As COVID-19 disrupted many of this year’s plans, vacations for the rest of 2020 might look a little different. If you’re wary of traveling far and in need of some safe R&R, Peekskill’s new and much-anticipated The Abbey Inn & Spa (900 Fort Hill Rd, Peekskill; 914.736.1200; www.theabbeyinn.com) is a close-to-home, luxe day-trip or overnight destination.
The boutique hotel, Apropos Restaurant & Bar, and spa opened earlier this year in the former Episcopal Sisters of St. Mary’s Convent, which dates back to the late 1800s.
Spend a relaxing morning at the 2,500 sq. ft. spa, which features four treatment rooms, ensuring a private, socially distant experience. Services include The Abbey Inn Cornerstone Massage (incorporating Swedish massage and lava stones), the Soul Revival Body Wrap, and the Mother-to-Be Massage. (Facials were not available at press time due to COVID-19.) Follow your spa experience with a trip to the hair salon, which services one client at a time.
Take a stroll around the meticulously landscaped grounds. Perched atop a hill, the property boasts expansive Hudson River views.
Come lunch or dinnertime, visit Apropos, the on-premises, farm-to-table, Mediterranean-inspired restaurant with both indoor and outdoor seating in a well-maintained garden courtyard. Standout dishes include the charred peaches served with toasted hazelnuts and whipped ricotta, and the basted, aged rib-eye.
If you choose to spend the night, the inn features 42 rooms, 17 of which have spectacular water views. The property’s architecture transports you to a different era: an original spiral staircase in the hotel and stained-glass windows and hand-painted wall coverings in the former chapel are complemented by modern amenities, like touch-free charging stations. Luxury suites, including a bridal suite, are available.
Fall rates from $279 per night.