Where to Stay: Pawling to Hopewell Junction
Updated: Mar 3, 2021
Stormville is about 85 miles into the Empire State Trail. Just one mile off the trail is the stunning Le Chambord at Curry Estate. There are only 21 guest rooms on the premises, so make sure to book ahead. Rates are reasonable, starting at about $100, and it comes at a time when most riders will need to head in for the night. This is one night that you should consider booking long in advance.
The hotel is on a sprawling 10 acre property. Guest reviews rave about the rooms, the service, the food, and the property. They have a nautical themed bar and a restaurant. According to their website, "Our 4-star restaurant serves American Continental cuisine 6 days a week, with dinner Wednesday thru Sunday and a menu option brunch on Sunday as well." Make sure to make reservations for dinner ahead of time and check for any Covid restrictions.
You can book the a room directly on their website, Curryestate.com.
Not long after passing through Stormville, the trail will intersect with the 216. At that intersection, turn left and then a slight right onto the 52. Le Chambord will be on your right.
Dutchess Rail Trail, Hopewell Junction. Credit: Hudson River Valley Greenway.
Another option in the same area is Bykenhulle House Bed and Breakfast, which hosts 15 guestrooms and is in the National Register of Historic Places. Unfortunately, Bykenhulle House is closed for the forseeable future due to the pandemic, but make sure to visit this stunning wedding spot when it reopens!
Getting there: Where the trail meets the 216, take a right and then a quick left onto Stormville Road. Veer left onto Bykenhulle Road and the B&B will be on your right. Bykenhulle House is about 1.7 miles off the Empire State Trail.