If ever a place can speak to the soul, then Hudson, NY is my place. I cannot begin to express the love and passion that I have for this quaint & quirky spot. If you're into vintage, old architecture, farm-to-table food, artisanal everything, and book shops that serve beers on tap (yep!) then you too will fall head over heels for Hudson.
It's a mere 2 hours by car or train from Manhattan. Perfect for a weekend getaway. No car? No problem! You don't need one where you're going and the Amtrak is my favorite way to travel to Hudson. Hop on at Penn Station (I promise you will find a seat..this isn't Montauk folks!) and be sure to snag one on the far side of the train because you won't want to miss the stunning sunset as you travel along the Hudson River. It will be one of the most serene train experiences of your life. Extra points if you bring a little cheese and wine for the ride up.
You will be transported back in time from the moment you step off the train. That's right, it starts at your very first step because this isn't an ordinary train station. It's an old post and the conductor will bring out little wooden step stools for you to exit just like the good ole times. Are you hooked yet?
Warren St. is the main drag in Hudson, it's where 90% of the action is. You may be thinking, why spend an entire weekend checking out one street?? Just trust me when I say, you won't even have enough time in a weekend to explore all of the shops on Warren. They are that good. Side note: don't go too off-piste whilst exploring as you may run into the squirrley parts of Hudson, which are a stark contrast to the beautiful Warren Street.
The Airbnb selection is top notch in Hudson, so polish off that wish list and book in advance if you want the creme de la creme. There are no commercial hotels in the area, which adds to the charm of this place. There are, however, some incredible boutique hotels that are worth noting. I've had the pleasure of staying at two of the best, The Rivertown Lodge and Wm Farmer & Sons. They have completely different aesthetics, but both spots are equally as charming.
The Rivertown Lodge, located at the top of Warren street, blends cozy farmhouse and scandinavian chic. When you enter the lobby you are immediately struck by the open floor plan. There are 2 cozy reading nooks on either side with fireplaces (swoon) and a fully equipped kitchen in the back right corner. So, if you feel like pouring yourself a hot cup of tea before you curl up by the fire to play a game of dominos, go RIGHT ahead! Our room was spacious, clean, and pretty minimal. Here are the highlights of the Rivertown (in my opinion!) The cozy bar around the back of the hotel is great for a drink by candlelight and/or a top notch meal. They are serving up farm-to-table cuisine that really hits the spot. The ping pong table outside and the cute hotel bikes (free for guests!) are added bonuses. I absolutely loved the cozy reading nook on the second floor screened porch-- complete with a shag blanket. My favorite part without a doubt was the brunch. The hotel sets up tables in the lobby and if you're lucky, you can snag a spot on one of the sofas near the fireplaces (early bird gets the worm!) and the food is DELISH.
If you're looking for the quintessential country experience, then Wm Farmer & Sons is the hotel for you. The historical buildings that make up the hotel have been beautifully restored and are full of old world charm. Be sure to book one of the rooms with a clawfoot tub and a fireplace- nothing like a hot soak after a chilly day in town. We stayed in the James Louis room which had both..score! Their restaurant below is also pretty incredible. You know you're a long way from Manhattan when you roll into $1/oyster happy hour. A dolla a oysta you say?! Yep, I'll take 24 please&thank you! Also, their dirty martini is arguably the best I've ever had. Always stirred, never shaken! Side note: the hotel is located at the bottom of Warren St. which can get a little noisy from the local riffraff (ie low income housing is a stone's throw away). Nevertheless, this place does NOT disappoint!
Here are some of my go to restaurants:
- The Bartlett House (photo below)- Just outside of Hudson (you will need a car). They serve an amazing fried chicken sandwich and their homemade bread is out of this world
- Swoon Kitchenbar - always performs
- Hudson Food Studio- great food with a Vietnamese twist
- Fish and Game -- skip the dinner and just go for a drink. The ambience is fantastic, but the food is overrated
- Aeble - I just recently tried this spot and was impressed. Their happy hour is impressive- ever had a $7 dirty martini? Me neither! I had the kale salad and the braised lamb spaetzle. It hit the spot.
- Olde Hudson Market- this is where you go if you need yummy gourmet groceries for your airbnb
- Cafe Le Perche - best for coffee and breakfast. Their croque madame is my fav.