A new environmentally-conscious, ultra-luxury resort has opened in Upstate New York’s Hudson Valley.
Wildflower Farms, Auberge Resorts Collection, began welcoming guests on September 30th. Situated on 140 acres overlooking the Shawangunk Ridge, the property offers 65 bespoke cabins, cottages and suites; an Auberge Spa; Maplehouse cooking school; and exceptional dining destinations, including the resort’s signature restaurant, Clay.
“Fifteen years ago, my wife, Kristin, and I came to the Hudson Valley for the first time and immediately fell in love with Gardiner,” said Phillip Rapoport, owner and managing partner, Wildflower Farms, Auberge Resorts Collection. “Several years later, we purchased the site for Wildflower Farms and embarked on a seven-year journey to create something that has never existed in the destination. We wanted to create an antidote to urban life that honored and respected the beautiful nature of the area. We built this resort to offer the type of guest experience we were looking for ourselves – design that is rooted in nature, with easy access to hiking, well-being experiences, outstanding cuisine and warm service. This is a very personal project that we are deeply passionate about, and we are elated to finally welcome friends, family and travelers from around the world to this extraordinary destination.”
Property highlights include:
- Main buildings designed as a series of asymmetrical barn-style structures connected by one roofline and featuring a central fireplace, floor-to-ceiling glass doors and spacious outdoor terraces;
- free-standing cabins, cottages and suites optimally placed for privacy and designed to blend seamlessly with nature;
- multiple dining venues, including The Great Porch and Clay in the property’s main building, and the Dew Bar situated alongside the outdoor swimming pool;
- a 9,000-square-foot wellness facility – Thistle, an Auberge Spa – featuring six treatment rooms, outdoor hot tubs, and an indoor saltwater pool;
- expansive grounds that are home to a 3,500-square-foot open-air fitness center, a movement studio offering daily classes, and three miles of hiking trails;
- and an on-site farm and Maplehouse education center for “epicurean exploration” into the produce and food makers of the Hudson Valley.
Wildflower Farms also has more than 15,000 square feet of social space. The Marigold Room offers almost 3,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space. The Barn at Maplehouse can host large gatherings on its ground floor and also houses the Maplehouse Cooking School and the Board Room. The Green Room, situated below Clay, is perfect for indoor events. And Maple Lane, a tree-lined wildflower meadow, is a great space for outdoor ceremonies and events.
“We are honored to introduce Auberge Resorts Collection’s first property in the legendary Hudson Valley,” said Craig Reid, president and chief executive officer, Auberge Resorts Collection. “Harnessing the power of nature in its simplest form, Wildflower Farms offers solace, sanctuary and joyful opportunities to reconnect with nature just a 90-minute drive from New York City.”