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Hudson Valley

Establishment neighborhood
2 Note
255 Warren St., Hudson
The folks at 2 Note, a local apothecary that takes inspiration from both music and nature, will do everything from steer you in the direction of a hydrating face oil to help you choose one of their botanical fragrances. The small line of perfumes and bath and body care products are all crafted in small batches, meaning each one is mixed, bottled, and labeled by hand. (Test drive their goods in the rooms at Rivertown Lodge.) For kiddos, there's a line called Piccolo, which includes a gentle body wash, baby powder, and a do-everything balm that's packed with essential oils.
Variety Valley
705 Warren St., Hudson
After seventeen years in SF, Chuck Rosenthal fell in love with Hudson and decided to buy the building that now occupies Valley Variety. (He lives on the third floor.) Here, he curates a lifestyle shop, which features Arita porcelain, Normann Copenhagen pendants, Bensen seating, and much more. It's the kind of spot you'll wander into, think you don't need another thing, and wind up with, say, a set of Scandinavian spice grinders. A bonus: They host regular (and private) cooking demonstrations with local and visiting chefs, covering topics like family-centric cooking, Korean BBQ, and even a knish night.
Red Chair on Warren
606 Warren St., Hudson
Jocelyn Sinauer has a keen eye for sourcing antiques from around the globe. Her talent is evident in her store, located in an 1800's whaling house and packed with a mix of 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century finds, mostly from Scandinavia and the South of France. The entire store has somewhat of a New England farmhouse feel—i.e., perfectly faded French linens and vintage tablewares. There's a lovely garden in the back, where visitors can look through a collection of worn terra cotta pots and rustic outdoor furniture.
Backbar
347 Warren St., Hudson
The guys behind Fish & Game have set up an open-air cocktail spot complete with picnic tables right on Hudson's main drag. This Tiki-ish bar in a former auto body shop bets big on Southeast Asian street food. (The name is a play on “ikan bakar,” which are basically roadside stops throughout Malaysia.) An unfussy lineup includes standouts like triple pepper fried chicken, vegetable ramen, and yellow chickpea curry with mango chutney. Don't miss the solid natural wines list. Photo: Christian Harder
Rivertown Guest House
244 Allen St., Hudson
An offshoot of the Rivertown Lodge, this recently restored Victorian-style 19th-century guest house features two generously sized apartments. On the parlor level, the owner's apartment sleeps two (there's also a twin sofa bed), and the marble-accented bathroom is outfitted with a soaking tub. Come warmer temperatures, there's a large garden with a BBQ grill. A slightly larger second-floor apartment sleeps four, and the highlight is a light-filled, wood-paneled kitchen with a Viking cooktop—making it a great option for those who want to hole up inside for the weekend. The house is within striking distance of the action on Warren Street and a quick 5-minute drive from the Hudson train station.
Gaskins
2 Church Ave., Germantown
In nearby Germantown, owners Nick and Sarah Suarez have created a community gathering spot that's become a destination in its own right. (Between the two of them, they've worked at beloved New York restaurants like Gramercy Tavern, Roman's, and Marlow & Sons.) They tapped Brooklyn-based Studio Tack for a simple, pared-back design. (Think: penny-tiled flooring; dark, bentwood barstools; and big windows.) A cozy menu takes full advantage of nearby farmers, culling from the likes of Kinderhook and Whistle Down farms, and Otto's Market for its crowd-pleasing bucatini, roasted beets, and grass-fed burger (Nick bakes the sesame buns daily). The cocktail list riffs on classics like Negroni's and French 75. Photo: Mikael Kennedy