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Recharge with a sustainable weekend in the Hudson Valley

Home to a diverse group of artists, chefs, and outdoor lovers, the Hudson Valley – located about two hours north of New York City – provides the ideal backdrop for a quick weekend away. And unlike farther-flung destinations, a recharging trip here (even with a few indulgences) can come with a low carbon footprint. The Hudson Valley train line from Manhattan’s Grand Central is a great, sustainable option for non-drivers, though I had access to Volvo’s new XC40 electric car, making the trip upstate even easier. I simply jumped in, told Google “to take me to the Hudson Valley.” and voila, I was on my way. In addition to feeling like you’re doing something good for the planet (you are), charging stations are becoming more readily available – keep scrolling for more on where I charged in my destination, the town of Hudson – making driving electric a convenient way to plan a road trip sans gas. However you choose to travel to this pastoral paradise, here’s what to do once you arrive.

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Escape Pandemic Fatigue in the Beautiful Snowy Berkshire Mountains This Winter

January 23, 2021 |

Where better to escape to then the snowy hills of beautiful New Lebanon, New York. Located in the Berkshires, on the edge of the Hudson River Valley, the area offers abundant opportunities for pleasure. Though the region may seem to be in a restful hibernation, it is in fact teeming with life and energy. Book your accommodations at The Inn at Shaker Mill Falls, a restored 200 year old Shaker Mill perched next to a cascading waterfall. With 12 rooms available during Covid, social distancing maintained and sanitization protocols in place, this historic venue is a rural paradise for the weary urban dweller.

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Why a Visit to Hudson, New York Is Better Than Ever

As New Yorkers and Bostonians try to remain close to home, New York’s Hudson Valley is as popular as ever. Thankfully, the town of Hudson hasn’t rested on its laurels one bit. The past few months have brought a gorgeously designed boutique hotel, a stellar bakery that excels in sourdough, and a slew of new shops to browse. Hudson is often referred to as the Brooklyn of the Hudson Valley, but it has so much more to offer (although if you’re looking for that Brooklyn vibe, you can definitely find it here). Fall is the ideal time to plan a weekend (or longer) getaway to Hudson—here are some exciting new spots to add to your list.

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Columbia County Retail List

Our office has joined forces with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce to assist in the Columbia County Comeback/Buy Local crusade.

In support of the Columbia County food and beverage related businesses, we have been actively updating a Columbia County Dining, Food & Beverage List for the convenience of the many dedicated patrons. This list is shared regularly through social media and our websites.

NEW to this combined effort is a Columbia County Retail List. Please shop local and lets all advocate for a successful Columbia County Comeback!

Special thanks to the support from Chamber members who are listed in BOLD. If you are actively conducting business and do not see your business listed, please email us at: [email protected]

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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Five Arty Upstate New York Towns To Check Out

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If you’ve hopped around all the galleries the city has to offer, you can head out of the five boroughs and see what the more bucolic upstate towns have to offer in the way of art. From touring a former school that’s now a gallery in Columbia County to a day trip to Peekskill, there are many ways to sneak in some culture during a weekend escape.

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

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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

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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

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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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