Category Archives: Hudson

Cabin Fever?

February 24, 2015 by The Barlow Hotel

Got cabin fever?  Thinking Spring is never going to arrive?  Really not loving Punxsutawney Phil right about now?  Don’t despair!

Mavis Staples

Mavis taples

Hudson’s music scene is roaring right along with great performances taking place every week.  Recently Helsinki Hudson welcomed renowned artist Mavis Staples to the stage in a show one reviewer called, “a rare chance to see a living legend”.  The Hudson Opera House hosted an intimate concert by performer Dan Tepfer, with guest vocalist Joanna Wallfisch, to a sold out crowd.  The concert comes on the heels of HOH’s highly praised presentation of TedX Talks.

Classics on Hudson

Classics on Hudson

Things only get hotter in March.  The Hudson Opera House will be presenting The Lives of Hamilton Fish – a cinematic rock opera inspired by a true story that won Best Picture at the 2014 New England Underground Film Festival  Later in the month as part of the Classics on Hudson series Grammy nominated artists Shmuel Ashkenasi and Peter Wiley are joined by Helena Baillie in a program of outstanding classical music.

Jim Dale

Jim Dale

Helsinki on Broadway kicks of the 2015 season welcoming back Tony Award winner Jim Dale in his latest cabaret show “Just Jim Dale”.  HRC Showcase Theater will be presenting Robert John Ford’s Sleeping Dogs.  Joseph Hayen’s “The Creation” will be presented with full orchestra and chorus at the Fisher Center at Bard College as part of their large format concert series.

While you’re in Hudson don’t forget to visit some of our newest Privileges Partners: select from one of the fabulous naturally derived fragrances at Two Note Perfumery, enjoy a complimentary tour of the Hillrock Distillery facility and a tasting of their handcrafted spirits, or create your new look for 2015 at Mane Street Salon.


So if someone asks, “Got cabin fever?” you have the perfect antidote.  And even though warmer temperatures might seem a distant dream, a stay at The Barlow just the cure you’re looking for!  For best rates and availability click here.

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!

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.

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!