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Get to know Hudson

Wonder why there are whales on the street signs of a place nowhere near the ocean? Settled in the late-1700s as a safe harbor free from the Redcoats’ coastal auspices, Hudson was America’s first incorporated city after the Revolution and prospered as a bustling manufacturing hub, benefiting from the ancillary industries of its whaling activities and adjacent agrarian bounty. With an Amtrak station and its diverse array of award-winning restaurants, antiquariums, and design shops, Hudson is one of few places practical for spending a long weekend without ever getting in a car. Warren Street, more than a mile long, anchors the 45-block Hudson Historic District, dubbed a “dictionary” of America’s architectural vernacular. Basilica Hudson is a choice venue for film screenings and experimental music festivals, and summer sunsets at Olana, the bewitching estate of landscape painter Frederic Church, is a summer ritual. The Rip Van Winkle Bridge connects Catskill, a sizable city in its own right. It’s no wonder Hudson has become a choice destination for tastemakers and artisans alike.

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Living in the Hudson Valley

This cultured countryside needs little introduction. It’s been called New York’s Napa, the anti-Hamptons, or simply “upstate.” From rolling farm fields to mom-and-pop Main Streets, the region is blessed with easy highway access, train service via Metro-North and Amtrak, and even its own international airport, making it exceptionally attractive to New York City residents seeking a little more nature and a lot less bustle. Most of the area falls within a two-hour radius of Manhattan, making it practical for weekend or full-time residence. Straddling both sides of its namesake river (much is actually a tidal fjord), the Hudson Valley’s traditionally defined core consists of Putnam, Dutchess, and Columbia counties to its east and Ulster, Orange, and Greene to the west. Their mélange of art colonies, rustic-chic hamlets, and charming post-industrial cities — set to a landscape so breathtaking it inspired an eponymous 19th-century art movement — welcome infinite possibilities, from slow-paced small-town living to total off-the-grid seclusion. Bordering both the Berkshires and the Catskills, outdoor recreation runs aplenty, whether skiing in winter or climbing wilderness peaks in summer.