Who: Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa
What: Farm-to-spa treatments.
Where: 220 North Road, Milton, N.Y.; buttermilkspa.com.
Why Bother: The spa at this charming Hudson Valley bed-and-breakfast is expanding its menu of treatments that incorporate herbs grown right on the property. right now, a bumper crop of lavender is being harvested for a lavender and sugar scrub ($155) that leaves one’s skin feeling silky smooth, and fragrant aromatherapy oils are being extracted from the garden’s rosemary and thyme plants. Not to be left out, bees on the farm’s hives are making the honey (as the song goes, they don’t do it for the money) used in a coconut milk body mask. The spa itself is gorgeous and set high among trees with a big deck with views of the Hudson River. Weather permitting, you can sit outside with a cup of fresh peppermint tea and zone out to the sound of a nearby waterfall. Pedicures and manicures take place by the indoor pool in colder months and in the separate salon during warm weather. For those with kids, there are llamas, alpacas, goats, exotic chickens and peacocks to meet, and a flock well-fed ducks devour bread tossed from little hands. The spa menu at the inn’s newly opened Henry’s Farm to Table restaurant is tasty and wholesome, and since Buttermilk Falls is only an hour’s drive from new York City, it’s an easy jaunt for lunch. try the poached salmon with organic white beans over a bed of local greens. Early next year, there will be yoga and Pilates classes in a former “working” barn that overlooks the farm’s fields and was built by hand as a peg-and-beam structure — with no nails — just as the original barns in the Hudson Valley were built. The establishment is owned by Bob Pollock, who also has the popular Great Jones Spa in NoLIta.
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