Accommodations and Food
The green-and-cream Victorian Hudson City B&B (326 Allen St., 518/822-8044, www.hudsoncitybnb.com, $129–209 d) was built by Joshua Waterman, a former Hudson mayor, in the 1860s. Outside, find a wide veranda lined with wicker chairs. Inside, find a parlor with a fireplace and six guest rooms filled with antiques.
Built in the late 1800s, the red-brick St. Charles Hotel (16–18 Park Pl., 518/822-9900, www.stcharleshotel.com, $105–139, with continental breakfast) offers somewhat worn but adequate rooms with cable TV and Internet hook-up. Downstairs is the Rip Van Winkle taproom and the Maharani Restaurant, serving Indian cuisine.
About 10 miles south of downtown Hudson is the inviting Inn at Blue Stores (2323 Rte. 9, 518/537-4277, $145–240 d), a Spanish-style B&B outfitted with tile roofs and stucco walls. Situated on a farm, the inn includes a pool and veranda. All rooms have king-size beds; two have private baths.
Not surprising, the good restaurants are all along Warren Street. A good place for breakfast is the Nola Bakery Cafe (Warren and North Fifth Sts., 518/828-4905). The Muddy House Coffee House (742 Warren St., 518/828-0555), crowded with overstuffed furniture, offers a wide variety of coffees and teas, along with smoothies and desserts.
At the sleek and trendy Red Dot Bar & Grill (321 Warren St., 518/828-3657, $16), you can order everything from burgers and exotic salads to grilled lamb chops and soft shell crabs in season. Sister restaurant to a Manhattan eatery of the same name, Mexican Radio (537 Warren St., 518/828-7770, $16) offers high-end Mexican fare in a room filled with Mexican art.
© Avalon Travel and Sascha Zuger from Moon New York State, 5th Edition