If the staff of Air Mail were to ever embark on a corporate retreat—next year, comrades?—we have identified the likeliest venue. Just yesterday, a sparkling new hotel opened up in Hudson, New York (just two hours’ drive from our HQ, in Greenwich Village), that reminds us of what we’ve been missing for the past 148 days. Not like we’re counting.

For the moment, the Maker Hotel is open from Thursdays through Mondays. (Tuesdays and Wednesdays will be dedicated to cleaning.) It’s best to book for leaf-peeping season now, because with looks like these, expect a waiting list.

Comprising three historical structures—a Georgian mansion, 1800s carriage house, and Greek Revival building—the hotel offers only 11 guest rooms, spread out over 14,000 square feet of property. Social distancing is inevitable. So we’ll leave you to choose between the inviting lodging options. Given the inspired décor, which is largely vintage, it’s hard to go wrong. (For the record, I’ll take the Writer, with an original oak fireplace and freshly restored bookshelves, stocked with titles selected by the Strand Book Store.)

One may be compelled to eventually leave the property for, oh, a hike or something, but it’s not required. Especially since culinary operations come courtesy of executive chef Michael Poiarkoff, formerly of Vinegar Hill House. There’s an elegant café, a full-service restaurant, and, most importantly, a spectacular cocktail bar. Seasonal cocktails, wine, and local beers are offered alongside full plates. Because who really needs to change venues? Especially when a circus-themed fitness center is opening there later this fall.

Rooms at the Maker Hotel are available beginning at $350 per night.
A three-night minimum is required