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WGSN road trip: where to hang out in Upstate New York

This year I decided to opt out of a traditional New Year’s Eve celebration in New York city, and instead, take a road trip across Upstate New York with a good friend. Despite frigid cold temperatures, I was completely in awe of the beauty of Hudson Valley and the Catskill Mountains, and the many quaint little towns I saw along the journey, which were stock full of hip boutiques, antique stores and cosy cafes. We checked out Phoenicia, Hudson, and Red Hook, among others, all of which are just a few hours outside of New York City. If you’re looking to get out of the city for a winter or summer getaway, and want see some spots off the beaten track be sure to check out our top picks below:

Shop: Flowerkraut

722 Warren Street

Hudson, NY

Flowerkraut is a floral design studio and shop that sells plants and hand-picked gift items such as candles, crystals and ceramics. Season permitting, the flowers and vegetables are grown in and around the local area, while the paper goods, ceramics, and more are largely made by local creatives.

Shop: Minna

421 Warren Street

Hudson, NY

Launched in 2013, Minna is a home textile brand that uses “traditional craft techniques to produce ethically made goods with a contemporary edge.” Minna works closely with master weavers and artisan collectives in Mexico, Uruguay and Guatemala. Owner Sara Berks takes inspiration from traditional craft, vintage textiles, feminist art, and the Bauhaus. The Hudson location serves as the company’s headquarters, selling its name brand home textiles alongside ceramics and apothecary goods by emerging artists and creatives, while the brand has a thriving online business.

Shop: Mutiny

438 1/2 Warren Street

Hudson, NY

This family-run menswear store sells simple, well-crafted goods across clothing, home and lifestyle that are sourced on the owners many trips across the globe. Full of lush scented candles, indie magazines, and cosy knits, this artfully curated shop is a must-see.

Shop: Vaux Vintage

21 W Market Street

Red Hook, NY

Vaux Vintage takes a stand against the fast fashion industry by stocking vintage clothing and accessories that are affordable, minimal and stylish. I picked up a monochromatic striped Gap turtleneck from the 90’s here that I’ve declared part of my new winter uniform.

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Eat: Lil’s Deb’s Oasis

747 Columbia Street

Hudson, NY

Artist-chefs Hannah Black and Carla Perez-Gallardo started their own catering company before launching Lil’ Deb’s Oasis. The Hudson, New York-based restaurant doubles as an art installation and performance piece. The community space offers Latin-inspired “tropical comfort food” and regularly collaborates with other artists and galleries.

Eat: Phoenicia Diner

 5681 NY-28

Phoenicia, NY

Though the diner has been passed down from its original owners, the space dates all the way back to 1962. Now, it boasts an updated menu and a renovated space that still celebrates its diner ethos while the restaurant sources its fresh offering from local Catskills and Hudson Valley farms.

 

 

Stay: The Graham & Co. Hotel

80 NY-214

Phoenicia, NY

Looking for a place to stay over a long weekend? Look no further, The Graham & Co. has got you covered. The renovated motel concept takes inspiration from the local mountains and gives it a modern flavour. Rooms are minimal in design, outfitted with muted lines and rustic wood furniture. Located just two blocks off the main street in Phoenicia, the hotel offers 3 acres of activities including a cosy lounge, an outdoor swimming pool, a tipi, picnic area, and bikes for borrowing. In the lobby, you will find locally made goods such as candles, maple syrup, and honey, as well as branded merchandise. Every morning, the hotel provides breakfast goods such as locally grown produce and pastries.

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