Hudson Jet Lag Journal: Olana, Antiques & Fare
Hudson is filled with antiques, antiques, and some hiking. And Olana. For us, traveling up for a weekend was definitely enough time since we weren’t embarking on hikes. We got in some major QT on Warren St. (the main street of antique stores and restaurants) and then on the last morning hopped over to the Olana Historic Site. See below some of my snap shots of cute antique stores, restaurants and Olana from our weekend away in Hudson!
Olana is a 250-acre historic site that includes a Persian-style decorated 19th century home of the famed Hudson River School painter Frederick Church. Church was inspired from a year-long expedition across the Middle East to build, furnish, and decorate his entire home after the Persian aesthetic.
Sadly, no pictures were allowed to be taken inside–which is obviously the coolest part of the home, but to give you some flavor, here is the exterior of the front door. The detail of everything is amazingly neurotic, and I loved it all.
Our first restaurant stop was a lovely little dinner at DA| BA, a Swedish restaurant. We refrained from the Swedish meatballs, and instead opted for some delicious scallops and chicken with veggies. If you’re interested, they had quite an affordable prix fixe dinner option as well.
Looking for a quick pastry or coffee? Then stop in at Cafe Le Perche. This is a pretty legit boulangerie–I say this with affirmation after trying the pain au chocolate that had the right amount of flakiness for the French pastry.
It’s very homey inside Le Perche. Notice the plethora of antiques in this front entrance. All of the restaurants in Hudson are curated with the bountiful antiques available in the stores that line Warren St.
Strongtree coffee was a local coffee roaster/shop in town, but sadly, now has relocated to Florida. But they still ship the good stuff back to the local shops so you can grab a bag of beans or a cup of joe.
Some cute exteriors of the old buildings that house all those antiques. I’ll admit antique hunting is not my forte nor something I can do for long, but I do still love taking a peek inside and seeing if I could spot an old treasure.
When you see buildings with so much detail on the outside, you start to really wish we went back to the good ‘ol days when detail mattered in design.
It might be hard to read, but the above sign is an original hand painted store front sign for “sports, tents, equipment”. So adorable.
There was a lot of the 19th century dates floating up and down Warren St.
Our next food stop was Swoon Kitchenbar for lunch. We enjoyed sandwiches (an egg for him and a Cuban for moi) and shoestring fries.
One of the restaurant details we reveled in over the weekend was the spaciousness. After awhile the restaurants in Brooklyn and Manhattan seem pretty crammed with the teeny tiny tables, without any elbow room or even enough room for plates and the space necessary for a conversation with just your table and no one else. So every time we sat down, we always remarked “check out all the space!”
I loved these Asian stackable hand painted boxes. They were like a Russian babushka but practical because you could store items galore in them.
A necessary stop was The Spotty Dog. It’s a bookstore, beers, coffee, art supplies, and game spot all wrapped up in one. It was a cozy respite to stop in and get away from the chilliness.
Our last spot we stopped in at was Le Gamin Country, one of the outposts from the restaurant in NYC & Brooklyn. It’s a French cafe and creperie. We enjoyed a Nutella crepe alongside a delicious panini for lunch.
I was very happy to go through the French map that we sat by and find all the spots I visited on my six-month sojourn there. And yes, Nantes is real and exists! It’s a real city (that no one ever seems to hear of outside of France) where ten years ago I learned another way of life and language. Sigh.
Very typical to the French way of life, you are served your tea and cafe au lait in a small bowl, which amazingly you can buy from the restaurant. They’re still made by the oldest porcelain manufacturer in Pillivuyt, France. Je les veux acheter!
Aaaaand that’s it! So to recap: lots of antiques, a handful of worthy food and restaurant experiences, a historic painter’s property, and a quiet yet historic main street to fill a weekend away. Next time, we’ll be sure to go when it’s a bit warmer out. ‘Tis the only thing I’d change about the weekend!
If you have any Hudson favorites, do share and add to the post with your suggestions!