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Hudson Pride Foundation

August 3, 2015 by The Barlow Hotel

One of the many worthwhile organizations in Hudson that The Barlow is proud to support is the Hudson Pride Foundation.  Each year the Hudson Pride Foundation puts on a fun filled weekend full of events that appeal to almost everyone.  There are boat rides on the river, a parade down Warren Street (Hudson’s main thoroughfare), a “festival” at the Henry Hudson Riverfront Park that features live music and speeches by local politicians, a family fun event with things to do for the kids, a “tea dance”, and much more.

As a not-for-profit, The Hudson Pride Foundation relies exclusively on donations from individuals and businesses both local and elsewhere.  The Hudson Pride Foundation offers $1,000 scholarships to local students.  HPF describes the program on their website as follows:

The main mission of the Hudson Pride Foundation is to raise money for our scholarships. Going to college is expensive, and while our scholarships will not cover all of the costs or even most of the costs it will at least cover some of the costs. Every little bit helps. Why do we focus on education? Because an educated mind is more likely to embrace equality, fight for justice, and push back against prejudice, bigotry and misinformation. An educated mind is an open mind. We strive to open more minds. -The Hudson Pride Foundation

The Barlow was very pleased and proud to fully sponsor one of the scholarships this year, and last night the annual Scholarship Awards Dinner was held at Helsinki Hudson to present the students with their awards.  We were very happy to be invited to the event to help Martha Harvey present The Barlow/Hudson Pride Scholarship to Sam Engel, a 2015 graduate of Chatham High School.  Sam will be attending Gettysburg College in the Fall and hopes to major in anthropology and criminal justice.  Sam is extremely energetic and exceptionally personable.  We are so pleased Sam was awarded The Barlow/HPF Scholarship and are confident he will be successful in whatever field he finds himself.  Who knows, he may decide to go into the hospitality industry!

We join Sam’s parents Karen and Steve to wish Sam the best of luck as he begins this new journey this Fall!

Hudson Pride Foundation Scholarship dinner

Hudson Pride Foundation Scholarship Awards Dinner: (l. to r.) Duncan Calhoun and Russ Gibson (owners, The Barlow), Sam Engel (The Barlow/HPF Scholarship Award Winner), Martha Harvey (Executive Director, HPF)

Being Part of the Community

June 10, 2015 by The Barlow Hotel

Being part of the community is one of our goals at The Barlow.  We were so pleased last year when we were approached by Tara McSherry-Wolfe, Program Administrator for the Hudson City School District‘s “Youth Employment Services” program, about our interest in sponsoring one of the program’s interns.  We were happy to participate and were very pleased with our intern’s contributions to The Barlow.  We believe that the internship will help further the student’s  professionalism and growth and in supporting the Program was in some small way helping the Hotel be a part of the community.

YES Interns Graduate

(from left) Paul Carter – Front Desk Manager, Jacob Gainey and Maison Goldstien – interns, Crystal Lanphear – General Manager

We were very eager to once again sponsor a HCSD intern and reached out to Tara to convey our interest in having not one but two interns this year.  Crystal Lanphear, General Manager and Paul Carter, Front Desk Manager interviewed candidates and selected Maison (pronounced may-son) Goldstien and Jacob Gainey.  During the course of the program the interns participate in classroom sessions where they practice interviewing skills and develop their professional and communication skills.  In addition the “hands on” education they receive allows them to apply the skills learned in the classroom in a real-world work environment.

At the conclusion of the Program, the YES team holds a graduation for all students that successfully complete the internship.  Both Crystal and Paul attended the event at Helsinki Hudson, and a few days later Maison returned to The Barlow to ask if we would continue to sponsor him for the summer through a similar program run by Columbia-Greene Community College.  They were both very excited to be able to continue Maison’s training, which begins next week, at the Hotel.  When asked to describe Maison Paul used the words “conscientious”, “strong character”, and “helpful” and said “I knew if I gave him a task he would always complete it.”

Maison, whose favorite movie is “Interstellar”, a mature 14-year old is both friendly and professional.  He says his mother is responsible for keeping him motivated and “pushes me to be the best”.  The oldest of four children, Maison says he learned a lot about the importance of creating a clean, welcoming environment for the Hotel’s guests and “taking care of things”.  He also mentioned how much his folding skills improved helping out in the laundry room.  He describes himself as quiet at school (“in order to focus”) but more energetic when he is around his family and friends.  When asked what he enjoyed about the YES Internship he said he really liked practicing interviewing in order to get him ready “to get a real job”.  He says he liked working at The Barlow with Paul and all the staff and is looking forward to learning more throughout the summer.

While he’s not sure what career path he wants to take (who does at 14?) Maison said one day he’d maybe like to go into business or Wall Street, possibly moving to Boston or New York (he’s a fan of the Celtics, the Yankees, and the Oregon Ducks).  For now, however, it’s back to The Barlow.  As Paul put it, “We’re very glad he chose to stay with us for the summer.”

Mid-week in Hudson, NY

June 2, 2015 by The Barlow Hotel

What’s there to do mid-week in Hudson, NY?  While it’s true that several of the shops and galleries are closed mid-week, usually on Tuesday and Wednesday, that doesn’t mean you have to give up hope of finding something fun to do.  Two of The Barlow’s Privileges Partners, Hudson Cruises and Farm to Glass Tours, offer fun mid-week excursions to help you experience some of what makes a visit to Hudson so great.

Hudson Cruises offers mid-week tours

Hudson Cruises offers mid-week tours

In addition to the third-Saturday of the month visits to the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse, Hudson Cruises is offering a fantastic mid-week sightseeing cruise on Wednesdays.  The company describes the cruise as:

Take a Hudson Valley Sightseeing Cruise! The Perfect mid-week excursion! Scenic Sight Seeing Cruises bring so much to view. While on the vessel, one can view the Hudson River Valley seeing The Sleeping Giant of the Catskills, Olana, to the Bald Eagles, Osprey, and Herons that are frequent and exciting to see. All this on the beautiful Hudson River!

There’s nothing like spending a relaxing afternoon on the River watching the world go by and taking in all the beautiful scenery and wildlife that calls the Hudson River home.

 

Farm to Glass mid-week tasting tours

Farm to Glass mid-week tasting tours

 

Supporting the local farms and agricultural economy in the Hudson Valley and New York is at the heart of everything Farm to Glass Tours does.  Each tour provides guests the opportunity to:

See the inner workings of the artisinal beverage producers of the Hudson Valley. Walk through the vineyards, take in the aromas of the apple blossoms, see hops growing on the vines. Watch brewing and distilling in action and taste right from the barrel!  Learn about the bounty of the Hudson Valley first hand.

Farm to Glass tours can also be customized to meet guests specific needs and interests.  All tours include lunch, too!

So if you’re thinking about booking a mid-week getaway and are concerned that there may not be a lot to do – fear not!  Hudson Cruises and Farm to Glass Tours has your mid-week plans all set.  The only thing you need to do is get here!

You can check The Barlow’s mid-week availability by clicking here.

The Barlow Fitness Center

May 14, 2015 by The Barlow Hotel

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Next month marks The Barlow’s two year anniversary, but even after two years things just keep getting better!  One of the hallmarks of a stay at The Barlow are the various amenities we provide throughout the hotel to make our guests’ stay memorable.  We have received many compliments on the spa showers, fireplaces, bath and bed linens and Keurig coffeemakers.  So how could things just keep getting better?

During the renovation of the building several feet of dirt and clay had to be dug out of the basement to make it useable space.  Our intent was to create two different guest areas – a conference room and a fitness center – in addition to the hotel’s laundry and mechanical rooms.  After two years planning this past week The Gym Source installed the equipment in The Barlow’s Fitness Center: we offer guests a recumbent bicycle, a treadmill, an elliptical, dumbbells to 35 pounds, an incline bench, a TRX resistance training system, exercise balls and a stretching area.  We also provide water, towels, and sanitizing wipes to ensure the Fitness Center is clean at all times.

The Fitness Center is open from 6:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and is available to guests of the Hotel exclusively.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

We’re pleased to be the only hotel in Hudson to offer our guests this unique amenity and are sure our guests will agree that at The Barlow things just keep getting better.

River Crossings

April 1, 2015 by The Barlow Hotel

River Crossings

River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home

In a press release issued by The Thomas Cole National Historic Site and The Olana Partnership it was announced that the two organizations will co-host River Corssings, “a landmark exhibition of contemporary art to highlight the pivotal role that the two historic properties – and the artists who lived and worked there – played in shaping America’s culture of contemporary art.”  Curated by Stephen Hannock and Dr. Jason Rosenfeld the exhibit will provide an never before presented chance for visitors to experience contemporary art as presented in these historic homes.

Cedar Grove, the home of Thomas Cole (1801-1848), founder of the Hudson River School of art and Olana, the home of Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900), the leader artist in the Hudson River School style lie two miles from each other directly across the Hudson River.  Works by over 25 artists representing a wide range of styles, each artist has a connection to the region.  Not only is this the first time the two historic properties have collaborated on a combined exhibit, it is also the first time contemporary art has been presented in the context of the properties.

“River Crossings: Contemporary Art Comes Home”, the hardcover companion book to the exhibition, explores the relationship between past and present and inspires readers to consider new ideas about the meaning of the art and history of the mid-19th century and its resonance today.

River Crossings begins May 3 and runs through November 1, 2015.

More information regarding the artists and the exhibit as well as tickets for the event can be found at the River Crossings website.  Hours for tours and scheduling of special events being held in conjunction with the exhibit are also available.

Olana Membership

Become an Olana Member

As an alternative to purchasing single tickets for the exhibit, Olana visitors are encouraged to consider purchasing a Membership.  For as low as $50 Membership includes unlimited visits to both the Olana and Thomas Cole sites during the period of the exhibit, discounts to the Olana gift shop, exclusive invitations to member only events – including a members only preview of River Crossings, and more.  To find out more click here.

The River Crossings exhibit is sure to be talked about for years to come and The Barlow is proud to be a sponsor of the Olana Partnership.

Getting to Hudson

March 24, 2015 by The Barlow Hotel

Getting to Hudson with historic charm

Getting to Hudson with historic charm

A new mode of travel for getting to Hudson will harken back to yesteryear, a time when the journey was part of the experience.

For 90 years the S.S. Columbia served as a passenger steamer between New York City and various Hudson Valley ports along the Hudson River.  The oldest passenger steamer in the United States, the S.S. Columbia was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.  In 2006 preservationist Richard Anderson came up with the idea of restoring the vessel, which had been decaying at an industrial pier in Detroit.  Even though Anderson died in 2013 his plans for the Columbia were kept afloat (pun intended).  In September 2014 the S.S. Columbia began the journey to New York, where she will be refitted and returned to service along the Hudson.

You can read more about the history and status of the S.S. Columbia project here.

So if you’ve been waiting for some way of getting to Hudson that doesn’t involve driving and avoids Amtrak your wait may soon be over.

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!

Follow your nose

January 24, 2015 by The Barlow Hotel

On your next visit to Hudson, if you’re looking for one of the most “must see” shops just follow your nose to 2 Note Perfumery, The Barlow’s latest addition to our wonderful collection of Privileges Partners!

Follow your nose and discover the wonderful world of 2 Note perfumes

Follow your nose and discover the wonderful world of 2 Note perfumes

We were so excited this past fall Carolyn Mix and Darcy Doniger relocated their successful fragrance, skin care and home business from Portland, Maine to Hudson.  When you do follow your nose you will find it leading you to a haven of handcrafted “perfumes”, all which can be worn by both men and women, created from natural essential oils derived directly from botanical ingredients.  In addition to the perfumes, scents also come in body care products as well including lotions, deodorants and powders.

The Primo men's skin care line provides a wide range of men's grooming products

The Primo men’s skin care line provides a wide range of men’s grooming products

Awesome naturally derived skin care products are available as well, Prima for her and Primo for him, offering a full range of skin care products that are also derived from natural botanicals.  Cleansers, treatments, and specialty products for lips, eyes, and hands are available and both Darcy and Carolyn provide personalized service to guide you to select the products best suited to your needs and skin type.

 

The Home Diffuser enables you to set the mood in your home with just the right 2 Note fragrance

The Home Diffuser enables you to set the mood in your home with just the right 2 Note fragrance

They haven’t forgotten your home either!  One of our favorites is a lighted diffuser: choose from 2 Note’s carefully crafted fragrances and it can be converted into a fragrance water for the diffuser.  Create the perfect mood in your home that reflects your taste and style – whether sophisticated, modern, sedate, energetic or a combination.  Change the fragrance as your mood changes or to suit the occasion.

You may follow you nose, but what if your head can’t decide?  2 Note offers many gift sets to help you choose the perfect something for that perfect someone – even if the someone is yourself!  Carolyn and Darcy can direct you to the gift that is sure to be a winner!

2 Note also offers online shopping at their website.

But when in town…follow your nose!

Hudson Restaurants

September 8, 2014 by The Barlow Hotel

Hudson restaurants shine at the 2014 Taste of Hudson

2014 Taste of Hudson

Many Hudson restaurants took center stage on Warren Street this past Saturday during the 6th Annual “Taste of Hudson” event presented by BeLo3rd and sponsored by The Barlow.  This event showcases the wide range of culinary styles and offerings available in town, and this year was no exception.  Indian, Caribbean, Italian, and Japanese were just a few of many cuisines the Hudson restaurants had on offer.  Taste of Hudson draws both local residents and out of town visitors and this year the turnout was fantastic.

What makes Taste of Hudson so much fun (and such a great value) is that each “taste” only cost $3 on average.  Participants buy tickets when they arrive, with each ticket costing $1.  Then it’s just a matter of deciding “what you’re in the mood for”.  The portion sizes are perfect, allowing participants to try everything.  Run out of tickets?  Just go back and get more!  Start with pizza, then try some sushi, and then some Indian Chicken tikka massala.  How about some gnocchi with roasted eggplant followed by some Caribbean jerk chicken?  Don’t worry, those folks with a sweet tooth aren’t left out – treats were available from several local shops and bakers including scrumptious homebaked cookies, indulgent gourmet cakes, and decadent chocolate brownies.  Of course most of the Hudson restaurants also had non-alcoholic beverages available to wash everything down.

Hudson restaurants shine at the 2014 Taste of Hudson

THS Apple Coriander Shrub

Speaking of non-alcoholic beverages, one table featured one of Hudson’s newest small business: The Hudson Standard.

The idea for The Hudson Standard came to us when a few friends started talking about the handcrafted bitters trend on the west coast. By 2012, we were exploring making bitters here in the Hudson Valley. At the same time, we got really excited about shrubs– syrups made from fruit, vinegar and sweetener. Shrubs make for a creative and versatile cocktail mixer and are equally adept as a stand alone non-alcoholic cocktail, added to seltzer. We call it an “adult” soda because it is both tart and sweet, pretty complex. – The Hudson Standard website

The tasting for THS featured two of their products – Strawberry Rhubarb Shrub with seltzer and Apple Coriander Maple Shrub with seltzer.  Both were delicious and very refreshing.

The Taste of Hudson event isn’t just about sampling some of the many Hudson restaurant and catering creations.  It’s also an opportunity to see friends old and new while enjoying beautiful Warren Street on a gorgeous summer day, which also included live music and table seating under a tent for those who wanted to linger and enjoy the afternoon.

With new Hudson restaurants opening seemingly all the time mark your calendar for Saturday, September 12, 2015.

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.

 

Hudson’s Art Scene

July 20, 2014 by The Barlow Hotel

Warren Street is home to Hudson's art scene

Warren Street is home to Hudson’s art scene

Hudson’s art scene exploded this weekend with the opening of 4 galleries unveiling new shows.  As reported Hudson’s Register Star article entitled “Art lovers crowd Warren Street for gallery openings” the Columbia County Council on the Arts, John Davis Gallery, McDaris Fine Art and Carrie Haddad Gallery all featured new works by various artists.  Hudson’s art scene is ever changing and has long been a major draw for visitors to the area for over 20 years.  One of the most frequently asked questions from people who are just discovering the city is, “What makes Hudson such a popular destination?” and the simple answer is the variety of shops and galleries that line Warren Street and beyond.

Visitors to Hudson are always amazed at the range and scope of the art featured by the gallerists throughout the city.  Each gallery is as unique and original as the art which they feature.  An entire day can be spent wandering up and down Warren Street.  Whether you are an art aficionado or not there is something to see for every taste.

So whether Hudson is one of your favorite places to visit or you’re thinking about making a trip to Hudson for the first time don’t forget to check out Hudson’s art scene.  There’s always something new to see.  Who knows what you’ll find?

Support local farms

June 18, 2014 by The Barlow Hotel

Supporting local farms has always been key in the success of Columbia County and, more specifically, the great number of families that make a living growing and selling their produce locally.

Dining at some of The Barlow Privilege Partners helps support local farms

Dining at some of The Barlow Privilege Partners helps support local farms

Fresh strawberries make wonderful jam and helps support local farms.

Fresh strawberries make wonderful jam and helps support local farms.

Hudson Valley Bounty, originally founded in Columbia County has stated the organization’s mission as, “to educate the community about the preservation of local farms through the purchase and use of local and regional sustainable foods and products throughout the entire Hudson Valley.”  The locavore movement continues to be a hot trend as people look to eat more fresh food and, therefore, support local farms.  Many restaurants in Hudson market themselves as “farm-to-table” and partner with growers throughout the area to bring guests the freshest ingredients and create menu items that make use of all that is available to them.

Three of The Barlow Privileges Partners, Swoon kitchenbar, DaBa, and Local 111 make concerted efforts to offer guests items on their menus prepared with fresh and locally sourced meats, cheeses, vegetables and fruit.  The ever changing menu selections reflect the chefs’ ability to make use of what is available and, for diners, provides dining options that are always new.

Support for local farms also comes to Hudson every Saturday at the Hudson Farmer’s Market.  Each week local farmers, bakers, cheese mongers, and butchers peddle their wares at the corner of Columbia and 6th Streets.  This provides a wonderful opportunity to those people who don’t have the time or ability to go to themselves but still enables them to support local farms.  It’s a great opportunity, too, for kids to see that the food that find its way to their dinner table actually starts with the farmer.

The next time you are in Hudson, take the time to visit some of the many wonderful farmstands located just a few minutes outside the city.  Your support of local farms will be greatly appreciated.

Win a gift certificate to The Barlow

June 11, 2014 by The Barlow Hotel

Win a gift certificate to The Barlow and support two local organizations in their fundraising efforts at the same time.  The Barlow is pleased to be providing gift certificates to the ReEntry Columbia “Tag Sale and Silent Auction” being held on June 28.  At the end of August you’ll have a second chance to win a gift certificate to The Barlow at the AIDS Council of Northeastern New York‘s Columbia-Greene Garden party being held at the Ludlow Homstead.

ReEntry Columbia Tag Sale

ReEntry Columbia Tag Sale

ReEntry Columbia is a non-profit organization that provides transitional support for men and women released from incarceration to Columbia County, New York. Their goal is “to reduce recidivism by helping clients obtain housing, employment, transportation, support services, and successfully rejoin their families and community”.  Very often individuals released from jail are provided little or no support to reintegrate into the community and end up returning to their prior behavior.  REC’s mission is to provide assistance when these people need it most.  On Saturday, June 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. REC will be holding a tag sale and silent auction at the First Presbyterian Church of Hudson, and The Barlow will be donating a gift certificate good for a two-night stay in one of our Queen Deluxe Guest Rooms.

Folks enjoying the 2013 ACNY Garden Party

Folks enjoying the 2013 ACNY Garden Party

We have been a long time supporter of the AIDS Council, having attended the annual Dining Out for Life event each year for the past 10 years.  This year we will be providing a similar gift certificate for the ACNY’s Columbia-Greene Garden Party being held at the Ludlow Homestead in Claverack on August 31 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m..  Guests will be able to sample some wonderful food and beverages while enjoying the beauty of this recently restored 1786 estate and supporting this very worthwhile organization.

So if you’re looking to “kill two birds with one stone” why not join us at both of these sure-to-be-fun events.  You’ll be supporting great causes and, hey, you may just win a gift certificate to The Barlow!

…featuring The Barlow!

June 11, 2014 by The Barlow Hotel

In just the past week two articles were written featuring The Barlow!

Time Out New York article featuring The Barlow

Time Out New York article featuring The Barlow

The first appeared in Time Out New York in an article entitled “The 10 Best Weekend Getaways from NYC”.  Hudson came in at #8  In the article the writer states, “It’s hard to live in NYC these days without hearing about Hudson all the time, and it seems like every Brooklynite is defecting for greener pastures up the river.”  LOL!  That is actually very true, and so many people call Hudson “the new Brooklyn”, which begs the question, “Then what does Brooklyn become?”  The article also names some of the wonderful venues in town including The Barlow as the place to stay.  Their tip is a good one: Reservations fill up fast.  We second that!

Alisu included an article featuring The Barlow

Alisu included an article featuring The Barlow

The second article featuring The Barlow appeared on June 10 in an online magazine called Alisu entitled “Sleeping with Hudson”.  The writer talks a bit about Hudson and the transformation the city has gone through over the years and how it has become a destination for, “fashionable Manhattanites in search for a weekend respite in upstate”.  Equally important as the introduction to Hudson the article goes on to describe The Barlow as, “A small and intimate boutique property ideal for city dwellers on the hunt for an authentic upstate experience without the need to rough it.”  We couldn’t have put it better!

An upcoming event featuring The Barlow is the awards ceremony for the 2014 Best of Columbia County Winners, for which The Barlow was selected as the 2014 winner for Best Lodging.  We are very proud of this accomplishment considering all the outstanding properties located in Hudson and the surrounding area and are so pleased to be recognized with a group of exceptional businesses also selected as winners in their category.

We appreciate and thank Time Out New York, Alisu, and the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce for featuring The Barlow.  As we enter our second year in business we look forward to continued opportunities to welcome more visitors to Hudson and guests to The Barlow.

Spring Soiree on May 10!

April 17, 2014 by The Barlow Hotel

Oops is right!  Sometimes we get so enthusiastic about an event we rush to tell everyone about it.  That’s the case with TK Home and Garden’s Spring Soiree.  We had erroneously listed the event date as April 10.  We were one month off – it’s May 10.  The times are the same, so at least that was right.

This weekend TK Home and Garden hosts another Soiree on the 400 Block of Warren Street,

This weekend TK Home and Garden hosts another Soiree on the 400 Block of Warren Street,

In case you missed the original post, here is the information about the event:

TK Home and Garden is hosting another Soiree.  What is a soiree you may be asking yourself?  Well done up as TK does the Spring Soiree is an evening event that takes place up and down the 400 block of Warren Street in downtown Hudson.  Running from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. all the shops on the businesses on the 400 Block keep their doors open for shopper-types and strolling-types alike.  There’s tons of fun things to do and see including “offerings of international food, art galleries, nightlife and live entertainment, home-wares, fashion and antiques”.  This is a great collaborative effort on the part of the business owners to encourage visitors to take in all that Hudson has to offer.

Spring is springing

April 10, 2014 by The Barlow Hotel

Spring is springing in Hudson and this weekend kicks it off with a couple of fantastic events hosted by several of The Barlow Privilege Partners: TK Home and Garden and J. Damiani Gallery.

This weekend TK Home and Garden hosts another Soiree on the 400 Block of Warren Street,

This weekend TK Home and Garden hosts another Soiree on the 400 Block of Warren Street,

First, TK Home and Garden is hosting another Soiree.  What is a soiree you may be asking yourself?  Well done up as TK does the Spring Soiree is an evening event that takes place up and down the 400 block of Warren Street in downtown Hudson.  Running from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. all the shops on the businesses on the 400 Block keep their doors open for shopper-types and strolling-types alike.  There’s tons of fun things to do and see including “offerings of international food, art galleries, nightlife and live entertainment, home-wares, fashion and antiques”.  This is a great collaborative effort on the part of the business owners to encourage visitors to take in all that Hudson has to offer.

App.eritivi @ J. Damiani GalleryThe second event of note is the opening of Anthony Masina’s Bronze Sculpture works in conjunction with the second week of the opening of App.eritivi, the Gallery’s new tapas and wine bar.  During the event, which takes place from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., guests have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious selection of Italian meats, cheeses and wines in the beautiful gallery space.  While there visitors can also feast their eyes on the stunning sculpture created by the talented Anthony Masina.  Fantastic food and exceptional art – what more could you ask for?  The J. Damiani Gallery is located on the 300 Block of Warren Street.

These two fun events are being held in the heart of Hudson’s main thoroughfare, and showcase the incredible variety of artistic, cultural and imaginative endeavors that have made Hudson one of the premiere destinations in the Hudson Valley.

Tasting room tour

April 3, 2014 by The Barlow Hotel

If you’re coming to Hudson and looking for something to do we’ve got just the thing!  The Barlow has recently partnered with Farm To Glass tours to offer guests of the hotel a half-day tour to sample some of New York State’s finest locally produced wine, beer and spirits.

The Hudson-Chatham Winery offers a wonderful selection of locally produced wines

The Hudson-Chatham Winery offers a wonderful selection of locally produced wines

The tour leaves from the hotel at 10:30 a.m. and guests are first taken to the Hudson-Chatham Winery, one of The Barlow’s Privileges Partners.  After a short 15 minute drive leaving Hudson and passing into the Columbia County countryside guests arrive at the picturesque winery owned and operated by Carlo and Dominique DeVito.  During this visits guests will visit the winery’s tasting room and sample some outstanding selections of locally grown and produced wines – sparkling, white, red and dessert varietals.  Along with the wines you can also sample some delicious local cheeses paired specifically to the wine.

Chatham Brewing Company offers an amazing selection of locally brewed beers and ales.

Chatham Brewing Company offers an amazing selection of locally brewed beers and ales.

The guests’ next stop is Chatham Brewing Company located in downtown Chatham, a 15 minute journey through some of Columbia County’s most beautiful farmland.  Recently awarded the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce’s “Crystal Apple” Award, Chatham Brewing Company creates a wide range of beers to appeal to almost every taste.  In CBC’s Tasting Room visitors will sample many of the wonderful products currently available, including seasonal brews and limited production beers.  After the tasting enjoy a delicious picnic lunch before departing for the third and final stop.

A visit the Harvest Spirits tasting room provides insight into the wonderful libations created using local fruit.

A visit the Harvest Spirits tasting room provides insight into the wonderful libations created using local fruit.

Passing through the town of Valatie after a 20 minute drive through even more scenic countryside, guests arrive at the third and final stop – Harvest Spirits Farm Distillery.  Harvest is a craft distillery producing an amazing array of handcrafted spirits using locally grown fruits including apples, pears, raspberries and more.  The tasting room offers guests the opportunity to sample items they might never have before considered – like The Seersucker, recently featured in Maxim Magazine.

Each stop on the tour allows for ample “tasting” time as well as time to pick up a few things to take home.  Guests are then returned to The Barlow by approximately 3:30, enough time to take a walk down Warren Street or catch a quick nap.

So if you’re looking for something to do, The Barlow is so pleased to offer this great half-day excursion to our guests.  For more information, rates and reservations please email us.   CHEERS!

The Barlow is Going “Green”

March 18, 2014 by The Barlow Hotel

Lather Bath Amenities

Lather’s Aromatherapy products utilize exclusive eco-pure technology in the packaging.

The Barlow goes “green” next month as we switch over from a conventional (and very expensive) energy sup

ree sources for green energy include wind, geothermal and solar.

The three sources for green energy include wind, geothermal and solar.

plier to an energy supplier using environmentally friendly resources.  In the Hotel’s mission statement we not only include a statement about our commitment to our guests but a statement about our commitment to the environment as well.  Currently The Barlow uses guest bathroom amenities that employ Lather’s “Eco-Pure” technology in the products’ packaging.  We installed energy efficient electric fireplaces in all guest rooms in place of less environmentally friendly gas fireplaces.  Our heating/air conditioning system utilizes state-of-the-art thermostats to better control energy efficiency and usage.

Traditional energy is generated using fossil fuels which include the burning of coal, natural gas, and oil at generating plants.  “Green Energy” utilizes the planet’s natural energy generation solutions such as wind, geothermal, and solar power.  These innovative resources are completely renewable and significantly better for the environment.

WHERE DOES GREEN ENERGY COME FROM? There are a variety of sources of electricity:

HYDRO/WIND: Water and wind are used in dams and windmills to power turbines that create heat and electricity.

GEOTHERMAL: This form of energy is generated in the Earth’s core which has temperatures hotter than the sun’s surface produced by the slow decay of radioactive particles, a process that occurs in all rocks.SOLAR: The sun’s rays are harnessed by photovoltaic panels that allow electrons to move freely among them, eventually meeting a circuit wire and converting into electricity.

The Barlow going “green” is just one more step we are taking to underscore our commitment to the environment, and we are pleased to announce this innovative change to our guests.

2014 Crystal Apple Award Finalist

February 21, 2014 by The Barlow Hotel

The Barlow has the honor of being a 2014 Crystal Apple Award finalist.  The award is presented each year by the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce to a Chamber member business, “to recognize an extraordinary contribution to economic progress, community improvement, and the quality of life in Columbia County over the previous year”.  Nominations for the award were made by business peers, further reassurance to us that our contributions have been recognized by the greater business community.

As we read through the criteria for nomination we took some time to evaluate our success in each area:

Cystal Apple Award criterion: Economic progress

The Barlow encourages to guests to buy local through the Privileges Partners Program.

“Economic progress”: The  much anticipated opening of The Barlow signaled not only additional lodging for Columbia County but for the opportunity to encourage visitors to stay and explore all that Hudson and the surrounding county has to offer.  Two of the most frequent questions asked prior to the Hotel opening was, “Do you have a restaurant?” and “Do you have a bar?”.  The answer to both is no.  Why?  We wanted The Barlow to benefit the entire city and county.  That’s was the motivation behind the creation of our Privileges Partners program: to “spread the wealth”.  We wanted to encourage guests to explore all there is to do, see and experience in Columbia County and to eat and shop locally.  Our hope is that the Hotel is, in fact, leading to what the Crystal Apple Award defines as economic progress.

Cystal Apple Award criterion: Community improvement

Formerly a vacant office building The Barlow glows brightly in the heart of Hudson.

“Community improvement”: The seven month intensive renovation of 542 Warren Street transformed a vacant 1920’s office building and transformed it into The Barlow.  Located in the heart of Hudson’s Historic Business District, the Hotel sits right in the middle of the city.  Years of partial use led to more years of the building being vacant, with no maintenance or upkeep of any sort.  While no apparent illicit activity was taking place there was certainly the potential for it.  Removing the opportunity for nefarious activity, with increased foot traffic, visibility and exterior lighting certainly improved the community.  The Crystal Apple Award looks to recognize community improvement, and having a fully operational business was certainly a welcome change for the neighborhood.

Crystal Apple Award: Quality of life

The opening of The Barlow improved the quality of life for many Columbia County residents

“Quality of life”: This criterion might be a little more difficult to nail down, depending on how “quality of life” is characterized in order to win the Crystal Apple Award, but give the two previous categories it would seem like The Barlow also meets this qualification.  By bringing more guests to Hudson, who will spend their money locally, businesses will benefit economically and will need to hire more staff and purchase more local goods and services thereby improving the quality of life of all involved in the economic upswing.  Improving the community by having a vibrant, successful business in the middle of the city The Barlow does improve the quality of life if nothing more than the building looks warm and inviting and adds a more welcoming “vibe” to Hudson.

On March 28 the winner of the Crystal Apple Award will be announced.  We’ll keep you posted!

Joan Damiani @ 10

February 16, 2014 by The Barlow Hotel

J. Damiani Gallery celebrates 10 years in Hudson.

J. Damiani Gallery celebrates 10 years in Hudson.

We are so proud that the J. Damiani Gallery this year attained the phenomenal 10 Year milestone, at all times led by Joan Damiani, the gallery’s incredibly talented. warm and welcoming owner.

What we love about Joan is her commitment to showcasing the local community: her work reflects both Hudson and Columbia County.  Joan captures the beauty of the Hudson Valley and shows the wonderful surroundings we here enjoy every day.  From the simplest clapboard of a turn of the century home to the ornate landscaping of a farmer’s field she is able to share what is truly the bounty of Columbia County.

That’s not to say that Joan doesn’t celebrate the countryside, people and gorgeousness of her family’s native Italy, most recently at a culinary level.  J. Damiani recently introduced a wonderful afternoon antipasti to compliment the stunning artwork: For a nominal fee visitors are invited to enjoy various locally cured meats and cheeses as well as wines while at the same time enjoying the most recent installations at the gallery.

We at The Barlow are so pleased that the J.Damiani Gallery is one of our Privileges Partners and congratulate Joan and her entire staff on this milestone achievement.

Wayfair showcases The Barlow’s style

February 15, 2014 by The Barlow Hotel

Wayfair.  What is Wayfair?  If you don’t know Wayfair is a wholesale/discount online retailer for furniture, lighting, accessories and more and our primary source for creating the decor that defines The Barlow.  Wayfair sells thousands upon thousands of items every day to various businesses and individual consumers in various industries throughout the public and private sector.

Most of the furniture and accessories found at The Barlow were purchased at Wayfair.

Most of the furniture and accessories found at The Barlow were purchased at Wayfair.

We put a lot of time and effort in to creating the design component of The Hotel focusing on both comfort and aesthetic.  Working with our Business Account Manager John, we put together almost the entire furniture, lighting and furnishings package, selecting colors, fabrics and textures that would be both attractive and durable.  The Barlow certainly isn’t one of Wayfair’s biggest accounts or largest customers: a 16-room hotel can’t really compete with an office building, university or large chain restaurant.

So it was a pleasant surprise when we received an email from the Creative Director for Wayfair’s Internet marketing department requesting photographs of The Barlow that feature items purchased through their website.  Ultimately they wanted to use the photos in the re-launch of the Wayfair Supply LinkedIn page.  Thanks to our great photographer, Christian Giannelli, we have an entire portfolio of pictures which we were happy to share.

Months passed and we didn’t hear more.  Once again knowing that The Barlow was a “little fish in a big pond” we weren’t expecting anything.  Then just the other day we received an email from John, our Business Account Manager, who was notified that The Barlow was selected to be one of the featured businesses on the Wayfair Supply LinkedIn banner.  You can see it here.

We’ve been told that in addition to the photograph (second in from the right) Wayfair will also be adding The Barlow’s logo.

We’re so proud and delighted that the way in which we used the Wayfair products was recognized by their creative team and highlighted in their online marketing efforts.

What’s doing in the Hudson Valley?

February 3, 2014 by The Barlow Hotel

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

December 16, 2013 by The Barlow Hotel

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.

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