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Health and Safety at The Barlow

October 14, 2020 by The Barlow Hotel


health and safety

Health and Safety.  We’ve heard a lot about it over the past several months.

Stay at home regulations and quarantine restrictions have been lifted and people are looking for fun, nearby and SAFE getaways.

They insist, however, that wherever they are going to stay that the property has taken steps to ensure their health and safety.  At The Barlow we have implemented a comprehensive policy to protect both our staff and our guests.  In addition to requiring masks and social distancing in all public areas of the hotel we are also providing hand sanitizer at both the front and rear entrances.  Our policy extends to our staff as well.  That’s why we offer contactless check-in/check-out and have suspended daily housekeeping until further notice.

For a full listing of the measure we have taken please review our Health and Safety Policy on our website.

The City of Hudson has also implemented “Stay Safe Hudson”.  Throughout the City visitors are reminded to wear masks and follow all social distancing guidelines.  Restaurants are able to accommodate 50% occupancy for inside dining.  Many offer full take-out menus and curbside service.  Some have even created specialty cocktails “to go” for guests to enjoy with their meals.

Guests should feel reassured that their stay at The Barlow and Hudson starts with a concern for their health and safety.

The Barlow in the media

March 16, 2019 by The Barlow Hotel

Thanks to Jamie Rhein at The Hotel Scoop for the fantastic write up of The Barlow! We appreciate the amazing comments of the hotel and your praises of the furnishings and amenities we provide our guests. We couldn’t have said it better!

The Barlow: Artsy Boutique Hotel in Historic Hudson, NY

The Barlow Suite

This October Fall in Love with Hudson

September 29, 2018 by The Barlow Hotel

Fall in Hudson

October is a great time to (re) discover and fall in love with Hudson!

Just because Summer is officially over doesn’t mean that now isn’t a great time to take a trip up to Hudson. Enjoy all that’s going on in and around the city.  From Fall Festivals and Beverage Tours to live performance and world-class dining, there so much happening.  You’ll find yourself coming back again and again.

Fall FoliageWhy not take a fun Fall Foliage boat cruise on the Spirit of Hudson?  Bring your camera and be prepared to be wowed. The amazing colors of the season transform the landscape.  Every imaginable shade of red, orange and gold is on display.  There’s no better way to see the changing of the seasons than from the river.  Hudson Cruises does it best!

Mamma MiaHow about some live theater?  Check out Taconic Hills’ Performing Arts Center’s production of “Mamma Mia”.  This smash hit musical is sure to have you dancing in the aisles to ABBA’s iconic music.

Fall FestivalJust a short drive to Kinderhook, the whole family can enjoy the “OK Fall Festival”.  The event features a Farmers Market, Hay Rides, Bake Off & Live Music.  Kids can have fun creating their own painted or carved pumpkins, too!

Don’t forget to pick up some of the Hudson Valley’s best.  Everything apple: cider, donuts and apples are plentiful.  Any one of many farm stands in and around Hudson can help.  Pick you own too for some additional fun.

Of course make your visit perfect by booking with us at The Barlow!  Located right in the center of Hudson, and just steps from everything there is to do, see and taste, the Hotel is the perfect homebase for exploring Columbia County.  Our friendly staff, most who grew up in the area, will be happy to share with you their favorite Fall outings you’re sure to enjoy.

So, if you haven’t discovered it – or if it’s been a while – now is a great time to Fall in love with Hudson!


The Barlow turns 5!

June 4, 2018 by The Barlow Hotel

The Barlow turns 5

The Barlow turns 5 this June and to celebrate we are offering guests who book any mid-week stay (Sunday through Thursday) will receive a 5% discount when they book at and use the code Barlowbirthday in the promotion area.  The discount is available to new reservations only.  So come help us celebrate 5 years of providing fantastic lodging right in the heart of Hudson!

Walking around Hudson

June 2, 2018 by The Barlow Hotel

walking around hudson

If you’ve ever found yourself walking around Hudson you soon discover that there is a TREMENDOUS amount of things to see  We always encourage guests to “look up”.  When they do they find an amazing array of styles and periods of architecture ranging from Colonial to Federal and Victorian to Mid-Century.  The architecture truly tells the history of the city.  In addition to the architecture add the incredible array of firehouses – Hudson is home to the State of New York Firemans Residence and plethora of churches of various denominations, styles and histories and people discover what make Hudson such an attraction.

Over the course of the last year the Hudson Development Corporation has been working on the creation and development of self-guided walking tours to provide visitors to Hudson a comprehensive look into the city’s past.  The 5 tours include: Hudson’s Early Days, The Cedar Park Cemetary, The Churches of Hudson, Hudson’s Firehouses and a Hudson Insider’s Tour.  Best of all the tours are FREE!  According to the tour creators:

The value of a city lies not within it’s future, but within it’s past.  Take a walk through our city and learn a few of the things that have made Hudson what it is.

As the developers mention all that is needed is a smart phone and a comfortable pair of shoes!

Once guests download the Geotourist app from the App store they can search for any one of the tours and begin walking around Hudson and explore all the rich history of the city. The tours are all GPS based and the app uses the smart phone like the GPS in a person’s car to determine their location and guides them from point of interest to point of interest, providing them important historical information and fun facts discovered through extensive research including conversations with local social and architectural historians.

Each tour takes between 60-90 minutes and visitors can stop or pause each tour as needed.  Even if they leave Hudson and return months later, if they still have the app downloaded, they can continue walking around Hudson and enjoying the tours.

Next time you are in Hudson make sure to take advantage of this wonderful program – it’s a fun, family friendly activity everyone’s sure to enjoy!


Pet Friendly Hudson

May 23, 2018 by The Barlow Hotel

Pet friendly guest roomVisitors looking for a pet friendly place to stay in Hudson need look no further than The Barlow, especially now!  Beginning May 23 The Barlow has designated a second pet friendly room so that people traveling with their furry companions have a place to stay.  When The Barlow first opened one of the most commonly asked questions was “Do you allow pets?” and we were happy to say that we do.  As one of the few lodging options in the area that is pet friendly the hotel became fairly well known as being welcoming to four legged guests and the room that was designated as such frequently booked up sometimes months in advance.  In response to this demand, and as pet lovers, we thought it would be a good idea to make one of our existing rooms pet friendly.

There are policies at The Barlow for guests bringing pets with them.  While these policies are in place to ensure the comfort of every guest they are also designed for the comfort of the animal – foremost of which is not leaving them alone in the room.  For those people that aren’t able to keep their pet with them at all times the hotel also offers a pet sitter for an additional fee; someone who will stay in the guests’ room, make sure the pet is comfortable and has water, and will take them for short walks.

Pet friendly hotelIn addition to the expansion of our pet friendly accommodations beginning June 1 The Barlow will also be donating 100% of all pet fees collected to the Columbia Greene Humane Society.  The CGHS is our local shelter whose mission is to care for and re-home abused, neglected and abandoned animals as well as provide affordable cost veterinary services to low income households.  Serving over 5,000 animals every year, the Columbia Greene Humane Society plays a vital role in the community including offering a free food pantry for those that need it.  Finally, local residents and visitors can also make use of the wonderful boarding and grooming services offered at the shelter where pets are treated like royalty.

To book one of our pet friendly rooms please click here and make sure to indicate that you will be bringing a pet with you.

The Barlow is pleased to be a pet friendly hotel and to support such a worthwhile organization as the Columbia Greene Humane Society.

Let The Barlow help you celebrate!

May 7, 2018 by The Barlow Hotel

Coming to Hudson for a birthday, anniversary, proposal or “just because”?  Why not let The Barlow help you celebrate!

Over the years countless guests have chosen The Barlow as the place to celebrate and create memories.  We’ve looked for the perfect gifts and have found ones that we think will be appealing.

We’re pleased to offer special add-ons to make that special occasion even better.  Guests booking at our website will have the option of adding a dozen fresh red roses, a chilled bottle of Pol Roger champagne or both to their booking.  The roses and champagne will be delivered to the guest’s room prior to their arrival at the hotel, just waiting for them to begin their celebration.



The fresh roses will be presented in a lovely glass vase so that the guest can take the flowers home with them.


The champagne will be waiting in the room as well and the hotel will provide champagne flutes for the guests to toast the special occasion.  Click “Check Availability” above and book your celebration reservation today!




As an added treat guests who choose the Full Celebrations Package and order both the roses and the champagne will receive a box of 8 handmade chocolate truffles compliments of The Barlow.


So if you’re looking for the perfect place to celebrate that special something with a special someone then look no further and let The Barlow help you celebrate in style!


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.

Thinking of taking the train to Hudson NY

April 30, 2018 by The Barlow Hotel

Thinking of taking the train to Hudson NY?

The train from New York City is an easy and convenient way to get to Hudson.  The track run along the Hudson River past some incredible scenery.  Don’t forget to bring your own snacks, though, as most of the trains no longer offer food or beverages.

First visit the Amtrak website and enter your dates of travel.  The code for Penn Station in New York City is NYP and the code for the Hudson train station is HUD.  Make sure to mention the ILOVENY discount in the promotion code to receive a 15% discount.

Next, once you have your dates select the train departure times first for your outbound trip and then for you return.  Keep in mind two things: check in and check out times: for The Barlow check in begins at 3:00 p.m. and check out is 11:00 a.m.  Guests are certainly welcome to drop off their bags and/or leave them at the hotel.  The Barlow, conveniently located right in the heart of downtown, is about a 15 minute walk from the Hudson train station or one of the local taxis can drop you off.

EnterpriseThird, some people who take the train still like the convenience of having a car.  Since all guests receive complimentary parking in the Municipal lot just behind the hotel, those guests can rent a car from Enterprise Rent-A-Car, which offers free pick up at the train station and a dedicated parking spot for drop off.  Call them prior to your train’s arrival and they will have someone meet you.

Fourth, and most importantly, don’t forget to book your reservation at The Barlow!

So if you’re thinking of taking the train to Hudson NY just remember your just for easy steps from experiencing all the things that make our city such a fantastic destination!

“Shop Small Now” Member favorite

April 23, 2018 by Russ Gibson

The Barlow is pleased to once again be named by American Express as a “Shop Small Now” Member favorite for 2018.  According to the American Express webpage the program,

“recognizes select businesses across the country where Card Members visit again and again. Every year, we tally up where American Express® Cards are used most, and Card Member Favorites are the ones that come out on top.”

Locally owned and operated since 2013 The Barlow continues to provide visitors to Hudson an authentic experience that they just can’t get from big box chain hotels.  Our staff, most of whom were born and raised in Hudson, help our guests discover all the wonderful things there are to do, see, taste and hear in and around the city. The Barlow’s Privileges Partners program, provided exclusively to guests of the Hotel – affords our guests the opportunity to receive discounts at most shops, restaurants, galleries and entertainment venues and represents the hotel’s mission – and that of American Express – of supporting local businesses by “shopping small”.

The hotel’s historic charm and modern amenities bring people back to Hudson again and again, and we love having guests tell us how much they enjoy every aspect of their stay with us from our wonderful staff to our fully appointed rooms and bathrooms (especially our amazing spa showers!) to our well equipped fitness center.  Most importantly The Barlow’s central location in the heart of Hudson’s Historic Business District means guests are just steps from all Hudson has to offer.

We’re honored to receive this recognition from American Express but we couldn’t have done it without the support of our guests to whom we send our most sincere thanks and appreciation!

Locally Owned and Operated since 2013

February 17, 2018 by The Barlow Hotel

Now entering its fifth year The Barlow has been locally owned and operated since 2013; located right in the heart of downtown Hudson.  The Hotel is a proud member of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and is proud to be enthusiastically supported by Columbia County Tourism.  Over the years The Barlow has been a welcoming destination of guests for business and pleasure alike.  In the five years since opening we have wished countless numbers of couples “Good Luck” as they start their new lives together, been host to family reunions both large and small, a “home away from home” for many business people both local and far away and been the place to discover and explore for thousands of new visitors to Hudson.

Almost all of our staff is born and raised locally and able to give our guests the “insiders tips” for all there is to do and see in town.  Our Privileges Partners program encourages guests to shop locally and support Hudson businesses across a wide spectrum including most restaurants, shops, galleries and entertainment venues.  The Hotel’s convenient location, just steps from everything in town also helps guests get the most out of their experience during their visit.

One of the most frequent comments from our guests is their appreciation of The Barlow’s unique blend of historic architecture and charm and modern amenities; a combination you won’t find in a cookie cutter style chain hotel.  Our guests’ favorite?  Our multi-jet spa showers!

As The Barlow moves into 2018 we look forward to welcoming new guests, welcoming back repeat visitors and continuing our tradition of providing friendly, welcoming service with a personal touch that you just can’t find in a big-box, chain hotel.  We hope to continue to serve Hudson for many years to come and thank our staff, our guests, and the entire Hudson community for making The Barlow the success that it has become!

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


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.