If you are planning a trip to New York any time soon and fancy doing something a little different to the usual tourist sites, then why not consider heading out of the city to explore Hudson? The Shopkeepers tell us a little more about the town and shares their top spots for shopping, eating and staying….
Hudson is the perfect weekend destination or day trip out of the city. A scenic two hour train journey from New York city along the Hudson River, it’s a journey that is stunning in all seasons. Hudson’s rich history - a former whaling town and active port in the eighteenth century - is evident in its architecture and buildings that have been lovingly restored by independent business and home owners over the last few decades. The train arrives into Hudson’s waterfront, where everything in this guide is easily accessible on foot (or you can always avail of one of the waiting taxis). The mile-long Warren Street is lined with historic buildings that have been transformed into a vibrant array of shops, from antique stores and art galleries, to interior design shops and eateries. This vibrant community of shopkeepers have created a truly unique experience, each shop a joy to discover, here are a few of our favourites…
Red Chair is home to a wonderful assortment of French, Belgian and Swedish antiques. Founded by Jocelyn Sinauer, the store is famed for its selection of white ironstone, French linen, silver flatware, and glassware. Jocie sources everything herself, often traveling to France and Belgium, but also Brimfield - a bit closer to home. When time allows, she loves to drive around local towns to see what she can unearth.
A former early 20th century movie theatre has been converted into Rivertown Lodge, a 27 room independently-owned hotel. The owners worked with New York design studio Workstead and a local community of craftsmen to bring the space alive. The open plan lobby area is book-ended by wood burning fireplaces and a small retail shop offers a collection of locally-sourced gifts.
Rural Residence was the first home furnishing store on Warren Street, opening in 1999 amongst 60 plus antique stores. Custom wooden cabinetry line the walls of the interior lending a refined, understated atmosphere to the shop, and offer a range of stationery, glassware, tableware, bed and bath textiles.
The Secret Gardener
The Secret Gardener nursery is located between a break in the historic storefronts on Warren Street, tucked behind large iron gates. Owner Ben Easton dismantled three burnt-out buildings by hand to create this urban oasis. Ben has a collection of antique toys, with a fondness for little trucks, which are artfully displayed in the shop and make an appearance in the garden, often planted with succulents.
Check out The Shopkeepers Going Places feature for even more places to check out in Hudson.