• I <3 Hudson, NY with R'el Dade and Marcus Lloyd

    Two of our favorite travel bloggers, R'el Dade and Marcus Lloyd (the brains behind @theplaceiwastellingyouabout) recently braved the cold in upstate New York to shoot a cozy Hudson travel guide for us.

    Less than three hours from NYC, Hudson has become the place to go to escape the city for a weekend. R'el and Marcus ate and shopped their way through town and showed us which must-visit places they hit up in their two days there. Read on for their full guide!
    Photos by @theplaceiwastellingyouabout

    Before heading out, the first necessity is packing! Going on the trip is a round-up of some UO essentials (shearling Levi is a must-have in chilly temps), including an Instax camera — a necessity for cute memories.

    Stop 1: Rivertown Lodge in Hudson. This hotel is close to the Hudson Amtrak station, making the Lodge extremely easy to get to via public transportation if needed. If you're driving, it's only about two hours away from NYC without traffic (a little under three with traffic). The Rivertown Lodge is a perfect getaway for couples and features tons of locally sourced goodies. They even offer free bikes that are handy for exploring the town. Plus, look how cute it is. You can 'gram your heart out.

    Stop 2: Two Note, a shop with small batch perfumes, bath and body care products. Each product is made by hand. This place is a must-visit for the fragrance connoisseur. Bonus: Everything is organic and all natural.

    Stop 3: John Doe Records Hudson, an independently owned record store. Ideal for obscure vinyl and browsing.

    Pit Stop: Even though it was freezing outside, R'el couldn't pass up a ride on the courtesy bikes!

    Stop 4: Wm. Farmer and Sons for brunch! This place supports local Hudson Valley farms so you know you're getting the freshest food. Recommended dishes: The skillet baked red eggs and the chicken and pecan waffles. Mmm.

    Stop 5: OR. How cute is this place? (Yes, everything in Hudson is extremely cute.) It makes you feel right at home on a chilly winter day. This place is a bar/gallery/store and obviously has decor to die for. It's a good place to chill and grab a drink or a small bite before dinner.

    Stop 6: Rivertown Lodge Tavern. If you're staying at Rivertown, you barely ever need to leave the hotel (which can be a good and a bad thing). Tavern is their in-house restaurant and has a killer brunch and dinner menu. Try the Breakfast Sandwich or the House Smoked Trout.

    Stop 7: Minna is a textile store in Hudson that carries a ton of inspiring printed rugs, blankets, towels, pillows and more. The store is recently opened and it's fun (and satisfying) to be able to browse through everything IRL. If you're not looking to splurge, their hand towels come in a variety of prints and are under $30.

    Stop 8: Grazin' Diner. This restaurant is housed in an old school diner and serves amazing grass-fed beef burgers. Go for the atmosphere and stay for the local and sustainable food.

    Above: Amped Fleece Throw

    Final Stop: Rivertown again to relax! This place is seriously the best when you're looking to kick back and enjoy winter without having to experience winter. It's also great in the summer, but how can you pass up that fireplace when it's snowing?

    To see more from R'el and Marcus, follow them on their Instagram @theplaceiwastellingyouabout