Fall Getaways 2010

Where to go and what to do: Six nearby spots where you can shop, dine, explore — and relax


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warwick inn at stony creekAll five of the guest rooms at the Inn at Stony Creek in Warwick (above) are furnished with antiques from the Federal and Empire periods

Photograph courtesy of Inn at Stony Creek

Warwick Inn at Stony Creek Warwick, NY

Away from it all, but right in the thick of it
By Greg Olear

When you stay at the Inn at Stony Creek, a gorgeous circa-1840 Greek Revival farmhouse in Warwick, you feel like you’re away from it all. The owners, Bill Signor and Joe Campone, strive to meet your every need, leaving you to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet (although it’s not quiet, as such; the hills are alive with the sound of bluebirds, owls, and other feathered friends who fly hither and yon about the nearby Audubon preserve).

“Our forté is service,” Signor says. “We wait on people hand and foot. From the moment they step out of their car, they are pampered.”

Set a few miles from the center of town on a quiet country road, the inn boasts a meadow, a pond, a hayfield, and the creek from which it takes its name. Here you can commune with nature. You can sit on a lazy rocker on the deep porch and watch riders on the nearby horse trail, or stroll to the chicken coop and visit the Americana hens, who lay eggs of blue, green, and turquoise. If you wander the grounds long enough, you might find the hidden rose garden.

Later, repair to the parlor to hear the concerto playing softly on the sound system and take inventory of the fine Federal and Empire-style antiques that comprise the furnishings. Or, you can venture upstairs to one of the five guest rooms and take a nap on the well-pillowed four-post bed, soak in the Jacuzzi tub, or catch up on your soaps on the flat-screen TV.

If you somehow get tired of the offerings at the inn — and have eaten your fill of fried zucchini blossoms plucked from the garden on the grounds — you can ask Signor to hook you up with a boxed lunch and directions to one of the area’s numerous and manifold attractions. From uncommon woodlands to the Woodbury Common Premium Outlets just less than 30 minutes away, there’s something near Warwick for every taste. You might feel like you’re far, far away, but you’re really right in the thick of things.

34 Spanktown Rd., Warwick,  845-986-3660, www.innstonycreek.com

Where to stay:

Chateau Hathorn
33 Hathorn Rd., Warwick. 845-986-6099
The nine guest rooms at this stately mansion — home of a Revolutionary War hero — all have different styles. Check out the Victorian bar and fine dining restaurant, too.

Where to eat:

Iron Forge Inn
38 Iron Forge Rd., Warwick. 845-986-3411
This charming, cozy restaurant — known for its brunch menu — sits at the foot of Mt. Peter.

Landmark Inn
526 Rte. 94 N., Warwick. 845-986-5444
Romantic seafood spot set in an inn more than 200 years old.

Trattoria Viviano
100 Main St., Warwick . 845-986-9611
Vito Viviano, the chef, was born and raised in Italy, and the menu reflects his rustic Italian roots.

Copper Bottom
162 N. Main St., Florida. 845-651-5700
The osso buco at this highly regarded eatery is hailed as one of the 10 best dishes in the area.

warwick valley wineryA visit to the area would not be complete without a trip to Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery, which is renowned for its hard ciders and fruit liqueurs

Photograph courtesy of Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery

What to do:

Warwick Applefest
Oct. 3, Village of Warwick
Five stages of entertainment, more than 200 vendors hawking crafts and yummy treats, and, of course, veneration of all things apple.

Warwick Valley Winery
114 Little York Rd., Warwick. 845-258-4858
Live music every weekend. Excellent food and fresh-baked bread at the Pané Café. Apple and pear picking from through November. And did we mention the wine tasting?

Pacem in Terris
96 Covered Bridge Rd., Warwick. 914-986-4329
A “trans-religious sanctuary” created by the late artist Frederick Franck, whose works are on display throughout the bucolic grounds. Idyllic spot to indulge your inner Thoreau. On Sunday nights, check out the classical music concerts.

Glenmere Reservoir Lands
Glenmere Ave., Warwick
Catch a glimpse of the endangered northern cricket frog and the orchids growing in the biggest bog in Orange County.

Bellvale Creamery
385 Rte. 17A, Warwick. 845-988-1818
The acme of frozen desserts — literally, as the ice cream shop perches atop Mt. Peter. The waffle cones are fresh-baked. Signor recommends the Bellvale Bog: dark chocolate ice cream with brownie chunks and fudge swirl.

Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
498 Red Apple Ct., Central Valley. 845-928-4000
Not exactly the great outdoors, but with 220 outlet stores — including Adidas, Burberry, J. Crew, Prada, and Giorgio Armani — the single best place in the Valley for back-to-school shopping, and a draw for shopaholics from Asia to Arkansas.

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