There have long been plenty of reasons to spend a long weekend in Hudson, New York. Antique stores, clothing boutiques, and excellent restaurants line the main Warren Street strip in this town about two hours north of New York City. Now there’s a hotel worthy of building your entire trip around. The Maker opened its 11 guest rooms officially this summer, and it’s easily the most beautiful hotel in the Hudson Valley and Catskills region. Owners Lev Glazman and Alina Roytberg, have created a showcase of meticulous craftsmanship across three buildings, working with talented local artisans from Lagonia Construction and fifth-generation furniture maker Gary Keegan. Glazman and Roytberg’s eclectic eyes for art, furniture, fabrics and design is right on target for the property’s upscale bohemian surroundings. The references here go deep—the Writer’s Room imposes mid-century modern on Victorian bones (the late 19th-century bookcases are all original); the Architect’s suite feels like Belle Epoque Paris but with postmodern touches (thanks to a huge Piet Hein Eek refectory table). In the drawing room for guests, the Strand Bookstore provided a world of books, while Brooklyn wallpaper company Flavor Paper contributed the wallcoverings (of designs by Alina) in the Rose Room.
With lots of fireplaces to cozy up to, a dramatic double height bar, a restaurant from chef Michael Poiarkoff (formerly of Dumbo’s Vinegar Hill), and a gym with retro-gymnastics vibe, guests may be tempted to while away a chilly weekend indoors. But just outside on Warren Street are plenty of reasons to wander. Hudson has embraced outdoor dining, with tables lining the street in front of local favorites Oak Pizzeria and Wm. Farmer & Sons, along with a few successful pandemic adaptations: terrific Asian fusion bites served under a tent at Back Bar, and delicious pescatarian plates from Li’l Deb’s Oasis, which temporarily moved from its permanent indoor space to the backyard of Rivertown Lodge (whose tavern also serves a great brunch and dinner). Afterward, head to Culture Cream for unusual ice cream flavors like miso kefir and coffee kombucha.
You can’t stroll Warren Street without collecting a few shopping bags. A couple of recent additions worth checking out bring a touch of wellness to the retail scene: The Quiet Botanist stocks all kinds of botanical apothecary items, along with beautiful dried flower bouquets and local honeys. The owners of Finch have opened Clubhouse across the street from their ever-evolving antiques store; here you’ll find self-care items, accessories, a clothing selection, and an outpost of Pugsley’s barbershop from nearby Kingston—the next hipster hotspot in the Hudson Valley.