Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa; Milton, N.Y.
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When you're staying on a woodsy seventy-acre property whose year-round residents include llamas, honeybees, goats, and peacocks, it's pretty tough to imagine that New York City is located just ninety minutes down the Hudson River. Stressed-out city dwellers may come primarily for solitude and fresh air, but the pastoral setting and farm-fresh breakfasts aren't the only draws. Guests can take advantage of a new, ultramodern spa that offers a full range of relaxing and detoxifying treatments before heading to nearby Hyde Park to try one of the four restaurants at the Culinary Institute of America. ($225 to $425 per night for doubles at the thirteen-room inn; carriage houses from $325 to $650; buttermilkfallsinn.com)
Herbs, fruits, and veggies served at the complimentary breakfast and afternoon tea are picked from the on-site gardens and orchards, while the inn's chickens graciously provide the eggs. At the property's spa (which opened about a year ago), the saltwater mineral pool and sauna, steam, and treatment rooms are powered by solar- and geothermal energy, which is generated there. During treatments, therapists only use products that are naturally crafted and 100 percent organic, including Jurlique, Spa Technologies, and Dr. Alkaitis.
Save the World
Getting a pedicure may not sound like a green activity, but here it can be one soothing step toward protecting the planet. Therapists skip the energy-hogging whirlpool chairs and beautify your feet the old fashioned way -- with softening soaks in earthenware basins, exfoliating creams, and plenty of personalized attention.