Beyond New York City: where to travel in the Hudson Valley
8. Go shopping in Hudson and Cold Spring
Best for treasure-hunters
Warren Street once led down to a whaling port; today, it leads to an exceptional shopping area. Top New York designers source chandeliers and shaker chests at Theron Ware, near the public square, and scout midcentury sofas at Finch. LikeMindedObjects is a favourite of Millennials for its slouchy fashion and upcycled homewares. Or you can pose against your fantasy ride at Moto, a motorcycle shop and cafe. The historic village of Cold Spring has plenty to offer in its downtown; antique stores, hip boutiques and a wealth of delicious restaurants all await visitors. Don’t forget to stop at Moo Moo’s Creamery for a delectable treat.
Best for design-lovers
Frederic Church co-founded the Hudson River School, a coterie of landscape painters who captured misty mountain vistas. But Church’s greatest work of art was the Persian-inspired mansion that lords over his estate, adorned with stained glass, intricate mosaics, silk rugs and paintings by his friends. The grounds have since become a showcase for daring young New York sculptors. The Thomas Cole National Historic Site, located in the village of Catskill, is also worth a visit. The former home of Hudson River School of Art founder, Thomas Cole, it’s open for tours, events and workshops throughout the year.
Plan your trip
Fly into New York City and hire a car for a self-drive adventure or take the Metro-North Railroad from Grand Central Station to Tarrytown, Cold Spring, Beacon or Poughkeepsie. The Amtrak service stops in Yonkers, Poughkeepsie, Rhinecliff, Hudson and Albany. Visit www.travelhudsonvalley.com for detailed itineraries throughout the region, from cider-tasting to leaf-peeping, hiking and boating.
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