Two summers ago we did a really great long weekend in Hudson, NY. The visit preceded my blogging days so I don’t have a ton of notes or pics on what we did, but I have enough brain cells left to remember some basic details, and it’s a special enough place to deserve a blog post. I really hope to go back soon (it’s not far away!) and do a proper run down for you.
Some Things We Did
Spotty Dog Books & Ale - A quaint mom and pop bookstore. It also has a beer focused bar inside. I had to drink my beer while also keeping my eye on my kids, but if I were in Hudson alone, I would spend hours here drinking and reading and absolutely loving life.
Love Apple Farm - An adorable little U-Pick farm right outside Hudson proper. The property includes a farmer’s market and prepared foods counter, a “U-Pick” farm section and some playground equipment to make the kiddies happy. On our visit, it was cherry picking season. Yum!
Warren Street - The main drag in Hudson is on Warren Street. If you’re visiting as a group of adults or with just babies in strollers, definitely spend a lot of time checking out the many cool shops and eateries on and around Warren Street. Unfortunately, we were visiting with three animal like children who would not let us shop if their lives depended on it. Alas, we spent much of our daylight time at the pool in our rental house.
Some Things We Ate and Drank
Moto Coffee Machine - This place rocked! At the time, I had no idea that motorcycle store coffee shops were a “thing” but even if they are, this was a good one. The owner and workers were so warm and friendly to our kiddies and the owner even humored my husband’s dorky motorcycle questions. Besides the cool looking moto gear, tasty coffee and chill kid-and-dog friendly vibes, Moto has another hidden weapon. The owner’s girlfriend stops by each morning to make delicious Belgian waffles.
Backbar - This was our first meal in Hudson and for lunch with kids it worked perfectly. We sat outside in the eclectic yard. The kids ran around because it was empty and we had some booze and Asian small plates. The chef here, Zak Pelaccio, also owns Fish and Game in Hudson. and previously owned a few NYC spots like Fatty Crab.
Hudson Food Studio - Very good Asian fusion food in a fairly kid friendly, but still kinda hip for adults environment. Lucky for me, my girls live for white rice and dumplings.
Grazin - Farm to table burgers and more in an old diner car setting. Very kid friendly and very tasty. It has been a few years and I still remember we had an awesome waiter here.
Cafe Le Perche - We ate our last brunch in the garden of this cafe owned by the same people who own Hudson’s popular Swoon Kitchenbar. I don’t remember my food being anything too special, but the outdoor space was really nice on a warm, sunny day.
Or Gallery and Tavern - This spot is not exactly meant for kids but we hit it for an early pre-dinner drink one night. The warm weather allowed us to sit outside on their front patio away from adults looking for peace. Very cool spot that would’ve been awesome to visit sans kids.
Verdigris Tea & Chocolate Bar - This chocolate and tea shop on Warren Street was a quick walk from Or Gallery so the ladies took the kiddies here while the men finished up their drinks. It seemed kinda adult and stuffy for a chocolate shop, so being with four kids, we raced through it a bit. Each kid got a bag of chocolate to keep them happy. Obviously.
Stuff We Didn’t Get to Hit But I’d Really Like to Hit
Little Deb’s Oasis - Still not over the fact that we missed this kitchy, women-owned pan-Latin bar and cafe on our trip. This alone means I need a return visit.
Suarez Family Brewery - I’m VERY MUCH not over the fact that we missed this insanely well regarded brewery, that is most known for its pilsners, to boot. A date has been set for a visit next month and I cannot wait.
Gaskins - A restaurant in nearby Germantown owned by the Suarez Family Brewery team. This, too, should hopefully happen next month. BRING IT.