Hudson, New York is the place to start your journey in the Hudson Valley. My husband and I recently visited the historic and revitalized river village and I must say—this town was a huge hit for us. I'm planning my return already.
There is a feeling abuzz in town—you can't not notice it. City-folk have moved in to renovate historic properties and have opened their doors to an outstanding number of antique and design shops.
Even the former bassist from Hole and the Smashing Pumpkins has had her hand in some reno-action with her gut renovation of the Basilica Hudson, a former glue factory turned art, production, and performance space that boasts exhibitions, food, and film festivals.
Hudson was originally settled as a whaling town in the late 1700's by Nantucket expats. Ranging in styles from Federal to Queen Anne's to Craftsman, the streets are peppered with eye-catching architecture...
I had no idea how many antique stores Hudson boasts (more than you can thoroughly plummet in a morning). Nor did I expect such an inspiring experience window-shopping, antiquing, and ogling my way through the shops along Warren Street, the main drag. Here are my faves…
Even Etsy has set up an outpost in town! If you go, here are some good things to note...
- I am sure there are so many meals at Le Gamin worth trying, but I'd be hard pressed to deviate from what may be the perfect spread: a carrot curry soup alongside an endive salad with lavender dressing, finished off with a mushroom crepe dressed in a magical béchamel sauce. Now that's lunch.
- Go to Swallow for coffee. It's soooo good.
- The NYC / Hudson, NY connection is a boho-chic pairing akin to "muck boots with dresses" (According to the Times, of course.)
- Marina Abramovic is even making the move to Hudson—she's in the process of building her kick-starter funded, flagship performance studio and educational center right in the center of town.
- If you're staying the night, check out And North for my take on the luxurious and historic Haviland House, a three-bedroom vacation home from Red Cottage, built in 1825.
All photos by Rebecca Pitts.