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.
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.
438 1/2 Warren St., Hudson
In a tiny row house, shopkeeping duo Rob and Gert Doriot bring their love of both the well-made and the hard-to-find to this highly trafficked stretch of Warren Street. The thoughtful menswear selection includes quirky socks from Kapital, La Paz vests and trousers, winter gear from Norse Projects, and unisex toiletries from Maison Louis Marie. There's also a solid edit of indie magazines like Gather, Cereal, and Travel Almanac to flip through.
722 Warren St., Hudson
A flower shop that stocks botanical cards and—you guessed it—sauerkraut, Flowerkraut is run by the charming husband-and-wife duo Mairead Travins (a floral designer) and Seth (a musician). Mairead sources hard-to-find flowers from around the Berkshires and Hudson Valley and looks to local makers (and Instagram) to source clever gifts, like ceramics and textiles to round out their assortment. If you're local, see their selection of house plants.
Hawkins New York
613 Warren St., Hudson
Designers Paul Denoly and Nick Blaine share an affinity for both Scandinavian and Japanese design—and the result is a shop packed to the rafters with everything from industrial lighting to handcrafted furniture, recycled glassware, and linen throw pillows. (We love their cotton waffle towels and pink marble trivets.) They've got a location in NYC, too, and you'll find them stocked in the goop shop here.
449 Warren St., Hudson
This much-loved local grocer is known for its selection of veggies from surrounding farms, plus specialty condiments, pastas, and sauces for the pantry. Our tip? Get a made-to-order sandwich or shepherd's pie off their handwritten chalkboard menu to pack for a picnic or your drive home.
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.
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