By: Jennifer Azzolini
Historic homes and buildings characterize Hudson, New York where you will enjoy multiple gourmet food options and markets. The countryside along the Hudson River in Columbia County offers endless options to enjoy your getaway. From hiking, boating, fishing, to soaking up the beautiful fall foliage, dining, entertainment, and shopping- your days will thrive with adventure and you will want to stay an extra day. Here is a guide to plan your weekend getaway or summer vacation in Hudson.
WHERE TO STAY
The charming Barlow Hotel was originally built in the 1800’s and later expanded in 1924 and is centrally located on Warren Street, about a 20 minute walk from the train station, and short walking distance to just about everything Hudson has to offer. While staying at the hotel enjoy Barlow Privileges which is a discount program, where they hand picked a variety of the best restaurants, shops, and galleries.
542 WARREN STREET
The pet friendly St. Charles Hotel is at the heart of the Hudson Valley and has a history dating back 139 years. Situated in a red brick Victorian building it is a short distance from Warren Street, home to many shops and restaurants.
16- 18 PARK PLACE
WHAT TO DO
If you’re into antiques, vintage finds, shopping, entertainment, and dining you’re in the right place with plenty of options to find vintage treasure and delectable food.
Farm to Glass Wine Tours
A spirited tour filled with tasting and fun. Along the way, there are three stops and tastings, where you will learn about the craft and history of the wine. Drink right from the barrel and watch the mash brew! The tour includes seasonal cocktails, locally grown provisions for lunch, snacks, and a souvenir wine tasting glass. Your tour will start at 10:30AM at the Hudson Valley Train Station with stops at three different venues and end by 4:00PM. farmtoglasstours.com
Hudson Home on Warren Street showcases wonderful findings of new and vintage furniture. Amongst their treasures you will find include artwork, bed linens, tableware, candles, custom upholstery, and more. Founded by Richard Bodin and Greg Feller, they both love history and express their creativity through their merchandise. Store hours are from 11-5 Sunday to Thursday and 11-6 Friday, Saturday.
366 WARREN STREET
A Collector’s Eye Antiques
Specializing in antiques dating from 1895 through the 1960’s, their merchandise consists of art, furniture, jewelry, books, records, ceramics, coins, stamps, vintage clothing and so much more.
511 WARREN STREET
With an extensive spa menu, Bodhi Spa is a great way to begin or end your vacation. They offer massage packages, facials, waxing, infrared sauna, acupuncture, body treatments, and even makeup & hair services. Check out bodhiholisticspa.com for a list of all their treatments and packages.
543 WARREN STREET
WHERE TO EAT
Vico Restaurant & Bar
Vico specializes in Tuscan style Italian cooking in a lovely ambiance. Chef/owner Mark Ganem worked in Florence preparing his wonderful cuisine to locals and travels. Vico opened in 2006 by co-owner Adam Klersfled. Food is locally grown from the Hudson Valley and is truly a hidden gem located in Hudson. Some key highlights of the menu include the paninis and the “Pollo Toscano” which is chicken grilled with olives, rosemary, and garlic. Add the “Patatine Toscane” – tuscan fries which are seasoned perfectly. Crisp white wines, fruity reds, sparkling champagne, beer, and martinis pair perfectly with the meal or try a zippy Lemon Martini made with Limoncello!
136 WARREN STREET
Red Dot Restaurant & Bar
As the oldest operating restaurant in the Valley it is an integral part of the community. Serving an extensive menu of elevated classic items some of the favorite dishes include the “Orecchiette Pasta” with chicken sausage, tomato cream and peas, Sirloin Steak served with Red Wine Shallot Butter, and Mussels Mariniere & Frites. The well prepared and fresh meals will certainly exceed your expectations. The outdoor garden is breathtaking and a perfect place to experience the spectacular fall foliage.
321 WARREN STREET
Club Helsinki Hudson
Club Helsinki Hudson has it all- spanning an all in one club, restaurant and event space. Open for dinner at 5, Club Helsinki offers Southern influenced American cuisine. The former location was in Massachusetts, and now has been located in Hudson for 15 years. Executive chef Hugh Horner uses his passion from the Hudson Valley and taps into his Southern roots to create his exceptional menu.
405 COLUMBIA STREET