By Amanda Feldman Jay
If you have never had the pleasure of visiting Hudson, New York chances are you have probably heard about its amazing hotels, boutiques, and galleries. Located along the Hudson River and just shy of two hours from Greenwich by car, Hudson may appear to be your average yet charming historic city at first sight, but don’t be fooled; there is nothing old fashioned or average about this cultural hotspot. With juxtaposing vintage facades and a bohemian, new age spirit, it’s easy to see why Hudson has earned its Brooklyn-cool credibility. Now that the weather is warming up, there is no better time to head up to Hudson to explore this upstate utopia.
Having opened in late summer 2020 with a splashy debut, despite the pandemic, it’s nearly impossible to have a proper Hudson experience without a visit to The Maker Hotel, even if it’s only a quick one. Pop in for morning coffee and croissants at the very least, which is a new tradition for Hudson locals just as much as visitors. But if you have the chance to stay overnight, even better. This boutique hotel, aptly named “The Maker” as an ode to Hudson’s robust community of creatives and makers of all kinds, is a design lover’s dream and a masterpiece in itself. A highly curated experience, The Maker boasts 11 guestrooms and suites along with three dedicated food and beverage outlets and The Maker Gymnasium, all of which are housed in a series of neighboring late 19th century buildings. Each has been fully restored and seamlessly fused together to create a unified space that serves up bohemian old-world glamour in the most modern of ways.
The swoon-worthy interiors, which feature a moody ambiance and eclectic design throughout, is the brainchild of owner and visionary Lev Glazman, who along with his business partners, impressively brought the whole project to life sans a dedicated interior designer. No strangers to beautiful things, Glazman and partner Alina Roytberg are also the co-founders of global beauty brand Fresh, headquartered in New York City. Together with hospitality expert Damien Janowicz, the trio concepted The Maker with the intentions of celebrating beauty, history, and all the makers of the world. Whether you consider yourself a “maker” or not, you will most certainly be inspired by the captivating visuals which playfully blend multiple styles and pay homage to various periods of history and design.
While no space is exactly alike, a delicate balance of masculine and feminine features as well as jewel-tone palettes and patterns, and unique light fixtures in every direction ties them all together with unexpected, yet perfect harmony. A self-professed lamp lover, Glazman either sourced, reclaimed or personally designed every single one on property, of which there are well over 700 in total. Many of the lamps, along with a majority of other pieces, are repurposed and have been collected from Glazman’s global travels. Each unique design element brings its own story, such as the one-of-a-kind antique Parisian streetlamps that you’ll find hanging above the bar in The Maker Lounge, while also consciously reducing the property’s environmental impact.
As a guest of The Maker, you have access to a number of communal spaces onsite, which are reserved for guests exclusively, in order to preserve the intimacy of the property experience. Enjoy complimentary use of the only hotel pool in downtown Hudson during the warm months and The Maker Gymnasium, which is anything but a drab hotel gym. Housed in its own standalone structure and inspired by the exercise traditions of performers such as acrobats and dancers, it has the sensibility of an old gym with state-of-the-art equipment and fitness programs to support modern training methods like CrossFit and Pilates as well. The Fragrance Library on the second floor is the cherry on top of the guest experience. A vintage glass cabinet houses Glazman’s personal collection of perfumes, colognes and unisex scents, all of which are available for hotel guests to sample and use throughout their stay.Eat
Whether or not you stay overnight at The Maker, its three dining outlets, helmed by Executive Chef Michael Poiarkoff are not to be missed. In step with the rest of the property, the aesthetics are worth visiting on their own, but the food and beverage programming is just as enticing. The Maker Cafe is an all-day bustling cafe and bistro with Parisian vibes, which has quickly become the epicenter of eating and retreating for Hudson’s close-knit community. The dinner-only Maker Restaurant serves up local, seasonal fare and elevated dishes that are equally as stunning as the decor around it, and The Lounge features craft cocktails, wines, local beers, and its own menu of snacks, shareables and more.
An unassuming, casual spot along the main drag, Hudson Food Studio is a southeast Asian inspired fusion concept where Hudson Valley ingredients are prepared with a Vietnamese twist. Consider this the hidden gem you might have only otherwise discovered if you chatted up a local in town.
Bistro Mashriq is the newest kid on the block featuring classic Arabian food reimagined. Having soft opened earlier this year with limited hours and dine-in, it has already made a big impression in town and is expanding its dine-in capabilities this spring.
The original Hudson Valley hospitality endeavor from the owners of The Maker, Bartlett House in the nearby town of Ghent, NY, is an all-day cafe and bakery serving the very best of the best from local chefs, bakers and farmers. Can’t make it to their brick-and-mortar during your visit? Not to worry, as you will find a selection of their mouth-watering pastries at The Maker Cafe, where they are delivered fresh daily.
Browse the many curated boutiques, antiques shops and art galleries in downtown Hudson. You’ll find everything from one-of-a-kind home decor and art pieces to fashion, wellness, beauty, and much more.
Visit Olana State Historic Site for views right out of a storybook. The historic home and estate formerly belonged to painter Frederic Edwin Church, who was a central figure in the Hudson River School of American landscape painters. Now a museum preserved by The Olana Partnership, you can plan a visit to admire the beautiful property and architecture. Indoor tours through the Main House are currently still shut down, but don’t let that stop you from exploring the expansive 250-acre landscape, featuring sweeping views of the Hudson River Valley and the Catskill Mountains.
Art appreciators will love the selection of galleries to choose from while in town. If you don’t know where to start, consider visiting the Carrie Haddad Gallery, which opened in 1991 as the first fine art gallery in Hudson and represents emerging local artists and photographers.
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