Hudson Is a Must-Visit Town for Any History Buff

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The Columbia County destination charms with history, mouthwatering eateries, and some of the finest shopping around on Warren Street.

All of our small cities have beautiful architecture along a main corridor but the historic row houses along Hudson’s Warren Street seem taller, older, and grander. Perhaps it’s because they are so beautifully preserved or because Hudson, far from Manhattan, has had to exist on its own terms. Echoes of the past—the whalers, the iron and brick workers, and the Hudson River School—mingle with the chatter of designers, chefs, and tastemakers who drive its energy today.

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Warren Street is where you’ll find all the hubbub: lining this 1.2-mile promenade are small but mighty independent stores, award-winning restaurants and hotels, clothing boutiques, and, of course, antique stores. Hudson is quite possibly the mecca for all things vintage and antique—with the Antique Warehouse having 40,000-sq.-feet of rare finds and goods on Front Street.

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With its reputation as the upstate extension of Brooklyn, you can discover everything you could possibly want here, from books to beauty, clothes and accessories, upscale furniture, plants, wellness outposts, and even millinery. We’re quite fond of the Quiet Botanist’s dried flowers, Hudson Home’s furnishings and home wares, pour-your-own candles at Poured Candle Bar, and plenty of reads from Spotty Dog Books & Ale.

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You can’t visit Hudson without dining at one of its dozens of culinary mainstays. Start at the top of the city with the James Beard-nominated Pan-Latin restaurant Lil’ Deb’s Oasis. Moving down, hit spots like Supernatural Coffee + Bakery, Warren & Vine wine bar, Breadfolks Bakery (owned and founded by renowned photographer Norman Jean Roy), the gorgeous Tuscan restaurant Feast & Floret, and cheese and provisions at Talbott & Arding.

On the outskirts of town, explore tourist destinations like Olana State Historic Site and High Falls Conservation Area.

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