Hudson for the Holidays

This charming New York town is a design lover’s dream—and has something for everyone on your holiday shopping list.

By Gaetano Pollice

Scenic Hudson, New York, continues to undergo a remarkable cultural and economic resurgence thanks to a diverse class of creative entrepreneurs, including designers, antique dealers and musicians. The city’s convenient upstate location (a stone’s throw from Albany, two hours from New York City and three hours from Boston) and walkable size (just two square miles) make it an ideal destination for a winter day trip or weekend escape.

If you’re on the hunt for unique gifts this holiday season, look no further than the mile-long stretch of independent shops along Warren Street. The city’s picturesque main drag is lined with vintage stores, art galleries, clothing retailers, cozy bookstores, farm-to-table restaurants and more. Here is an abbreviated look at just some of the strip’s highlights, whose offerings will please even the most discerning HGTV lover. A word of caution before you plan your trip: Not all stores are open seven days a week, so be sure to check in advance.

For design tastemakers

Don’t expect to waste your time scouring musty, cluttered vintage shops for a deal. Many of Hudson’s residents have migrated from urban meccas, like New York City, and their passion for first-rate design is apparent throughout Warren Street’s many furniture stores. Mid-century modern lovers can rejoice: Impeccably preserved rosewood relics from the likes of Knoll, Drexel and Eames abound at Neven and Neven Moderne. The cavernous Hudson Supermarket offers a broader range of styles, from French country to industrial, in its 7,000 square feet. 3FortySeven is a must-visit too, and you can gawk at its array of antiques as well as the store itself: a restored art deco service station. Looking for interior decoration help? Hudson Home celebrated its relocation to a stunning two-story showroom in October, and owners Richard Bodin and Greg Feller provide design services, like custom upholstery, in addition to a selection of new and vintage furniture finds.

For humble homebodies

If an antique credenza is a bit too big to haul home, you’ll find a number of housewares stores with no shortage of smaller knickknacks. Hawkins New York’s namesake product line embodies a modern point of view and includes soy wax candles ($48 a candle), handmade recycled glassware (starting at $30) and brass and copper candlesticks (starting at $85). Valley Variety lives up to its mission to provide “an array of tools for everyday living.” There’s also an impressive selection of backpacks and briefcases (starting at $52) and plenty of kitchen gadgets, including a cocktail mixing set ($50). For a more whimsical aesthetic, try Red Chair on Warren. Since 1997 owner Jocie Sinauer has made frequent buying trips to Europe and returned with a handpicked selection of Swedish, Belgian and French antiques: A 19th-century French jam jar in a neutral shade of cream or gray will set you back just $20. Foodies will love Savor the Taste, whose surprising blends of spices, olive oils and vinegars are created on-site (olive oil infused with wild fernleaf dill, anyone?). Even better, the staff eagerly encourages tasting before buying (gift sets start at $24).

THE DETAILS
All stores are on Warren Street.
3FortySeven
No. 347; 518-391-3165; 3fortyseven.com
Hawkins New York
No. 339; 518-965-6177; hawkinsnewyork.com
Hudson Home
No. 366; 518-822-8120; hudson-home.com
Hudson Supermarket
No. 310; 518-822-0028; hudsonsupermarket.com
Neven and Neven Moderne
No. 618; 518-828-4214; nevenmoderne.com
Red Chair on Warren
No. 606; 518-828-1158; redchair-antiques.com
Savor the Taste
No. 527; 845-416-8209; savorthetasteoilandvinegar.com
Valley Variety
No. 705; 518-828-0033, valleyvariety.com
  • NOTE: Information may have changed since publication. Please confirm key details before planning your trip.
  • Published: December 2015