Hudson is just below Albany. Despite its rural location, the town is populated by hipsters who left New York City for a better environment. These ex-pats from Manhattan and Brooklyn bring urban culture with them and create an rare phenomenon -- city sophistication in upstate NY. Normally this area lacks that, relying instead on its bucolic countryside. It's nice to have both.
Hudson has exceptional restaurants, boutiques, art galleries and parks. My favorite spot here is a motorcycle-themed coffee-shop ("Moto"). Moto has real bikes, partially-disassembled, in the midst of fake repair. At first I thought the machines were actually being repaired but learned they're simply decorations for the expresso-drinking crowd. The shop sells motorcycle t-shirts and the coffee's good, too. Some pics from my last trip are below.
What are you doing this weekend?