Social City Guide: Hudson River Valley, NY

This weekend marks the official start of spring, which really means that the temperatures are on the rise, and long, lazy weekend trips are about to become easier.
(We don’t begrudge winter and its frostbitten weather; it’s just life is, well, more enjoyable when being outside isn’t hellish.)

One perfect place to visit in the spring, before the summer weekenders take over is the Hudson Valley. It’s the nexus of everything New Yorkers (and visitors from afar) love: a quick hour-ish drive from the city; urban-trained expats expertly run the restaurants, shops, boutiques, museums, as if they were still in Manhattan; Instagrammable hotels and b&bs to really remind you that you’re not in your apartment anymore. But there’s really just one reason

Hudson’s charm feels a little untouched by time: the people there, transplants most, who have a decidedly #NIMBY perspective. No Starbucks, no big chains, no nothing-that-won’t-be-in-a-Kinfolk-spread. It’s a lazy, meandering area best explored over a long weekend, and what better way to do it than like a local? Here, 10 creatives, artists, foodies and makers responsible for that “so upstate right now” vibe you crave.

This is travel, today.

Bon voyage,

The Gramlist editors