Good afternoon, friends. If you’ve been following my Instagram or Twitter feed, you’d notice that I was away for the last few days. By helping out a coworker and working an extra day last week, I found myself with a three day weekend, and Sunday, I traveled two hours north to Hudson, New York, a small antiquing and foodie town along the Hudson River. Hudson isn’t home to your Hiltons or Hyatts, but monopolized by bed & breakfasts and the occasional boutique property. I stayed at The Croff House (pictured a few posts below), a darling bed & breakfast rated #1 in Hudson on TripAdvisor.
Now, surprise: I have never stayed at a B&B before, preferring my discounts from working at nation-expansive brands and tried-and-true properties in places I’ve been before. But I’m pleased to say that I have never experienced a more relaxing and guest-focused experience than at the The Croff House. Duncan & Russ, the men who opened the inn in 2009, are some of the most wonderful people, preparing ridiculously delicious three-course breakfasts, featuring local ingredients (their roasted red pepper muffins and huevos rancheros rank among the best things I’ve ever eaten). Their tips on Hudson helped, too, though I spent a lot of time reading in their library, drinking far too much coffee, using the free WiFi, and watching the Apple TV in my room.
Hudson frustrated me a bit as the shops on the main stretch are open few hours and closed most days, and are mostly centered around antiquing, which is not my style (as I’m more of a find-my-own-treasure at the flea market type girl). And a car might’ve been helpful - I rented a bike but once I exited the main stretch found myself in miles of suburbia. But the architecture in the heart of town was gorgeous (including the Croff and the house next to it, which belongs to Russ & Duncan), and the guest service was fantastic. My goal of this trip was to get away from the eight million inhabitants of this city, and I got back excited to rejoin my never-sleeping neighbors, and inspired from the hospitality I learned from Russ & Duncan.