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Escape New York - for the country

Blog | By James Fletcher | Aug 03, 2020

Here in upstate New York one of the jewels in the Hudson Valley - Troutbeck hotel is doing its upmost to keep the wheels turning in the post COVID era. Strict protocols are in place. You check in through your car window as your temperature is taken and your searching health questionnaire is checked. All staff wear masks at all times. The rooms are cleaned with the same vigour as a crime scene - involving some kind of ‘fog’ machine. The remote controls are wrapped. All tables and general seating is frequently sprayed and cleaned. And despite all that, and slightly odd atmosphere - the hotel and its buildings dating back to the 1700s, set in 250 acres of parkland, offer one of the best escapes from city.