Ever wonder what’s life like outside New York City?
Let me tell ya, it’s cute. Jay and I recently took a trip to Hudson, New York; a small town along the Hudson river. It’s about a two hour drive or a two hour train ride from Penn Station. We went in the winter and I already can’t wait to go back in the summer! It’s the perfect little weekend getaway.
We left Friday after work and checked into our airbnb. Here are some cute options: 2 people, 2 People + Dog Friendly, 3 People, or 4 people. We had our dog, Stella, with us so an airbnb was easier than a hotel. However, Hudson has some cute boutique hotels like Rivertown Lodge, The Maker, or the The Wick.
We got settled and it was just enough time for a late dinner. We went to our new favorite bar, Backbar! We went there twice over the weekend and you can’t leave this place without trying their Dan Dan noodles or the Thai dog or their cocktail Let Me Get A Bob. They have the coolest atmosphere and right now due to covid they have a giant tent set up. It’s also dog friendly which is a major plus in my book.
The next morning we woke up and stool in line for Breadfolks. A place we also went to twice! It’s fairly new to town, as it opened in August 2020! Hudson is pretty small so, just about everything is along Warren street but with PLENTY to do. So the perfect way to start your day is with a ham croissant, sausage roll, almond croissant, stuffed baklava, a coffee and shoot throw in a loaf of rye bread while you’re at it!! Well, maybe not all at once.
To enjoy our coffee we drove to the Henry Hudson Riverfront Park. It was freezing due to the wind coming off the river but a pretty view and a good spot to take your pup.
Warren street is basically full of cute shops, so we went back to do some more exploring. We stopped at Antigo: a cute antique shop that’s so much bigger than it looks! It has two more rooms in the back. John Doe Records and Books: has a huge selection of vinyls! Hudson Clothier: sorta expensive but really nice selection of clothes for men and women. FACE Stockholm: a big selection of makeup + some vintage pieces. Some other shops we either couldn’t go too or missed are Spotty Dog Books & Ale: a cute bookstore that also serves beer, The Antique Warehouse Hudson NY: a GIANT store with unique pieces and The Quite Botanist: it was closed when we were there but a beautiful flower shop in between two buildings. These are just a few of the stores along Warren street, there are probably about 15 more!
After walking off some of the bread, we were hungry for a mid-day bite. We ended up at Governor’s Tavern & boy oh boy I was excited to have found this bar. It’s truly a gem. I had THE BEST skinny Pina Colada – only 80 calories!!! Also had their salt & vinegar fries; if you love salt & vinegar chips as much as we do, your world will be rocked. We also tried their buffalo fried cauliflower. I’m drooling again just thinking about it.
We ended our day strolling back to our airbnb to hang out and watch movies. Hudson is so fun but it’s also the perfect place to just take a step back and relax. A movie night isn’t complete without pizza and Half Moon is just killing the pizza game. We got the white pizza with sausage and it was massive. Pizza slices as big as my head and honestly rivals pizza in the city.
On our way back home, we visited Olana State Historic Site. It’s a castle built by Frederic Church. The grounds surrounding are beautiful too, there’s a lake you’ll see driving in, walking paths and we didn’t go inside but you can take a guided tour.
Overall, Hudson New York is the cutest little getaway from the city but don’t think you’re totally escaping high prices. It’s nicknamed an upstate Brooklyn for a reason. (: