How to Spend a Saturday in Hudson
The dreamy upstate city boasts award-winning restaurants, unique storefronts, and the freshest New York air around.
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In the whole of the Hudson Valley, Hudson is perhaps the most Instagram-famous city of them all. The upstate locale attracts an endless slew of New York City weekenders in need of a 180-degree escape from Big Apple life. The retreat exists as a unique destination in the wide expanse of northern New York. Amidst farmlands and forests, Hudson packs enough attractions, restaurants, and shops to keep visitors occupied for a year.
Let this 24-hour guide get you started, but feel free to wander and explore as the day progresses. We guarantee you’ll get sidetracked by a quirky store or eye-catching art exhibit at least once during your trip.
9 a.m. – Chow down on a charming breakfast at Tanzy’s
This adorable eatery feels like a throwback to afternoons spent at grandma’s house. Cozy up at one of the quaint tables for a no frills breakfast that will fill your stomach and warm your soul. The pancakes, a fan favorite, are bigger than your face, so only order the full stack if you’re really hungry. Otherwise, the Tanzy Breakfast Plate is the best value for money. For $10, you can enjoy one pancake, two eggs, a piece of bacon, ham, and sausage, a Taylor pork roll, and home-fried potatoes.
Mon, Thurs-Sat 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sun 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
223 Warren St, Hudson
One of the mansions I wanted to visit for the longest time... Olana Estate is built in the Middle Eastern, particularly Persian, style as the Churches loved to spend lots of time there. Beautiful place, nothing like any other mansions in the State of New York. #olana #olanaestate #historicsite #newyorkstate #upstateny #travel #localtravel
10:30 a.m. – Channel your inner artist at Olana
As the former home of acclaimed Hudson River School artist Frederic Church, the Olana State Historic Site stuns with an expansive landscape, Hudson River views, one-of-a-kind works of art, and global architecture. To glimpse inside Church’s glamorous home, be sure to book a tour in advance for a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday visit. The grounds themselves are open daily to the public throughout the year for hikes, walks, and outdoor enjoyment.
Open daily, 8 a.m. – sunset
5720 State Route 9G, Hudson
So glad we made the trek up the Hudson to go to @fishgamehudson. Great food, wonderful place. Pics: 1 crab omelette with charred onions and chili-crab sauce 2 peeking into the kitchen from the dining room 3 hearth-cooked beans with grilled squid, mussels, bok choy & sambal 4 wood oven snails with herb butter, absinthe & LJA @jorijayne vinegar 5 the hearth 6 highlight of our lunch: @zakarypelaccio’s dog doing a tour of the dining room at the end of service. If you’re anywhere close, this is, as they say, worth a detour.
12 p.m. – Eat a gold-star lunch at Fish & Game
Led by James Beard award-winning chef Zak Pelaccio, Fish & Game lures foodies from NYC to Albany with a farm fresh menu that turns vegetables into shining stars. Go for lunch to beat the crowd and take time to savor the meal. With options like house-baked focaccia, wood oven roasted oysters with kimchi hollandaise, and black bass with lobster coral butter and wood ear mushrooms, you can’t go wrong no matter what you order.
Lunch: Sat-Sun 12-2:30 p.m. / Dinner: Thurs-Sun from 5:30 p.m.
13 S 3rd St, Hudson
The newly restored stage at @hudsonhall1855 was a beautiful setting last night for @seraphbrass! Susan B. Anthony spoke from this stage several times! Thanks also @2notehudson for your lovely gifts of your beautiful lip balm, we appreciate it very much! 😀❤️🎶🎺 #seraphbrass #brass #yamaha #brassquintet #chambermusic #tourlife #hudsonny #saveourhistory #hudsonoperahouse
1 p.m. – Take a tour of Hudson Hall
Housed within the historic 1855 Hudson City Hall building, Hudson Hall at Hudson Opera House is a hub for all things art. Visit at 1 p.m. on Tuesday through Sunday for a tour of the restored building. Throughout the year, take advantage of the curated performance schedule, which packs in dance performances, book clubs, artist receptions, and more.
Tues-Fri 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat-Sun 12-5 p.m.
327 Warren St, Hudson
2:30 p.m. – Shop in style along Warren Street
With its reputation as the upstate extension of Brooklyn, it only seems fitting for Hudson to skip Main Street in favor of the oh-so-chic Warren Street. Shoppers can find everything along this stretch of road, from antiques and books to beauty, clothes, and even a millinery. Lose yourself for hours among the various vintage treasures and baubles that hide on the shelves of the picturesque shops.
P.S. This is an ideal spot for holiday shopping, since you’re bound to find more than a few one-of-a-kind goodies for even the most challenging recipients.
6 p.m. – Taste the flavors of the (local) oasis at Lil’ Deb’s
Hudson’s quirkiest eatery packs enough color in one square inch to brighten even the darkest of days. Throw on your favorite Hawaiian shirt and head to Lil’ Deb’s Oasis for the tastiest tropical eats in the Valley. Start with the highly addictive sweet plantains before moving onto the mojo chicken with hominy, pineapple gravy, and greens. Embrace the island vibes to the fullest with a cool beer from Suarez Family Brewery, which just so happens to be located right down the road. The restaurant is cash only, so come prepared.
Wed-Sun 5-10 p.m.
747 Columbia St, Hudson
8 p.m. – Grab a brew at The Spotty Dog Books & Ale
Don’t leave town without making a pit stop at The Spotty Dog, the hybrid bookstore and bar that serves up a top notch selection of beer to go with its lined bookshelves. Local breweries feature prominently on the tap menu, which includes beers from Crossroads in Athens and C.H. Evans in Albany. Ciders, wines, and bar snacks are available as well.
Mon-Sat 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sun 12-8 p.m.
440 Warren St, Hudson
9:30 p.m. – Sleep over at The Hudson Milliner
The number of cozy inns and B&Bs that line the streets of Hudson are enough of an excuse in and of themselves to extend your stay. Keep it local on Warren Street by heading to The Hudson Milliner, a guesthouse and inn with industrial, vintage décor. Suites are named after styles of hats, such as The Top Hat, The Bowler, and The Fedora. Don’t be surprised if you walk away with more than one interior idea for your own home. Two former Brooklynite artists own the space, after all.
415 Warren St, Hudson