Another spring means another season of getting ‘out of town’ and exploring somewhere new! This is my guide to the town of Hudson NY. Roaming around in a new places is when I’m happiest and carefree and this town was the perfect weekend getaway.
Going for an upstate escape is widely popular in new york (airbnb’s can sell out months ahead!) because it’s relatively close and the landscape is vastly different with lots of national park area for activities like hiking and skiing in the winter.
Last year we ventured up the the Catskills (this post) and because of this we found ourselves briefly passing through nearby Hudson town. Unfortunately we were there on thanksgiving and everything was closed but we knew we wanted to go back and check it out and boy are we glad we did!
Since we had done the scenic driving route around the neighboring towns before we opted skip the rental car and just relax in then town for our one night stay. We took the Amtrak which is the most expensive way to get anywhere in the US but we chose convenience and comfort this time around and it stops right in the town. Little tip- try book two weeks in advance to get tickets cheaper!
It’s a fantastic little town full of surprises and I think one of my favorite getaways from New York now. For somewhere over two and a half hours from New York the town (comprised of one main strip, Warren Street) the mix of mom & pop shops with modern boutiques and cafés feels more like Downtown Brooklyn than anywhere you’d expect to find upstate! What makes it unique is how the town has preserved its mainly Victorian architecture that most stores operate out of – I love how everything is local and not a starbucks chain in sight! All of this definitely comes at a cost though and we wouldn’t categorize the trip as being budget friendly (although there are always areas to save).
Both my partner and I are design graduates and I’m particularly obsessed with furniture which meant I was kept very happy with the multitude of vintage, antique shops and mercantiles (they still use that word in small towns and I’m obsessssed) full to the brim with danish design and mid-century modern pieces. The Hudson Mercantile was my favorite for furniture inspo! The town is picture perfect and some of the finer shops definitely serve a certain type of clientele (we casually saw Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise’s daughter Suri shopping around) but there’s still plenty to love about it for some average soaps like us who love a good thrift shop poke.
It also has some incredible coffee shops, cafés and restaurants and we definitely made eating a priority. We wanted to taste everything! Here are some places you can’t go wrong with during your upstate escape. For the best brunches and dinner and I would definitely say reservations are a must so call or book online ahead of your trip.
– Rivertown Lodge does an incredible weekend brunch and we just happened to be staying there so it was very convenient for us the following morning! Delicious with unique versions of a solid brunch menu.
– Le Perche: we stopped at this stunning cafe for a light lunch and took home a bunch of their delicious pastry offerings
LUNCH + DINNER
– Back Bar: funky casual asian spot that was the perfect first meal off of the train. Think dumplings, noodles and bomb fried chicken!
– Oak Pizza: Napoli style wood fired pizza – can’t go wrong there!
– Farmer and Sons: online reservations now yay! This is our second time here and it doesn’t disappoint. Atmospheric date night spot with great cocktails, great menu and a fireplace (sold)
– ör: we came here last time and it’s a very unique mix of restaurant/bar/event space. Lowkey pit stop for any time of day
– Grazin’ Diner: well sourced american fare like burgers.
– Lil Debs Oasis (didn’t get to try but this hawaii’n themed spot comes highly recommended by foodies)
– Le Perche
– Supernatural coffee
– Moto Coffee Machine: Half motorbike shop half coffee shop what’s not to love. Probably our favorite place to get coffee alongside Le Perche and while you’re at it get a waffle!
I will also link my Yelp bookmarks for this trip here for your convenience!
I can’t recommend Hudson enough, I think it’s the perfect couples getaway (literally there were so many couples it was rather funny) or a fun thing to do solo if your into all of the above! Here are some moody 35mm pics for your viewing pleasure that Cathal and I share credit for.