We started our trip to Hudson at Western Reserve Academy, which by the way looks like a college campus. It is gorgeous. A lot of its buildings are historical and it has the second oldest observatory in the United States. Just taking a walk around the campus is an activity.
For dinner, we went to Downtown 140, a nationally recognized restaurant for its food and atmosphere. Initially, you have to walk down a set of stairs as if you are walking into an underground bar or speakeasy. Once you get in, you can tell by the white table cloths that it is much nicer, but it still has a relaxed quality about it with big sofa chairs. The lights are set on dim, and based on the rich colors of mahogany and red, you know this is a date place. We were able to sit at the chef’s table and witness them make a variety of interesting purees and many of the night’s special, the rack of lamb.
Hudson also had some cute shops right around the restaurant, which included some “unique” to the area such as Uniquely Ohio, a boutique of gifts, jewelry, and home decor from Ohio artists. For more mainstream shoppers there is a Gap, Coldwater Creek, and Ann Taylor Loft.
Hudson is close to Cleveland, approximately 40 mins. drive time, and is perfect for a day trip or a night stay.
(Photos courtesy of the Hudson City Web site, Downtown 140, and Western Reserve Academy.)
I have to add something to the book list. As a compulsive shopper with an addiction, I think this book might guide me in the direction to recovery. Its themes include why consumers have to buy the most expensive brands, how this relates to finding a mate or companions, and how we have evolved as consumers. The book, Spent: Sex, Evolution, and Consumer Behavior, is by Geoffrey Miller an evolutionary psychologist and associate professor at the University of New Mexico. Go to Shop My Closet to find the link to the New York Times article.