Our Hudson River Valley Vacation

July 15, 2011

In late June we stayed a week in a drop-dead gorgeous modernist fantasy of a house near Hudson, NY designed by architect-owners Messana O’Rorke Architects.  I wasn’t sure what to expect; modernist architecture is more Tim’s thing than my own (I’m a dec. arts person after all). However, I was stunned by how powerful the effect of the space was on us.  Living in a space without a single decorative object — no art, no accessories (okay, there was a one candelabra!) — for a week rejuvenated my creativity after a long dormant year; Tim truly relaxed for the first time in probably three years and Alex started talking (memorable line “I’m happy in my heart”)!   The house has a purity of vision that I really responded to; this is an unapologetic house and it made me want to make sure that wherever we live is unapologetically our own in the same way. Also, since there was so little “stuff” it was surprisingly baby friendly (we only had to gate one scary stairwell). My mom came along to help out with Alex and that really made it a vacation for Tim and me (the hardest part about parenting is sometimes wishing you didn’t have to always be the adult in the room). So it was such a blessing to have my mom along for the adventure. That the Hudson River Valley is stunning beautiful shouldn’t have surprised me, but it did.  It really is as awe inspiring as all those Hudson River School paintings.

I was obsessed with this tiny painting at Verso Fine Arts.  I went back to look at it three times and just couldn’t pull the trigger.

We loved:


The drive along Rt 9H/ Rt 66 to Pittsfield, MA is some of the most beautiful road I’ve ever had the pleasure of driving. (My mother and I stole off to the Target in Pittsfield one day…)

The drive to Albany, NY is 45 minutes or so (my mom flew out of Albany!) and we loved the Honest Weight Food Co-op. Don’t miss the in-house local peanut butter (and the meat selection!)

Food in Hudson, NY

Mexican Radio — delicious (really!) and super baby friendly with a hip vibe (and great cocktails).

Whole Earth Bakery & Kitchen — despite a sort of awful western interior the food is delicious and organic (and baby friendly!!).  We ended up eating three meals here.

Park Falafel & Pizza

Lick Ice Cream — try the lavender ice cream!

Hudson Wine Merchants — so friendly and we stocked up on some obscure (and delicious) Austrian wines for the week.


The Bee’s Knees (Hudson, NY) was a wonderful children’s store with a nice play area that came in handy on a rainy day.

The Hudson River Art Trail — you can hike to the places painted by Thomas Cole and others!


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THE BASICS Magazine July 17, 2011 at 11:13 am

What a wonderful retreat. Love it up in and around Hudson, NY and the Catskills.


Abbey July 18, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Thanks Paul — love the magazine!

Deanna (Silly Goose Farm) July 26, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Looks like you went to Olana? Both Olana and the Cedar Grove were my clients for a period of time, I was so lucky to be surrounded by all that lovely inspiration and art!!

I also live just outside of Albany, glad you swung by the Co-op! There is another great independent grocer in Hudson (Ginsbergs), on 9G. Swing by next time!

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