Let’s Jess Up x Meg Cusick Holiday Gift Guide for Toddler boys and girls!

 

Hi friends! I am so excited because I teamed up with my blogger bestie Meg Cusick of Alexander-Alexandra to share with you two holiday gift guides for toddlers! She put together the toddler boy gift guide with her adorable baby boy Jett in mind and I created the toddler girl guide with Miss Charlee Q in mind! Meg and I met via Instagram and have become such close friends. Our babies were born only two weeks apart so we have gone through motherhood on almost the exact same timeline. She’s such a wonderful friend and Momma! If you don’t follow her, you should! We hope you enjoy these gift guides!

  1. Mini Kitchenette: We bought this for Charlee as her big present from Santa. Not that she knows who Santa is, but I am SO excited to give it to her. They have a big plastic Little Tykes kitchen at her daycare that she loves and I just know she is going to lose her mind when she wakes up to this on Christmas morning!
  2. Toothbrush: We just had Charlee’s first dentist appointment! She is 16 months and has a total of 4 teeth! I wanted to get her her first toothbrush and this one has great reviews. It will be one of her stocking stuffers!
  3. Baby’s first Purse: I may or may not be the MOST excited about this gift. Charlee is absolutely obsessed with my purse and tries to carry it around all the time. I know she will just love this. It also comes with the cutest purse accessories. Too cute!
  4. Bath Pipes Toy: I love these bath pipes! Now that Charlee is older, she enjoys playing in the bath and I know she will love playing with these.
  5. Skip Hop Snack Bee:  This adorable snack case makes snacking fun! It’s a great stocking stuffer. Too cute!
  6. Winter Jacket:  I had to add this winter jacket to the gift guide! I bought this for Charlee back in October on Amazon for $30! It has become our go-to for cold winter days. It’s very warm and as a bonus it’s so chic! I had no expectations since it was inexpensive but have been presently surprised. I ordered her a size 12-18 month for reference and it fits great!
  7. Flash Cards:  Charlee is very verbal and basically tries to repeat anything we say. We have had to be careful hah! We wanted to start introducing flash cards to see if she can learn even more words. These came highly recommended.
  8. Toy Vacuum that works! : If you follow me on Instagram, then you know my child is obsessed with any type of cleaning appliance. Hence the reason behind this gift and the one listed below! This vacuum actually sucks which I think is the absolute coolest thing ever.
  9. Toy Broom and dust pan set: Charlee unfortunately figured out how to unwrap a few of her presents under the tree and got into this one. Good news is, it’s a HIT! She’s obsessed.
  10. American Girl Bitty Baby Doll: This is the cutest! It’s the American Girl Doll baby doll. You can buy individual outfits from American Girl and it’s just a beautiful gift.

1. Little Tykes Cozy Coupe: Jett has loved this truck for months now, and even as he gets older he seems to love it more! He loves to put toys in the trunk, and is just now able to pedal himself around – I think this toy will be loved for a very long time!    https://rstyle.me/n/ddb4qscbrxx.

2. MOLUK mini Bilibos Toy: These may look unsuspecting, but these toys can be stacked and nested, they act as floating ducks, sand shovels, candy bowls, spinning tops, racing cars or scoops for snowballs. (Go watch the video – they look so cool!)  https://rstyle.me/n/ddb36ecbrxx

3. Uniqlo Baby puffer coat: We love this winter coat for Jett – its lightweight and really warm! He never seems uncomfortable in it and it packs up really small into my diaper bag! https://rstyle.me/n/ddb39kcbrxx

4. Toy Train with Letter Blocks: Another one of Jett’s favorites! He can ride on it, play with the letter blocks, push buttons that light up, and so much more! https://rstyle.me/n/ddb267cbrxx

5. Tee Ball Set: Jett has a tennis racquet that is his size, as well as golf clubs. He has really loved trying to tap balls with these “stick” toys, and I know Tee Ball will be really fun for him too! https://rstyle.me/n/ddb33ccbrxx

6. Balance Bike: Jett may be a bit too young for this now – the box states 2-5 years, but I know we are just around the corner from being able to play with these! A great way for him to learn how to balance on a bike! https://rstyle.me/n/ddb3bdcbrxx

7. Aqua Doodle: no mess! I have been on the search for a large play mat that Jett could color on and I think this is the one! https://rstyle.me/n/ddb37wcbrxx

8. Personalized Book:  We had this “Baking Cookies with Mom” book personalized and Jett is obsessed! Such a special gift! http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-8953065-8236968

9. Bumble Bee Fountain Bath toy: This toy you can fill up with water and when you pull it out, it creates a fountain! One of Jett’s favorite bath toys. https://rstyle.me/n/ddb3rfcbrxx

10. Uniqlo toddler PJ’s: We have 4 sets of pajamas from Uniqlo because they are the best! Thin, yet warm, stretchy.. and the top can button to the bottoms so don’t come apart in the night! This Winnie the Poo print PJ is my favorite of the bunch. theyhttps://rstyle.me/n/ddb24ncbrxx

Christmas Traditions 2018

 

Photography by Shadi Garman

On Me: Pajama Shorts: Gap Pajama Top: Gap Slippers: Amazon Socks: Walmart

On Charlee: Pajamas: Amazon Socks: Amazon

Matt’s Pajamas: Pants: Gap

Happy Holidays everyone! This is my absolute favorite time of year. Growing up, Christmas was seriously like the Olympics. My Mom outdid herself year after year! She made every type of cookie you can imagine, she decorated the entire house and just made the holiday so special. The traditions were my favorite part. We always woke up on Christmas morning and had a delicious breakfast. She made the same Christmas breakfast casserole year after year along with fresh Swedish Cinnamon Roles called bullar. We started the day opening our stockings and then opened our gifts one at a time which lasted all day long. I just love Christmas so much and I’m excited to start introducing Charlee to my favorite family traditions as well as starting some of our own!

A new tradition I wanted to start this year was to gift the family a new set of Christmas Pajamas to wear on Christmas morning. I bought all three of us Pajamas (Matt’s set not pictured but I linked it above)! I found Charlee’s pajamas on Amazon for $9! They are so nice and surprisingly nice quality for the incredible price. What are some of your most favorite family traditions? Make sure to share in the comments :)!

These pictures are so very special to me. The most incredible gift I could ever receive is the gift of love from this little girl. Sending you all an extra measure of comfort joy and love this Holiday.

 Xoxo-J

Let’s Jess Up Holiday Gift Guide- FOR HER!

Hi Friends! Happy Holidays! The season is upon us and Christmas is around the corner. I will be sharing a few gift guides this Holiday season for you all to shop. I hope you enjoy!

  1. Polka Dot Button Down: I have this top and it’s now on sale for under $20 and stocked in all sizes. I wear it all. the. time. and I’m sure you all have noticed!! It’s long enough to wear with leggings which for a tall gal like me is unheard of. If you are on the shorter side it could 100% be a dress. I LOVE it and really want to buy the black but I am not allowed to buy anything until after xmas…HINT HINT to Matt ;)!! This would be a great gift for your lady without breaking the bank!
  2. Slippers: I always love a new set of slippers each year. These are super cute and the leopard pattern is adorable!
  3. Silk Pillow and Eye Mask set: I sleep with an eye mask every night but I didn’t realize they made silk pillows too!! Wishing for this set for sure!
  4. Christmas candle: This candle smells like heaven.
  5. Winter Hat: The cutest winter hat I ever did see, right?!
  6. The Bucket List: I love this coffee table book! Would be a great gift for the wanderlust loving lady in your life!
  7. Socks: This gift is for me and any of the ladies in my life. WE ALL NEED THIS haha!
  8. Golden Goose Sneakers: I love Golden Goose sneakers. If you are looking for a great gift that will impress your lady this year, this is it.
  9. Festive Wine Glasses: I have these wine glasses which were gifted to me at Christmas last year and they are just fabulous. I think they make such a lovely gift.
  10. Jade Roller: The jade roller is all the rage. Surprise your lady with knowing just what she wanted but didn’t tell you this year 😉

Hope you all enjoyed this gift guide! Keep coming back as there are more where this came from!

xoxo-J

OLFACTORY x Let’s JessUP! A Personalized Fragrance Experience

Hi Friends! I just got home from a fabulous afternoon spent with the lovely people at OLFACTORY. OLFACTORY is a perfumery that bottles on site, meaning they are able to offer the highest quality in fragrance at an affordable cost. The team at OLFACTORY invited me to come down to their store in downtown NYC to experience making my very own personal fragrance! It was so much fun and I went home with the most amazing scent. As a gift to my followers, they have offered me a 20% off discount code on anything at their store! The code is jess20 and it is valid online and in-store! They have also made my personal fragrance that I created today available for you all to shop as well. Just click this link! The scent is described as “A Beautiful Jasmin Notes In The Taylor, So We Added Jasmin Petals, Lily Of The Valley And Freesia For A Softer, More Floral Blend.” You can check out my behind the scenes video below to see how the whole process works!

Xoxo-J

All Things Motherhood!

Photography by Shadi Garman

This picture makes me laugh so hard. This is truly an image that encapsulates the experience and whirlwind of being a Mom. You’re so deliriously happy, but also surrounded by toys that you constantly step on, your hair is in a messy bun and hasn’t been washed in too many days, and you’re exhausted. You guys, I LOVE LOVE LOVE being a Mom, but why does no one tell you how crazy hard it is?! Maybe people DID tell me how crazy motherhood is, I just couldn’t begin to comprehend how crazy since I was so used to being only concerned with myself!? Anyways, I wouldn’t change my life with my delicious girl for anything, but I want to be real and share some of my funny Motherhood thoughts and feelings in one place. This will be sort of a mish-mosh of thoughts so bare with me. I hope you all enjoy!

  1. Being a Mom is HARD. Yea, yea…you are all rolling your eyes. I mean, I knew it was going to be hard before I had my daughter, but I had no capacity of understanding JUST how hard. Being a Mom is hard physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Becoming a parent rocks you to your core. All of a sudden, after carrying this little baby you can only sort of imagine, it arrives and you are OBSESSED with them. I remember when Charlee was born, the need to care for her was immediate. I felt this overwhelming need to make sure she was OK. I checked to see if she was breathing every other minute, over-changed her diaper because I was scared about diaper rash, and basically decided in one millisecond that everything I did would now revolve around my child. Obviously, the scary terrifying experience of being a new parent has since worn off. It sometimes creeps up but I have done work in therapy to control it. (You can read more about that here) That said, no matter what, the need to care for Charlee and ensure what we do is what’s best for her will last forever!
  2. Balancing it all is impossible. I think the most common conversation I share with my Mom friends is about how to balance it all. What I have found to be the most comforting is when I am able to connect with a Mom who agrees that it’s OK to not have it all together. I feel like I am constantly behind on something. If the laundry is done, the dishes aren’t clean, etc. etc. Something is always sort of falling through the cracks. I have since learned to truly embrace the chaos and it helps! I try to not be so hard on myself.
  3. To work or not to work? Oh man, I struggled with this. I thought for sure I wanted to go back to work full time after having my daughter. Well guess what, I did…and it was SO HARD. I constantly felt like I was falling short in the work department and in the Mom department, and I was just stretched too thin. I now work part-time and I feel like it’s the best situation for me and the family. I think no matter what you have to give up something as a parent. Whether you work full time or not! It’s so hard to make these choices but no matter what choice you make, as long as it is right for your family, it’s the right choice.
  4. Nothing stays nice for very long. That sweater I bought yesterday…it already has an avocado smear stain on the sleeve from Charlee grabbing me. As much as I have had to embrace the chaos, I have also had to embrace the mess! We don’t buy expensive furniture or fancy things that we don’t want anyone touching because guess what, CHARLEE TOUCHES EVERYTHING! I found her dipping her bear in the toilet yesterday when I turned my back for one second. It’s crazy guys!
  5. I will never have enough space. For. everything. This may be a New Yorker thing, but I am always running out of room to house things. I am also the kind of person that needs every thing to have a home or else it doesn’t get put away. I have systems set in place for myself because I am naturally not a neat person. It takes a lot of effort on my part. My home is neat, but it ain’t easy!! Having a child you accumulate so many things. I am also super sentimental and find myself wanting to keep little outfits, shoes, art projects etc. and sadly there just isn’t enough room for it all.
  6. Mom friends are my heroes. Since college, I have had a super tight knit group of girlfriends. They are amazing and supportive and wonderful. Some are from college and some are from my time in NY but they are all amazing. The only thing is that a lot of my close girlfriends aren’t mothers yet. In order to not overwhelm them with baby stuff that they simply don’t understand and probably don’t care to hear about, I developed a separate group of Mom friends. These women and I may or may not have been friends if we had met without the connection of having a child, and some have been friends and found an even closer bond because of motherhood! All of that said, my Mom friends have become my lifeline! Mom friends are there 100% and understand what the crazy looks like because they are living it too. I can go to my Mom friends for advice on what car seat to buy or to just vent about how I smeared poop on my forehead and didn’t realize until 30 minutes later after trying to find where the smell was coming from…not that that happened or anything lol!
  7. I miss my spouse. Don’t get me wrong, I see my husband every day after work and we have date night every weekend. That said, there are moments I really miss him even when we are together! Things naturally become centered around your child and it’s important to take time for each other and be present together.  There are moments I look fondly back on the time when it was just the two of us if I am being perfectly honest. Not that I would change our life for the world! It’s just that the dynamic changed, and it is much more of an effort to be present with only each other. That’s why we try and plan at least a date night a week and a weekend away just us every 6 months. It really helps!
  8. I never knew a love like this-You guys…I love my Charlee so much. It’s honestly impossible to put into words. She is the best part of my every day and the love I feel for her transcends to the stars. I didn’t know just how much I couldn’t live my life without her! How did we not know what we were missing before she came into our family? Becoming parents is amazing and the love you have for these kiddos makes all the insanity worth it. I also love being a family of three. There is nothing more incredible than spending time together.

I hope you guys enjoyed my random thoughts today! I would love to hear some of your thoughts on Motherhood in the comments!

xoxo-J

 

Neutrogena Hydro Boost

Photography by Shadi Garman

*Sponsored by Neutrogena*

Shop the post: Body Balm | Gel Cream | Hand Gel Cream | Robe


Hi Guys! It’s been a while. Thanks for bearing with me on the lack of posts. Matt and I moved into a new apartment the week before Thanksgiving, which in retrospect was an insane idea but now that the move is over and we are settled, I am thrilled!

Being that it is officially winter season, my dreaded dry skin is back. I have very dry skin and I find that when the weather changes and the heaters go on, my skin really suffers. I have tried everything to help combat dry skin during the winter months, and have succumbed to rubbing Aquaphor all over myself when it gets really bad! Ha! That said, I was intrigued when Neutrogena asked me to try out their new Hydro Boost products. I have been using them for about a month now and I love this line! The body whip is especially effective for me and I use it all over my body after every shower. You should be able to purchase their new line of Hydro Boost products at your local pharmacy! Or, be sure to head to Neutrogena.com for more info!

I hope you all have a wonderful week! Make sure to take advantage of those crazy cyber Monday deals!!

xoxo-J

 

Toddler Essentials 12-15 Months

 

Hi Everyone! Charlee turns 15 months old today! I thought I’d ring in the day with a recap of my must-have items from the last 3 months of her life. First, let me start off by saying the last three months have been some of the most fun but also the hardest days of Charlee’s life so far. This age is TOUGH. During this time, Charlee got her first 4 teeth, found her voice and decided she was going to let us know when she didn’t like something. With these cognitive behavior changes came a lot of adorable things, like new words and gestures and understanding. It also brought on the need for way more patience and coffee from her parents! These items are must-haves for me because they help in wrangling little wiggle worm toddlers through distraction and convenience!

Stroller Snack Tray: I got this last month and it has become a game-changer. Charlee can get a little fussy when she has been in the stroller longer than she wants to be.  Snacks are always a great distraction and I of course always pack snacks when we are on the go, but it is a bit annoying to have to stop and hand her a snack every 5 seconds to distract her. Queue, the stroller snack tray! I can pop a bunch of crackers and snacks in the tray and also place her sippy cup with water or milk there too. She also enjoys putting her sippy cup back into the holder over and over again. I linked the tray for bugaboo strollers, but every stroller company has one made specifically for them.

Nuk Sippy Cups: Speaking of sippy cups, these Nuk sippy cups worked amazingly well for Charlee. Charlee had to transition into the 12-18 month classroom at 12 months but before she could go she had to learn to drink milk from a sippy cup. These Nuk sippy cups made this transition easy. I also love these sippy cups because they DO NOT LEAK. We tried a bunch of brands and this was the only one that didn’t leak milk everywhere.

Halo sleep sack: My sleep sacks from halo brand have been a part of almost each must-have post I have done. They are just a great sleep sack and Charlee loves them. Charlee is currently sleeping in the size large sack. I read that babies can be put down without a sleep sack, but I just feel weird putting Charlee to bed without covers. Who wants to sleep without covers?! I don’t. These sleep sacks are super cozy and keep her comfy and sleeping soundly.

Ipad stand and case: We allow screen time for Charlee. I know a lot of parents try to limit screen time until the age of 2, but that is not what we have done and this works for us. I slowly started introducing Charlee to the show Little Baby Bum on Netflix around 11 or 12 months. It’s a great show that has a medley of nursery rhymes. It’s educational and cute and HAUNTS MY DREAMS haha! I sometimes can’t get the songs out of my head but that is neither here nor there!! At first she wasn’t really into it, but after a while she started to learn all the songs and now loves to watch her show. I let her watch her show in the morning if I need a shower before work (sometimes I shower at night), and then when we are traveling on a plane or in the car, OR if she starts to get antsy when we are out to dinner. It makes for a much more enjoyable experience for both Charlee and her parents! This Ipad stand and case is awesome because it’s made of a foam material. Charlee tends to drop the ipad a lot and this bounces and keeps the ipad from breaking. It can also stand up by itself which is great for when we are at a restaurant and I need to prop it up for her to watch.

Munchkin snack catcher:  These are awesome for toddlers. I bring one or two of these with me every time we leave the house. Charlee enjoys holding on to the handles and the snacks don’t fall out because of the brilliant design! These are also dishwasher safe making them easy to clean!

Skip Hop Baby Plates Set: I bought this set around 12 months when Charlee was officially eating more solids than purees. She loves these plates and actually learned to go “ooh ooh, ah ah” every time she sees the monkey plate coming out of the cupboard :). They are durable and dishwasher safe and work really well for toddler meals.

Skip Hop Toddler Utensils: I really like these utensils for toddlers. Charlee is still working on mastering the art of using her fork and spoon, but I always give her a utensil at every meal even if she just holds it. These are wide enough for her to hold comfortably and I like that they are made of stainless steel like a real fork. Makes it easier for her to get the food on the fork when she does attempt to do so!

Stride Right Shoes: Charlee started walking around 12-13 months. My Mom told me it was important to get Charlee supportive shoes since she was new to walking and needed assistance staying stabilized. I purchased these Stride Right Shoes and they were amazing. They helped Charlee keep her balance and the base of the shoe is wide to assist in her walking as well. I was a little worried about buying a white shoe because I thought it might get dirty. These were great though because the leather was treated so I could just wipe them down with water and a white eraser.

Toy baby Stroller: Charlee is absolitely OBSESSED with this toy baby stroller. I take her to the playground and park almost every day and she will push this thing around for hours if I let her! It is a great distraction and the best part is that it breaks down so you can throw it in your stroller storage bin on your way to the park. For those of you with cars this doesn’t really matter, but for us New Yorkers this is a plus!

Boogie Wipes: these wipes have been another must-have for me as a Mom since Charlee was born. They are so mild on baby’s skin and smell amazing. I buy them in bulk off of Amazon and don’t leave the house without them.

Baby Hair Gel: Matt found this hair gel on Amazon and I was so skeptical. Now I can’t do Charlee’s hair without it. This all-natural hair gel doesn’t get too crusty and it helps with fly aways and to tame Charlee’s adorable curls :)!

Let me know if you guys have any items that were not on my list that I need to know about! I love hearing from other Moms about what works for them! Also, if you want to check out my other must- have posts you can click the links below:

Newborn Essentials

3-6 Month Essentials

9-12 Month Essentials

xoxo-J

 

 

A Statement Coat!

Coat: Avec Le Filles Jeans: A.G. Sweater: Rebecca Minkoff Shoes: Dr. Scholls  Glasses: Kate Spade

This season is all about the statement coat! From teddy coats to bright colored toppers,  coats and jackets with a personality are huge this season. I knew I needed to get on board and when I saw this fabulous faux fur coat, I scooped it up immediately. I felt like I needed to go a little “extra” with this look if you will so I didn’t stop with just the coat. I added a fun and colorful sweater by Rebecca Minkoff sweater underneath. The final touch was these extremely comfortable Dr. Scholl’s flats. I paired them with socks for a fun twist :). You can shop my other fave coats from this season below:

What is everyone up to this weekend?! Matt and I have a date night planned Saturday and then one of our best friends is running the NYC Marathon on Sunday. I can’t wait to see her kill it and cross that finish line!

I hope you all have a great weekend!

xoxo-J

 

A Fall Look & 10 random thoughts

Hat: Nine West Sweater: Intermix Coat: Blank NYC Jeans: DL1961  Boots: Marc Fisher Bag: Celine Dion

Hi Guys! Thanks for stopping by. I wore this casual and cozy look on Monday afternoon when it all of a sudden decided to become WINTER overnight! I was kind of annoyed, but made happier when I had the chance to don this  gorgeous cashmere sweater! It comes with extra long sleeves with thumb holes which weirdly makes me very happy haha!

This week has been a busy one already and I have some random things on my mind I thought I’d share with you guys!

  1. Have you guys tried these Raw Rev bars? I eat one almost every morning during the week for breakfast. They keep me satisfied and full before lunch and have only 3-4 grams of net carbs depending on the flavor.
  2. Last month’s book club book was called What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. I thought I’d share if any of you are looking for a new book to read. I really enjoyed this book and think it may be one of my favorite books we have read as a book club! We are reading The Hate You Give this month and it’s good so far, but tough to stomach at times.
  3. I just discovered these little cookies for babies and Charlee can’t get enough.
  4. I would like to just offer a major shout out to the creators of Little Baby Bum on Netflix. I would never have a moment to do the dishes, let alone go to the bathroom without this show. Charlee is obsessed!
  5. I can’t wait to see the new movie A Star is Born! Matt and I always joke that we are so excited to see a new movie….as soon as it comes out on VIDEO! ;)! We love the movies but the idea of hiring a sitter to go sit in a room to watch a new movie we could watch at home for half the price in a few months, just doesn’t make sense to us. Anyone else feel that way?!
  6. One of my favorite bloggers I really enjoy following is Brooklyn Blonde. I discovered her a few months ago and I love her content. Her little boy is also super adorable!
  7. One of my biggest pet peeves is unloading the dishwasher. I seriously hate it so much haha. I don’t know why but it’s my least favorite thing to do chores-wise. Anyone interested in coming over every morning and unloading my dishwasher?!! 😉
  8. This is so random, but I sleep with ear plugs and an eye mask every night because I am such a light sleeper. I actually became an even lighter sleeper since I had Charlee. I can hear her cry out in the night even with the earplugs, don’t worry!
  9. Charlee will be 15 months in early November and I have to say this toddler stage is TOUGH. Charlee has found her voice and makes it very clear when she isn’t a fan of her current situation, if you know what I mean! I’d love to hear any advice about tantrums for babies at this age.
  10. I just discovered the artist Jess Glynne on Spotify and LOVE her music. It’s great for working out or getting me in a good mood 🙂

Ok! I hope you guys enjoyed the round up of random thoughts. Have a great rest of your week everyone!

xoxo,

Jess

Let’s Jess UP and travel to Hudson, NY!

Hi Friends! I am excited to introduce a new series I am introducing on the blog, called #JessUPandtravel. Matt and I love to travel and a request I get a lot from my followers is to recap our trips with recommendations, so hence the start of this series! I hope you all enjoy!

One of my favorite trips we have taken as a family this year has been our recent trip to Hudson, NY. We had the BEST time and I wanted to share a few tips and info about the area in case any of you are inspired to head that way for a vacation!

Before I get started, have you guys seen the Netflix show “Stay Here”?! Well, a month or so ago Matt and I binge watched the whole first season and fell in love with the carriage house they renovated in Hudson, NY! After a quick google search we found the listing and booked it for this weekend. Let me tell you, this place did not disappoint! It was super spacious, beautifully decorated, and the location was perfect. It sits right in the center of town so we didn’t have to worry about driving anywhere. Here is the listing in case you guys want to book it one day!

Our latest trip to Hudson will be the 3rd time in the past two years that Matt and I have visited. We just love it up there. It’s about a 2.5 hour drive north from Manhattan. Check out some details and travel tips about the area below:

Where to stay?

  • Airb&b has a TON of listings in Hudson and the surrounding areas.
  • Bed and Breakfasts: There are a number of charming small bed and breakfasts in the area. Most of them are close to the center of town! We stayed at the Croff House a few years ago and we absolutely loved it. Cozy rooms and delicious meals served by the owner. highly recommend.
  • The Rivertown Lodge-this boutique hotel is new to the area! We haven’t stayed there, but we went to grab drinks this past weekend with Charlee in their lobby and were blown away. We are going to try and stay at this hotel the next time we head to Hudson.

Where to eat?

  • There are so many awesome restaurants to try! Here are some that we recommend:
  • Grocery Stores
    • Olde Hudson-This grocery store is in the middle of town and has all your basics for a weekend away. They have dairy and produce from local farms. Farm to table at its best.
  • Local Farms
    • We decided to stay in on Saturday night and cook dinner. We went to a few local farms to gather ingredients and one of the places we went was the Hawthorn Valley Farm Store. This is an INCREDIBLE grocery store on the grounds of a farm. We got most of our produce and side dishes for dinner here. We also picked up some yummy homemade baked goods.
    • We also stopped at another local farm called Kinderhook for fresh meat. We picked up steaks for dinner as well as sausage for breakfast on Sunday morning. They also had a ton of chickens on the property which Charlee loved chasing :).

What to do?

  • Apple Orchards- We went to Fix Brother’s Farm and had a wonderful time. The apples were among the most delicious I have ever tasted and it was only .15 cents an apple to pick. Charlee actually learned to say “Apple” at the orchard!
  • Wine Tasting: We had no idea how amazing the wine valley was up in Hudson. We went to Hudson-Chatham Winery and we were truly blown away by not only the service but the quality of the wines. Here is a full guide to the wineries in the area.
  • Antique shopping! Hudson has about a million incredible antique shops in the area. There’s at least one on each block!

I hope you all enjoyed this travel guide! Let me know if you make it out to Hudson!

Happy Fall Y’all!!!