1 Sherwood Place, Hyde Park, N.Y.
(845) 229-8972, www.journeyinn.com
Cost: Rooms $160-$195 (double occupancy), suites $215-$240.
Drive time: 3 hours, 30 minutes.
The scoop: This gracious bed-and-breakfast has seven rooms and suites, with themes ranging from the Roosevelts to Tuscany. The Vanderbilts’ Gilded Age mansion and gardens are across the road, and other historic Hudson Valley homes, Colonial cottages and art galleries are an easy drive away.
Amenities: Breakfast is complimentary, and a butler’s pantry is fully stocked with hot and cold beverages and cookies.
Don’t miss: The Culinary Institute of America’s two-day “boot camp” on meat cooking (May 22-23) or grilling and barbecue (May 24-25). Try the four-day camp on Italian cuisine (May 9-12), or pick a one-day cooking or baking class. If you choose a multiday camp, ask the inn about discounted rates.