By Jeff & Stephanie Sylva
Are you looking to take a break from the city and get back to nature? Longing to sit among the trees, while away the hours watching the river flow, and enjoy the smell of an open fire? A respite in the woods sounds appealing, but you’re not exactly into the camping scene. Then the recently-opened Hudson Valley property, Hutton Brickyards, may be the perfect choice for you.
This Kingston, NY hotel prides itself on being a “Nature Hotel for City People.” Set on a 73-acre campus of a former brick factory on the banks of the Hudson River, Hutton Brickyards provides an “elegant camping” experience of luxury cabin accommodations with unique river views and industrial architecture.
AN INDUSTRIAL HISTORY
The industrial legacy of the Hutton Brick Works Company is an integral component of the hotel’s character. At the beginning of the 20th century, brick manufacturing was the preeminent industry on New York’s Hudson River. Operating from 1865 to 1980, the Hutton Brick Works supplied this essential building material for construction projects throughout the Hudson Valley and New York City, including Yankee Stadium, The Cloisters, and the Empire State Building.
Much of the Brick Works’ infrastructure has since been dismantled. Still, a few integral elements remain—three steel-frame kiln sheds and a Lidgerwood crane used for loading materials onto river barges. The kiln sheds and crane are some of the only surviving examples of brick-making architecture in the Hudson Valley and serve as creative inspiration for the hotel’s cabin accommodations, dining pavilion, and event spaces.
After checking in, a Hutton Brickyards team member will take you on a tour of the campus to familiarize you with the layout of the 31 luxury cabins and suites, the waterfront restaurant and event pavilions, and the spa areas and activity zones. After the tour, settle into your cabin in the woods. A variety of cabin styles are available in both king-sized and queen-sized bed arrangements. Some cabins offer outstanding river views, like the king cabins’ floor-to-ceiling glass wall, while others provide tranquil forest views. All cabins have an outdoor sitting area or private deck, perfect for enjoying a cup of morning Joe or a Happy Hour cocktail. Simply put out your cabin’s “Thirsty” flag for the afternoon drive-by cocktail service.
The Cottage, the most spacious accommodation, sleeps up to four guests. The downstairs bedroom features a king-sized bed; the upstairs loft features a queen-sized bed. The expansive bathroom features a wet room with a clawfoot soaking tub and a spacious shower. Additional amenities include a wet bar, dining area, living room, and a large courtyard ready for outdoor entertaining.
Cabin amenities include luxury linens, a mini-fridge, air conditioning, in-room safe, generous-sized showers with apothecary bath products, and a personal in-room service tablet. Set the perfect mood playing your favorite music with the provided Bluetooth speaker. King-sized cabins also offer a collection of vinyl records to play on the Bluetooth turntable.
With a drink in hand, explore the grounds and seek out your perfect spot to take in the serenity of nature. Maybe it’s sitting around a firepit or possibly lounging in an Adirondack chair with an excellent view of the river.
Featuring panoramic views of the Hudson coupled with the aromas wafting from the many wood-fired fireplaces and ovens, the Brickyards’ open-air restaurant, The River Pavilion, is the perfect locale. Enjoy Chef Dan Silverman’s elevated cuisine inspired by the bounty of the Hudson Valley. To experience the delightful flavors of the wood-fired ovens and grilles, try the small plate of Roasted Apricots with lioni burrata, prosciutto, and thyme. Then for an entrée, you can’t go wrong with either the Cedar-Planked Steelhead Trout with a currant-pine nut relish or the Grilled Long Island Duck Breast with roasted cherries, mustard greens, and banyuls vinaigrette.
The River Pavilion is closed for dinner on Tuesdays, but no worry—Hutton Hangout at The Pavilion provides a great chance to take in the scenic views while having cocktails, cuisine by La Ruta Del Sol, and live music.
Breakfast at Hutton Brickyards is leisurely—you barely have to roll out of bed. Simply place your order, and a packaged continental breakfast will be delivered to your cabin at your desired time. And if you crave a snack, The Larder provides some essentials—or even some indulgences-conveniently delivered to your door.
A stay at Hutton Brickyards gives you ample opportunities to enjoy the serenity and beauty of this natural spot. One option to enhance your visit is with the Salt Spa and its Spa Garden, a private area set in the shade next to the river to repose before and after one of Salt Spa’s many restorative services. First, check the Spa menu for a list of massages, facials, and body treatments. Then, soak up breathtaking views of the Hudson River while relaxing in a wooden barrel sauna. Saunas can accommodate up to four people.
Other activities include archery, croquet, biking (bikes are complimentary), yoga and Pilates classes, kayaking, and hiking (the Empire State Trail passes through the property). In addition, special events and activities are scheduled periodically. Check the website calendar for details.
Two areas of Kingston are worth exploring. The Uptown Stockade District has Revolutionary-era stone buildings and National Historic Landmarks nestled alongside an array of contemporary restaurants, galleries, music venues, and boutiques. The Downtown Rondout Waterfront district has marinas, award-winning restaurants, eclectic shops, art galleries, and a charming waterside promenade
Hutton Brickyards is a Salt Hotel, a hospitality brand whose stated mission is to integrate large-scale hotels’ design, amenities, and technology with a small inn’s intimate, personal service, unique character, and community connections.
For more on Hutton Brickyards, visit huttonbrickyards.com