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Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Blog |

The Hudson Valley and the City of Hudson

warren stIn a state where the focus of the world is drawn to the massive metropolis bearing its name, the rest of New York is often forgotten as a vacation destination.

But 120 miles north of the metropolis lies the very cool, very walkable, riverside town of Hudson.

Perhaps the most beautiful region east of the Rockies, the Hudson Valley opens up in a broad sweep of natural wonder from the Bronx up to Albany. From Hudson (35 miles south of Albany) you can see the river, the Catskill mountains and the Berkshires. You’re two hours from New York City, two and a half hours from Boston and you can get here by Amtrak or via the Thruway (exit 21); or the beautiful, winding Taconic State Parkway east of the river.

For even a seasoned traveler, the Hudson Valley will not disappoint; and Hudson is often called “the downtown of upstate”. Hudson’s Warren Street seems like an avenue in a hip part of Brooklyn. 18 Galleries and 51 antique stores make for great walking. Minutes away, organic farms boast roadside stalls with a cascade of rich produce. Add to that a clutch of excellent restaurants and a hopping nightlife anchored by Club Helsinki, and you’ve got a perfect combination of bucolic and urbane. Venturing a bit south, you can catch world-class performances at Bard College’s Summerfest, including a slightly racy Spiegeltent cabaret. The Greenport Conservation area offers hiking and river views just moments from downtown Hudson.

Go to Baba Louie’s for top-shelf pizza that rivals any in NYC (they don’t sell by the slice). For countless types of margaritas and Mexican with a flair, stop in at Mexican Radio. An ice cream store called Lick dishes out paradise by the cup or cone. Grazin’ is a diner of a different stripe: all organic, local beef in its burgers and a progressive and tasty menu of other local specialties.

Hudson is known for its architecture, and boasts 300 historic buildings dating back to the 19th and 18th Centuries. You can walk along Warren Street and see a cavalcade of American architecture spanning almost three centuries.

In Hudson, high culture and great architecture has combined with a bucolic Eden to create a genuine destination. There is simply nowhere else in the world like it.

Plan a trip to Hudson, where the art, food, antiques, music and theater of the Hudson Valley (and the world) are cutting edge. You’ll find yourself both relaxed and exhilarated if you do!

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