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What’s doing in the Hudson Valley?

What’s doing in the Hudson Valley is question that is common this time of year.  If you’re not an “outdoors-y” type – no skis or snowboards on you – you may wonder what there is for you to do during the Winter months that doesn’t involve racing down a hill.  We’ve got a great activity that will keep you warm and maybe just teach you something.

Since 1923 Vasilows has produced the finest candies in upstate New York

Since 1923 Vasilows has produced the finest candies in upstate New York

The Barlow has teamed up with one of our favorite Privileges Partners, Vasilows Confectioners to offer our guests a unique opportunity to get some hands-on experience in learning how to make candy.   Founded in 1923 Vasilow’s was founded and to this day continues to pride themselves on producing the finest candies of the highest quality in upstate New York.  Today the shop is run by Jim Vasilow, grandson of one of the founders, and his wife Kate.  Both are looking forward to sharing their craft with you including how to make the perfect chocolate dipped strawberries.  What could be better than spending an afternoon enveloped in a world of you dreamed of as a kid?  Roll some truffles and cook up some caramels and learn the art that is candy making.  At the end of the day make sure to take home some of your own creations, too!

When you book your reservation at The Barlow, the newest boutique hotel in the Hudson Valley, simply mention that you would like to spend an afternoon at Vasilow’s.  Our friendly staff will find out what they have on the menu for that day and make all the arrangements to ensure you have a fun-filled time at one of the Hudson Valley’s oldest family run businesses.

Learn the art of making hand crafted chocolates like these

Learn the art of making hand crafted chocolates like these

So if you’re wondering “What’s doing in the Hudson Valley?” we have the perfect answer – chocolate!

Barlow Bathrooms and The New York Times

The Barlow bathroomWhat do The Barlow baths and The New York Times have in common?

This past Sunday The New York Times had an article on the front of the Travel section entitled “Inside The Evolving Hotel Bathroom” in which is detailed trends in hotel bathroom design.  Upon reading the article it was encouraging to see that many of the elements the article discusses with regard to these trends were included in the design of the bathrooms at The Barlow.  Multi-jet spa showers, good lighting, makeup mirrors, a full array of aromatherapy bath products and sliding doors are amenities mentioned it the article that are all found in The Barlow guest bathrooms.

Our philosophy is that the bathroom should not be an afterthought.  Instead the guest bathrooms should be part of the guess’ experience during a stay at the Hotel.  In addtion we’ve had so many guests comment about how wonderful they felt the bathrooms are, making us feel event more confident that making the investment in the bathrooms was a wise decision.

Hit the Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail this weekend

The Hudson Berklocal wineshire Beverage Trail, a collection of 3 local wineries, a local brewery and a local distillery, present “Shop, Sip and Savor” a holiday preview of locally produced wines and spirits this weekend on Saturday and Sunday, November 9 and 10.  A “passport” can be purchased at any participating venue for $15, which entitles bearers to tastings of some of the Hudson Valley’s and Berkshires’ outstanding products along with specially paired foods.  Participating in the event are:

Hudson-Chatham Winery, Chatham Brewing, Harvest Spirits Distillery, and Brookview Station Winery in New York, and Furnace Brook Winery in Massachusetts.local spirit

The locavore movement, focused on supporting local farmers and purveyors, includes local producers of wines and spirits as well.  The Trail is described on the website as, the premiere beverage trail in New York State and the Hudson Valley. There is nothing like it! Tucked in between the Hudson Valley and the Berkshire Mountains, the trail extends from Southeast of Albany down to Hudson, New York. You’ll find handcrafted and award-winning and celebrated wines, beers, and spirits. And you’ll also be able to experience farm fresh produce, artisanal cheeses, baked goods, 100% natural maple syrup, fresh apple ciders, and other gourmet, local food products!”

For a long time most New York wines and spirits rarely found their way onto people’s table and restaurants’ wine lists – the exception being the wines produced in the Finger Lakes, which have long been widely recognized for consistency and quality.  Lately, however, wines and spirits produced in the Hudson Valley and Berkshires have grown in popularity.  Hand crafted from locally grown grapes, fruits and grains The Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail businesses have increased demand for their products, which can be found beyond local area wine/liquor stores.  In addition most of the producers have also created their own cocktails, many of which will be sampled during this weekend’s event.

So if local is what you’re after then you won’t want to miss Shop, Sip and Savor this weekend.

 

The PERFECT Gift for the person that “has everything”!

We’ve got the perfect gift to give that “hard to shop for” person on your gift list.

How many times have you found yourself wandering around a department store, spending countless hours looking for something for that person that “has everything”?  Then you end up settling on something that you hope they’ll like when they unwrap the box.  A polite smile and an exclamation of, “Oh!  I love it – it’s just what I wanted!”, but you know they really want to say, “DId you keep the receipt?”  Well why go through all of that?Hudson in Architectural Digest

Why not treat them to a stay at The Barlow with a Barlow Gift Card?  Choose any dollar amount starting at $25 and up, or pick any amount you want to give.  It’s the gift that always fits!

Hudson continues to be recognized in national publications, most recently in the November edition of Architectural Digest, yet so many people are still unaware of the awesome destination Hudson has become.  Our phenomenal restaurants, eclectic galleries, and fantastic entertainment venues offer so much for visitors to Hudson to do that most can get it all done in one weekend. An added bonus is that Hudson is a stop for Amtrak, which runs trains regularly from Penn Station in New York.  So if they don’t havea car, no problem, everything is within walking distance of The Barlow.

Have hotel fireplacea skier on your list?  Catamount is just 20 minutes from Hudson and offers wonderful skiing and snowboarding all winter long.  What about that “foodie” who’s looking for to hop on the latest culinary trend?  The Crimson Sparrow, Fish and Game, Swoon kitchenbar, and DaBa are just a few of the amazing restaurants to satisfy even the foodie-est of foodies.  And if they’re the kind of person that wants to kick back and relax in their room, our cozy in-room fireplaces, spa showers and relaxing soaking tubs will help them forget their cares and unwind.

Visit The Barlow website for more information and to purchase a Barlow Gift Card and we’ll take care of the rest.  Just one more person you can check off your list!

The Barlow Gift Card – the perfect gift!

Rated the Best Hotel in Hudson NY! #1 on Trip Advisor

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We are happy to announce that The Barlow has just been rated as the Best Hotel in Hudson NY, ranking #1 on Trip Advisor!

Since opening in June 2013, The Barlow has quickly become known as the place to stay when visiting Hudson, NY.

Over the past 4 months The Barlow has had the pleasure of welcoming guests from all over the world and helping the discover the wonderful city of Hudson, New York.  The Barlow is the Hudson Valley’s newest boutique hotel, offering a blend of architectural charm with modern amenities.  The best part?  The Barlow is right in downtown Hudson, in the heart of the city’s Historic Business District.  Fantastic restaurants, shops and galleries are just a short walk from the Hotel’s front door.

Our friendly staff goes out of their way to provide recommendations for places to eat and things to do while in Hudson, and their friendliness and welcoming attitude has helped propel The Barlow to become the best hotel in Hudson NY.  In addition to the Hotel’s wonderful staff, the furnishings combine a unique blend of mid-century flair and modern amenities, all within an 1920’s Art Deco era building right in the heart of Hudson’s Historic Business district.

Guests are provided a host of amenities including complimentary wifi, in-room Keurig coffeemakers, personal safes and iPod compatible clock radios.  In addition to aromatherapy bath amenities each private en-suite guest bathroom comes equipped with a walk in muli-jet spa shower.  Additionally, most bathrooms also feature soaking tubs.

The Barlow’s also offers an exclusive Privileges Partner Program: The Hotel has partnered with most Hudson merchants (restaurants, shops, galleries and entertainment venues) to offer guests a generous discount when shopping, dining, or visiting each participating merchant/venue.

All reservations are accepted at The Barlow’s website.  Check availability now and make sure to include a stay at The Barlow, rated the best hotel in Hudson NY, in your travel plans.

“This is Halloween, everybody jump and scream”

Halloween at the Barlow

Halloween at the Barlow

Decorations in our lobby

Decorations in our lobby

Anyone who knows Duncan, knows that he loves decorating for the holidays…any holiday!  And in the Hudson Valley, Halloween is a big one.  So, much like we’ve done at The Croff House, The Barlow has put on its best scary face for Halloween.  Our front door wreath was designed and created by one of the amazing artists at Etsy.com.  If you haven’t visited Etsy’s website, you really are missing out on beautifully created handcrafted items.  Inside, Department 56’s Halloween village pieces creates a perfectly frightening village for every ghoul and boy.  We still have some selected rooms available before and during Halloween, so scare up some friends and come visit us!

A quiet oasis is taking shape at The Barlow

For the first few months that The Barlow was open the back “area” looked pretty bad: some construction debris, boxes, and assorted other materials found their way there.  Try as we might to keep it presentable the fates were against us.  Well now all that is changing.

Looking toward the rear entrance; the back patio is taking shape.

Looking toward the rear entrance; the back patio is taking shape.

Last month our landscape contractor laid a beautiful blue stone patio in a random pattern after having graded the yard, which slopes fairly significantly away from the building.  Two weeks after the patio was laid the fountain was installed.  It’s a faux stone unit with in an oval bowl shape with a square base and copper accents (which will patina over time).

Rear patio with benches. The wrought iron fence is under the plastic tarp at the back.

Rear patio with benches. The wrought iron fence is under the plastic tarp at the back.

Yesterday the benches were assembled and placed on or about where they will find their final home.  Next week our ironmonger will pour the footings for the wrought iron fence and install the fence next weekend.

The installation is that of the rear awning, which will look identical to the awning at the front entrance, will then take place.  Finally arbovitae, tall evergreen shrubs, will be planted along the fence line to provide privacy to our guests using the space.  When finished it will create a lovely and peaceful oasis right in the heart of Hudson.

It was VERY chili in the Hudson Valley this weekend!

Hudson Valley Bounty Chili Contest

Hudson Valley Bounty Chili Contest

 

There’s always something going on in the Hudson Valley, and at the heart of it all was 2013 Hudson Valley Bounty Chili Contest.  This event encourages restaurants and residents to submit and entry, and for $5 you are issued a spoon and a bean (literally a white northern bean).  From there you sample all the offerings of each of the over 20 entrants, often having to return to re-sample just to be sure.  Then, using your bean, you vote for your favorite.

One of us chose the vegetarian chili offered by Hudson’s own Privilege Partner Red Dot, the other voted for a delicious lamb chili offered by Local 111 from Philmont.  Local 111 won first runner-up, but we’re not sure how Red Dot fared.

It was a beautiful day at the Henry Hudson Waterfront Park in Hudson.  Lots of sun, nice breeze, great music and delicious food.  Overall a great day and a lot of fun.  Mark your calendars for next year!

Farm to table reimagined

Dinner at Holmquest Farms and Greenhouse

Dinner at Holmquest Farms and Greenhouse

The whole “farm to table” movement, where restaurants use locally sourced provisions has become a trend in dining.  So much so that a great deal of eateries these days promote their focus on produce, meat, and cheeses obtained from farmer’s close to the establishment, thereby supporting the local economy and ensuring guests are enjoying the freshest food available.

Helskinki Hudson partnered once again with Holmquest Farms and Greenhouse to produce “Eat the Farm #2” on Thursday, October 10.  The event paired Helsinki Hudson’s incomparable chef Hugh Horner with a bounty of Holmquest’s vegetables, herbs and pork and line caught salmon.  The first “Eat the Farm” was held in July and was such a success it was quickly repeated to make the most of Fall’s harvest.

Eat the Farm #2 menu

Eat the Farm #2 menu

The menu included an amazing parsnip puree soup, kale and heirloom tomato salad, a fall succotash, and the aforementioned choice of either roasted pork or salmon.  Everything fresh, incredibly delicious and the included unlimited wine pairings only enhanced the experience. The hosts from Holmquest were exceptionally welcoming, sending us on our way with two pints of homemade “Pumpkin I-scream” (in honor of the upcoming festivities).  Can’t wait to dig in to that once the appetite returns.

An overall outstanding evening.  Looking forward to the EtF #3!

Digging into the past

The Barlow (at left) stood to the west of the Farmer's National Bank building as seen in this pre-1926 post card.

The Barlow (at left) stood to the west of the Farmer’s National Bank building as seen in this pre-1926 post card.

Part of our job in the development of The Barlow’s website is to provide our website designer with all the information they will need to construct/code the site.  (BTW – we got a sneak peek at the preliminary home page…AMAZING!).  Pictures and descriptions of the guest rooms, listing of our Privilege Partners, creating of the points of interest for Google Maps and more are all necessary to create a user-friendly and informative site.

An often overlooked category is “History”.  History?  Yes, because what we have found in our short time being open is that people – guests and non-guests alike – are very interested to know about the building itself.  So thanks to Carole Osterink, known locally as the guru behind The Gossips of Rivertown (a fantastic blog if you want to know what’s going on in Hudson), we were directed to start at the Office of Deeds at the Columbia County Clerk’s office.  And so started my research.

The Harder Building, as it was known then, after the fire at the Bank.

The Harder Building, as it was known then, after the fire at the Bank.

Nothing really exciting until 1926.  On November 24 a massive fire broke out at the Farmer’s National Bank at 544 Warren Street, right next door to The Barlow (at the time known as the Harder Building).  According to an article in the Albany NY Evening Journal the fire started around 3:00 and “gutted the building”.  The Harder Building sustained substantial damage as seen in the picture at right.

Continuing the research we’ll see what else we can find…

 

 

Thinking ahead…

Danish National Symphony OrchestraWe just received Bard College’s Fall 2013/Spring 2014 Events Calendar offering a wide array of musical programs to appeal to everyone.

If you’re not familiar the school, Bard College, located in Annadale-on-Hudson (about 20 minutes south of Hudson), is a small liberal arts college with a heavy focus on the arts.  Each year Bard produces variety of programs, bringing world renown talent to the Hudson Valley.  Bard’s Fisher Center programs range from small conservatory settings to full orchestral performances.

Upcoming highlights include:

October 23: The Bard College Community Jazz Orchestra presenting a celebration of the music of John Coltrane.

November 3: Conservatory Faculty/Student Chamber Concert featuring works  by Mozart, Dvorak, and more.

December 6: An Evening of Balinese Music and Dance with the Hudson Valley Balinese Gamelan Orchestra

February 21/22 and April 11/12, 2014: American Symphony Orchestra Concerts performing works by Schumann, Brahms, Strauss and more.

So check your calendar and including a stay at The Barlow in your plans.

Basilica SoundScape 2013 – A Hudson Valley Event!

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Once again Hudson is putting on an amazing weekend of entertainments at Basilica SoundScape 2013.

Basilica Hudson’s website describes the event as follows:

Basilica Hudson is working in collaboration with international music organizers and connoisseurs, Pitchfork’s Brandon Stosuy and Brian Deran of Gleam HOuse and Leg Up Management, to program BasilicaSoundScape (formally Basilica Music Fest), a carefully curated weekend program featuring a wide range of music, visual art, and literature that aims for specific connections and overlaps instead of “festival”-style overload.

Art.  Music.  The Barlow.

What’s not to love?

Summer cools down, the Hudson Valley heats up

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Some feel Labor Day marks the end of summer: kids go back to school, thoughts turn to raking leaves and picking pumpkins and the weather starts to cool off.  We couldn’t disagree more at The Barlow!

The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce has published their monthly e-newsletter and there is SO much to do!  What’s your pleasure?  Indie music, art and dance?  Touring historic site throughout Columbia County including churches and homes?  Paddling on the Hudson River?  Apple picking at the Hudson Valley Apple Festival?

There’s something for everyone!  So when someone tells you that Summer is over all you need to say is “Not in the Hudson Valley!”

They say a picture is worth 1000 words

Well if that’s true we just received 98000 words worth of amazing pictures!  Christian Giannelli, the incredible photographer who captured The Croff House so well, once again has created a wonderful portfolio of pictures that convey the feel of The Barlow so well.

The construction of The Barlow “official” website was waiting for the photographs of all the rooms and common areas.  Today we received our Dropbox file filled with 98 outstanding images that now will now enable Inside Out Solutions, our web and media designers, to begin building the full website.  The first question we get at the Front Desk is “do you have any pictures of the rooms?” and up until now we did – some very good ones takes by a professional photographer at our Open House in June and some not very great pictures take with an iPhone.

Now, however, we will have a full spectrum of photos to which we can direct our guests.  Check out of few of them below.

The Barlow featured on the Rural Intelligence website

The Lobby is the perfect place to meet friends and plan the day's/night's activities

Today The Barlow received  wonderful accolades in a post on the Rural Intelligence website.  Jamie Larson, one of the sites writers spent some time with us at the Hotel asking questions ranging from our professional backgrounds to how we got to Hudson to why we decided to open a hotel.  We tried to convey, and he clearly understood, our belief that Hudson will continue to grow and draw visitors here and continue to be a focal point of the Hudson Valley

In the short time The Barlow has been open we’ve welcomed hundreds of guests that have just discovered this city and all the outstanding dining, entertainment, shopping and cultural opportunities that Hudson offers.  We recognize this and understand that The Barlow will play an important role in providing additional lodging to new visitors, who in turn will spend time in town taking advantage of Hudson’s “bounty” which will benefit the entire business community.

So our thanks to Rural Intelligence for highlighting The Barlow and recognizing the need the Hotel fills for travelers and the City alike.

The Little Touches

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The Well-Stocked Bookcase

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Close up on our Glass Collection

Now that we’ve finished with the construction phase at The Barlow, our attention turns to all the little touches.

We want The Barlow to be a hip, relaxing space for our guests and also want it to convey some of our personality.  Our lobby is already a great place to hang out for our guests as they wait for their friends of simply to enjoy the setting.  So why not make it even more inviting…

And what better way to achieve that than to display some of our own personal items?

So earlier this week we took over our personal martini glass collection to stock in the lobby bookcase.  They’re not there to be used, but create a great impression in the lobby area.  And if it happens to inspire guests to go out and visit any of our outstanding, stylish local waterholes, who are we to complain!?!

“The Northern Hudson Valley” is once again highlighted in The New York Times

In an article in the New York Times today entitled “City Chefs Head to the Hudson Valley” Hudson is once again in the spotlight for the outstanding dining options available to visitors.  Several of our Privilege Partners including The Crimson Sparrow and Local 111 are mentioned and the chef’s discuss the allure of opening a restaurant in “the country”.  John McCarthy, co-chef at The Crimson Sparrow, talks about how wonderful it is to be able to source ingredients locally, supporting local farmers and other agro-businesses, enabling the menu to change based what’ available and fresh.

A fantastic meal and a great night at The Barlow combine to make the perfect recipe for a great getaway.

 

Featured Artist: Joan Damiani (J. Damiani Gallery: A Barlow Privilege Partner)

Hudson City Light and Electric, a new show at J. Damiani Gallery

Hudson City Light and Electric, a new show at J. Damiani Gallery

One of our focuses at The Barlow is to use artwork created by local artists of Hudson and/or the Hudson Valley to remind guests just where they are.  Local photographer and gallery owner Joan Damiani opens her new show tomorrow “Hudson City Light and Electric”, which features photos of Hudson shops and street-scapes.  The photo’s are compelling because of Joan’s ability to capture light, whether natural or man made, to reflect the diverse architectural elements that make up the city.

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“Grazin’ Diner”, J. Damiani

We are so pleased to be featuring six of her new pieces in addition to three we already have hung in the first floor hallway.  One of our favorites is a night shot of the Grazin’ Diner, located on the 700 Block of Warren Street.  It’s a fun shot with lots of color and shadow that we find really captivating.

The Barlow will continue to support local artists on an ongoing basis and feature their work at the Hotel for all our guests to enjoy during their stay.

The Beautiful Hudson Valley’s Beauty Destinations

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In today’s Vogue Daily Hudson was featured in an article entitled, “Hidden Beauty Destination: Hudson, New York”.  In the article several of The Barlow Privilege Partners were prominently featured including Face Stockholm, Casa Urbana, Bodhi, and Hedstrom and Judd.

The article highlights the outstanding selection of beauty products and aromatherapy items that should be on a lot of peoples’ “must have” lists, and we couldn’t agree more.  While Hudson initially was known (and still is) for the sensational antique stores, all of whom fall under the HADA (Hudson Antique Dealers Association) umbrella, the city has expanded offerings to attract more visitors to the Hudson Valley and to Hudson in particular.

In a separate but related article “Great Escapes” Ken Jacobs, owner of Casa Urbana, mentions The Barlow, describing the property as “amazing”.  Thanks Ken!

The Barlow is proud to partner with a wide variety of shops, restaurants and galleries in town and to share with our guests all the awesome things there are to do, see, eat and buy during their stay with us through the Partners Program.  What makes it even sweeter is that these selected venues offer our guests generous discounts on their purchases.

Just another reason so many discover Hudson and return again and again.

Hudson: Offering some of the best shopping in the Hudson Valley

Hudson attracts visitors for a variety of reasons: outstanding dining, fantastic art galleries, incredible entertainment and phenomenal shopping.  On August 8 two of our participating Privilege Partners, TK Home and Harvey’s Counter, will join with 5 other shops for the first Sunset Soiree along the 400 Block of Warren Street.

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Harvey’s Counter is self-described as “A destination for unique finds and modern curiosities from the US and around the world. Harvey’s Counter brings together the best of young artisans and indie craftspeople to highlight the spaces of your home and lifestyle.”  A great shop for unique finds and one of a kind items.

The Barlow is so pleased to support these two great shops that showcase the best of work from artisans and craftspeople throughout the Hudson Valley and beyond.

The New York Times agrees – the Hudson Valley is the place to go…and don’t miss Hudson!

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The New York Times once again chose the Hudson Valley as a summer destination (see 36 Hours in the Hudson Valley, New York) and Hudson was featured prominently in the article, although they seem to have covered A LOT of the Hudson Valley in only 36 hours.  As members of HADA, the Hudson Antique Dealer’s Association, we are so pleased that the NYT gave the organization a nod and the over 40 businesses it represents.

Cafe Le Perche, one of Hudson’s best spots for the best fresh baked pastries (they also serve breakfast, lunch and dinner) and one of The Barlow’s Privilege Partners, was also mentioned in the article.  As more and more people discover Hudson we are proud to share with them everything we love about “the friendly city”.

Visitors to Hudson now have the opportunity to stay in the Hudson Valley’s newest boutique hotel, The Barlow.  As the Hudson Valley and Hudson attracts more guests The Barlow will ready to show them all that makes so many people say “I’m Thinkin’ Hudson”!

 

Learning as we go

Whenever a new business opens, whether it be a designer clothing store in Chicago, a celebrity chef restaurant in LA or a boutique hotel in the Hudson Valley (i.e. The Barlow!), some details are surely missed.  Hopefully not details that are critical to the running of the business, but simple ones that can easily be remedied.  Over the past six weeks since we have been opened our guests have offered suggestions of things we might consider going forward; some we’ve acted on and some we’ve taken a pass.

LED lighted makeup mirrors were newly added to all guest bathrooms

LED lighted makeup mirrors were newly added to all guest bathrooms

One suggestion was the addition of lighted makeup mirrors for the ladies.  Great idea!  While there is a lot of light in our bathrooms, our understanding is that to create that perfect look a makeup mirror would be a helpful tool.  While we don’t want the shelves in the bathrooms to get too cluttered, we also want the guest to have the amenities they need to enjoy their time at The Hotel.

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K Cup carousels were added to all guest bedrooms thanks to a guest’s suggestion.

Another suggestion was that there needed to be more Keurig K-cups in the rooms.  We suspected this might be an issue, but were once again concerned that the counter space by the coffeemaker wouldn’t allow for a carousel.  We were wrong, and so each guest room is now provided with plenty of coffee, decaf coffee, tea and hot chocolate K cups so they won’t run out.

Hmmmm.  Wonder what else we missed…

A Hudson (Valley) Summer

Hard to believe but summer is just about at the half way mark.  That doesn’t mean however that there isn’t still a lot to do and see – oh yes – and taste too!  Our Privilege Partners continue to provide our guests with a wide variety of options to explore Hudson:

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J. Damiani Gallery will launch Hudson City Electric and Light 2013

J. Damiani Gallery (www.jdamianigallery.com) will be launching a follow-up to last year’s widely praised show “Hudson Electric and Light” on August 3 as a part of the Belo Third group gallery launch.  This even will be a great opportunity to experience exciting new exhibits all in one place.

testLogo_CH_2Club Helsinki @ Helsinki Hudson (www.helsinkihudson.com) continues to offer an incredible lineup of top talent in a wide array of music and performance genres.  In addition Helsinki on Broadway is in the second season of presenting top Broadway names in an intimate cabaret setting.

stageworks_logo_webhome_greybackStageworks Hudson (www.stageworkshudson.org) once again offers a hugely popular summer series, employing Equity actors to present new works in a small theater setting.  These shows and musicals offer exceptisparrow_headeronal entertainment value for the dollar and are always a hit.

On the culinary front The Crimson Sparrow (www.thecrimsonsparrow.com) has introduced new tasting menus that offer diners a fantastic opportunity to sample the culinary talents of chefs John McCarthy and Ben Freemole.  These two incredibly showcase their incredible talent using locally sourced meats, produce, cheeses and more.  Their unique cocktail creations combine products from local distilleries and homemade infusions that are truly one of a kind.

This is just a small sampling of all there’s going on in town.  So if you’re looking to explore the Hudson Valley take a trip up to Hudson and make a stay at The Barlow part of your travel plans.

So. What’s Next?

Hmmmm.

Hmmmm.

So you may be thinking, “The Barlow is now open.  Most of the work is done.  So…what’s next?”

The challenge is in the premise that most of the work is done.  While it’s true that the major elements of the project have been completed, building the Hotel as we envisioned it will take months if not years.

As any guest who has stayed with us at our other property in Hudson, The Croff House, we are fanatics about attention to detail.  And there are many details that still have to be ironed out.  Little details that may not seem important but, to us, are critical to differentiating The Barlow from other properties both in town and throughout the Hudson Valley.

We think we know what today’s savvy traveler is looking for and want to ensure The Barlow delivers on our commitment to providing outstanding service in Hudson.  That takes time and tweaking.  We also want to spend more time with our staff improving their customer service skills to the level we believe our guests expect and enforcing our policies that we feel our guests deserve.

So, what’s next really isn’t the question.  The question is did we miss anything?  The answer to which will take some time responding.

Just two days ago…The Lobby is the perfect place to meet friends and plan the day’s/night’s activities The Lobby is the perfect place to meet friends and plan the day’s/night’s activities

The Hudson Valley’s newest hotel was “officially” christened in Hudson.

THE BARLOW IS OPEN!

Check out all the pics of rooms and the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting ceremony.  We were so happy to have so much support from State and local politicians as well as friends, fellow business owners, and the Hudson community.  It was a great event.

One of The Barlow's amazing Spa showers

One of The Barlow’s amazing Spa showers

Luxurious bath linens create a true "spa" experience for our guests.

Luxurious bath linens create a true “spa” experience for our guests.

The Barlow Queen Deluxe room offers plenty of seating and a spacious guest room.

The Barlow Queen Deluxe room offers plenty of seating and a spacious guest room.

The King Suite bathrooms offer generous baths and separate spa showers.

The King Suite bathrooms offer generous baths and separate spa showers.

The open Lobby includes a wonderful inline gas fireplace surrounded by a mosaic marble tile surround.

Great gatherings

Great gatherings

Ready, Set...

Looking down into the spacious Lobby

Looking down into the spacious Lobby

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