Hudson Valley Great Dates

Tired of the bar scene? Make Valentine’s Day (or any day) a unique experience: Take your special someone on one of the Valley’s Great Dates



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Great Date #2: Hudson on the Hudson

The city of Hudson is an entertaining place to bring a date. After a modestly priced brunch at the Red Dot Restaurant (try the eggs Benedict served on latkes), hit the vaunted Warren Street antiques shops — nothing says “I love you” like a vintage rolltop desk or lusterware pitcher. (The thoroughfare has a number of art galleries, clothing and furniture stores, and gourmet food emporiums, too.) Next, head six miles south to tour the sprawling grounds of Olana, the former estate of Hudson River School landscape painter Frederic Edwin Church. The sumptuous Persian-style mansion — designed by the artist and Calvert Vaux (who helped plan the layout of Central Park) — is open for tours year-round; we recommend making a reservation. Picture that.

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