One-day Tour of Hudson, New York
Tours every day except
Wednesday (subject to availability)
of Hudson, in the Hudson Valley, is two hours north of New York City.
in Hudson about 11 a.m. by Amtrak or car from New York City. The fare on
Amtrak is around $66 round trip, expensive but well worth it. The tracks run
right along the Hudson with lots to see: West Point, a ruined castle, tiny
lighthouses, the Catskills and many bridges. Exclusive: I supply a written
script of what you will be seeing with a brief history of the under-appreciated
also fly to Albany, where we will pick you up for the one-hour drive to Hudson.
Think of Hudson, as a possible pre-trip before going on to New York City.
resident of Hudson and a tour operator specializing in
Europe’s most vibrant and exciting cities, I am intrigued and entranced with
a native of New York City love this rural town? Hudson fascinates me because of
its rich history and varied architecture, much of it has survived and been
lovingly restored. Hudson also offers an excellent picture of a young 18th
century town moving more than once from boom to bust and back again to a
thriving community. I also idolize the Hudson River, and deplore its lack of
respect. It’s importance in the development of New York state is little-known
is also a study in contrasts…older residents who are a little distressed over
changes in their town, a determined farming community dedicated to preserving
their small farms, and the new people who with the earlier residents bring
sophisticated vibe equal to many larger cities. Entrepreneurs, mostly from New
York City, bring a cultural energy that extends to every segment of the arts…I
call it Hudson Valley Lifestyle.
Hudson's Historic Warren Street
Architectural Styles Abound in Hudson
Historic Warren Street and Olana:
shops, 27 Art Galleries, Artists’ Studios…I will lead you to the best. My
favorite Hudson shop has an eclectic mix of furniture, home accessories plus
jewelry, scarves, and tempting miscellany.
The story of
Hudson…the city has gone through many boom to bust cycles. Its history includes
periods ranging from a whaling, merchant economy to an infamous period of
prostitution and corruption to its present thriving stance.
A dictionary of
American architecture…Fine examples of Federal, Greek Revival, Second Empire and
Italianate styles. As a member of Historic Hudson, an organization devoted to
preservation of Hudson architecture, I rely on their extensive research to tell
Hudson’s architectural history.
venues…At the Hudson Opera House, see the first theater in New York State, a
huge theater waiting for renovation. Time & Space Limited is a factory-like
space that hosts edgy movies, controversial speakers and quirky music.
Visit Olana, just a few minutes by car, from Warren Street. Olana is the former
home of Frederic Church, one of the leading painters, in the famed Hudson River
School of painting. Olana is a Moorish villa with spectacular views of the
Catskills and the Hudson River, a landscape that was the inspiration for the
Hudson River painters.
Olana, Frederic Church's Moorish Fantasy
View of Olana's Grounds and Hudson
for home or choose to stay overnight at a bed and breakfast and continue your
exploration of the Hudson Valley the following day, self-guided or with us.
following can be substituted for any of the above activities on a one-day tour
(or extend your trip to a second day):
nearby farm that raises 100% Black Angus cattle that feed on high energy
grasses. A drive through the small herd is unexpected. Learn how they raise
chickens that also fertilize the grass. Buy a steak or two; price is about $25
high-quality linen outlet store right near Hudson. If you are a linen
aficionado, you'll appreciate the 50% to 80% off their high prices (sold at
Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue).
to 4 people: $325
groups: price available on request.
for Larger Groups
Family Farms: An overview of the vigorous farm scene in the Hudson
Valley. Farmer’s market, premium apple grower, a winery, and a jeep ride
through a small herd of Black Angus cattle. Finally, a Salute to the Pie
Ladies of the Hudson Valley, a sampling of the best.
Private Garden Tours: The Garden Conservancy runs summer tours of the
most incredible home gardens. Schedule available in March 2009.
Art Trail: Introduction to the Hudson River School of painting at the
homes of two of its most prominent painters, Frederic Church’s Olana and
Thomas Cole’s Cedar Grove. See the actual landscapes they painted.
Antiquing in Hudson: No one can visit the more than 60 antique stores
in one day. We’ll lead you to the best with brief talks by some of the
owners. Walking tour of historic Hudson’s Warren Street.
Stately Homes along the Hudson: Clermont, Staatsburgh, Wilderstein.
Garden views at Montgomery Place, glorious Hudson River vista at Bard
Challenge us to create a tour just for your group to reflect your
Prime time for these tours is May through October. However, some tours are
available year round. Tours can be booked every day of the week (except
Wednesday for the Hudson one-day tour when Hudson antique stores and many of its
restaurants are closed).
Cost depends on number in group, where you are coming from, etc.
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