Category Archives: Hudson Area

Don’t Miss Design Hudson 2018

May 1, 2018 by The Barlow Hotel

Oliver Bronson House

Oliver Bronson House

This Memorial Day weekend The Hudson Business Coalition, Inc. launches a new initiative: Design Hudson 2018.  Throughout the weekend at various venues throughout Hudson the event is being held to celebrate the extraordinary design and architectural resources of Hudson, NY and our region.  Click here for more details.

Friday night’s opening party is a rare opportunity to visit the Oliver Bronson House, where historical architectural remnants will be juxtaposed with contemporary furniture, art and home decor created by over 15 Hudson businesses.

On Saturday and Sunday, go at your own pace on our self-guided tour of the Bronson House and six other architecturally significant Hudson homes, each with a room that showcases the work of a local designer.

This intimate look inside Hudson’s historic homes will be a unique experience for design enthusiasts and professionals alike.  One of Hudson’s many unique traits is the wide variety of design and architecture found throughout the city.  Architectural students have visited the city on numerous occasions to study the many styles of the periods since Hudson’s founding.

Historic Hudson: An Architectural Portrait is an excellent book that discusses the history of the city through the lens of the architectural periods, often times highlighting important residents of the time and their impact on Hudson’s future.

Learn more about the events that will be taking place throughout the weekend and to purchase tickets click here.

Built in the 1920’s The Barlow, which retains many of the original design details, is ideally located in the heart of Hudson’s Historic Business district and is just steps from all there is to do, see and eat (!).  Those guests interested in taking the train will find it is an easy 2 hour ride directly from New York’s Penn Station.  Those guests that choose to drive receive a complimentary parking pass to the large lot just behind The Barlow.

Book your stay at The Barlow and make sure not to miss this fantastic event.

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.

Get booked on Hudson

July 21, 2014 by The Barlow Hotel

Wanna get booked on Hudson?  It’s easy!

Warren Street is home to seven unique bookstores that offer everything from antique and collectible books to high-gloss coffee table books to the latest in YA literature.  Do you know someone who’s really into Sci-Fi literature?  They can get booked on Hudson too at Hudson Pulp and Rocket Works.  How about that collector of vintage Americana Manuscripts?  Add them to the list of those who can get booked on Hudson at Peter Christian Pehrson books (formerly Stoddard Corner Bookshop).  The choices are as vast as the categories of literature itself.

Historic Hudson: An Architectural Portait

Historic Hudson: An Architectural Portait

If you’re looking to explore Hudson’s colorful past several books have been written about the city’s founding and growth, good times and bad, art and architecture and more.  A favorite is Byrne Fone’s Historic Hudson: An Architectural Portrait.  The book delves into the many architectural styles that can be found around the City of Hudson.  In fact, several years ago a prominent professor of architecture at Columbia University would bring his students to Hudson for a day trip to explore Hudson’s history through the architecture found here.  With excellent historic photographs Historic Hudson: An Architectural Portrait is a wonderful addition to any library.

Diamond Street

Diamond Street

For something a little more fun (and a little racy) pick up Diamond Street: The Story of the Little Town with the Big Red LIght District
which chronicles Hudson’s less glamorous days as a hub of prostitution.  Diamond Street, currently known as Columbia Street, hosted gentlemen arriving to Hudson on steamboats from New York City for the day.  The book also delves into Hudson’s shadier times of corruption and crime.

So no matter what literary interests you may have it’s easy to get booked on Hudson!

Basilica SoundScape 2013 – A Hudson Valley Event!

September 9, 2013 by The Barlow Hotel

Metallica at Rock Werchter 2009 ♫♪

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

Basilica Hudson’s website describes the event as follows:

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

Art.  Music.  The Barlow.

What’s not to love?

Summer cools down, the Hudson Valley heats up

September 4, 2013 by The Barlow Hotel


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

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

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

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

July 26, 2013 by The Barlow Hotel


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

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

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


About Hudson

October 30, 2012 by The Barlow Hotel

For those not familiar with Hudson a little history: Hudson was founded by Rhode Island whalers in 1783 who chose the city of Hudson (originally called Claverack Landing) because of its deep bay and port-ready waterfront. At the time Hudson was only a small farming community but the city exploded in wealth and population as one of the nation’s largest whaling ports. Hudson saw the emergence of a number of other industries, including ship building, sail making, rope making, whale and seal fishing, candle making and leather tanning. By 1790, Hudson was the 24th largest city in the United States, coming within one vote of being named the New York state capital.

Hudson continued to prosper into the 1820s, when the businesses began to close. Hudson’s last whaling facility closed in Hudson in 1844. Replacing legitimate business gambling houses and brothels began to pop up. City leaders and corrupt local authorities tolerated these businesses because they brought in revenue lost by industries that had since closed. The mid-1920s saw the peak of the prostitution business in Hudson with 15 whorehouses prospering under the protection of the top levels of City government. Unfortunately for the city state troopers raided the brothels in 1950 and that chapter of Hudson’s life came to an abrupt end.

Hudson went into a steep decline. Historic Warren Street was boarded up and the few businesses couldn’t sustain the town’s economy. However, in the mid-’80s, Hudson’s first major antique center, the Hudson Antiques Center, was opened and others quickly followed. Throughout the ’80s and ’90s Hudson became a world-renowned destination for collectors and decorators alike. As these businesses grew other types of businesses followed and flourished including art galleries, clothing and jewelry shops, restaurants and, most noticeably lodging. The cultural scene also expanded to offer a wide range of entertainment to a broad audience.

At the turn of the 21st century Hudson was well on its way to a full-blown renaissance, business was thriving as more and more people discovered the uniqueness of the town, fueled by articles written in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Travel and Leisure and many other national publications. Throughout the 2000’s Hudson continued thrive economically as more people discovered the city’s diverse cultural activities, artistic venues, and architectural charm.

As Hudson entered the second decade of the 21st century several new enterprises were announced that would continue the renaissance that had begun just a seemingly short time ago. A new restaurant, The Crimson Sparrow, opened in 2012. Chefs John McCarthy and Ben Freemole brought their amazing culinary skills to Hudson to rave reviews and recognition in Bon Appetit and Food and Wine. The announcement of the Marina Abromovic Institute for the Preservation of Performance Art received worldwide attention in the performance art world as one of the most exciting and ambitious endeavors in the field. Now Hudson looks forward to the opening of Fish & Game, Zak Pelaccio’s (Fatty Crab, Fatty ‘Cue) newest endeavor is eagerly anticipated as is Hudson’s newest bakery Bonfiglio & Bread. As the town used to be the antiques center of the Hudson Valley, Hudson may soon be the destination in the Hudson Valley for fine dining.

Culturally the city boasts Basilica Hudson, a phenomenal performance and event venue; Helsinki Hudson an outstanding dining and performance space located in a former bus garage now offers Helsinki on Broadway cabaret productions featuring some of Broadway’s top talent. Stageworks Hudson offers theatrical performances year round highlighting new work by rising stars in the dramatic field.

Now Hudson has established itself as a cultural, culinary and artistic center that each day attracts new fans and followers. In fact Hudson has it all!