Photos courtesy of The Eldred Preserve
Set on sprawling 600 acres in Sullivan County, The Eldred Preserve invites guests to dine, explore, and relax.
When it comes to hidden gems in the Hudson Valley, it’s hard to ignore The Eldred Preserve. Begin, the Sullivan County Retreat is huge – 600 acres, to be precise. On top of that, it encompasses not one, but three local heritages: the Eldred Preserve, the Bradstan Country Hotel and the Homestead Restaurant. It’s a place that oozes history, offers sparkling scenery, and entices guests in need of a reprieve to stop and stay awhile. In short, this is precisely the kind of place that Hudson Valley staycation dreams are made of.
So, are you ready to take a peek inside?
As a resort town, The Eldred Preserve offers a little something for everyone. It has a hotel, making it an ideal respite for forest getaways, and has event space and a farm-to-table steakhouse on the grounds. And, speaking of these lands, they feel like an oasis in the forest and an exemplary embodiment of the beauty of the Catskills region.
“Sullivan County has always been a special place for me and my wife, Joan, whom I met in White Lake so long ago,” notes co-founder Dan Silna. “We’ve had a home here for years and are so grateful to finally have the opportunity to give back to the community that has brought so much love to both of our lives.”
Although The Eldred Preserve is a unique project for Silna, it is far from her only entrepreneurial endeavor. Before he started working on the station, he made a name for himself in the textile industry and as a former co-owner of the American Basketball Association’s Spirit of St. Louis. Drawing on his skills as an entrepreneur and investor, he worked with Joan to bring their shared vision for the place to life.
Today, that vision is embodied in three distinct offerings: The Bradstan Boutique Hotel, The Homestead Restaurant + Lounge and The Preserve Weddings + Events. Together, they are just as ideal for stays in the Hudson Valley as they are for the perfect weddings in the region. They reside on an area that was once a premier fishing resort, founded in 1967 by Robert H. Abplanalp, an inventor who organized a myriad of outdoor activities on the land, including fishing, hiking, hiking, hunting and target practice.
Built on the legacy of the Bradstan Country Hotel, which served as the main hotel on White Lake in Bethel for nearly 30 years, the Bradstan Boutique Hotel is a must-visit for an overnight stay in Sullivan County. It welcomes visitors with a variety of accommodations, ranging from an eight-bedroom lodge to three five-bedroom lodges and five 700-square-foot self-contained cabins. All rooms feature avant-garde interiors, which reflect themes such as Oakwood, Charcoal, Barnwood, Bluestone and Saddle. As for the decoration, it is strongly inspired by the surrounding nature of the hotel, with bleached oak plank ceilings, industrial-style fans with oak blades and floor-to-ceiling windows. Some rooms even have a fireplace and a balcony.
Of course, interior amenities are only part of the Bradstan’s appeal. For outdoor adventurers, plenty to do awaits. After check-in, you can venture out to the lakeside lodge or take one of the kayaks, paddle boats, or canoes for a Lake Sunrise cruise. For lovers of the land, the two-mile-long walking path is perfect for morning strolls (as is, you know, the 600 acres of adjoining land), while the outdoor exercise stations are a bonus. for anyone looking to add strength to the mix. (there’s also a 1,300 square foot indoor fitness studio for additional workout options). As if that weren’t enough, the reserve will also be adding an outdoor pool and hot tub to the list of attractions for overnight guests this summer. Beyond that, The Bradstan offers electric vehicle charging stations, ADA-compliant accommodations, and fire pits for nighttime socializing.
For foodies at The Eldred Preserve, Homestead Restaurant + Lounge is the place to be. Open to locals and hotel guests, the restaurant is an ode to The Homestead, a restaurant that was originally located in Monticello and closed after a fire engulfed the space in January 2015. , the reincarnation is a contemporary take on the classic, with a new focus on modern, farm-to-table steakhouse fare. Throughout the restaurant, diners can feel at home in one of the experiential spaces, which include a private dining room, veranda and wine tasting room as well as outdoor terraces, fire pits and a lounge piano on the mezzanine. While eating expertly crafted bites, they can simultaneously savor views of the reserve’s hills, ponds, and creek.
When it comes to the menu, the offerings are perfectly in line with the farm-to-table cuisine Hudson Valley diners crave. Depending on the season, diners can delve into starters like smoked trout with capers and horseradish cream sauce, then opt for mains like spring pasta with asparagus, grape tomatoes, roasted red peppers and garlic, and parmesan. There’s also a meat and seafood selection, with USDA Prime dry-aged steaks (from 8oz filet mignon to 16oz rib eye), tuna steaks, poached salmon, and tail of lobster, all available.
And don’t forget the drinks! Homestead hits hard with its cocktail menu, which features New York beverage producers. Sip the Eldred Aerie, made with NY Pollinator vodka and peach schnapps, for a fruity drink, or go light and bright with the Cucumber Basil Bliss, a perfect pairing of Lockhouse New York gin with St. Germain, cucumber and basil. The wine and spirits list is substantial, while the beer list includes household names like Roscoe Brewing and Mill House Brewing Co.
While the hotel and restaurant attract both locals and visitors, the Eldred Preserve’s event space is a top choice for anyone planning a wedding or celebration in the Catskills. Dubbed The Preserve Weddings + Events, this branch of the reserve is just as suited to intimate weddings as it is to medium-sized celebrations, with space accommodating 50 to 100 people. It offers indoor and outdoor spaces along the property, so couples and event planners can customize every occasion for a unique experience.
Recently, The Eldred Preserve added The Eldred Preserve Farm to its lineup of offerings to help support not only the Weddings + Events program, but the hotel and restaurant as well. As a five-acre farm near Bethel Woods, the property grows produce exclusively for canning for use by the restaurant, hotel for breakfasts, and event branch for event menus. The Eldred Preserve calls it a “farm-to-table, farm-to-farm” concept because not only does produce travel from the farm to be used on the preserve, but Homestead food waste is also collected nightly to be returned to the farm for composting.
When it comes to events, in addition to providing a space for others to plan events, The Eldred Preserve organizes its own events. As a special ode to the Bradstan Country Hotel’s ‘Inn Cabaret Series’, which was once a popular program at the old hotel, Bradstan hosts Scott Samuelson and Eddie Dudek welcome visitors to a cabaret revival at Eldred . The lineup is fun and full of talent, with more details available at the website of the place.
So, are you ready to plan a visit? If a stay (or even just a dinner) in the forested hills of the Hudson Valley beckons, then The Eldred Preserve awaits.
The Eldred Reserve
1040 National Road 55
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