Hudson, New York has been on my list of places to road trip to for a while now. About a two hour drive from New York City and Northern New Jersey, it’s great for a weekend or overnight escape. The town is known for it’s galleries and food scene, so I was looking forward to doing a bit of exploring. Unfortunately, since I visited during the week right after the Fourth of July, the town was especially quiet. But, that didn’t stop me from seeing what I could and planning my next visit.
After driving through open lands and farms, with the Catskill Mountains lining the skyline, it was nice to end up in a quaint city – one that reminded me of both Brooklyn and Boston. The old buildings lining the main street brought me back in time to when life was a bit more simple. Sometimes that’s exactly what you need in a vacation.
This historic boarding house has all the charm in the world, and it’s full of hospitality and warmth. The attention to detail in the room was my favorite part, and it felt more like I was staying at a friend’s house instead of a hotel. We booked a room that had a shared bathroom, but since it was quiet in town after the holiday weekend, we were upgraded to a suite. Outside of our room was a sink with coffee and tea for us, and there was even an outdoor space for us to sit and enjoy those morning beverages.
Downstairs, there’s a restaurant and bar where the drinks are some of the best around. I love a good craft cocktail and here’s where you’ll find one made with special attention and care. There’s also a coffee shop downstairs in case you want something a little more fancy than just the coffee you can make for yourself upstairs.
Eat & Drink
Mexican food has always been a favorite of mine, but even more so since becoming a vegetarian. When I saw there was Mexican in town, I knew what I wanted for dinner, but I chose this spot due to their many vegetarian and vegan options, more than your average place. With two other restaurants in New York, including one in the City, I was excited for the meal. Luckily it lived up to expectations. I got the burrito with seitan, which was huge but delicious, especially with the accompanying margarita on the rocks.
WM Farmer and Sons
The best part about staying here is the bar downstairs, okay fine, it’s on the very long list of reasons why staying here is the best. While we didn’t have dinner downstairs because there weren’t any vegetarian options, we did head here for a night cap or two. Even at ten at night, the restaurant and bar were full, in fact, it seemed to be the most popular place in town. I had the Eastside Rickey, a gin drink with lime, cucumber, and mint, which I’d recommend if you find yourself in WM Farmer and Sons’ bar.
Just down the street from our hotel, this little spot is ideal for breakfast and lunch. I got the black bean burger, although there were a ton of vegetarian and vegan options, including tofu scrambles. I felt like I had the freedom to choose whatever I wanted. Not a vegetarian? There are plenty of options for quick, easy, and delicious meals. You can eat inside or outside on the sidewalk, which overlooks the train station.
Warren Street has so much to it including galleries, antique stores, coffee shops, restaurants, and bars. The street is perfect for a bit of aimless wandering and taking it all in. There’s also a great little park in the center of town, ideal for sitting in while watching life pass by.
Wander the Side Streets
Sometimes the best parts of any city are off the beaten trail a bit. Of course, Warren Street houses most of what you’ll want or need in town, but the side streets have all the charm. The houses in Hudson are beautiful, historic, and many are being restored. If you’re like me, you’ll spend your afternoon picking out your favorite, which will constantly change.
Book Hunt and Have a Beer
While we didn’t stop in, The Spotty Dog Books & Ale seems like the ideal spot in town. As a former English teacher and passionate beer drinker, this is a spot I’ll surely be spending some time in during my next visit to Hudson.
Head to the Riverfront
At the end of Warren Street, near WM Farmer & Sons, there’s a park overlooking the Hudson River. It’s a pretty spot to relax and take in the natural beauty of the area.
A short drive from Hudson, this historic home of artist Frederic Church is a must-see if you’re up in the area. The architecture is inspired by the artist’s trip to Europe and the Middle East, which you can easily see. While there are guided tours inside the house, I think that the views outside were some of the best around. The area is quite large so it’s a fun to wander around and maybe even have a little picnic.
Hudson is a great weekend destination and the perfect escape from the city. You can feels miles away from home without feeling like you’re completely away from civilization. With many restaurants and bars to choose from, as well as leisurely activities around town, it’s an escape from the ordinary, which is often exactly what we need.
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