PLAN THE PERFECT HUDSON VALLEY ANTIQUING WEEKEND

October 5, 2018

Unless you’ve been submerged in a slumber of the Rip Van Winkle variety, it’s no news that Hudson, New York has been undergoing a revival as of late. As Manhattanites infiltrate the once sleepy whaling town, restaurants and shops have super-bloomed, turning Hudson’s Warren Street into a literal destination. Among the town’s retailers, antiques reign supreme. New Yorkers may have left their break-neck workweeks back in The City, but they’ve brought their heirloom tastes with them. If you’re headed to Hudson for an antiquing excursion and the surplus of antique shops has you feeling daunted, we’ve rounded up the antique shops you won’t want to miss. Plus, the restaurants, artisan boutiques, and out-of-town detours you’ll need to make a proper weekend out of it.

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ANTIQUES

Warren Street is Hudson’s unofficial antiques row. Stylistically, you’ll be able to find just about anything, but Mid-Century is the definite speciality of the town.

The Gilded Owl

For those craving the experimental, the unexpected, and the just plain extraordinary, The Gilded Owl is a must-stop. What began as a music and art blog penned by co-owner Andy Goldsborough in 2012 has since turned into a pair of exploratory design stores. Look for an emphasis on beautifully crafted objects, be they surreal, eccentric, or delightfully offbeat. 105 & 318 Warren Street Street Hudson, NY

Modern on the Hudson

Mid-Century Modernism enthusiasts will feel instantly at home in Modern on the Hudson. Worthy of mecca status, Modern on the Hudson is home to three dealers specializing in Scandinavian, American, and South American design from the mid 20th Century. For those craving an iconic Harvey Probber sofa, or Edward Wormley side table, Modern is your one-stop shop. 605 Warren St, Hudson, NY

FINCH Hudson

Founded by fashion notable Andrew Arrick and his husband Michael Hofemann, FINCH Hudson is inspired by the Hudson’s rugged, craftsman history. At FINCH, bucolic country living and edgy modernism co-mingle via offerings like rare Italian Modernist furniture, locally-made hand-thrown pottery, and moody 18th Century portraits. 555 Warren Street Hudson, NY

La Maison Supreme Ltd.

Artfully arranged and unabashedly French, La Maison Supreme Ltd. offers a wide variety of hand-picked French luxuries. Think: Haviland china, giftable linens, and fine glassware. Thanks to its amply-stocked shelves and ambient lighting (courtesy of the for-sale chandeliers strung up overhead), La Maison is the kind of destination that invites all-afternoon lingering. 431 Warren St, Hudson, NY

FRG Objects and Design

Modeled after owner FR Gillette’s former NYC loft, FRG Objects and Design offers cutting-edge design within a gleaming, gallery-like space. Gillette keeps a meticulous edit on the store’s inventory, zoning in on the most iconic examples of 20th century Modern design and art—don’t let the shop’s Federalist exterior fool you! 217 Warren Street Hudson, NY

Sutter Antiques

For antiques that emanate old world elegance and glamour, head to Sutter Antiques. After stints selling antiques in London and New York, Alfons Sutter and his partner Frank Rosa moved operations to the Hudson Valley in 1990. Since then, they’ve established themselves as one of the Hudson’s top antique dealers. They also earned Architectural Digest’s accolades for being one of the top 100 sources for Interior Designers. 556 Warren St, Hudson, NY

Regan & Smith 

Described as a “rabbit’s warren of uber-stylish vignettes,” in a 2013 write-up by a local magazine, Regan & Smith is the place to lose yourself amid faux rooms fashioned from incredible antiques. Owners Kurt Smith and Kevin Regan’s store is a melting pot of designs and styles, making it perfect for those who are seeking out less-expected finds. 601 Warren St Hudson, NY.

Photo courtesy of Hops Petunia Floral. Photo by Kelli Galloway.

ARTISANAL SHOPS

When you consider that New Yorkers move to Hudson to indulge in their passion projects, it’s no wonder the area’s artisanal shops have game. Here’s a round-up of some of our favorites both in Hudson and neighboring Kingston.

Hops Petunia Floral   

A wallpapered jewel box of a store, Hops Petunia in Kingston is an ode to a Victorian-era flower shop. Whether you come for a created-especially-for-you bouquet or the shop’s collection of notecards, gardening tools, Japanese linens, and more, you’re bound to leave feeling thoroughly enchanted. 73 Broadway, Kingston, NY.

Hawkins New York 

Housed in a former newspaper editor’s office, Hawkins New York specializes in hand-picked homewares. Owners Paul Denoly and Nick Blaine credit their aesthetic to Japanese and Scandinavian design. Together, they scout items that effortlessly combine vintage sensibilities with a clean, contemporary aesthetic. Look for everything from handcrafted furniture, artful tableware, and handmade textiles. 613 Warren St, Hudson, NY.

Clove & Creek  

Owned and operated by friends Michael Cook and Scott Neild, Clove & Creek is a mercantile shop built for coffee-in-hand browsing. Literally. In addition to offering a thoughtfully curated assortment of home goods like handmade soaps, outdoor gear, and hand-thrown ceramics, the duo serves up iced and pour-over coffee along with treats from Brooklyn chocolatier FINE & RAW. 73 Broadway, Kingston, NY.

Photo courtesy of Gaskins. Photo by Mikael Kennedy.

EAT

Comfort food is a way of life in the Hudson Valley. From dive-y diners to white tablecloth-ed bistros, you’ll find that innovative, belly-warming eats are the norm in Hudson and the surrounding towns.

Back Bar 

If you’re looking for that place that fuses neighborhood watering hole vibes with write-up-worthy cuisine, sidle up to Back Bar. Serving up Malaysian-inspired eats in the back of a gas station-turned-antiques shop, Back Bar is about as local as it gets. In the summer, the restaurant’s garage doors roll up to an open air patio which invites late-into-the-night lingering. 347 Warren St, Hudson, NY.

Fish & Game

For reservation-worthy dining, book a table at Fish & Game. Run by James Beard-awarded chef Zak Pelaccio and his wife, chef Jori Jayne Emde, Fish & Game is housed in a renovated 19th century blacksmith’s shop. The restaurant itself takes an inventive approach to locally-grown, seasonal eating. The menu revels in juicy game, wild grains, and foraged and fermented legumes. 13 S 3rd St, Hudson, NY.

Gaskins 

A modern tavern with an old world twist, Gaskins serves up both Instagram-worthy interiors and farm-to-table fare. At Gaskins, owners Nick and Sarah Suarez have concocted a menu filled with produce-forward classics like burrata with almond pesto and wood roasted chicken with farro, kale, and pickled green tomatoes. 2 Church Avenue, Germantown, NY.  

Grazin’

If you’re in looking-for-the-best-burger-in-town mode, head to Grazin’. In addition to being the first restaurant in the world to being fully Animal Welfare Approved, this old school-style diner serves up hulking burgers with plenty of downhome appeal. Locals recommend the Uncle Dude. It’s a knockout of a burger slathered in a chipotle mayo and topped with cheddar, bacon, and a kick-y jalapeno relish. 717 Warren St, Hudson, NY.

Lil’ Deb’s Oasis 

Artists-turned chefs Hannah Black and Carla Pérez-Gallardo cook up a wide array of Latin-style dishes at this off-beat café. Lil’ Deb’s tropical, maximalist-style interiors perfectly complement the restaurant’s souped-up Latin classics. Standbys include yucca fries, tamales, and an epic whole fried fish that’s best shared. Cash only. 747 Columbia St, Hudson, NY.

Wm. Farmers & Sons 

Dishing up soulful comfort food in a cozy tavern atmosphere is Wm. Farmers & Sons Restaurant and Barroom. Located underneath an Inn by the same name, Wm. Farmers & Sons is the place to go to fill up on classic, feel-good food like Heirloom tomato pie and platters of freshly-shucked oysters. As locals will tell you, their cocktail game is no joke, either. 20 S Front St, Hudson, NY.

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DO

If you’re looking to extend your weekend trip, the Hudson Valley offers plenty of enticing options. Art and history buffs will be especially thrilled, given the area’s variety of options in both fields.

Storm King Art Center  

For a museum experience unlike any other, head to the Storm King Art Center. Spanning 500 wild-yet-cultivated acres, Storm King is a sprawling outdoor park studded with large-scale sculptures commissioned by a changing array of artists. 1 Museum Rd, New Windsor, NY.

Dia: Beacon

Housed in Nabisco’s former box printing factory, Dia:Beacon is home to Dia’s vast collection of modern art. The industrial-like spaces make for a unique backdrop to the museum’s collections, which date from the 1960s to the present. Since windows serve as the museum’s only form of (hence its classification as a “daylight” museum) move this one to the top of your day’s to-dos. 3 Beekman St, Beacon, NY.

Opus 40 

The land that Opus 40 now sits on was originally an abandoned rock quarry. In 1938 artist Harvey Fite purchased it. Over the next four decades, Fite worked to evolve the quarry into a 6.5-acre bluestone sculpture. It’s characterized by twisting terraces, bridges, and subterranean canals. 50 Fite Rd, Saugerties, NY.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Home  

Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Park Estate has been memorialized as a destination-worthy museum. Guided and self-guided tours are available to tour both the house grounds and gardens. Also included on the grounds are FDR’s presidential library and a dedicated museum. 4097 Albany Post Rd, Hyde Park, NY

Val-Kill

Located about two miles from FDR’s home is Val-Kill, the cottage that served as Eleanor Roosevelt’s personal Hudson Valley hideaway. While pint-sized compared to FDR’s larger Hyde Park home, the rambling stone and stucco structure is surrounded by grounds that look yanked straight from a storybook. It’s perfect for a low-key, cap-off-the-day stroll. 106 Valkill Park Rd, Hyde Park, NY.

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