Two luxury country escapes

Dogs Welcome




A hospitality trend popping up across New York City is boutique hotels adding special packages and accommodations for our four-legged friends such as artisanal doggie treats, bedazzled beds, and even pampering playdates.

As an urbanite and an owner of a 145-pound Newfoundland named Milo, I am always on the lookout for dog-friendly luxury destinations where I can escape the city without having to leave my gentle giant back home. Luckily, I discovered some gems over the years. Here are two.

Troutbeck

Located in the foothills of the Hudson Valley, in Amenia, Troutbeck is only a two-hour jaunt from NYC by car or train. A 250-year-old property, renovated and re-imagined in 2017 by the Campalimaud family, is engrained with deep history. It was the meeting place for activists, artists, poets, and dreamers such as Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, and Sinclair Lewis, to name a few.

Whether your visit to these bucolic 45 acres happens when trees are blanketed with snow or lush evergreen, the stone manor is a perfect spot for your furry friends. “Being pet-friendly in our eyes is an extension of hospitality and reality, and we have the space and accommodations to do it,” said general manager John Sheedy. A combination of 37 suites and rooms spans the property, each taking on its own hues and style, whether you stay in the Garden House, Century Lodge, or the Manor accommodations.

The culinary program at Troutbeck has always been focused on celebrating local ingredients. There is even a pantry stocked with local treats, available 24 hours for guests. Recently they brought in Michelin-starred chef Gabe McMackin as executive chef and culinary director to elevate this culinary philosophy and make it a community affair.

“Our goal with the new food and beverage program is to celebrate the property, and to just enjoy being here with our colleagues, friends, neighbors, and guests. We’re bringing great ingredients that our friends are growing close by and making delicious things to eat,” Sheedy added.

Winvian Farm

Tucked away in the country hills of Litchfield, CT, this private estate was transformed into a whimsical getaway peppered with 18 unique cottages, each designed by different architects. Three of these magnificent cottages — Stone, Greenhouse, the Artist Retreat — are perfectly suited for your dog. You can even request a comfy bed for your pooch so they are as comfortable as you are.

With an expansive farm centered on the property, the culinary program is a seed-to-table philosophy led by Chef Chris Eddy, harvesting most ingredients on the property, including honey from their own bees.

Whether you fancy a dip in the 40-foot pool, taking a spin on the bikes waiting on your deck, or playing a boozy game of foosball, the Winvian philosophy is to recharge and indulge.

Check availability and pricing on the following sites: www.winvian.com and www.troutbeck.com.