The Hudson Valley: A Design Lover’s Guide to Our Favorite Neck of the Woods

Just a short (under 3-hour) drive or a train ride away from the hustle and bustle of New York City, the Hudson Valley feels like the ultimate New York secret that you want to keep to yourself only to enjoy with your closest friends. We hate to spoil it for you, but the region is the furthest thing from a secret at this point. That doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy it, though! There's more than enough small businesses and local makers to go around for everyone.

Made up of 10 counties, the Hudson Valley is a treasure trove of incredible dining, gorgeous hotels, and the best shopping a design lover could ever imagine. There’s a little bit of something here for everyone — the foodie, nature lover, gallery hopper, designer (yes, even your picky in-laws visiting from out of town!). As a Hudson Valley-based company, we’re thrilled to share some of our favorite local spots that make this region so special.

Last updated
August 15, 2023
Wm Farmer and Sons
Wildflower Farms
Westerly Canteen
Wassaic Project
Upstate Down Shoppe
Tobacco Silva
The School
The Quiet Botanist
The Maker Lounge
The Maker
The Antique Warehouse
The Alander
Ten Barn Farm
Storm King
Stissing House
Stewart House
Rose Hill Farm
Rivertown Lodge
Red Chair on Warren
Phoenicia Diner
Opus 40
Olana State Historic Park
NY Designer Fabric Outlet
Montage Antiques
Modern on Hudson
Luddite Antiques
Little Cat Lodge
Little Apple Cidery
Lil Deb's Oasis
Lasting Joy Brewery
Kinderhook Knitting Mill
Hudson Ferry Co
Hotel Kinsley
Hoffman's Barn
Hillrock Distillery
Good Night
Golden Harvest Farms
Foxfire Mountain House
Finch Hudson
Field + Supply Market
Feast & Floret
Clove & Creek
Camptown Hotel
Cafe Mutton
Batterby House
Bartlett House
Bar Bene
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Art Omi
Alder & Co.
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A former 1920s movie theater, Rivertown Lodge is what Scandinavian dreams are made of (with a side of Wes Anderson-esque style). Pro-Tip: Catch an early-bird dinner at the Tavern downstairs for easy seating and delicious eats.

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Upscale hotel in the heart of Hudson. The hotel’s design style flexes between 19th-century Industrial Design, La Belle Époque, Art Deco, and Mid-Century. The rooms are a splurge but don’t miss out on stopping by this gem even if you aren’t staying there.

Not for pets
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Cozy, curated, and luxurious, Little Cat Lodge is a newer addition to the Hudson Valley. We love the lodge's design, but another big selling point is the location. It’s within walking distance of Catamount Resort for skiing, snowboarding, tubing, zip-lining, road cycling, mountain biking, golfing, hiking, you name it!

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Eat & Drink

Flower shop meets Italian restaurant with a seasonally rotating menu. Our favorites include the escarole salad and the tagliatelle, but you really can't go wrong here.

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A self-proclaimed pretty little farm (it’s true) that does brunch and the occasional dinner. If you’re lucky enough to be around when they host a farm dinner, RSVP.

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The food here is amazing, but the ambiance is what really makes this place something special. Perfect for a celebratory dinner. Make sure you poke around the different rooms and enjoy their cozy fireplace.

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A "sort of" restaurant serving delicious, beautiful, locally-sourced seasonal fare out of a vintage airstream. Currently in residence in the orchards at Tenmile Distillery.

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Arguably the most loved diner upstate with somewhat of a cult following. Make sure to order the pancakes (this is American comfort food, after all).

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Tropical comfort food. Think: garlicky rice and beans, fried fish, plantains. Pro-tip: If you’re a party of 4+, you can make a res. Otherwise, expect to wait in line.

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Do & See

A modern take on a traditional arts and crafts market, bringing together unique vendors for an outdoor shopping experience twice a year in the spring and fall.

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A huge environmental sculpture park by artist Harvey Fite. Pro-tip: Check out their events calendar (especially during the summer) when they have a constant stream of events happening.

Not for pets
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The former home of painter and architect Frederic Church. The 250 acres of grounds are free to explore (highly recommend!). But the real treat is stepping inside the historic house museum—a unique mix of Victorian and Middle-Eastern design (tickets required).

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The mecca of antiques in Hudson. Feels like a mirror room funhouse with over 40,000 square feet to roam around.

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A treasure trove of antique furniture, home accessories, and more. A good mix of traditional, modern farmhouse, mid-century modern, and art deco pieces.

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Handcrafted textiles and goods for the home. Queer-owned and ethically sourced. Perfect for a hostess or housewarming gift. Plus, Spoak members get a discount when they shop here!

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A sweet European-inspired antique shop filled with delicate linens, dreamy farmhouse tables, and a back garden with pottery and bistro tables.

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Curated antiques and other objects. Pidgin is located in the small hamlet of Oak Hill, which is a short drive from Hudson, and well worth the visit if you’re nearby.

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A curated collection of home essentials from the folks at Upstate Down, a boutique real estate company. We're finding any excuse to head over to Rhinebeck and pick up goodies from this new shop.

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