It's finally fall. And we're not afraid to express a controversial opinion: Some places simply do autumn better than others.
One of those places is Hudson, New York. And, considering celebrities like for a quick getaway, it's slowly becoming the weekend destination of choice for hip city dwellers. After all, it's only about a three-hour drive from both Boston and New York City (or a two-hour train ride from the latter).
The boasts "distinctive 19th century architecture" (read: quaint) and an artsy vibe. Plus, several Manhattan chefs have expatriated to the town, so, yum.
Where to Stay
There aren't enough words in the dictionary to describe how charming the is. Once a movie theater, the 27-room hotel reopened in September 2015 as the result of a collaboration between its hoteliers and , a Brooklyn-based studio best known for designing the in Williamsburg.
Its Americana aesthetic – think wood-burning stoves in the communal kitchen, screened-in porches, and a cherrywood check-in desk – recalls the building's history. It's well worth it to take the complimentary papillionaire bikes-for-borrow out for a spin around town one afternoon.
If your taste skews more modern, the 16-bedroom hotel is an excellent option, boasting the comforts of an iPad lending library and an electric fireplace. Deal lovers, take note: The hotel's partnered with several shops in town – simply show off your room key for discounts on nearby restaurants, antiques stores, and art galleries. Now that's an arrangement we can get behind.
What To Do
If you're envisioning a weekend packed with partying, Hudson is not the destination for you. But if you want to sneak in some quiet time surrounded by creative types, book your train ticket, stat.
It could be said that Hudson is the Brooklyn of upstate New York, and its gallery scene is nothing to scoff at. If abstract art is your cup of tea, head to , while mixed media exhibitions exploring race are on display at this October. aims to highlight the work of lesser known artists of the 19th and 20th centuries and present them to interior designers. Count us in.
Where to Shop
Stroll down Warren Street – a mile-long shopping district – for chic decor and antiques stores. First up: Head to , which boasts an extensive selection of fair trade fabrics and hand-dyed cotton with bright, sweet patterns.
A block away is , a fragrance brand that draws inspiration from geographical regions across the country and offers reed diffusers and scented candles that rival brands like . Despite its name, its actually headquartered in Hudson.
It's also worth a trip to – a husband-and-wife flower shop and studio where sauerkraut and local flowers are sold side-by-side – for the Instagram shot of hanging plants alone.
Or Gallery and Tavern
Where to Eat
Once you've shopped enough to work up an appetite, make a pit stop at . Dairy lovers will dream about their cheese and preserves menu for days to come.
For a heartier snack, serves up small bites like Spanish corn nuts, homemade pretzels, and salmon pate. Located in a converted auto garage, the space doubles as a bar, gallery, shop, workroom, and event space.
Make your way to for dinner. Chef Jeffrey Gimmel, a James Beard nominee, changes the menu of locally sourced fare daily, but expect dishes along the lines of grilled avocado and bacon-wrapped dates. We'd highly recommend tossing back a health margarita, while you're at it. Salud!