When Lucky Guy and I first started dating a couple of months ago, I lamented that I really, REALLY wanted to see some fall foliage. I grew up in West Virginia, and the rich smell and visual of soil covered in tones of gold and fiery fallen leaves is something that helps me renew my spirit. You can take me out of my home state, but I’ll always be a country girl at heart.
I visited the gorgeous Thayer Hotel last year on a press trip to Woodbury Commons Premium Outlets, and longed to return to see its gorgeous grounds during peak leaf season. I had a hunch it was going to be amazing, and the good folks at the hotel were kind enough to help me return to see if my hunch correct.
So, one Friday morning (two days before I left for Seattle for a Microsoft visit, actually), we packed up a Zipcar and headed 50 miles north to West Point and to the waiting grounds of the gorgeous hotel.
The Thayer Hotel is West Point’s historic hotel, a grand and majestic structure of stone and brick mixed with classic American creature comforts inside.
It revels in its history, with proud memorabilia of its graduates and groundbreaking military leaders lining the halls and hotel room walls. It’s steps away from the actual military academy and has grand views of the campus, with the Hudson River rolling right behind the property. I love that it’s steeped in tradition, I love reading all the history contained within and on its walls.
But in all honesty: it has four things that were absolutely necessary for this trip: lush scenery, a gigantic bed that is not soon replicated outside of your dreams, incredible dining…and absolute peace and quiet. When you live in Manhattan, sometimes silence is golden.
We checked straight in after our brief drive and set off on a hike along the Hudson River and inevitably up the hill and through the West Point campus. It’s a sight to behold. I took over 300 photos, but I didn’t want to turn this into a hey-look-at-my-vacation-photos.
So, these are some of the best.
Lucky Guy and I marked that we took about 13,000 steps that afternoon. Not a bad workout: we literally hiked until the sun started to set, and returned to our room to watch the view…
…then showered, dressed and had dinner in the hotel’s lovely MacArthur’s Restaurant. I would highly recommend the Rack of Lamb. See also: there’s a chocolate fountain. I am a simple woman with simple needs.
When we turned in that night, I don’t think I’ve slept that well in a very long time. No deadlines, no ringing phones, no Instagram. Because sometimes a girl just needs to SLEEP.
We watched the sun rise from the bed the next morning before we made our way back to the city, more rested and in great spirits.
If you’re in the need for some breathing space of your own just outside Manhattan, I can’t recommend this hotel more highly. Amazing rooms, incredible service and fantastic food. But the views? Breathtaking, whether the leaves are falling or the trees are blooming.
It’s blissful. Pay them a visit. I have a feeling I’ll be back again. So in love…with that hotel.
For reservations and more information, visit The Thayer Hotel’s website or call 800-247-5047