Quaint B & B Helmed by Renowned Chef
Cliché as it might sound, guests at The Red Hook Country Inn really do eat like royalty, thanks to the work of Chef Nabil Ayoub. Ayoub’s culinary career has taken him across Europe and parts of the Middle East, cooking for such figures as Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Princess Margaret of Great Britain. Now a proprietor of The Red Hook Country Inn with his wife, Patricia Holden, Ayoub has helped make the inn an unforgettable fine-dining experience without sacrificing its charming B & B feel. The nine-room inn is tucked into New York’s Hudson Valley, surrounded by small farms and the rolling Catskill and Berkshire Mountains. This deal includes a wine-tasting package at nearby Millbrook Vineyards and Winery, an award-winning winery producing chardonnay, tocai friulano, and pinot noir.
Chef Ayoub prepares five-course prix fixe dinners ($69–$79/person; reservations required) at The Chef’s Table. Feasts begin with a soup du jour and a Mediterranean salad followed by a choice of entree, which might include slow-braised lamb shank, salmon fillet, or chicken veronique. Desserts are nothing short of decadent: rich spoonfuls of bread pudding made with Jameson Irish whiskey share the table with honey-infused baklava.
At night, guests retire to rooms rife with antiques. The Queen Anne and Afterglow premium rooms feature whirlpool tubs and fireplaces. Each morning, the aromas of Turkish coffee signal the start of breakfast, which also includes fresh eggs from their own hens, tea, juice, and baked goods.
Red Hook, New York: Historical Towns in Scenic Hudson Valley
The village of Red Hook lies in the heart of the Hudson Valley, near meandering hiking paths and colonial-era towns dotted with antique stores. Along the Dutchess Wine Trail—a short drive connecting two local wineries—scenes of yesteryear unfold along the road. Horse and dairy farms are bordered by ponds, woodlands, and winding streams.
The home of Franklin D. Roosevelt is located in nearby Hyde Park. Here you can tour the first presidential library and stroll through gardens and along trails lining the 300-acre estate. Art lovers, meanwhile, will want to tour the home of Hudson River school painter Frederic Church. Known as Olana, the Persian-style estate sits on 250 acres overlooking the Catskill, Berkshire, and Taconic Mountains—peaks that frequently appear in Church’s landscape paintings.
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