Based in NYC, Juan studied architecture in Mexico City and Australia and works mostly as an interior designer for a wide range of international clients. For the last 17 years, Juan and his partner David Usborne have had different weekend homes in the Hudson Valley,
Alison Spear, AIA, lives between NYC and the Hudson River Valley with her family. She is a LEED certified architect and designer with a home in Duchess County on Obercreek Farm – owned and run by her husband, Alex Reese. Ms. Spear holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University and a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University.
Katie Lydon, originally from London, founded her downtown New York interior design firm in 2002. Educated at Wimbledon Art School in London and then Cambridge University, Katie’s interiors reflect her knowledge and passion for antiques and architecture as well as an eye for contemporary art and design. She believes that a balance of classic and modern pieces creates a home that is at once timeless and exciting.
Mieke ten Have is a New York City based design and interiors journalist, stylist, and consultant. Formerly the Home Editor of Vogue magazine, she is a contributor to Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, House & Garden, and Cultured magazine.
118 Places to shop, stay, eat, do and visit in Hudson Valley
Either people love or hate mushrooms and I happen to be in the latter group. Chef Devon Gilroy forages, cultivates, grows beautiful and delicious mushrooms for restaurants and for this unusual CSA. - Sheila Bridges
One of the best farm stores around and they have a great CSA- Wonderful for fresh organic produce, breads, eggs, ice cream, etc. Addicted to the https://www.berkshirebark.com/pretzelogical that they carry. - Sheila Bridges
For creatively reimagined diner food. Local chef, owner and culinary talent Kristopher Shram trained in several Michelin star restaurant in Europe- moved back home and has been creating a new standard for diners since. PLUS, they deliver locally! - Sheila Bridges
I have only had the pleasure of a tour, but the fantasy element of a European alpine setting has me wanting to book as soon as we get snow. Skiing Hunter is only minutes away. - Michael Bruno
Get one of the six cozy rooms in this perfect little mountain gem located in one of the arts and crafts cottages built in the 1880s for the Colgate Family. Serene wooded grounds for an idyllic weekend. - Juan Carretero
Healthy and wholesome, the food here is Satiating to say the least. Be sure to indulge in their baked goods which they specialize in not to mention their cute homemade branded jams which remind me of Avoca Cafe in Ireland. My favorite part is the library where you can peruse a great collection of books while you wait for your food. - Marina Case
"Although I don’t go out for breakfast or coffee unless I have guests, I love going to the Bartlett House in Ghent for a twice-baked pistachio croissant to go (amazing!) and while there, I pick up a baguette for lunch. My guests love going here for breakfast on the porch."
- Randy Correll
If you’re ever in Hudson you MUST go to this incredible little cheese and provisions shop. Not only do they have one of the best selections of curated artisanal cheeses I’ve ever seen, their sandwiches are absolutely delicious. They have amazing baked goods and salads, and their prepared foods are excellent, too. Everything is so thoughtfully done; you can tell a lot of love goes into it. - Katie Lydon
I like to stop at Talbott and Arding to pick up some culinary hors d’oeuvres for our dinner at home. - David Mann
I love finding sources for local Hudson Valley cheese, this one is the best!
- Claudia Hanlin
If you're looking to up you're cheese board game, Talbott and Arding in Hudson is your place. it has many locally made cheeses, preserves, crackers, and cookies, with a friendly staff that can help assemble a perfect board. - Ana Hito
So many special original products come out of their market. I never go to Hudson without stopping there to stock up. - Michael Bruno
"Scribner's Catskill Lodge is all about style. I was there on a crisp Fall Thursday afternoon to get a first hand look at the cool space as the guests began to check in for the weekend. Had there been rooms available, I would have joined the party." - Michael Bruno
"Another great outdoor adventure is Art Omi, which is a large outdoor art park that has recently added an area of outdoor architectural installations. There’s a pleasant visitor’s center and gallery that serves coffee and snacks, not to mention great kids programs and the park is dog friendly. Something for everyone!"
- Randy Correll
"Gilded Owl has a more urban Euro-sophisticated edge—Gio Ponti meets eighties Memphis with a decidedly contemporary spin. Andy Goldsborough and Elizabeth Moore have pushed Warren Street into the future with their views on art and design." - David Mann
"The Huyck Preserve is incredible with over 2000 acres of forest, field, and wetlands, including the Rensselaerville Falls, which cascade over 120 feet. Amazing place to hike and explore right in my village…"
- Christopher Knight
"A museum dedicated to Thomas Cole and the Hudson river school beautifully sited in Cedar Grove,Coles home overlooking the Hudson river valley."
- Christopher Knight
"Thomas Cole house and studios, which is well worth a visit. On the outskirts of Hudson is the Oliver Bronson house, undergoing a slow restoration and only occasionally open, but an architectural orgasm of fantastic mid 19th century details. In my town, Claverack, there is a wealth of early Dutch architecture starting with the Dutch Reform Church at the center of town. Other period houses line the Main Street, route 9H/23B, so it’s worth taking a slow drive or walk through town." - Randy Correll
“My favorite museums are always situated in the houses of the artists or collectors (Frick Collection, Sir John Soane Museum, Luis Barragan house). Cedar Grove will transport you to the world of romanticism of the Hudson River School.” - Juan Carretero
"Visiting the house and landscape at Olana transports you to the world of Frederick Church, a core member of the Hudson River School. You can feel the painter’s hand and eye—and his love for this place—in every inch of the house and the landscape, which he created with the help of Calvert Vaux. His sensitivity for that Hudson Valley light we still treasure and his tremendous sense of place are a constant inspiration. Plus, we love those striped awnings!! Bring a picnic and stay a while." - Sabine Rothman
“Visiting this estate, you to step back in time and soak in views that Hudson River School painter that inspired the work of Frederic E. Church." - John Stern
"Of course I love historic houses and Olana is the queen of the Hudson Valley." - Randy Correll