The small city of Hudson (pop: 6,750) lies 125 miles north of Midtown Manhattan and is located at the “head of navigation,” the farthest place on the Hudson River to which fairly sizable ships could conveniently sail from New York Harbor. In the last decades of the 18th century, Hudson became an increasingly prosperous port, a period of growth that was accelerated by the construction of the Erie Canal in 1824. Eventually, however, patterns of commerce changed and decline set in. In recent years, Hudson has acquired a new identity as a weekend retreat for New Yorkers, drawn by the scenic grandeur of the Hudson Valley and the fine old brick buildings in the city itself. Craft stores, antique shops, cafés and restaurants opened, and Hudson became suddenly and unexpectedly fashionable. The Maker, a stylish new boutique hotel, is the logical continuation of this trend. Situated on Warren Street, the city’s main artery, the 11-room property is spread across three buildings: a Georgian mansion; a Greek Revival building from the 1840s; and a carriage house dating from the 1890s. The hotel’s owners, two of whom co-founded the Fresh beauty products company, have gone to extraordinary lengths to create atmospheric one-of-a-kind interiors.
Regular Bedrooms are small at 200 square feet, but the property also comprises Lofts and Studios (both 500 square feet) and an Apartment (825 square feet). Four of the Maker Studios have been given specific identities: the Artist; the Writer; the Architect; and the Gardener. For example, the Artist is billed as “the ultimate bohemian refuge” and comes with voluptuous textiles, extensive artwork, an outsize worktable, original stained glass and a hand-carved wooden fireplace. Its antique limestone and Moorish tile bath provides a claw-foot tub, a rainfall shower and a heated floor. The Writer boasts its own small library that was assembled in collaboration with the famous Strand Book Store in New York City. In addition to seductive accommodations, The Maker also offers a cocktail lounge with leather-clad walls, a bright European-style café and a contemporary American restaurant, housed within a custom-built conservatory, which serves a menu of local and seasonal cuisine.