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Win a gift certificate to The Barlow

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!

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!

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

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

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”

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

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

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

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?

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

Best hotel in Hudson NY

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!

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

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!”

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!?!

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