Best 15 Engaging Things to Do in the Mid-Hudson River Valley

Best 15 Engaging Things to Do in the Mid-Hudson River Valley

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Go uphill for the riveting views, and stay for the house tour at Frederick Church’s home, Olana. Church, a significant artist in the Hudson River School of Art movement, built his Persian-influenced style home overlooking his beloved river. Posthumously, Church became an important player in the Hudson River conservation movement, when one of his paintings was employed in the effort to ban a nuclear power plant within view of here. Protesters in the 1970’s used one of Church’s winter landscapes to show exactly how an industrial facility would mar the perfect scene. The ploy worked and the plant was put elsewhere. You’ll see this landscape and a number of Old Masters on a fascinating tour of Church’s home and studio.

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A Hotel with a Sense of Place: Rivertown Lodge in Hudson, NY

A Hotel with a Sense of Place: Rivertown Lodge in Hudson, NY

On a quick trip upstate a couple of weeks ago, we dropped in on the newly opened Rivertown Lodge on Warren Street in Hudson, NY. Located in a 1920s movie house, the hotel (and soon to be dining spot) is the first venture of Ray Pirkle and Kim Bucci, two friends and hospitality veterans who work under the name Ramshackle Properties. Rivertown Lodge solves the vexing neighborhood problem of where to stay on a visit upstate, beyond the usual hotels and Airbnb offerings, according to Ray, who relocated to Hudson a couple of years ago as a “full-time guy,” as he says, drawn to the sense of community: “It’s a different mentality.”

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Eye On Hudson: Five New Hotspots You Should Know About

Eye On Hudson: Five New Hotspots You Should Know About

You hear it all the time: those who occasionally visit Hudson will remark on the many changes they’ve encountered since their last swing through town. New businesses are always opening and the end of summer 2015 was an especially active time for the little city’s business district, with establishments of all kinds opening their doors. But it’s not just quantity. The quality of Hudson’s new businesses continue to elevate the Hudson experience for both residents and visitors alike. Here are five new hotspots to check out next time you’re there.

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A Hudson Valley Hotel – With a Brooklyn Twist

A Hudson Valley Hotel – With a Brooklyn Twist

In the last few years, Hudson has undergone a swift transformation from a charmingly sleepy river town — popular mainly for its antiques shopping — into the creative HQ of upstate New York. The growth is fueled by a stream of former city-dwellers who are opening expertly curated design shops, galleries, high-end restaurants and gourmet markets along Warren Street (Hudson’s main drag) seemingly every month. So it comes as no surprise that an equally stylish new hotel would follow, keeping up with the flow of weekenders looking for a brief respite from Manhattan and Brooklyn, just a two-hour drive (or Amtrak ride) north. Enter Rivertown Lodge, which opens this month at the top of Warren Street in a retro-cool, two-story 1920s building originally conceived as a movie theater.

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