames, and whimsical wallpaper from Cole & Son. The fireplace, stoked daily through winter, still gives off a smoky-lounge-of-eras past appeal through spring.
A dining room lined with black leather and marble cafe tables and designer lighting by Materia Designs gives Butterfield, the house restaurant, a beautiful self-possessed aura, but the worn piano in the corner, a cheerful staff, and Elvis streaming on Pandora made even my young daughter feel welcome at brunch. Dinners of pulled confit duck and farmhouse chicken are elegant (without a doubt, start with the crispy artichokes), but a brunch plate of bacon, eggs, and sausage with toast was as simple and delicious as it sounds. Consider the Butterfield burger and any soup or salad on the menu, with ingredients sourced from local farms, your brunch go-to.
Of the three common patios, the largest sits in a sunny patch adjacent to the lawn and pool, where spring and summer guests will soon be able to dive into a casual barbecue-and-shakes menu. Hasbrouck House’s newest dining option, which Reich calls “reimagined fast food,” will open in late spring.
The marble barroom is the perfect spot for a cocktail, but I couldn’t get past the impressively diverse wine list, curated by Butterfield’s new general manager, Lauren Aitken, a native of Stone Ridge. I could have spent hours talking about her wine knowledge and her many years managing fine dining operations abroad. This could be the perfect spot to watch the Golden Globes with friends (as I did), have a conversation with a local, or even bump into the property’s gracious former owners, also Stone Ridge locals, who stop in from time to time for a meal. “We got close to them,” Reich says of Dan and Suzanne Hauspurg, who owned the inn for the last two-and-a-half decades. “This was such an important part of their life — 25 years catering to their guests and to the locals.”
Forty-five vintage Persian rugs throughout the bedrooms offer the inn thematic pops of color. In the Stable House Grand Loft, lofted ceilings and a plush velvet bench by Akiva Reich & Co. have me dreaming of the master bedroom in my next house.
Not all rooms house a tub this grand, but if baths are your fix for ultimate relaxation, request a luxury suite. Hibernating in a bubble bath is fair game in the winter, but by spring there will be new bikes, row boats, hammocks, and tree swings scattered across the property to get you back outside.
The 55-foot vintage pool is a rarity for a boutique hotel in the Hudson Valley. Set behind cleverly placed greenery, the fenced-in pool patio enjoys a moderate level of privacy while still in full sun. Proximity to the patio dining guarantees easy access to lunch and cocktails.
When Reich and Baron took over the property, one of their first projects was restoring the smokehouse to its full glory. “It hadn’t been in use for 60 years,” Reich says. Once restored, it became the go-to for Butterfield specialties, like the addictive smoked tomatoes on the burger, or house-made Canadian bacon in the eggs benedict.
For meals off-property, venture into uptown Kingston for a hearty dinner at the always bustling Boitson’s, or their new, reliably delicious Greek eatery, KOVO, a personal favorite. Further downtown, at the waterfront (known as the Rondout to Kingstonians), stop into Brunette for elegant snacks and an expertly designed wine list. While you’re there, make time for shopping at Kingston Wine Co., Clove & Creek and Hops Petunia, a trio of elbow-to-elbow storefronts on a strip of Broadway that could easily be found in glitzier Hudson, or Brooklyn. Closer by, consider High Falls and Rosendale for quick drive-to-town adventuring. Find classic American southern soda-fountain favorites (think: fried green tomatoes) at family-friendly Kitchenette. Davenports Farm Stand and Saunderskill Farm and Market are my go-to, one-stop shops for local cheeses and meats, in-season produce, housemade soups and cider donuts, and Lekker 209 is the stop for coffee, tea, and treats (try the shortbread). For true nostalgia, pull off at Cherries Deli on 209 to enjoy chocolate-dipped soft serve, spot-on shakes and tempting bacon-and-cheese laden sandwiches with the locals (like me).
KOVO, Boitson’s, Brunette, Cherries Deli, Kitchenette, Lekker 209
Clove and Creek, Hops Petunia, Kingston Wine Co., Davenports Farm Stand, Saunderskill Farm and Market, Migliorelli Farm Stand
Mohonk Preserve, Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Poets’ Walk Park