This Gorgeous Hudson Valley Hotel Makes for the Ideal Fall Escape

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Set two hours from New York City, in the classic upstate town of Hudson, the Rivertown Lodge is a bit of an anomaly: It takes the Americana traditions of its picturesque surroundings and makes them fit for today's effortlessly modern tastes.

The 27-room hotel, which is based in a building that was once a movie theater, was renovated as a collaboration between its owners and Brooklyn-based studio Workstead to reflect the creativity and beauty of its community. The goal, the team said, was to create a "timeless, iconic hotel that embodies the aesthetic culture of the Hudson Valley" by working with locals who understand the feel of this storied location.

The lobby, tavern, and guest rooms were outfitted with designs by local artisans — and the creations of Workstead's contacts out of the borough — for results that relish in simple, comforting aesthetics. A cozy sitting area detailed with firewood is illuminated by natural light, private areas feature updated twists on traditional necessities, and communal eating spaces are filled with natural details. It's exactly the type of place you'd want to escape to for the weekend.

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Lobby

The cherry wood front desk, which was built by Markus Bartenschlager, brings some of the beautiful scenery indoors while still maintaining a clean, timeless feel.

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Guest Room

Brooklyn-based fiber artist Hiroko Takeda's tapestry hangs above the bed as an unconventional, but trendy, artwork. All guest beds were custom-made by Workstead.

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Guest Room

The designers' use of "Early American Modern" elements in the guest rooms provide updated twists on classic pieces. The wall sconces, for instance, are meant to resemble traditional candles, and have reflectors that diffuse light.

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Bathroom

In the bathroom, green tiles by Nemo complement the simple brass fixtures.