WILDFLOWER FARMS, A GREEN PASTORAL PARADISE IN NEW YORK’S HUDSON VALLEY, SEDUCES CITY SLICKERS AND COUNTRYMEN ALIKE WITH NATURE’S HEALING POWERS
BY ARCHANA AITHAL ROSE
Tucked into the forest-flecked foothills of the Shawangunk Mountains in Gardiner, New York, Wildflower Farms is distinct in its character, brimming with history and a languorous landscape. What was once a tree nursery and dairy farm was transformed by Auberge Resorts into an overnight sanc-tuary, filled with 60 freestanding cabins, all bedecked with private patios and vistas of the Shawangunk Ridge. Envisioned by West Coast architects Electric Bowery and New York’s Ward and Gray Design Studio, each of Wildflower’s pristine guest cottages feels fresh and modern, while still preserving the property’s organic aestheticism. Washed in a palette of rich, natural tones with rustic touches, the plush dwellings feature wood-clad ceilings, textured canvas walls, and spacious bathrooms with deep, standalone soaking tubs.
The resort’s cozy open lobby is festooned with botanical art, antiques, and a statement firepit. Guests are welcome to wander, meandering paths along the 140-acre property, or indulge in deeply therapeutic wellness treatments at Thistle, the resident spa. The resort’s signature restaurant, Clay, serves seasonal dishes with locally foraged ingredients like apples, tomatoes, mushrooms, farm fresh eggs, and poultry, rounding out the true farm-to-table experience.