A United States President, a literary great, and a Supreme Court Justice walk into an inn in the Hudson Valley...

You could fill a phone book listing out each and every historical figure, notable musician, world-renowned artist, etc. who has passed through the Hudson Valley at some point over the years.

We're graced with an inspiring landscape of mountains, greenery, and water that attracts creatives from all over. The area has been the muse of artists ranging from Washington Irving to Joni Mitchell.

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But when you see that a number of renowned politicians, artists, and literary greats have all made stops at the same spot, you have to wonder what's so great about it!

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The Most 'Enchanting' Inn in the Hudson Valley

Troutbeck Inn has roots dating back 300 years. It's changed ownership a couple of times through the years but has maintained its reputation amongst distinguished visitors.

Located in Amenia in Dutchess County, NY, Troutbeck was described as, "a world in itself, hidden by trees and separated by the musical boundary-line of the Webutuck River from the tiny hamlet of Leedsville." This beautiful description was written in the forward of Thoreau's Last Letter by Edwin Arlington Robinson.

Based on this description, it's no wonder the inn attracted the likes of emerging philosophers, naturalists, essayists, and poets like Thoreau and Emerson.

Famous Faces at Troutbeck Inn

In the early 1900s, Columbia University Comparative Literature Department Head Colonel Joel Spingarn, and his wife Amy purchased the inn and maintained the stream of notable intellects who came to stay. Literary giants like Sinclair Lewis and Lewis Mumford were among the visitors at Troutbeck, along with Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and President Theodore Roosevelt but the list goes on. Having hosted early meetings of the emerging NAACP, co-founder Mary Ovington, and sociologist and civil rights activist W.E.B. Dubois also passed through Troutbeck.




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Troutbeck Inn Today

Today, Troutbeck remains an esteemed place to stay, ranking among Conde Nast's 50 Best Resorts in the World.

You have your choice of cottages and houses to pick from when booking a room, they have a US Open-grade tennis court, relaxing pools, and really delicious-looking food options including pasta nights.

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It probably looks quite different from the tranquil days of Emerson and Thoreau's stays, but it's certainly one of the Hudson Valley's most hidden history-filled stays.

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"The Finger Lakes got a near-instant icon when this 124-room lakefront resort opened in 2020. Willowbrook Spa features Nordic-inspired barrel saunas overlooking the lake, along with a calming sunroom and a tranquil garden. Guests can swim in the outdoor pool, soak in the hot tub, or go out on the lake in canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards"

Check out the stunning photos of the Lake House on Canandaigua below!

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