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Staying in a Barn

Bellwood Barn rental in the Hudson Valley

This weekend, we drove a few hours north of Brooklyn and stayed at a 19th-century barn in the Hudson Valley with some friends. When we showed up, we were blown away…

Bellwood Barn rental in the Hudson Valley

The coolest part was that you could open the huge doors on either end of the barn. How incredible is that?!

Joanna and Alex

You could feel the fall breeze even sitting on the sofa.

Bellwood Barn in Saugerties

The boys played outside for ages…

Saugerties Lighthouse in the Hudson Valley

And we also walked with our friends to the Saugerties lighthouse and explored the charming town. It was one of those magical fall weekends.

Anyway, I thought I’d let you know, in case anyone is looking for a great getaway spot! Here are a few other places outside the city that look wonderful, too: The Floating Farmhouse, this lovely rental in the North Fork, the design hotel Graham & Co. and Hillside Schoolhouse (a one-room schoolhouse turned gospel chapel turned boutique hotel — it almost looks haunted in the photo!).

Are there any towns, hotels or rentals you like within driving distance of NYC? I’d love to hear.

Hope you had a good weekend! xoxo

  1. So lovely, thank you for sharing!! Would love to know if there are any spots like this around Colorado!

  2. It would be amazing if you could do a feature featuring some unique getaways around the country! While my mom is a pro at finding lesser known places, I didn’t inherit that and would love tips on weekend getaways around the US.

  3. Berkshires all the way! It’s so beautiful and peaceful there. Lots of seriously good food. (All the Blue Hill dairy cows are in Great Barrington!) I recommend this place because it’s on acres and acres of land. So much room for running around. There’s a huge garden full of raspberries, tomatoes and eggplants for you to pick, and there are hammocks. Hammocks everywhere. https://www.vrbo.com/583082

  4. Colette says...

    I grew up in Mystic, CT, which is a lovely, lovely little town for fall exploring. It’s easily accessible via Amtrak or Shoreline East and Uber is surprisingly pretty well available there. There’s an incredible old cider mill called Clyde’s, the infamous Mystic Pizza (of Julia Roberts’ 80s film fame – though the pizza isn’t my favorite), Mystic Aquarium and Seaport (both incredible and very kid-friendly museums), great seafood like the road-side clam shack SeaSwirl (for fried clams, hot dogs and so many flavors of soft serve) and quite fun night life if you’re going with friends or want to pop out for a drink! For date nights, Anthony J’s Italian Bistro is really romantic and sweet (and the lobster ravioli is divine!). Also, a shameless plug – my dad owns the Inn at Mystic, a very old historic inn (where Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacal had their honeymoon!), which is very close to the train station and quite close to quaint downtown Mystic as well :) Enjoy!

    • Torey says...

      My family loves the Inn at Mystic! So fun to have grown up in that area, Colette! My mom and I used to make an annual date of doing the lantern tour at Christmas at the Seaport followed by a nice dinner at the Inn. It was such great one on one time to have together. I am looking forward to doing it with my two young sons. Please tell them it’s been a great place for our family memories :)

  5. Alex says...

    All those places look so magical! Especially the barn! I’ve always wanted to explore all of upstate New York! I’m from Southern California and it’s always fun to escape and drive up the coast, but the west coast is so different than the east, and I’d love to explore the east as much as I’ve explored the west!

    This past weekend my boyfriend and some friends of his went camping in Idyllwild, California. It’s in the mountains that are between Palm Springs and Temecula (which is on the west side). Wasn’t quite fall weather yet there, super dry and windy (yikes yesterday was almost 110 in some places!) But Idyllwild is such a fun quirky little mtn town to explore. It’s nice because you can go off and camp and hike and then come into town for drinks and a good meal if you’re not up for cooking one day.

  6. This barn looks amazing! Glad you had a great trip. I love how this option is available now, like “Oh you want to say in an old refurbished barn? We can do that! Which century are you specifically looking for?”

  7. Delia says...

    Menla Mountain Retreat Center in Phoenicia, NY is magical!
    http://menla.us/

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      What a beautiful home!!

  8. It looks so pretty! I wouldn’t imagine it’s in NY!
    – Belen
    Check out my lifestyle blog! A HINT OF LIFE

    • New York State is gorgeous!! Come visit and you’ll see. :)

  9. Irene says...

    For the past 2 years I’ve taken my kids to http://www.hull-o.com/
    It’s a real working farm. The kids do chores, milk cows, and collect eggs. There’s a corn maze and s’mores making around the fire. The farmers wife is an amazing cook who makes home cooked breakfast and dinner. There’s apple picking and horse back riding near by. They loved it so much and are begging to go back!

  10. That looks amazing!! I want a barn now! There is a super cool place in Morris, CT two hours from the city! It’s Expensive, but so cool- The Winvian has amazing places to stay! Check out their website ! You can even stay in a helicopter!

  11. I’ve never been to NYC before but I love the picturesque landscape. Definitely a must see when I finally make it up there!

  12. Caroline says...

    My sisters, mom and I visited the glen wilde thanks to your post on it a few months back and it was just dreamy. Perfect weekend getaway that feels a million miles from the city.

  13. Wow, wow! What a beautiful barn.

  14. Annelise Smith says...

    The Hillside Schoolhouse is in my tiny, 900-person hometown! It’s amazing to see little inns and airbnbs become so popular there. :)

  15. Oh I remember that lighthouse! We were there five years ago to visit the place my husband grew up (Woodstock/Kingston). We live in Portland, Or currently. We stayed with friends while we there, but if we go back, will definitely consider that barn! Gorgeous!

  16. Can my husband, Luna & I join your friend group?! We come with books, toys, good conversation & wine! I’ll invite you all to my tamale making party in December with unlimited sangria!

    And Yes, its a Beautiful Barn!

    xo Lendy
    http://www.twoplusluna.com

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes!!!! deal!!! :) :) :)

  17. Looks like fun.

  18. amber says...

    did you see any orange leaves tho?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      haha yes a few!!

  19. Er says...

    Beacon, too! The Dia: Beacon art museum is such an inspiring space, and walking distance from Metro North. The town has grown a bit over the years, but somehow still retains its charm and down to earth feel. LOTS of Airbnb options, but 90 min from the city! Galleries galore, cute shops, eating options for kids + adults. Such a great weekend trip.

  20. Linda says...

    I love the pretty beams!

  21. Stephanie says...

    Was just in Cold Spring, NY for a wedding last weekend — a charming town that was just a 1.5 hour train ride from Grand Central. We spent a week in Litchfield, CT last summer. We stayed in a restored barn on a grass-fed beef farm. The pool and hiking trails made it great for all ages! https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/575233?sug=50

  22. Looks incredible. Thanks for sharing. You really help me learn about things I would never EVER look at, thank you!

  23. I love Western Mass and the Berkshires. Great airbnb options in most towns, great restaurants, hiking, museums.

  24. We have a house in Saugerties that we rent out on Airbnb too! We would love to have you or any Cup of Jo readers stay with us! It is such a special town, happy to hear you love it there too.

    https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/13784131?preview

    • Christy says...

      How charming! It’s a lovely spot.

  25. Henry says...

    Skip the Graham and Co, it’s an itchy, poorly maintained, very expensive motel with hipster branding. They tricked me, don’t let them trick you!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      ooh good to know! thank you!

    • Robin says...

      We had quite a nice stay at Graham and Co in August. I guess it all depends what you are expecting for your $, but we knew going in that it was going to have the “brooklyn in the country” shtick. I enjoyed our getaway.

  26. Alex says...

    Woodstock, NY, Greenport, NY and Cape May, NJ are our go to local destinations. We try to do at least one long weekend in each location each year. We like the Carroll Villa in Cape May. It’s a Victorian B&B on beautiful little street about a half block from the beach. I grew up going to the Hamptons but I love Cape May and it’s great if you have little kids. In Woodstock we usually rent a house or stay at the Inn on the Millstream. The Inn has cabins for rent on beautiful grounds and they have a great breakfast. In Greenport we stay at the Harborfront Inn. It’s a little pricy but it’s in a great location in the water and right in town.

    I’m looking forward to exploring some of the towns in the Delaware Valley like Frenchtown and New Hope, PA. Supposed to be charming with lots of good restaurants.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      woodstock is such a charming town! i’d love to check out the others. also, my friend goes to Long Beach Island every summer in NJ and adores it.

  27. Lauren says...

    Oh funny! My friends got married there Memorial Day weekend 2015. The whole barn can be converted into a rustic wedding venue with cozy family style farmhouse tables and the ceremony was on the lawn. It’s a lovely spot.

  28. Emilie says...

    Litchfield County, Connecticut is full of orchards, lakes, and colonial charm. I highly recommend it!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’ve heard such wonderful things about that area!

    • Yes, Litchfield is so nice! There are houses to rent in New Preston, Washington, and other towns on Lake Waramaug. There is great hiking in Kent, at Kent Falls and other state parks. There is a restaurant in Washington I’ve been dying to try called Community Table.

    • Also, the Manolo Blahnik family has a dairy farm called Arethusa in Litchfield County where they produce milk, butter and yogurt. I’m not sure if it’s available in city markets but up here, in Fairfield County, I buy it at my local supermarket. You can visit the farm–there’s a restaurant there.

  29. Were your kids in absolute heaven? This is so beautiful – I love outside-the-box vacation rentals.

  30. Daniela says...

    It would be amazing if you could do a feature featuring some unique getaways around the country! While my mom is a pro at finding lesser known places, I didn’t inherit that and would love tips on weekend getaways around the US.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      what a great idea, daniela! thank you!

  31. This is stunning! That open layout would be a dream for kids, not to mention that property! 😍😍😍

  32. Jackie says...

    Oh my goodness, my girlfriends and I found THE COOLEST, craziest, kookiest, most amazing B&B in the Finger Lakes many moons ago. We used to go at the end of October for my birthday and the leaf peeping was incredible. I just looked it up to recommend to you, but found out it sold in 2013 or so. It was created by the famous McKenzie-Childs couple and it was just spectacular. I wish it had stayed a B&B! I can’t believe the new owners bought it for $595k. 43 acres!!! Wow…just look at these pics.
    http://hookedonhouses.net/2011/07/24/the-mackenzie-childs-estate-for-sale-in-new-york/

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my goodness!! incredible!

  33. Jessica says...

    Alex wearing blue button down ;)

    • Olma says...

      HaHa! That was my thought exactly!

  34. RS says...

    Looks amazing! Did you have a problem with bugs and flies coming inside since it was all open?

  35. There is a town in Michigan about 1.5 hours from Chicago that always makes me so happy. I might have to go plan a fall getaway there. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • I just moved to Michigan and would love to know what it’s called. Thanks!

  36. Amanda says...

    Great post! That place looks amazing! Cape May, NJ is a wonderful little beach town. It is perfect for families. I am somewhat partial since my husband and I have a little cottage there. :) We rent it through Kid & Coe!

  37. This makes me miss fall so much <3 It looks like the most perfect weekend! xoxo

  38. How incredible!! Can’t get over the doors. Someone had some amazing vision with this place :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      no kidding!! apparently it was a really dilapidated, empty barn when they found it, and they really did it up. what a cool project.

  39. amy says...

    Looks great!

  40. Alice says...

    Those photos! I want to beam myself there.

  41. Natalie Brennan says...

    This place looks amazing! Kid & Coe seems to have found all the great rentals. Heading to their site right now ;-)

  42. The Tivoli Hotel in Tivoli, NY! Owned by an artist couple. Such a perfect spot for a weekend getaway :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you!!

  43. Simone says...

    This makes me want to come to NY!

  44. Shelby says...

    I literally smell the scent of fresh air just looking at the photos!