Checking In: Rivertown Guest House in Hudson
Rivertown Guest House is as close as you can come to living the upstate dream. This exclusive property in the city of Hudson in upstate New York is the work of Brigitte, a Swiss expat who has lived all over the world fixing up homes and now resides in Hudson on the ground floor of the accommodation, renting out the top floor to guests visiting the Hudson Valley.
Hudson is often considered the heart of upstate, with thanks to its huge creative community and flourishing businesses that line the main street, Warren Street, with concept stores, cute cafes and vintage thrifts stores galore.
We checked in to the upstairs apartment for two nights – complete with a bedroom each, a front living room, dining room, kitchen and garden access from our upstairs retreat. Brigitte also rents out the ground floor apartment when she is travelling, which has its own unique charm and identity.
The apartment is beautifully appointed with vintage furniture and has a very French country home feel to it – tres chic! The kitchen is decked out with all the cooking utensils and crockery you could need to feed a group of four, making this the perfect friends or couples getaway from New York City.
A few days in Hudson
The beauty of Hudson is that it can be reached by direct train in just two hours from the city. Added to that, it is one of the most gorgeous small cities in all of upstate New York and has a strong creative community which keeps a variety of events on offer throughout the year and an ever-changing rotation of people passing through the city.
Warren Street is where you will find most of the cute cafes, restaurants and concept stores. There are endless stores to visit including many great thrift stores and antique shops, so be sure to allow a couple of days to explore the city in full. Keep in mind weekends are when many city dwellers make their way upstate, so accommodation offerings are often booked out weeks or months in advance. In contrast weekdays offer lower room rates and less crowds, especially in the colder months after the leaves have fallen and winter starts to settle in.