a day in
photos by Matt Petricone
Purchased by Dutch settlers in 1662 and founded as a city in 1785, Hudson is abundant with some of the most gorgeously restored buildings in the Hudson Valley. The city is now teeming with diverse art and culture, influenced by its past. A day in Hudson nearly transports you to another time period in a city scattered with brilliant shops and eateries.
There is so much going on in this little city. Here are a few places we recommend you visit.
609 Warren Street
This traditional French eatery will have you feeling casual-posh as the décor, cuisine, and atmosphere transport you to an entirely different region. Their award-winning fare has graced the pages of countless preeminent magazines, blogs, and events, and it’s quite obvious why. The croque monsieur, escargot, and braised rabbit are some of our favorites. They also have the best Caesar salad we’ve had. Finish it off with a café au lait for the perfect pick-me-up.
WM FARMER AND SONS
20 South Front Street
From the mercantile, to the restaurant, to the hotel, everything WM Farmer and Sons offers is beautifully curated and creates an atmosphere of modern upscale comfort. The bar and kitchen area offer a variety of seating options, with views of the Hudson by day and romantic mood lighting by night. Craft cocktails and gratifying meal options await- southern inspired cuisine utilizing local produce from various farms around the Hudson Valley, with unique twists on some classic favorites, as well as tasty unfamiliar dishes. Stay the night in rustic luxury, and pick up an artisanal keepsake from the store on your way out.
3RD STATE HUDSON
260 State Street
Just a short walk off the main drag is 3rd State, a mix between an upscale hostel and a country-chic hotel. The building dates back to 1864 and includes three fully functional apartments and four single bedrooms. The apartments have hidden bed nooks, making this an exciting and affordable place to stay with a group of people. Books are scattered throughout the house, and the rooms all have a homey, comfortable vibe, decorated with perfect colors and fabrics. 3rd State is a place that encourages you to get outside and enjoy the city but also invites you into a cozy, beautiful space to stay.
WM. FARMER AND SONS
20 South Front Street
WM Farmer & Sons inhabits a historic boarding house in Downtown Hudson. Bought and renovated by a southern chef and his designer wife, the place is imbued with a spirit of hospitality, history, and warmth. The boarding rooms at WM Farmer and Sons are eclectic, and the suites are designed to create unique experiences. Warm, comfortable, and sometimes quirky, William Farmer & Sons offers gracious lodgings you won’t find anywhere else in Hudson.
620 Warren Street
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, this men and women’s boutique specializes in avant garde European fashion. The owner, Paul de Marchin, is from Belgium. He brings an unexpected, creative novelty and handsome taste to Hudson. The women’s shop carries Hartford, Cotelac, J Brand, Cambio, Elemente Clemente, CYDWOQ, Des Petis Hauts and more. The men’s shop carries Scotch and Soda, Hudson Shoes, Will Leather Goods, Campomaggi, Fred Perry, Naked and Famous, Johnston and Murphy and more.
722 Warren Street
Adorned with the sweetest mini ceramic hanging baskets, candles, paper goods, and gift items, this shop is simply lovely. Mairead Rhona Travins and Seth Benjamin Travins, wife-and-husband team, combined their specialties to form Flowerkraut, which focuses on custom floral design and a full range of lacto-fermented vegetables. Season permitting, the flowers are grown in and around the Berkshires and Hudson Valley, and the vegetables are sourced from organic farms they know and trust. The space is truly charming, filled with natural lighting. It’s a must-visit!
SOLARIS ARTISAN SHOP AT CAMPHILL HUDSON
360 Warren Street
Camphill Hudson is one of more than 100 worldwide Camphill communities in which people with and without developmental disabilities work together to reach their full potentials. One of the first urban Camphill communities in the US, Camphill Hudson supports more than a dozen individuals as they live full and vibrant lives. Solaris, the artisan shop at Camphill Hudson, carries many products made by the Camphill Hudson Community in addition to other Camphill products from around the world. You will find an array of beautiful gifts, including woven baskets, pottery, wooden toys, candles, and more. This colorful, bright shop—and everything in it— is gorgeous. It’s hard to leave without finding something you adore. Plus, proceeds from sales benefit Camphill Hudson.
HUDSON ANTIQUES DEALERS ASSOCIATION (HADA)
Larry Forman, 99 South 3rd Street, Door 21
It’s no secret that Hudson has a reputation for some of the best shopping around, and a short walk around town will show you why. For some, the large amount of shops can be overwhelming; here, using HADA as a tool can be helpful. The Hudson Antiques Dealers Association now represents 36 businesses in Hudson, ranging from home furnishings and decorative objects, to vintage and new clothing, and even restaurants, hotels, and of course antiques. Their site provides business information that makes it easy to find the perfect destination.
THE HUDSON WAREHOUSE
99 South 3rd Street, Door 21
This massive collection of antiques is located in the former L&B Furniture Factory on the waterfront. It’s a community of antiques dealers and designers who operate their retail shops under one roof. There are currently 20 shops open for business and several more in the pipeline. Revel over a huge selection of antiques, contemporary design pieces, custom furniture, artwork, photography, outdoor decor, clothing, accessories, and collectibles. Each shop is independently operated, giving customers a chance to interact directly with business owners. For those customers who find pieces that are almost perfect, there are two on-site upholsterers and several businesses offering custom furniture redesign services.
314 Warren Street
source adage is a Hudson-based premium fragrance brand with the most intriguing scents that will transform the vibe of your home or office. Each fragrance is inspired by great American landscapes, producing distinct essences with earthy notes of wood, leather, resins, tobacco, smoke, and more—all balanced by brighter notes of fresh grasses, citrus leaves, fruit, and spice. Their handcrafted fragrances are available as reed diffusers, candles, room sprays, and, debuting this autumn, an eau de parfum collection.
VINTAGE INDIA NYC
Hudson Warehouse: 99 South 3rd Street, Door 21 (second entrance on Front Street past Basilica) 518-671-6711
132 Lexington Avenue, NYC 917-545-3165
Vintage India NYC is an incredible store inside the Hudson Warehouse. The store’s vivid, glowing colors resemble a fairytale land of irresistible, handmade treasures. Peruse the stunning clothing for both men and women, along with jewelry, incense, statues, decor, and more. The store specializes in hand-beaded and embroidered sherwani coats and matching turbans, traditionally worn at weddings but perfect for any event. Find something for a special occasion or a new casual piece for your everyday wardrobe. At this very unique place, you’re sure to find something one-of-a-kind.