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In 1609, Henry Hudson was probably the first European explorer to visit the site of what is now the City of Hudson.  He arrived in his ship, the "Half Moon."  In 1785, the City of Hudson was chartered and laid out on a grid pattern.  Today, there are over 14 different nationalities in Hudson.  It is a modern city near farmland, two hours north of Manhattan by road or train and 3 hours southwest of Boston.

Hudson is both a precious jewel and an oddity in the Hudson Valley: a microcosm that can be used to represent many locales. Hudson has gone from a whaling town, an area of prostitution, gambling and industry -  making everything from buttons to cement -  to a sophisticated small city replete with stunning folklore.  In the mid-19th century, Hudson lost the vote to become New York's state capital by one vote.

Hudson displays many beautifully restored early 19th century buildings, and is one of the great architectural legacies in New York State.  It is part of the region that is home to the Hudson River School of Art, America's first indigenous, internationally recognized art movement. Traditional and trend-forward at the same time, Hudson remains a destination for curious travelers and home to artists, scientists, writers, musicians, historic sites, theaters, antiques stores, restaurants and art festivals.

Hudson is a booming town with strong historic roots.  This beautiful, walkable city is home to a wonderfully diverse array of restaurants, galleries, retail shops, cutting-edge theaters, music and nightlife. Come and visit.

More than 20 restaurants, about 80 specialty shops, a handful of theaters and clubs, more than 50 antique stores, about 20 art galleries, a plethora of family farms, and several bed & breakfasts await!

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