When you live in New York, a city that never slows down, you'll take any and every opportunity to escape. Which is why, come summer and long weekends, you'll find lots of NYC dwellers decamping to easily accessible towns like Kingston, Hudson, and Beacon. Only a few hours away from Manhattan, these destinations feel like an easy retreat from the chaos of a bustling day-to-day—one with quality food (many NYC chefs have found second homes here), good shopping, and gorgeous scenery.
With an Amtrak train delivering New Yorkers directly into town in two hours, the town of Hudson has become a popular spot for travelers in search of calm. Add to that the many antique stores, art galleries, and restaurants populating Warren Street, its main thoroughfare, and great hiking (the High Falls Conservation Area waterfalls are nearby)—and Hudson makes an ideal getaway for anyone looking to recharge for the weekend.
Ahead, where to stay, eat, drink, and shop in Hudson.
Where to Stay
Rivertown Lodge: Having undergone renovations, Rivertown Lodge is now one of the most popular places to stay in Hudson. A converted '20s movie theatre marked by a cinema-like front, the 27-room property features cozy chic rooms with brass light fixtures, custom-made beds, and various knickknacks (books, vinyl players...); a communal kitchen with a stovetop and dining room table; pantries stocked with snacks and beverages; and an open-plan lobby that is just as inviting for your morning coffee (free for guests) and brunch as it is for a midday work session and nighttime cocktails by the wood-burning stoves and well-stocked bookcases.
Wm Farmer & Sons: Best known for its farm-to-table restaurant (probably the most famous in the area) with a menu that changes weekly, Wm Farmer & Sons also offers stays in its 1830s Mansard-style main building, a historical 4-room side house with a back garden, and two annexed suites. No matter where you stay, the rooms, all named after historic figures and professions, are impeccably designed with elegant antique-inspired furnishings and decor, striped linens, and Instagrammable bathrooms with clawfoot tubs. If you don't make it to the tavern for dinner (it's not cheap), make sure to at least stop by for a drink at the fashionable bar that mixes expertly prepared craft cocktails.
The Wick: Housed in a former candle factory, The Wick is Hudson's new waterfront boutique hotel that's conveniently located just a block away from the Amtrak stop. While the rooms are modern and minimal, the best perk in our eyes is the fact that the property is nestled on a side street, a block away from the hustle and bustle of Warren Street.