Where: Hudson, NY
In June, I decided it would be fun to do a quick weekend trip upstate to Hudson, NY. I knew little about the town, as usual–I think I read about it in a New York Times article or simply found a lot of cute Airbnbs there [and there are, seriously, a ton! Plus all the hosts seem to split their time between Hudson and Brooklyn, as painters or writers or other artists… right up my alley]. And there is a ton of vintage shopping, too, which is one of my favorite ways to explore a new location.
Some say Hudson is the Hipster-New-Yorker’s alternative to the more typical summer flees to the Hamptons. As far as that goes, the transportation there couldn’t be smoother or more peaceful. You can book an Amtrak seat from Manhattan for about the same price as the LIRR to the Hamptons, and the ride is a bit shorter, quiet, and calming as it runs alongside the Hudson River.
We got there on Friday evening and immediately went to the harbor to jump on a teeny tiny ferry to Athens, across the water. The captain found out we were from Manhattan and said, “Get ready to see people you know.” Well, we didn’t, actually… but it is funny to hear that this super quiet town really is a NYC favorite! When we got to Athens, we had happy hour at a cute brewery before jumping back on the ferry to have dinner in Hudson at American Glory BBQ.
Saturday began at the farmer’s market, and then strolling up and down the main drag, Warren Street. We ducked in to the most incredible vintage shops–some with huge backyards!
It was also Pride Weekend in Hudson, so we joined the whole town to watch the parade.
For dinner that night, we splurged at a fancy restaurant before stumbling back to our rental apartment.
Before we left on Sunday, we spent some time in the most awesome pub-slash-bookstore and walked past the food trucks that reminded us of a trip to Austin months prior.
I really fell in love with Hudson. It’s an interesting little town filled with NYC transplants, a couple incredibly fancy restaurants, and an Etsy office–but also shows signs of struggle off the main drag, with dilapidated buildings that happen to be incredibly beautiful, even if they may seem a bit haunted 🙂 I can’t wait to go back in the fall for beautiful foliage and a cozy retreat. Next time, we might drive so we can explore the rest of the valley and neighboring towns more, too!
IN A NUTSHELL…
Eat: The Crimson Sparrow for a special occasion
Drink: at Crossroads Brewing Co.
Do: Take the ferry to Athens
Stay: at an Airbnb with a backyard, or an indoor fireplace, depending on the season. You’ll want space to lounge and relax once you’ve seen all of the main street.