when you drive on the lodge’s winding dirt road with lush trees bending over you, it is impossible not to feel at ease.
Before airplanes existed to whisk people away to exotic places, residents of the tristate area flocked to the Hudson Valley for their vacations. Years later, the Hudson Valley remains the destination retreat of choice. Saint Hubert’s Lodge in Marlboro is committed to supporting this spirit of vacation and respite by encouraging people to relax and rejuvenate.
“Right now, all of us have really fast-paced and stressful lives,” says Kathy Guarino, co-owner of Saint Hubert’s Lodge. “If there’s a place where people can go to unwind, be in the moment, and regroup a little, then I hope that’s what we’ve created.”
“Staying here feels like you’re a house guest at a friend’s country estate,” adds Kathy’s co-owner and husband, Alan Guarino.
When you drive on the Lodge’s winding dirt road with lush trees bending over you, it is impossible not to feel at ease. As a tribute to the property’s history, artifacts and photos of the land from many years ago are used to decorate the Lodge, a renovated 1800s barn.
Its dining room, with a farm-style table, hosts apple-themed, three-course breakfasts, which can be enjoyed overlooking the in-ground pool.
The Rose Cottage, a renovated farmhouse also from the 1800s, offers an even cozier stay, while a walk along the woodsy, marked trails leads you to Lookout Point Lean-To, a popular spot to enjoy a bottle of wine and a picnic while gazing at the mountains.
The property amenities—including sporting clays, dog training, an apple and pear orchard, four ponds, and the in-ground pool—make the location a popular venue for all of
life’s celebrations, from weddings and graduation parties to corporate oﬀsite retreats and more. Rather than oﬀer a set wedding package, Kathy prefers for guests to design their ideal wedding around the space. Weddings are limited to four per year to lower their impacts on the property and keep it exclusive.
Kathy and Alan purchased the 165-acre property in 2010 as part of their goal to have an active retirement.
“We both knew that sitting around waiting for a ﬁve o’clock special was not going to ﬁt with our personal ities,” Kathy says.
So, they created a business that encompasses both of their passions and welcomes a variety of guests. Kathy, a canine-lover, tends the onsite dog kennel and the sporting dog training operation. Saint Hubert’s Lodge is one of the few dog-friendly bed-and-breakfasts in the area.
The food and the sporting clays are Alan’s domain. Life partners before embarking on this endeavor, Alan and Kathy previously created an executive search ﬁrm and operated it for ten years. So, working together is nothing new. “We have each other to bounce ideas off of,” Kathy says.
Born and raised in Newburgh, Kathy is committed to helping the Hudson Valley revival in whatever way she can. Alan and Kathy regularly frequent new businesses, restaurants, and wineries throughout the area. Long before they bought Saint Hubert’s Lodge, the couple envisioned a way to expose local offerings and bring more people to the Hudson Valley.
“There really is a renaissance,” Kathy says. “It is happening before our eyes.” Kathy and Alan’s personal love for the valley translates into their business model. Rather than employ a large staff, Saint Hubert’s outsources services to support other small businesses. The on-site orchard is leased out to a farmer to maintain production, and Kathy is constantly encouraging guests at Saint Hubert’s Lodge to visit local restaurants and other businesses
“We’re not trying to keep people on site; we’re sending them to the wineries, to the Walkway, to really experience the Hudson Valley—and that means they’re spending their money in the Hudson Valley,” she says.
Saint Hubert’s lodge also offers a Meet Me in Marlborough 25-percent discount for guests attending events in the Marlboro area who wish to stay overnight. “Our goal,” Kathy says, “is to continue creating a space where people can come and have great memories.”
SAINT HUBERT’S LODGE 626 Lattintown Road,