The Chic New Upstate Weekend Getaway: Rivertown Lodge

Photography: Matthew Williams

With Labor Day around the corner, there are a few weekends left to properly flee the city sweat and escape to rural pastures. We recommend heading north to historic Hudson, NY and booking a night at the chic (and affordable) Rivertown Lodge.  Located on the town’s main strip, in what was originally a 1920’s movie theater, this 2-story hotel is attracting five borough dwellers and international Instagram photo seekers alike.

The idea of this hotel was to serve something like a public ‘living room’ for Hudson. The lobby includes both vintage and custom pieces all with a Brooklyn Makers spirit. The mini retail concept shop features goods from local artisans and a built in kitchen cultivates the communal vibe over a stellar breakfast bar and Tandem Coffee.

Rivertown Lodge Lobby 3 : Photo Credit: Matthew Williams

Located adjacent to the lobby is the bar which has an atmosphere of modern maker meets traditional tavern. The hand-crafted cocktail program is designed by award winning mixologists Natasha David and Jeremy Oerter.


The room design is spot on for minimalist lovers. Custom beds by Workstead are crafted from turned cherry posts and layered with embroidered blankets. Additional furnishings include tables created by Sawkille in nearby Rhinebeck, NY, vintage wicker side chairs, upholstered reading chairs and lighting designed by Workstead specifically for the hotel. Bathrooms include raw brass fixtures, muted green and blue shower tile, custom-designed shelving and mirrors by craftsman from Brooklyn to Hudson.

Rivertown Lodge Bridal Suite 2 : Photo Credit: Matthew Williams

For late night provisions and conversation with your fellow travelers, there is a communal porch to congregate on. And if you’re feeling anti-social and just want to hang with your person, head to the backyard where you’ll find a fully tented ping-pong table for all the privacy you need to finish summer out with a casual game of table tennis.

Tenement Museum – Family Time Travel


108 Orchard St
New York NY 10002
(212) 431-0233

Kids love discovering lost worlds, and a trip back in time at the Tenement Museum makes for a great family outing. When you reach the Lower East Side’s legendary Orchard Street, the cobblestones and crowded sidewalks will already have you in the mood of a bygone era. The museum offers all kinds of tours, but you’ll want the kids to meet an actual resident, the teenage Victoria Confino, played by an interpreter in period dress. Follow your young guide up the stairs into the dim hallway of an authentic tenement relic, the likes of which housed thousands of immigrants at the turn of the century. It was sealed up for decades, adding the allure of an abandoned place to its layers of history. Imagining it’s 1916 won’t be hard to do. In the apartment, Victoria will tell you all about her family and her difficult new life as an immigrant in New York City. Don’t worry about the little ones getting antsy, they’ll enjoy hands-on access to clothes, coal, and ancient cookware. The tours are small so everyone can maximize their interaction with Victoria. Go ahead and pepper her with questions about the sprawling estate she grew up on in Greece and its contrasts to her cramped life in New York. When the tour’s over, you’ll all have a new sensitivity to the immigrant experience—and a newfound appreciation for indoor plumbing.

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Photograph by Reading Tom
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Hollywood and Highland Center


6801 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90028
(323) 817-0200

To truly feel like you’re in the heart of Los Angeles, grab your family and make tracks to the Hollywood and Highland Center. Located, appropriately enough, at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, this shopping and entertainment mecca will put stars in your kids’ eyes as they take in all the showbiz icons at once. With a photo opportunity everywhere you turn, your camera’s going to get a serious workout on this family outing. Kneel in front of your favorite artist’s star on the Walk of Fame. Watch your kids flex like superheroes next to Superman. Smile like a screen idol as you sink your palm into Tom Cruise’s handprint at the TCL Chinese Theatre. There’s even a spectacular, unobstructed view of the Hollywood sign awaiting you from atop the mall. After working up a sweat under the warm sun, let the kids cool off in the dancing-water fountains, then surprise them with one-of-a-kind chocolates at Sweet! Hollywood, which lets you make your own candy bars. You can even take a tour of the world-famous Dolby Theatre, home of the annual Academy Awards—Tinseltown’s highest honor. Maybe it’s time to prepare a speech? Surrounded by so much inspiration, it won’t be hard to imagine you’re cradling an Oscar.

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Photograph by jondoeforty1 
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DUMBO First Thursday Gallery Walk


111 Front St
NY 11201

Vibrant art and big-time vistas make the cobblestone streets of DUMBO a date destination any time. For the best of this bustling corner of Brooklyn, target a First Thursday Gallery Walk night, when the neighborhood throws open its doors to the city’s culture vultures. Take your significant other by the hand and traipse through the galleries. Ooh and aah over a cutting-edge photo show, or a thought-provoking painting collection. Take a moment and share each other’s insight into a performance art piece. If you find some art you really like, you can unwind with a glass of wine or two, as most studios lay out free refreshments for visitors. The area is densely clustered with art, so you won’t have to trek far to find a wide swath of culture. Stores stay open late letting you do more than window shop, but maybe by now it’s time for some sustenance. DUMBO is known for its pizza options, but taqueria Gran Eléctrica takes the romance up a notch. Relive the evening’s visual feast while you dine on chili-spiced pork ribs, with creative margaritas going down smooth on the side. Before you leave the neighborhood, head to the waterline. The view of the bridges at night and the skyscrapers of lower Manhattan are more breathtaking here than anywhere else in the city—as if you hadn’t already sealed the deal.

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