|View of the Hudson River from Parade Hill.|
|Warren Street. Hudson, New York.|
|Warren Street. Hudson, New York|
For shopping, Hudson is a serious epicenter for antiques, with something like sixty-five shops. Many are high-caliber. New Yorkers may remember one of them, the store Historical Materialism (and actually, who can't remember such a cleverly-named business?), now located at 601 Warren Street.
|a house on Union Street. Hudson, New York.|
|Stately willow tree. Hudson, New York.|
While strolling Warren Street, wander into Spotty Dog Books & Ale, a casual, crammed, but comfortable combination of ale house, book store, and art supply shop. Hours of operation for many businesses in Hudson are a bit more casual than in the big city, so call ahead to be sure any destination on the wish list is in fact open.
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Olana, the artist residence of Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900)
The next morning, following breakfast at Cascades, I called several of the local taxi services to take me to the Olana State Historic Site, but to no avail. Finally, Columbia Taxi came to the rescue, and about ten minutes later, after a winding climb on a hill above the river, the taxi left me off at the entrance, a short nature trail that leads to the back side of the stunning structure.
While a few of us waited for the first organized tour of the morning (and that's the only way you can see the house's interior), I wandered around to the front of the estate. This is what I came for - the sight of the green Hudson River valley, moody and beautiful on an overcast morning, with the Catskill Mountains in the distance.
|View of the Hudson River from Olana.|
|Olana, the residence of artist Frederic E. Church|
|View from the open porch at Olana. The Rip Van Winkle Bridge, in the distance, was built in the 1930s. Thomas Cole, Church's mentor, lived on the other side of the river. His house, Cedar Grove, is also open for tours.|
Visit the Amtrak website for train schedules. The Ethan Allen Express and Empire Service offer departures for Hudson several times a day.
Visit the official website for Olana for more visitor information.
Read also on Walking Off the Big Apple:
• City Escape: Discovering Local Color in Hudson, NY (April 2012)
• Art Trip Up the River: A Visit to Dia:Beacon
• Art and Spectacle in Nineteenth Century New York
• The Tenth Street Studio Building and a Walk to the Hudson River
• Art Trips Up the Hudson: Day Excursions from New York City to Museums and Historic Sites
Images by Walking Off the Big Apple from August 24 & 25, 2010. Remember that clicking on any of the above images enlarges them.