Hudson Valley NY, May 12 2018
Three years ago, my partner and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary with a trip to Hudson NY. Living in Boston, weekend trips generally mean you’re headed north or south - Vermont, Maine, the Cape - but, always staying within New England. New England and New York are their own little ecosystems - each have urban, rural, mountain and ocean options, so most have little reason to travel outside their respective geography. So when we arrived in Hudson, it’s no surprise that every weekender there was from NYC or Brooklyn. We didn’t mind - we blended in, enjoying that we were the lone Boston residents braving the New York scene.
Over the years and in different seasons we’ve returned to the Hudson Valley, exploring different spots with each visit and returning to our favorites. Scribner’s Lodge. Suarez Family Brewery. Gaskins. Westwind Orchard. Rivertown Lodge. Bartlett House. Alder East. With every visit we fell more in love with the area.
Yesterday we closed on a small farmhouse in Ghent NY - 10 minutes from Hudson, 20 from Suarez, 25 to Gaskins. Only 2.5 hours from Boston. I close my eyes and picture summer dinners on the deck lit by white lights, reading by the fireplace on a snowy winter day, and staring in awe at the foliage as we drive to pick apples in the fall. Never thought I would say this - but I’m a New Yorker.
Not that we need an excuse, but it seemed appropriate to stop in at Suarez after the closing to celebrate our purchase. It’s a Friday, so the taproom is calm. Sipping my beer, we chat with Taylor and eat our pretzels. I order my last beer - a Palatine Pils - and go to pay. “It’s on the house.”
In that moment, nothing could make me feel like a local more than those four words.