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“Elixir for the Weathered soul” 5 of 5 stars
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671 Fish and Game Road, Hudson, NY 12534   |  
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Ranked #9 of 17 Hudson B&B and Inns
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Forest Hills, New York
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“Elixir for the Weathered soul”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

My girlfriend and I spent a full weekend at Thyme in the Country B&B, and were charmed from the moment we got to the house late Saturday afternoon. The rustic scenery, the land and farm animals, and the way the house and outside shed were decorated gracefully with antique furniture, tools and wall hangings brought us to a completely different place and time. The owners are extremely hospitable, and we felt right at home as soon as we entered the house. We were pleasantly surprised by the evening snack tray and honey-ginger tea that filled and warmed our bellies from the cold weather, as we really expected nothing more than a breakfast, typical of most B&B places. Without a doubt, I could easily tell that this is not just a business to Mary and Bill, but more of a passion that is integrated into their daily life. The food was amazing, ingredients obtained from local markets and farms, and the eggs, sausage and bacon came right from their backyard. The house is cleaned with all-natural solutions, as the owners are very much attuned to the importance of environmental responsibility and sustainability. We will definitely come back to Thyme in the Country on future getaways, and will wholeheartedly recommend this B&B to our friends and family.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Philadelphia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

Thyme in the Country is a wonderfully warm and welcoming B&B! We stayed for a night in the Rose Room and it couldn't have been more perfect. Mary greeted us with such kindness and hospitality. The house is super charming and lovely, filled with books and interesting things. We arrived at night and Mary offered us tea and homemade grape juice and a delicious apple pie. We relaxed in the living room by the crackling fire and enjoyed perusing Mary's library. Our room was homey and warm and had the most comfortable bed!! (organic mattress was divine. My next mattress will absolutely be an organic one). The bathroom included organic toiletries which is always appreciated! We woke up to pretty morning sunlight and such a sweet breakfast of farm fresh eggs, swiss chard strudel and lovely muffins. And what's better than looking out the window to spot chickens and cows?!

Thyme in the Country is eco-friendly and it is easy to see that Mary lives true to this ideal. It was fascinating to learn a bit about sustainable life in the beautiful Hudson Valley!

Green Features: definitely eco-friendly. home grown/raised food, organic bath products and mattress
  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Carver, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Mary and Bill are wonderful, gracious hosts and welcome visitors to their home as if they are family. The house is pleasant and peaceful, filled in every corner with interesting antiques and artistic touches. The refreshing quiet of their corner of the country is only broken by the occasional moo of their charming cows and the songbirds visiting their fruit trees. The fresh, delicious food Mary and her family prepares is all gathered from the bounty of her garden, the fruit trees and the fresh milk of their cows and eggs from the chickens. Even the soap has been carefully handmade. Every aspect of a visit to Thyme in the Country is a delight, made even more special by the personal attention of Mary and Bill. You will leave not only refreshed and renewed but with the warmth of a new friendship.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

We spent an extra long Columbus Day weekend with Mary. The Sumac room was very comfortable with an organic mattress and bedding, leather reading chair and ottoman, and a private bath with claw foot tub as well as a stall shower. Provided are soap made on the premises and organic shampoo and conditioner. Breakfasts were to die for with steak and eggs (from their own chickens), home made yogurt with fruit, waffles and sausage, their own vegetables roasted, potato pancakes with their own homemade applesauce and sour cream. Great coffee and choice of teas! Additionally Mary was very helpful with suggestions on things to do or restaurants in the area. While you can stay in Hudson, we strongly recommend staying a little outside downtown Hudson at Thyme in the Country!

Room Tip: Any of the three rooms look wonderful. We enjoyed being in the Sumac room.
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Green Features: Commended by Green America and in our experience more green than any other B&B we've ever stayed in..
  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

I was feeling like a Purdue Chicken, trapped in the four walls of my concrete New York apartment, stacked over countless others. Yes, there’s a beautiful vista outside our wall of windows...but I felt contained. Trapped. Sitting at my computer, absorbing who knows what toxic rays, with only an occasional foray into the kitchen for coffee and a snack or a bit of yoga in front of the flat screen oversized TV, I was feeling achy and depressed--too frequently. Not quite as restricted as the chicken, perhaps. And eating a better diet. But not breathing fresh air. And not getting real exercise. The thought of negotiating the elevator and then NYC traffic with my bicycle or pounding the concrete walkways (even if they were in Central Park or along the Hudson) was not appealing enough to get me outside on a clammy Spring day. What to do?! Why not get out of the city? my husband suggested.

Enter Zipcar. I was able to secure a hybrid vehicle parked within walking distance of our address replete with E-Z Pass. As it was a weekday, we had our choice of B&B’s within a few hours reach. It was a crisp morning and we opted to head north to Columbia County where we’re familiar with several places to stay, walk and buy incredible locally produced food.

First stop: Chatham, NY. Unfortunately Our Daily Bread, a favorite lunch stop is closed Mondays. We found another place Ralph’s Pretty Good Food which was...pretty good. Then followed a walk around the Ooms Nature Conservancy, a sparkling lake surrounded by fields of green with specks of homes dotting the distant hillsides. Geese and a couple of dog walkers were our only company. Idyllic!

We chose to return to our favorite inn in the area, Thyme in the Country. A charming B&B run by Mary Koch, the house is located on her family farm. Four cozy rooms nestle above the downstairs living space replete with wood burning fireplace, upright piano and walls of books. Mary greeted us with fresh milk from her cows, home-baked muffins and apples stuffed with local cheddar cheese which we snacked on in front of a crackling fire. Then, after a walk through neighboring fields, I soaked my tired muscles in the inviting claw foot tub in our bathroom.

For dinner, we went into nearby Hudson and had a scrumptious and inexpensive dinner at The Diner. Everything comes from Grazing Angus Acres just up the road: the burger and fries, the no-nitrate hot dogs and the milk and ice cream in the thick old-fashioned shakes made from seasonal flavors. Chocolate and Vanilla are standards; Summer Strawberry substituted for Autumn Pumpkin Music was provided by a gleaming standing juke box that played 45‘s and took us back to the 50’s.

The following morning, Mary served us a frittatta filled with fresh herbs from her garden and gluten-free oatmeal pancakes garnished with steaming cinnamon apple slices. A dollop of rich, homemade yogurt topped it all off and coffee with Mary’s own warm milk washed it down. Yum!

The sun had given way to clouds and drizzle, but the lilac and apple blossom scented air beckoned us outdoors for another walk. It was too cool to partake of the salt water pool in the backyard, but not to wander past Mary’s vegetable patch to visit with the chicken, pigs and cows who’d provided the basic elements of our mouthwatering breakfast.

Before returning home, we left Mary’s with eggs and milk produced that morning, various cuttings and dirt from her garden for the planters on our terrace back in the city as well as a special present requested by my farm-minded daughter: earthworms to mineralize our soil! We visited Grazing Angus Acres to stock up on assorted cuts of beef and pork grown right there on their sprawling farm; then zipped back to Manhattan in time to cook up some of our goodies for dinner. We’d barely been gone 30 hours; yet, away from electronics and with views of green, pink and purple instead of steely gray, our batteries had been re-charged. At least temporarily. What a difference a day makes!

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

My boyfriend and I decided very last minute to book a little weekend getaway, and he came across the town of Hudson, NY while searching for places close to NYC. It was our first time time staying at a B&B, and I for one, was very skeptical at the idea; I thought I was more of a hotel kind of gal. The reviews for Thyme were great and they had rooms available, so we decided to go for it - and I'm glad we did!

We arrived around 10:30pm and Mary gave us a warm greeting when we entered the house. There were cookies, water and tea waiting available for a late night snack. We really liked the feel of the house - it felt very homey and inviting! We booked the Rose Room, and thought the room was very cozy and clean. The bed was super comfortable, and the room had a cute fireplace to warm you up. The bathroom was spacious, and the home-made, eco-friendly soaps were a nice touch (I did not like the farm-made lotion though!). The towels were HUGE, and the room included two soft bath robes! On the downside, I didn't feel like we had much privacy. We could hear the people next door, but this wasn't a huge problem since everyone was pretty considerate. The room didn't have a TV (it states this in the room description), which was nice since it allowed for a lot of talking/bonding time. The breakfast was good, but because it was Easter weekend, we didn't get the bacon or sausage I was looking forward to!

The location of Thyme was great too. It's a 10-15 minute drive to Warren Street, which has a bunch of little antique and vintage shops you could visit as well as some restaurants. We went to a decent Mexican and BBQ restaurant. According to my boyfriend, the ribs are the best he's ever had, so you might want to try this place out if you like ribs. Thyme is also a mile from High Falls, which is a hiking trail that takes around 1 hour to walk. It wasn't a rough trail by any means (there were kids walking it), and you get to see a beautiful waterfall. Other than Warren Street, there's not much else to do unless you're there for the hikes and trails. I wouldn't go back to Hudson again, but I would recommend for others to go if they're looking for a close weekend getaway trip with their significant other.

Mary and her husband were very friendly, and it's a great house. If you're visiting Hudson, I would recommend this place.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

Loved our weekend getaway here! Superb breakfast and Mary always left delicious little treats, like cookies and cake!!!, to snack on throughout the day. I really enjoyed the outdoor shower and the pool. Mary recommended some nice hikes around the area, as well as good restaurants. My only tip would be to bring some allergy medication with you because there are some animals in the house:)

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 671 Fish and Game Road, Hudson, NY 12534
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Location: United States > New York > Hudson
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Hudson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Six miles east of Hudson, NY, Thyme in the Country Bed and Breakfast is a peaceful retreat to a warm, wholesome and utterly heartfelt style of hospitality. The charming mix of handmade cabinetry, antique furnishings, jugs of flowers, eggs from the hens, farm fresh milk make for a quiet, relaxing, home-away-from home experience. The owners of this 1880‘s Farmhouse are committed to sustainable living and green principles are incorporated into everything we do-"from the food we serve to the electricity we use. The Koches will help you enjoy the historic and scenic Hudson River Valley and reduce your carbon footprint too. ... more   less 

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