Bed and Breakfast Inn Lodging in Thriving Hudson NY
Hudson, New York could be described as the phoenix of the Hudson Valley, and it continues to reinvent itself to this day. The city was first settled by Nantucket sea captains in the 1700’s and grew rapidly, becoming an important port on the Hudson River. Not only did the whaling captains sail their ships up the river to process the whale oil in Hudson, but ships also sailed south to New York City carrying the produce of the upstate area. As late as 1820, Hudson was the 4th largest city in New York State and came within one vote of being the state capital. As is often the case with port cities, Hudson became notorious as a center for gambling and prostitution, which thrived from the late 19th century until the early 1950’s when New York state troopers, under orders from Governor Thomas E. Dewey, raided the whorehouses and broke up the vice rackets.
Like many northeastern manufacturing cities, Hudson suffered a steep decline in the 1960’s and ‘70’s, as factories closed, and jobs moved south. But starting in the late 1980’s, antique dealers moved to Hudson, purchasing buildings on the city’s main avenue, Warren Street, until nearly every building from the 7th Street Park down to Promenade Park high on a bluff overlooking the River had been renovated, and shuttered retail store fronts were reopened. Today Hudson’s real estate market is booming, and the city boasts many excellent restaurants, more than 60 antique and other retail shops, an auction house, the Helsinki night club, and perhaps soon the Marina Abramovic Institute, a “multi-functional museum space” dedicated to performance art. Cultural venues include Hudson River School painter Frederic Church’s Persian fantasy castle Olana, the Hudson Opera House, and FASNY, the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York Museum of Firefighting. Numerous festivals including those celebrating Chili, Hudson Music, Flag Day Parade, Winter Walk, and Arts Walk provided additional reasons to visit this small city on the Hudson.