This Saturday, December 9th, the Hudson Lodging Association is hosting a house tour to open doors that might otherwise have remained closed. All homes are within walking distance of Warren Street and each other.
Beginning at noon on Saturday, the 9th, advance purchasers can pick up their map/passport at The Barlow Hotel, 542 Warren Street, Hudson. Homes open their doors at 2pm and remain accessible until 5. Then, from 5pm until 6, The Merchant House, 10 South Front Street, plays host to passport holders – supplying a free Holiday drink along with live background music. For those who book advance dinner reservations at Ca’Mea or Wm. Farmer & Sons, the passport entitles diners to a 10% discount. Day of… tickets ($25.00) only can be purchased “live” at the Barlow Hotel, 542 Warren Street, beginning at noon.
Homes on the tour were each built during different periods in Hudson’s history. The earliest is traced to a land deed dated 1709 – before Hudson was even chartered. The latest is from 1875 when manufacturing had overtaken shipping and whaling as the primary source of income for the community.
At each address, hosts and greeters will offer tours and histories of their homes, as well as refreshments. While most will include platters of cookies and, perhaps, mulled cider, one host, known for blue ribbon baking, plans to prepare one of his prize winners for visitors. Also on display will be a collection of hand-crafted, needlepoint Santa images. And at each venue, Christmas decorations will festoon both interiors and exteriors.
This is the first year the Lodging Association is hosting this tour – an effort to invite visitors from near and far to become more familiar with all that is on offer in Hudson. Tickets can be purchased on line through Friday, Dec. 8th at https://tinyurl.com/HudsonTour. The event is a benefit for The Hudson Children’s Book Festival.