Category Archives: Hudson Valley

Welcome Hillrock Distillery

February 18, 2015 by The Barlow Hotel

thThe Barlow is pleased to welcome Hillrock Distillery to our wonderful cadre of Privileges Partners!

Located in Ancram, NY just a short drive from downtown Hudson Hillrock’s mission is to produce the finest hand-crafted spirits made with home grown grain, floor malted, craft distilled in their own copper pot still, aged in fine oak and hand bottled at the estate in the Hudson Valley Highlands.  Hillrock House was carefully restored in 2006 and the Palladian window above the entry is proudly displayed on the Hillrock bottle.  Hillrock’s commitment to quality embodies the rich history of artisanal distilling in the Hudson Valley. By controlling every aspect of production from planting & harvesting heirloom grains, to smoking their own malt, to crafting whiskies in a copper pot still, to aging in small oak barrels and hand bottling, Hillrock is able to create the highest quality whiskies reflecting the unique local terroir.

images_visitorcenter_0Hillrock’s gracious visitor center is integrated with the Distillery and overlooks the Estate’s barley and rye fields. The tasting room and bar provide customers with an opportunity to sample and purchase the fine whiskeys directly from the distillery.  Guests of The Barlow are offered personalized, complimentary tours and tastings by appointment.

Hillrock has received national acclaim in such prestigious publications and websites including Wired, Edible Manhattan and The Whiskey Advocate.  In addition Hillrock’s handcrafted Solera Aged Bourbon was ranked “Best of Class” at the American Distilling Institute’s 8th Annual Judging of Craft American Spirits.

A visit to the Hillrock Distillery can be arranged by guests directly or at the time of booking.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to visit and sample some of the best handcrafted spirits of the Hudson Valley.  Welcome Hillrock Distillery!

Fall Getaway – The Barlow

September 3, 2014 by The Barlow Hotel

HVM Fall Getaways

Fall getaways seem to be on everyone’s mind now that Labor Day has come and gone.  Just about this time each year Hudson Valley Magazine publishes an issue that focuses on places to see and things to do in the autumn entitled “Great Fall Getaways”.  The Hudson Valley is a no-brainer when it comes to looking at quick getaways as the weather starts to cool off, and Hudson is still “hot” even still.  Hudson Valley Magazine selected The Barlow as one of the preferred destinations for visitors to Hudson.  You can read the article here.

In addition to The Barlow (as the perfect lodging option) the article also focuses on some of The Barlow Privileges Partners: The Crimson Sparrow, one of our favorite eateries in Hudson; Spotty Dog Books and Ale, a great spot for a great local beer; Farm to Glass Tours, in it’s first year offering custom, small group tastings at local wineries, breweries and distilleries; the Columbia County Council on the Arts, a “one stop shopping spot” for all things art related in and around the county.

Beyond Hudson’s borders there’s much to do during your Fall Getaway around Columbia County – apple picking, hiking, leaf-peeping, cider tasting and more.  Cultural and performance events continue as well as Helsinki Hudson, another Privilege Partner, continues a tradition of presenting top name talent in a wide range of musical styles to appeal to almost everyone’s tastes.

Don’t have a car?  No worries.  Hudson is a stop on several Amtrak’s lines going to upstate New York, Canada, and Vermont with schedules throughout the day to fit into your schedule.  The easy two-hour journey is a beautiful ride right along the Hudson River passing by The Palisades, West Point, the Catskills and many other scenic views.  Check out Amtrak’s schedules here.  The Barlow is an easy 5 minute walk from the train station or there are usually taxis available as trains arrive into Hudson.

So now Labor Day has passed, and the holidays aren’t too far away, it’s time to start planning your perfect Fall Getaway.  Make sure to include a stay at The Barlow in your plans – check the most updated availability here.

Classics on Hudson Fundraiser

August 27, 2014 by The Barlow Hotel

Classics on Hudson: Helena Baillie and Alexander Henry

Helena Baillie and Alexander Henry to perform at TK Home and Garden

The Barlow Privilege Partner TK Home and Garden will be presenting a fundraising event featuring Helena Baillie (violin) and Alexander Henry (guitar) on Saturday, September 6 at 6:00 p.m.

According to the press release:

In preparation for the coming series, Classic on Hudson is currently focused on fund raising efforts to support the program. An intimate performance in a unique space seems like the best way to get started. On Saturday, September 6th at 6pm, Hudson housewares store and art gallery TK Home and Garden will host “An Evening of Classical and Tango” with Helena Baillie (violin) and Alexander Henry (guitar) in its second-floor gallery space. Pieces from Bach, Bartok, and Paganini, plus tango pieces and more, will be on the set list for the event. And with this group’s deep reach into the performing community, one should expect the unexpected.

In early 2014, a committee was brought together and Classics on Hudson was formed to continue the mission of Claverack Landing, with Gould and Helena Baillie established as co-artistic directors. Baillie, a multifaceted career performer, artist fellow at Bard College, and violin faculty member at the Bard College Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division, will join a list of internationally acclaimed musicians for six performances over the 2014 and 2015 season.

Tickets are $35 and can by purchased at TK Home and Garden.

The Barlow’s Newest Privileges Partners

July 24, 2014 by The Barlow Hotel

The Barlow Privileges Partner Program

The Barlow Privileges Partner Program

The Barlow’s newest Privilege Partners include a homeopathic tea shop, a vintage book and print shop and an equestrian riding academy.  A diverse group of businesses to appeal to an ever increasingly diverse group of tourists visiting Hudson.

The Barlow Privileges Partner - Watson's Cabinet

The Barlow Privileges Partner – Watson’s Cabinet

Watson’s Cabinet, located at 416 Warren Street, sells therapeutic teas, herbs, and supplements and provides acupuncture services as well.  Owners Clive and Jill Tucker named the shop after one of their beloved cats and did most of the renovation work personally.  They are very excited about their new venture.  Watson’s Cabinet is a welcome addition to Hudson and we pleased they reached out to The Barlow to become a Privileges Partner.

The Barlow Privileges Partner - Hudson Vintage Pulp and Rocket Works

The Barlow Privileges Partner – Hudson Vintage Pulp and Rocket Works

If you’re a fan of classic pulp novels like Logan’s Run or many of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi novels (think Dune) then a stop at Hudson Vintage Pulp and Rocket Works is definitely in order.  HVPRW is open on weekends and by appointment during the week, but if you miss your chance to stop in while in town the shop also offers an Etsy Store.  In addition to vintage books the shop also sells historic prints and memorabilia from the golden age of the automobile.  HVPRW is a fun new stop on Warren Street and we know guests of The Barlow are going to think so too.

The Barlow Privileges Partner - Aubrey House Farm

The Barlow Privileges Partner – Aubrey House Farm

While located only a short drive from Hudson, Aubrey House Farm offers lessons to riders of all levels and ages from first timers to the most advanced.  With both indoor and outdoor facilities AHF is a family friendly year round activity center. During the warmer months the Farm provides breathtaking riding trails that are sure to create memories that will last a lifetime.  Aubrey House Farm is a unique addition to The Barlow Privilege Partners Program and one that we are sure guests will be thrilled to visit.

The Barlow is so pleased to welcome these three outstanding businesses not only to the Privileges Partners Program but to Hudson and Columbia County.  We appreciate the partnership and wish each of them every success.  You can find the out more about The Barlow Privileges Partners Program here.

 

Hit the Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail this weekend

November 7, 2013 by Russ Gibson

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.

 

It was VERY chili in the Hudson Valley this weekend!

October 14, 2013 by The Barlow Hotel

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

October 10, 2013 by The Barlow Hotel

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!

Thinking ahead…

September 10, 2013 by The Barlow Hotel

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!

September 9, 2013 by The Barlow Hotel

Metallica at Rock Werchter 2009 ♫♪

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

September 4, 2013 by The Barlow Hotel

Pomegranate

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!”

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

July 26, 2013 by The Barlow Hotel

Downgrade

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

July 25, 2013 by The Barlow Hotel

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…

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