Hudson, NY is the perfect town for your maiden voyage upstate — in fact, it was ours! Ten+ years ago, a coworker returned from a weekend Upstate with tales of a sleepy town dotted with quaint B&Bs, great antique shopping, farmland and fields of wildflowers. Soon after, we were on our own first trip to Upstate NY that inspired many trips back to the region (and ultimately, Escape Brooklyn.)
Ten+ years later, Hudson is “sleepy town” no more — on the contrary, it now brands itself as the “downtown of Upstate.” The metropolitan area boasts 200 independent establishments including antique and boutique shops, hotels, art galleries, restaurants and bars, mostly along Warren Street.
Visually, this charming town is a treat, delighting visitors and aesthetes with its stunning and Wes Anderson-esque architecture. The restoration of some 300 historic buildings in two square miles makes it one of the historically richest, and most diverse architectural cities in New York State.
It seems the secret is out: according to the NY Times, Hudson, NY’s population grew faster than any other metropolitan area in 2020. Hudson seems to have charmed quite a few of its past visitors and inspired many to leave large cities, once and for all. With the large boost in population, expect even more new businesses to open at the hands of its new creative recruits.
Part of its appeal — for relocation or visiting — is no doubt Hudson’s accessibility. For those who don’t want to deal with the hassle of a car, Hudson is easily accessed from NYC via Amtrak and very pedestrian/bike friendly. If you’re driving from NYC, the 120-mile drive takes about 2.5 hours, passing scenic overlooks, farm stands, and landmark diners that have inspired city escapees for years.
Read on for our guide to Hudson, NY.