As hosts in Hudson, we are asked repeatedly of great places to visit, eat, run, shop, etc.
So . . . without further ado, here is 3rdStateHudson’s picks (none of these are paid endorsements and are straight from the heart):
Red Dot: Hands down, the most talked about burger in Hudson, or if you like mussels, try their mussel infused garlic dish (no, thats not a typo). The place is casual, a local favorite, and the bartenders are super awesome!
Helsinki Hudson: With millions of dollars put into this old school bus garage, you get a sense of modern meets rustic. The food matches the description as well. Their outdoor garden is THE BEST for larger groups of people and their menu is exquisite (if we were to ever have a fantasy restaurant – THIS is what it would be like). Oh, and the club . . . it rivals BB King’s in NYC.
Park Falafel and Pizza: Ridiculously good falafel, and their calzones rival any calzone you have EVER had.
Café le Perch: OMG the pastries! Best we’ve had outside Paris. And brunch there is divine. Their front counter sells out fast, opening at 7am.
Parks and views:
Scenic Hudson – this website has a bunch of parks in the area, but most require vehicles to get to from Hudson, NY. AMAZING resource though
Hudson/Athens lighthouse – Highly recommend taking the tour (albeit there aren’t many). The views are incredible.
Hudson Athens ferry – Memorial Day Weekend through September, Hudson Cruises operates the Weekend Ferry service between Hudson and Athens on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5-10:30pm. Tickets can be purchased on the Ferry for $12 roundtrip cash only. While in Athens, visit Crossroads Brewing, Stewart House, and Dionysos Restaurant, Athens Cultural Center, PaddleHead Boards for Kayaking/Paddleboarding/Bike Rentals, and receive some discounts when showing your ferryboat ticket.
Riverfront park – The city has many festivities throughout the seasons (even winter with heated tents). The views are great, and the close proximity to the Amtrak station make this a great place to go a few hours before your train leaves for home.
Kaaterskill Falls – The surrounding mountains of Hudson have a magnetic pull to them. They want you to climb them. One of the best hiking trips I’ve done was to these falls, a favorite of Thomas Cole (founder of Hudson River School).
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