ROSENDALE, N.Y. — The three-story 1850 House Inn & Tavern has operated as a hotel on Main Street in this Ulster County town since 1850. Known by various names (Central Hotel, Joe Hill’s Hotel, Garden Inn, to name a few), the newest incarnation debuted last year with 11 meticulously rehabbed rooms and one two-bedroom suite.
The vibe is historical but not stuffy. The red brick exterior, original wide-plank floors, and wood bar in the tavern refer to the past, as do oversized reproductions of vintage photos that decorate the walls. Rooms and public spaces offer comfortable, contemporary furnishings in a palette of white, eggshell, beige, and brown.
Accommodations feature fine linens, plush towels and bathrobes, docking stations, flat-screen TVs, and spa amenities that include a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss. (I’ve always questioned why hotels never provide toothpaste for guests. This is a nice surprise.) A full breakfast of eggs, fruit, breads, and yogurt is included, as is parking, Wi-Fi, and unlimited coffee-on-demand provided by a single-cup brewing machine in the lounge.
The inn is in the heart of the Hudson Valley, a three-hour drive from Boston, and 90 minutes from Manhattan. There are several restaurants, a bakery, and colorfully painted shops within walking distance, and the scenic Rondout Creek provides a pastoral backdrop.
“The area is a rich getaway for different activities. People come here to visit historic homes, go antiquing, hike in the Mohonk Preserve, and for mountain biking, skiing, kayaking, hot air ballooning, and leaf peeping,” said innkeeper Amy Stroope.
1850 HOUSE INN & TAVERN 435 Main St., Rosendale, N.Y., 845-658-7800, www.the1850house.com. Seasonal rates $149-$249.