here is an extensive list of things to do in and around hudson, ny
GETTING TO HUDSON
BY TRAIN: Hudson is easily reached from Penn Station via Amtrak. It's a gorgeous two-hour train ride North along the Hudson River, with WIFI courtesy of Amtrak. The Hudson train station is only a 10 minute walk to/from the Hudson Milliner. Amtrak has a user friendly app, which you can easily buy tickets. Trains run hourly, but we recommend booking early.
Overnight parking rules (all streets / municipal lots): parking permitted on odd numbered side if date after midnight is odd, on even numbered side if date after midnight is even.
Metered streets: Warren Street & Numbered cross streets (25 cents p h, Mo-Sat: 9AM-5PM)
Unmetered streets parallel to Warren: Union & Columbia
Fines are $8 for meters, $15 for wrong overnight parking, payable 24/7: 518-8283388, so don't beat yourself up should you get a ticket.
HUDSON CAB SERVICES: Pronto Taxi (518) 822-9500 Open from 6AM-11PM (open later on weekends, generally needs 1 day notice for longer distances, sound more flexible). Buzz Taxi (518) 828-0504 Open from 7AM-11PM (weekends later and for short distances a couple hours notice is fine, longer rides need a day notice).
Hudson also has UBER service now - though it might take a little longer than in the city.
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WHAT TO DO IN HUDSON
While staying here, you will have a great selection of restaurants, incredible antique stores, coffee shops, bakeries, local pubs, art galleries, as well as live music venues, all within walking distance. Here is great website that constantly updates cool events by Ellen Thurston: http://gotohudson.net/ae.php. Often there are events at the
Hudson Opera House (located at 327 Warren Street) has just been freshly renovated. It's New York state's oldest surviving theater dating back to 1855:
www.hudsonoperahouse.org art shows are in the lobby and the program is well worth checking out.
Cascades, 407 Warren Street, sweet little diner (open early and nothing fancy) good service and decent food & coffee (Mon-Sat, 8 AM - 4 PM)
Need Fresh squeezed Juice in the morning? We do: Aeble. 447 Warren Street: just up the block Aeble, serves great veriety fresh squeezed juices early in the morning till about 2 PM Tuesday through Sunday...
Rivertown Lodge, 731 Warren Street:Excellent breakfast for die hard foodies - our favorite place with chef Gabbi (love the Sabzi Koukou) and set in a great decor, the fresh squeezed OJ though is a bit pricey: (Sat & Sun 8 AM - 2 PM) (518) 512-0954
Stump town Coffee, knowledgeable barristas as well as a nice variety of baked goods Mo-Fr 7AM-5PM, Sat-Sun 8AM-6PM, 623 Warren Street, Hudson
Bruno's, 227 Warren St: Our favorite hole-in-the-wall lunch place. Great and interesting flavors, inexpensive offering organic produce too (open Monday-Friday 10 AM - 6 PM, Saturday 10 AM - 3 PM) (518) 822-9344
Talbot & Arding: 323 Warren St, Hudson, NY, a high quality high priced food market with excellent choices on salads, produce, cheeses, meats and prepared meats (Tuesday-Sunday generally 10AM-6PM) (518) 828-3558
(new) Home/Made, located at 108 Warren Street, Hudson, NY it's our newest culinary addition. Excellent omelettes and eggy dishes for brunch in a lovely homey atmosphere. We attended an unforgettable Thanksgiving Smorgasbord (tip is included in the bill). They are just beginning to open for dinner (Friday-Sunday for brunch and dinner)
Fish & Game, Union & 3rd: It's the hip place - great food and wine - pricey (open Saturday - Sunday 10 AM - 2 PM) (518) 828-3558
Back Bar, 347 Warren Street: in the rear of a great antique store is Back Bar, a very cool little spot serving truly delicious Malaysian cuisine (Zak Pellaccio from Fish and Game's pet project). organic box wines (not my favorite - ugh) & spiffy cocktails that taste great but could have better names and a very cool atmosphere (open every for lunch from 12 to 2 AM, sometimes later)
Le Gamin: 609 Warren Street, sweet and savory crêpes and must go for it's authentic French Bistro fair (Thursday - Tuesday. 9 AM - 4 PM)
DINNER ON OR VERY NEAR WARREN STREET
Fish & Game, Union & 3rd: It's the hip place - great food and wine - pricey due to tasting menu, James Beard award winning chef Zak Pellaccio from Fatty Crab (open Thursday-Sunday 5:30 PM to close) (518) 822-1500
William Farmer & Son, 20 S Front St: pricey and lovely rustic fair, great wines, great atmosphere though most reminiscent of Manhattan - well done though (open Tuesday-Saturday) (518) 828-3459
Food Studio, 610 Warren St: Clean simple Thai fusion - we really liked it - inexpensive (open Wednesday-Monday) (518) 828-3459
Little Deb's Oasis: 747 Columbia Street: FANTASTIC little hole in the wall run by a few local culinary geniuses serving Pan Latin comfort Food, very moderately priced with a groovy 50s pastel decor - it's a real gem, going totally against the grain (Wednesday 11AM-3PM, 5-10PM) (518) 822-1500
Rivertown Lodge, 731 Warren Street: most excellent dinner for die hard foodies - our favorite place with chef Gabbi - his lamb gnocchi are out of this world - great wines too - it's a bit more low key than others on the main strip - but that will change (Thursday to Monday 5-10PM) (518) 512-0954
Ca'Mea: 333 Warren Street: Southern Italian, great food: steaks, lambs, seafood, great wines, not cheap, but always consistently delicious and great service (open Tuesday-Sunday 12-10PM) (518) 822-8938
Crimson Sparrow: 746 Warren Street : New cuisine with an extensive tasting menu. We love having really great wine (good prices too) at the communal table and in the bar area with Salmon Poke (open Thursday-Saturday 5:30-10PM, Sunday 2-8PM) (518) 828-3558
Baba Louie's, 517 Warren St: Italian, hearty salads, great pizzas, super cheap, middle of the road wines, kid friendly, well populated with locals (open Thursday-Tuesday 11:30AM-9:30PM) (518) 751-2155
Back Bar: in the rear of a great antique store is Back Bar, a very cool little spot serving delicious Malaysian cuisine (Zak Pellaccio from Fish and Game's pet project). spiffy cocktails (wines are organic box wines and I'm not exactly a fan) and a very cool atmosphere: 347 Warren Street, Hudson, NY (open every evening) (518) 828-0567
Aeble. 447 Warren Street: just up the block Aeble is a riff on the Danish word apple. It's Hudson's newest addition and the brainchild of 2 great restaurant veterans who really put a lot of thought into everything. The food is excellent - the decor has a very slick clean NY decor (at times a bit cold though)...Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday 5-9 PM, Friday & Saturday 5-10 PM (518) 697-7987
The Spotty Dog Books and Ale: A Hudson fixture: great book store, art store & beer bar with live music, poetry readings & great other events. It's on the same block as the Hudson Milliner: 440 Warren Street. Our favorite (open every day)
Half Moon: It was an old bar that's been taken over. It's where you will meet locals (open Tuesday-Sunday) live music on weekends
Back Bar, 347 Warren Street: (see above)
NEED A BABYSITTER? Lovely Rae Hatch will be happy to help. She babysits for many folks around here: (518) 755-7041.
SPA / YOGA / FITNESS
Bodhi, a few doors uphill, is a yoga/spa space. They do massages, organic juices, yoga, hoydrocolonic therapy and more: http://www.bodhiholisticspa.com,
Sadahana is yoga spot a few doors downhill: sadhanayogahudson.com
Planet Fitness in Greenport: http://www.planetfitness.com/gyms/NY/Hudson
Atlas Jiu Jitsu in Greenport: http://m.atlasjiujitsu.com/index.html
FARMER'S MARKET / FARM TO TABLE / FOOD
Farmer's Market: (6th Street & Columbia) every Saturday in Hudson
Bruno's: our favorite throw back mom & pop provisions store too: local produce, very charming, located on the 200 block of Warren Street.
Olde Hudson( a few doors up on 449 Warren) has a great selection of cured meats and cheeses, fruits. Great to nosh on with some wine from
Talbot & Arding: 323 Warren St, Hudson, NY, a high quality high priced food market with excellent choices, www.talbottandarding.com (Tuesday-Sunday)
ORDER A FARM BOX:
Black Horse Farm is happy to deliver a Farm Basket to the Milliner. To order: http://www.blackhorsefarms.com/#!csa-farm-baskets/czpc. It just requires a few days notice. You can also pick up your farm basket from them in Athens or have it delivered to the Milliner.
Helsinki: great restaurant and live music venue, located on 4th & Columbia: : http://helsinkihudson.com/events.html
Basilica Hudson: a great wedding and live music venue right by the Hudson near the train station: http://basilicahudson.com/events/
TSL: time space limited, interesting off off off movies, and sometimes they have exhibits & kids programs, 434 Columbia St, Hudson
ANTIQUES / ECLECTIC FURNITURE/ART
All along Warren are the main stores, look also in the backs stores and antique collectives, some places are great to see amazing stuff, but expensive & others have great deals.
A lot of the old guard of dealers are now at Riverfront Antiques & Design Center (RADC), located in the former L&B Furniture Factory at 99 South Third Street, Hudson New York, is a community of antiques dealers and designers operating their retail shops under one roof: http://www.hudsonradc.com
OTHERWISE: The Hudson Opera House, the oldest opera in NY state, pop in during the day & just have a look at this gorgeous old space - it's on the 300 block of Warren, www.timeandspace.org
WHAT TO DO AROUND HUDSON
Olana: Up on a hill near Rip Van Winkle Bridge is what once was the home to Frederick Church, a wealthy land scape painter. A tour of this really interesting piece of architecture with moorish and Persian influences is really insightful.
Thomas Kohl House (Catskill): the home of the painter. Really lovely low key museum.
Bowling: Hoe Bowl Family Fun: (518) 943-4980, Located at:305 W. Bridge Street, Catskill, NY 12414. Friends of ours went to this 24 lane bowling alley and really enjoyed it. We still need to go. Friday nights is apparently disco bowl night. Ice skating: Saugerties has a gorgeous ice rink. There is drop in hockey and skating lessons are available too. Saugerties is about 25 minutes over Rip Van Winkle bridge and then south: Kiwanis Ice Arena
The Sanctuary / Greenport Conservation area: A nature walk just north of Hudson in the reserve is just a bike ride or a car ride away. It's great for walks even on really hot days that tree canopies are cooling and you can fans great vistas of the Hudson
Art OMI: International art center, a little further North East in Ghent: www.artomi.org
RESTAURANTS NEAR HUDSON
Superb Restaurants near Hudson (that we have tested):
Local 111 in Philmont: excellent food at a moderate price, great wines (open Wednesday-Sunday)
Panzur: in Tivoli, if you are a foodie, you really must stop by Panzur. Come very hungry. Very attentive staff, ecclectic foods and great wines at moderate prices. It is impossible to have a bad meal here (open Wednesday-Sunday)
Gaskins, 2 Church Ave, in Germantown (open Thursday-Monday) opened recently and has a spectacular reputation - I have not tried it yet.
Hudson Chatham Winery (16 mins by car): 1900 Route 66 Ghent, NY 12075 518.392.2598, Extended Summer Hours are: Fridays, 12 to 7 pm, with Happy Hour from 5 to 7, Saturdays, 11 to 6 pm, Sundays, 12 to 5 pm http://www.hudson-chathamwinery.com
ANTIQUES / ECLECTIC FURNITURE:
If you have specific things you are looking for (let me know) - we also go to Hoffman's Barn Sale in Red Hook (a big bar with great deals), Zaborski in Kingston has 4 floors of incredible things, & the Bottleshop at Salt Point is great too: iron pieces, old bottles, curious objects, iron tubs... Brimfield is the event of events - 3-4 times a year on specific weekends you will find acres and acres of antiques
FARM STANDS / FRUIT PICKING:
Country Route 9 or 23, or 23B:You can drive along almost any country route and find farm stands on each of these routes. Fix Brothers' Farm: 215 White Birch Road, Hudson, NY. Pick your own fruit at To call for what's in season: 518 828 7560, http://www.fixbrosfruitfarm.com
Hawthorne Valley Farm will be opening a farm store in Hudson very soon. They have a store about 25 mins away:327 County Road 21C, Ghent, New York 12075, open Monday through Saturday. for store hours: http://hawthornevalleyfarm.org
Bash Bish Falls: great in early afternoon (the light falls straight down), a really gorgeous steep waterfall you can swim under (feels like Thailand) 40 min drive - there are 2 ways to get there and though here are no swimming signs - people just go in. It's really refreshing, a personal favorite. Directions: Rt. 22 north as it heads up New York along the Connecticut/Massachusetts border. Keep on Rt. 22 north and you'll eventually come to Copake, NY which is located where New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts borders meet. Proceed through the town of Copake. As you near Copake Falls, Rt. 344 east meets Rt. 22. Take a right onto Rt. 344 (east) and follow the signs for "Taconic State Park" The entrance to Taconic State Park is on your left and the entrance to Bash Bish Falls is about a mile up the road from Taconic State Park. (After you pass the entrance to Taconic State Park the road comes to a fork. Bear to your left at this fork following the signs to the entrance of Bash Bish Falls.) You can also visit the official website for Bash Bish. There is a second way to experience the falls by descending the blue trail system to the falls (it's a steep hike though). This north entrance above the falls is about a mile from the main entrance on the right hand side. You can't miss the parking lot and cutout from the road.
High Falls: looks really gorgeous and isn't far from Hudson - we have not been, but we heard it's well worth going.
Kaaterskill Fall: very crowded hike, but it thins out to the top - bring good boots - it's more the hike and the view than the gushing water: a giant amphitheater, hollowed out by water with a thin stream coming down in the middle of the water basin below.
FLYING REALLY OLD PLANES:
Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome: Founded in 1958, you can get up close and personal with a walk down airplane history lane. You can even fly the skies with an old plane from the golden age of aviation (helmet and goggles will be provided)
Open daily 10 AM - 5 PM
For a weekday ride email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 845-752-3200
9 Norton Rd., Red Hook, NY 12571
Here are the best hikes in the Catskill Mountains: https://www.alltrails.com/parks/us/new-york/catskill-state-park