Pamela’s Bird & Bottle Inn, Garrison
Mellow yellow: Housed in a tavern that dates to 1761, Pamela’s Bird & Bottle Inn has a lovely garden and brook on the property.
It’s all about relaxation and escape from the daily grind at this classic inn, which dates back to 1761. Originally known as Warren’s Tavern (it was renamed the Bird & Bottle in 1940), the cheery yellow two-story building was once a pit stop on the stagecoach route between New York City and Albany. Over the years, some famous names, from George Washington and Ben Franklin to Jackie Gleason and Frank Sinatra, have stopped there. After being closed for five years, the site is now run by Pamela Resch — owner of the restaurant/catering facility Pamela’s on the Hudson in Newburgh — and has been rechristened Pamela’s Bird & Bottle Inn.
“What a magical property,” says Resch, a natural hostess who welcomes arriving guests with trays of fruit and cheese and offers of wine or beer in the tavern. “This place has such charm and uplifting energy. Guests really settle in and rejuvenate.” A 24/7 hospitality area has coffee, tea, and snacks at the ready. Three guest rooms in the main house are decorated with four-poster beds, wing chairs, and antiques. Of special interest: The John Warren and Beverly Warren rooms each connect to a second-floor porch, a lovely spot for morning coffee or evening cocktails. Guests can also stay in a separate cottage. Keep in mind: The Internet connection here is sketchy, and the only TVs are in the tavern and the parlor.
Eat: While Resch offers a hot breakfast each morning (homemade waffles with Nutella, French toast with berries and crème fraîche), for other meals you’re on your own. The innkeeper suggests Cathryn’s Tuscan Grill in Cold Spring, where you can enjoy such temptations as Hudson Valley foie gras with sautéed apples, and fresh squid-ink linguine. Hudson House, also in Cold Spring, is known for its Sunday brunch (tip: try a bellini made with Italian bubbly). If you’re feeling casual, mosey on over to Roundup Texas Smoked Barbecue a short ways down the road: the jalapeño mac and cheese and juicy brisket are crowd-pleasers.
Do: You’ll be tempted to chill in your room as you listen to the babbling brook outside, but do get out and explore. Nearby is Boscobel House and Gardens, the 19th-century country house famous for its world-class collection of Federal furniture. Guests also take a trip north to Dia:Beacon to view art from the ’60s to the present day; West Point and Storm King Art Center are just across the river. Antiquing is a favorite pastime in Cold Spring, where there are about 25 different shops to browse in. Tour industrial designer Russel Wright’s Manitoga estate, also in Garrison, then hit the woodland walks outside the house that connect to the Appalachian Trail. Or keep it simple: Saunter out the inn’s front door and up Albany Post Road for some pretty views.
Insider's Tip: If you think you have a novel in you, rent out the cottage for a month at a special rate. Hibernate and pen your magnum opus while gazing at the garden. If you want to test the waters, visit the inn on June 4, when it hosts a jazz event with wine and craft beer tasting.
Pamela’s Bird & Bottle Inn
1123 Old Albany Post Rd., Garrison
Price range: Open Tuesday through Sunday; room rates start at $200 per night.