All in all, we had a nice, relaxing getaway. The town of Hudson is charming. There is one main street (Warren Street) where you can find art galleries, antique shops, furniture stores and hand-crafted goods like leather bags and sunglasses made from recycled skateboards at Ecosystem. It's a quiet and tired town in areas, but not mundane. If you go, opt for a weekend as the shops close during the week.
After reading "36 Hours in the Hudson Valley," there is much more to explore that we just didn't have the time for. But the trip is easy and we'll be back to venture through some of the other towns along the Hudson.
|Dave studying a map of Hudson. We stayed at Front Street Street Guest House, right by the river. Our room was cute, and the little place was casual with no formal concierge or front desk (but always someone a phone call away).|
|I love hotel bathrobes! These were especially cozy and fluffy.|
|There was a shared bathroom and kitchen, which at first I thought would be weird, but it was kept up nicely with all the necessary amenities. Plus, there was free popcorn, oatmeal and granola bars. Can't argue with that.|
|View of the Hudson. I love the silhouette of the Catskills in the background.|
|Train station - two blocks from our hotel. Although we drove, if you plan to take the train from NYC, I would recommend finding accommodations near the station.|
|A mountain of shoe string fries from Swoon Kitchenbar, served with spicy dijon aoili- yum!|
|We took a 10 minute drive to Olana State Historic Site. Unfortunately, the tours to view the house were all booked, but we walked around the grounds and were still able to see beautiful views of the Hudson.|
|View of the Hudson and the Catskills from the property|
|On Saturday, a craft fair overtook the waterfront park in Hudson. I loved these handmade finger puppets from Petitfelts, made of felt and wool. Their textures seemed so life-like! (Taken with iPhone).|
|On our way out of town, we stopped by Olde Hudson, a specialty foods store selling imported pastas, anchovies, sauces, cheese, meats, and produce. We bought a Stilton from England and a Scharfe Maxx from Switzerland.|
|We also grabbed some dessert from Hudson Chocolate Bar. My favorite was the lavender truffle on the bottom.|
|We ate our little picnic on the Hudson in Cold Spring, NY, which is another cute town in the Hudson Valley! The river was much more expansive here than in Hudson.|