My husband and I spent Labor Day weekend 2012 at the Highland Manor, for we wanted to get away for a few days before the school year began. Although close to busy New Paltz, Poughkeepsie and Hyde Park, the Highland Manor was refreshingly off the beaten road. Tim, the owner and caretaker, was able to answer our questions and give great advice on what to do in the area. We went there to do some biking as well as check out historic areas. Tim knew where to go for hikes and cycling. Furthermore, breakfast with the other guests as well as Tim and his two sweet dogs (I was tempted to take them home with me) was a great way to start a day full of adventures not to far from home.