The Mirbeau Story

In the mid 1990’s, Linda and Gary Dower noticed that most American hotels had very little to do with “hospitality,” and were simply convenient and predictable places for travelers to sleep at night as they passed through. Americans are fantastic mass producers, and new hotel brands were created to mass-produce hotel rooms near the new Interstate Highway System. These hotels were not created to be hospitality destinations.  In America, other than in major cities, destination hotels tended to be located at beautiful geographic areas, such as the Rocky Mountains, Miami Beach and the Grand Canyon, and were long distances away from where most people lived.

At the same time, Mr. and Mrs. Dower recognized that there were important changes occurring in the economic, demographic and social profile of the country and that these changes were powerful forces all pushing in one direction. The industrial economy was making way for the service economy. Single, long vacation periods were being given up for multiple, short get-a-ways. New information technologies were changing the way we worked and relaxed, and we could now focus our efforts and “run” 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The new ability to have instant, inexpensive, worldwide communication was wonderful for handling family and business responsibilities, but it also exposed us to being instantly and constantly available to everyone else’s issues and problems.

All of these changes created new capabilities and dramatic increases in productivity, but also exposed a harsh reality: human beings are not built to handle the new, frantic pace of life for extended periods.

Linda and Gary recognized that to stay at their best and really enjoy the new lifestyle that was available, they needed a place where they could “get-a-way” from the crazy pace of modern life every once and a while, to enjoy “classic comforts” and have a moment to reconnect and regroup.  By stepping away, they found they could better reflect on where life was pushing them and how they were doing.  They knew that these short respites had become necessary for them to take advantage of the accelerating pace of modern life. Unfortunately, they found that all of the “get-a way” destinations were a long distance from their home, in the small Village of Skaneateles, N.Y., and long distances made short visits impossible.

So, Mr. and Mrs. Dower decided to create the special get-a-way destination that they needed in their own life: a place designed from the customer’s perspective; a place of gracious hospitality, where guests enjoyed classic comforts and were truly cared for; a place where guests could let go and totally relax; and importantly, a place that was close to home.

The first Mirbeau Inn & Spa opened in the year of 2000 in the small Village of Skaneateles, in the Finger Lakes Region of New York. Mirbeau, loosely translated as “reflected beauty,” is inspired in part by the soft light, warm colors and introspective character found in the paintings of renowned French Impressionist, Claude Monet.

Mirbeau Inn & Spa is residential in character, artistically designed, small, warm and cozy feeling with fireplaces in all of the rooms. A soothing, 15,000 sq.ft. Spa Mirbeau is the emotional heart of the property. A unique Bistro & Wine Bar is there for romantic dinners and fun social gatherings.  A new concept in hospitality, the architecture and interior designs are very different from anything expected and give guests a feeling of being far, far away, even though they are only a short drive from home.  In the summer of 2014, the second Mirbeau Inn & Spa opened in Plymouth, MA, in the Boston-South Shore area. Both Mirbeau properties have become wonderful and important resources for the residents of their communities and the surrounding regional area, and both properties have achieved great success, with local, national and international accolades and awards.

Building upon the proven success of the Mirbeau concept, Mr. and Mrs. Dower and their family recognized that by taking the core elements of the Mirbeau brand, including the Spa, with its relaxing and healing ambiance, hot massage pool, and exercise and wellness programs, along with the classic comforts of the Bistro & Wine Bar, they could create a wonderful “day resort.”  The new Spa Mirbeau day resort concept provides a location for guests to get-a-way, relax and enjoy the Mirbeau sense of sanctuary and peace for a few hours or for the entire day and then return home.  The first Spa Mirbeau opened in 2017 in the super regional Crossgates Mall just outside of Albany, NY and has become the dominant day spa in the Capital District.

The newest Mirbeau Inn & Spa is currently under construction in the historical Village of Rhinebeck, NY in the heart of the Hudson Valley region and will open in the late summer of 2019 to serve the NYC Metro area, the Hudson Valley and the Albany Capital District.

The Mirbeau Companies is a family owned and operated organization focused on growing the Mirbeau brand into selected regional markets in the northeastern part of the country.

With locations in Skaneateles, New YorkPlymouth, MassachusettsAlbany, New York, and Rhinebeck, New York this is life, classically balanced.

Our Valued Mirbeau Guests,
Like the rest of the world, we at Mirbeau have been keenly monitoring the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This is an unprecedented time in history that leaves us all with great uncertainty. One thing that is certain, however; is that we at Mirbeau will continue to strive at all times to do the right thing. The health, safety, and security of our guests and employees have always been, and will continue to be, our highest priority. Each of us must act with courage and swiftness to do our part in this fight. This means taking unprecedented action to ensure we meet this priority, even if it is detrimental to our business goals.

Our Mirbeau reservations office is temporarily closed. You can click the "Get Help/ Live Chat" button in the bottom right corner of the website to speak to a reservations agent or leave a message and a member of the team will get back to you. You can also email [email protected] with questions or inquiries.

In accordance with CDC guidelines to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we have decided to take the following measures beginning Tuesday, March 17, until further notice:

  • Our Spa Mirbeau facilities will be temporarily closed until further notice
  • All Spa Mirbeau Wellness Memberships will be extended for one month
  • All $50 Gift Card Vouchers will be extended 1 month from the time we re-open. 

  • Our Mirbeau Inns will be temporarily closed until further notice

  • Our Mirbeau bistros and restaurants will be temporarily closed until further notice

All Spa appointments, Hotel reservations and dining reservations are canceled through April 30th at our Skaneateles, Rhinebeck and Albany locations and through May 5th at our Plymouth location.

While we are saddened that we cannot continue to provide all of our services, we acknowledge the way we can most care for our beloved guests at this time is by not providing those services. We do not presently have a definitive timeframe on when we will resume all operations back to normal, but rest assured, we will.    
This will pass, and we will get through it together. We greatly look forward to continuing providing - Life. Classically Balanced. - as soon as safely possible. We will be staying in close communication and will send updates on our status as they become available.
Stay safe and healthy,
The Mirbeau Companies