An Editor's Guide To What To Do When You Can't Do It All

river town lodge


Our road trip was a whirlwind.  We arrived in Hudson at about 5pm on Friday evening and planned to arrive in Cape Cod at 4pm on Sunday.  So we had to have a plan.  We decided our priorities in Hudson were to eat well, drink well, learn a little about the area, and leave inspired.  Simple.

daybed with large pillows

We arrived at River Town Lodge and immediately staked out our spot on the porch with frozen Negronis from the bar and Spicy Shrimp Noodles from Hudson Food Studio across the street.  Both were just the fuel we needed to inspire our planning for the next day's adventure.

girl in black dress drinking iced coffee


In the rapid fire spirit of our trip, our itinerary went something like this...

otto's grocery germantown ny

Our favorite food stops were

River Town Tavern for brunch

Bread Folks for mid-afternoon iced coffee and pastries

Otto's Market for dinner picnic supplies

(We decided to leave Gaskins for next time and take a picnic to the Frederick Church Mansion at the Olana State Historic Site.)

Kitty's Cafe for breakfast.  (Do not sleep on the travel hashbrowns.  Trust us.)


brick wall with yellow flowers

Our favorite shops were

The Quiet Botanist (oh la!  so beautiful)

Les Indiennes

Red Chair on Warren



sofa with oval mirror

row houses on hudson

The prettiest houses for color palette inspiration were on Court Street adjacent to Holy Trinity Parish.

the quiet botanist hudson new york

The most magical sight was a florist on a ladder creating a flower chandelier in the back room of a former doctor's office now pop up shop on Warren Street.  

guitar on warren street

The best impromptu entertainment was this guy playing his guitar near a quiet little park on Warren Street.  

frederick church mansion

A double win for prettiest sunset  and and prettiest view of the Hudson River goes to the Frederick Church Mansion at the Olana State Historic site.  

olama state historic site hudson river

art omi hudson river valley

And lastly, the best early morning walk was Art Omi

All in all, it was an excellent visit with just the right amount of food, drink, art culture, and chilling on the porch.  Five stars.  

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Laurie Furber