The Ultimate Travel Guide To Hudson New York


Whether you arrive in your electric Porsche or by Amtrak with a backpack, entering the small city of Hudson gives an illusion of stepping onto a movie set — Wes Anderson’s, no less. The city that was initially settled by whalers from Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard and thrived as a whaling hub in the 18th century has recently earned a reputation as the Brooklyn of upstate New York. Amid hip coffee bars and boutique stores, Queen Anne style mansions and Victorian houses are still erect while derelict buildings are spotted throughout the city, indicating the faint remnants of the seedy history of Hudson. After all, Columbia Street — formerly Diamond Street — was notorious for gambling and prostitution in the early 20th century. This complete jumble and multi-layers of history are all laid bare in Hudson, strangely looking harmonious together and giving away the history of the rise and fall — and rise again — of the city. However popular the Hudson Valley has become in recent years, the DNA of the area is bohemian as it has been since the 19th century when the area started attracting the artsy, creative and non-conformist types. While the common description of the area as a popular weekend getaway for “New Yorkers” is vaguely true, one mustn’t forget that the vibe is decidedly more Brooklyn than Park Avenue. For those who want a quick and casually stylish getaway without a fuss or a mass of people, Hudson ticks many boxes. It’s easily accessible from New York City —2 hours by car or Amtrak— and yet, it feels green, outdoorsy and historic. This deceptive remoteness conveniently comes with stylish hotels and comfortable Scandi-style lodgings; lip-smacking restaurants and bakeries are abundant; art galleries and vintage furniture stores have made the town a shopping destination. Hudson is small as a city but a big cabinet of curiosities, the kind of place where you need to linger and revisit to uncover and discover things hidden, with an open mind and willingness to explore. Even though Hudson is no longer sleepy or slow, bear in mind that business hours differ from place to place and many shops only open Thursday through Sunday. Check opening days and hours when planning your trip. The city of Hudson provides an ideal base for those wanting to explore the Hudson Valley and the Catskills. It’s packed with a delightful array of antique and furniture shops, boutique stores, art galleries and restaurants despite its compact size. Warren Street is the place to start as it’s the main artery that goes through town. Go to FINCH Hudson, a lifestyle shopping destination that was opened by the stylish duo Andrew Arrick and Michael Hofemann. Their many years of experience in luxury fashion houses are reflected in the flawlessly curated furniture — both modern and vintage — artwork, textiles and home goods. Modern on the Hudson has been selling American, Scandinavian and European Mid-Century furniture since 1996.

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