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ART AND ANTIQUES IN THE HUDSON VALLEY
Leave from: New York City
The jaunt: If you are looking for antiques sans the road show, Hudson is the place to go. A formerly down-at-heel town two hours north of Manhattan, Hudson has seen a major revival in the past few years, thanks to an influx of New York artists and writers who've converted its old row houses and factories into galleries andespeciallyvintage furniture stores. Now there are a whopping 65 antique shops lining just five blocks of Warren Street, peddling everything from Danish midcentury armchairs to Biedermeier sofas to French Empire clocksat way below Madison Avenue prices (note most shops are closed Wednesdays; for more info, visit the Hudson Antiques Dealers Association). Order up a post-browsing pint of Hefeweizen at bookstore/microbrew pub Spotty Dog and plan your excursion to Olana, the Persian-style home of Hudson River School artist Frederic Church, just a short taxi ride from downtown Hudson.
Your chariot: Amtrak has ten daily departures to Hudson from New York's Penn Station.
Check in: Stay the night at the Inn at Hudson. This circa 1905 Dutch-Jacobean cloister is right downtown and has four bright, antique-filled rooms.
The Inn at Hudson
Tel: 518 822 9322
Doubles from $200
The Spotty Dog Books & Ale
Tel: 518 671 6006
Tel: 518 828 0135
Open Tuesdays through Sundays, April through October; Fridays through Sundays, November through March.