Escape the “Big Apple” and enjoy the small-town charm in Hudson. Shop, dine and drink on the lively main street and visit a hilltop estate owned by a famous American landscape painter. Atmospheric theatres and performing arts centres will satisfy your appetite for culture. Looking for outdoor adventures? The city is a great base to explore Upstate New York, the Hudson River Valley and the Catskill Mountains.
Things to do in Hudson
Stroll along Warren Street and browse beautifully styled boutiques, vintage stores and florists. The thoroughfare is the beating heart of Hudson and swaps big-name brands for small, independent businesses. Walk down to the riverside promenade at sunset and watch the mountains take on a golden glow.
Discover the area’s rich artistic heritage at Olana, a magnificent Victorian estate with stunning views over the Hudson River Valley and surrounding mountains. The villa was built by iconic American painter Frederic Edwin Church, one of the most important artists in the Hudson River School. Tour the lavishly decorated rooms, admire Church originals and stretch your legs in the enchanting gardens.
Attend a show at Basilica Hudson, a unique performing arts venue housed in a 19th-century factory. The non-profit arts centre hosts a mixed bag of theatrical shows, music concerts, film screenings and art exhibitions.
Enjoy breakfast at a chic European-style café and pick up a loaf of sourdough from the artisan bakery. There are excellent farm-to-table restaurants in Hudson, plus trendy wine and cocktail bars where you can wind up a day of sightseeing.
Getting around Hudson
Hudson is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. The city is a 2.5-hour drive from New York City and 45 minutes from Albany. Trains run between Hudson and New York City in just over one hour, while rental cars offer the freedom to visit Hudson and tour Columbia County at your own pace. Albany International Airport is a one-hour drive away.