A Weekend in Hudson
Hudson is the perfect weekend destination. A scenic two hour train journey from New York city along the Hudson River, a journey that is stunning in all seasons. Hudson’s rich history, a former whaling town and active port in the eighteenth century, is evident in its architecture and buildings that have been lovingly restored by independent business and home owners over the last few decades. The train arrives into Hudson’s waterfront, where everything in this guide is easily accessible on foot (or you can always avail of one of the waiting taxis). The mile-long Warren Street is lined with historic buildings that have been transformed into a vibrant array of shops, from antique stores and art galleries, to interior design shops and eateries. This creative community of shopkeepers have created a truly unique experience, each shop a joy to discover. Strolling up Warren Street from the train station, these are a few of our favorites, giving a glimpse of the delights to be found on Warren Street.
The Secret Gardener
250 Warren Street, Hudson
The Secret Gardener nursery is located between a break in the historic storefronts on Warren Street, tucked behind large iron gates. Owner Ben Easton dismantled three burnt-out buildings by hand to create this urban oasis. Ben has a collection of antique toys, with a fondness for little trucks, which are artfully displayed in the shop and make an appearance in the garden, often planted with succulents. Read more
419 1/2 Warren Street, Hudson
Paula Greif has a petite ceramic shop with a studio to the rear of the space. Inspired by American and Mexican folk art, her pieces are organic and unique, often decorated with delicate lines or painterly brush strokes. Read more
438 1/2 Warren Street, Hudson
Mutiny is a lifestyle shop featuring men’s and women’s apparel and goods for the home. Owners, Rob and Gert Doriot work with makers that produce small runs and favor goods that are “well-made and hard to find”. Read more
444 Warren Street, Hudson
Les Indiennes is filled with beautiful hand-blocked printed textiles from India. Owner and designer, Mary Bergtold Mulcahy, partners with crafts people in Southern India using traditional methods and natural dyes to create an array of textiles for the home. Read More
606 Warren Street, Hudson
Red Chair is home to a wonderful assortment of French, Belgian and Swedish antiques. Founded by Jocelyn Sinauer, and famed for its selection of white ironstone, French linen, silver flatware, and glassware. Jocie sources everything herself, traveling to France and Belgium, and Brimfield closer to home. When time allows she loves to drive around local towns to see what she can unearth. Read more
Below 3rd Street are 2 Note, Geoffrey Good, Dish, and Fern. At 2 Note Carolyn Mix & Darcy create perfume and bath & body care products referencing their shared love of music; designer Geoffrey Good creates unique jewelry pieces and works with clients on custom designs in his namesake store; Dish is filled with wide range of wares, everything required to create a beautiful table setting. Continuing up Warren Street the dark neutral tones and furnishings at Adage evoke a distinct masculine luxury, the perfect ambience for this premium fragrance brand; Rural Residence, a beautifully appointed home furnishings shop offers antiques, stationery & books, and essentials for the gentleman; Face Stockholm, the brand’s flagship store, where antique cases display colorful make-up and skincare product. Lifestyle emporium, Finch, has a curated mix of Modern and Vintage; Hawkins NY home store and lifestyle goods; Mairead Travins sells her natural floral arrangements at Flowerkraut, alongside her husband’s, Seth, brand of sauerkraut. Allow plenty of time as there are so many outstanding shops along Warren Street to discover, these are just a few of the highlights.
Strolling up Warren Street, Hudson has many notable restaurants, cafes, food shops and bars, so there are plenty of opportunities to pause for a coffee and lots of options for lunch and dinner. A few suggestions are Red Dot, a favorite with locals; Food Studio serves locally sourced ingredients with a Vietnamese twist; Cafe le Perche and Le Gamin for classic French fare; Ör Gallery and Tavern, a converted auto garage now an industrial style bar is great for coffee or cocktails and be sure to visit the shop for leather goods handmade on the premises; Swoon Kitchenbar features locally sourced produce and has a Meatless Monday Menu. Talbott & Arding and Olde Hudson are excellent choices for home cooks or food to go options, and Michael at Hudson Wine Merchants always has great wine recommendations for every price range. Saturday mornings there is an amazing Farmer’s Market with musical entertainment. Situated at both ends of Warren Street are Rivertown Lodge & Wm Farmer & Sons, both great lodging choices. Rivertown Lodge has the perfect hotel shop housed in a vintage cupboard, Wm Farmer & Sons a gorgeous (and tasty) restaurant. This Old Hudson is a stunning two-bedroom 2nd floor studio available to rent. There is plenty more to discover in Hudson and the surrounding area, Escape Brooklyn & And North are two excellent resources.