Historic Hotel Overlooking Hudson River and Military Academy
With the Hudson River to the east and the United States Military Academy to the west, the Thayer Hotel at West Point rests amid a natural wonder and a historical landmark. At first glance, some might mistake the hotel as part of campus, since the hotel's crenellated stone façades, soaring towers, and battlements reflect the design of the academy’s gothic architecture. Built in 1926 to host military personnel, the hotel has welcomed U.S. presidents and international dignitaries visiting the Hudson Highlands.
In the lobby, 30-foot ceilings tower over marble and stone decorations, and candle chandeliers cast a warm glow over the room’s portraits of military leaders and wooden furnishings. Deluxe rooms also use wood fixtures, from the headboard and side tables framing the king or queen beds to the dresser propping up the cable-ready TV. With 149 guestrooms available, visitors often can choose their scenery: the rolling hills lining the Hudson River or the prestigious buildings of the academy's campus.
Fine dining in West Point begins at The Thayer Hotel, with executive chef James Luque’s creative menu of international cuisines at MacArthur’s Riverview Restaurant. Gothic windows and ornate pillars set a sophisticated stage for macadamia-crusted Chilean sea bass and Sunday champagne brunches. The adjacent General Patton’s Tavern offers a casual atmosphere for cocktail sipping set against a river backdrop.
West Point, New York: Historical Town Near Hudson Valley's Vineyards and Shopping
West Point sits within the beautiful Lower Hudson Valley, just a stone’s throw away from lush vineyards and wineries. Package options include a scenic 20-minute ride to Woodbury Common Premium Outlets in Central Valley, where provided coupon books match shoppers with discounts from high-end fashion retailers. Guests can also visit Palaia Vineyards to sample an assortment of wines, soundtracked by live entertainment ranging from musical performances to dramatic readings of cereal ingredients. Just north of West Point in New Windsor, the Storm King Art Center displays a collection of sculptures dating back to 1945 in a colorful woodland area spanning over 500 acres. Some of the valley's best views are found at the Boscobel mansion, an early 19th-century neoclassical estate that sits on a bluff perched above the Hudson River.