Off the Beaten Path: Hudson Valley, NY

Where to visit and what to pack for a long weekend in the Hudson Valley

We spent last weekend in the verdant Hudson Valley, NY. Determined to explore beyond the well-loved path of Warren Street (the main street in the town of Hudson), we visited under-the-radar restaurants, boutiques, and inns in the equally idyllic neighboring towns of Tivoli, Germantown, and Kinderhook. Read on to discover our finds, as well as tips on what to toss in your weekender to carry you from daytime strolls and gallery visits to dinner at one of the region's locavore restaurants. 

Hotel Tivoli

Renowned painters Helen and Brice Marden lend their bright, eclectic aesthetic to this former Victorian B&B, just down the road from their rural studio. From plum-tinged Douglas fir floors to originals by the artists and their famed cohorts on the walls, Hotel Tivoli makes a unique retreat.

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Dine: Gaskins

Husband and wife Nick and Sarah Suarez cut their teeth at long-loved Manhattan and Brooklyn favorites like Gramercy Tavern and Franny's before opening this Germantown restaurant. Focusing on farm fresh food and thoughtfully updated classic cocktails, Gaskins has quickly become a local favorite.

Mary MacGill Jewelry

MacGill's jewelry is sinuous and simple: a lone Tahitian pearl alights upon a slender gold band; a striking jasper stone drops from the ear. A master of less is more, MacGill presents her wear-forever jewelry alongside works of fellow artists, including collagist Claire Oswalt to ceramicist Nancy Kwon of Kkokkodek, at this studio-and-shop gem.

The School Jack Shainman

An upstate outpost of the New York City gallery spans over 30,000 feet in a thoughtfully revived school house. The summer exhibition, curated by Radcliffe Bailey and including works by Nina Chanel Abney, Gordon Parks, and Leslie Wayne, presents pieces that speak to ancestry, migration, and collective memory.

More Don't Miss Spots:

Mercato, Red Hook:

  • We love to stop at this cheery italian mainstay on the drive up the Hudson River. The bruschetta and the kale salad are both simple but immensely satisfying, and the pasta never disappoints - the chef, Francesco Buitoni, is a seventh generation pasta maker.

Poet's Walk, Red Hook:

  • Landscaped in 1849 by Hans Jacob Ehlers, and preserved to this day, this gentle two mile trail through rolling meadows has many a scenic outlook along original stone walls and through wooded glens.

Kinderhook Farm, Kinderhook:

  •  Just a short drive from the school by Jack Shainman Gallery, stop by this working farm to stroll the rolling hills and pick up fresh eggs – or just to at coo the newborn lambs come spring.

What to Pack:

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An easy day-to-evening jumpsuit is elevated by arty, streamlined accessories like the sleek NOMOS Glashütte Tangente 33 and a tomato-hued tote by Rachel Comey.

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A sporty NOMOS Glashütte Club compliments rugged staples by young label Rivay. Add a classic pair of shades and you're ready for an upstate summer.