The small, riverfront city of Hudson (population 7,500) has become one of the most popular locales in New York's Hudson River Valley among gays and lesbians—both weekenders and full-time residents. A workaday city that experienced a sharp decline in the '60s and '70s, Hudson has experienced a renaissance in the past 15 years and is now home to a number of hip eateries, lively bars, noteworthy coffeehouses, and funky shops.
Each June, the city hosts a Hudson Gay Pride celebration.
Hudson Pride Events
Events that make up Hudson, New York Gay Pride included Sunset and Moonlight Boat Cruises in the evening; a Hudson Gay Pride Parade along Warren Street on a Saturday afternoon, a Pride Festival that same afternoon at Waterfront Park (Broad and Ferry Sts.), followed by a Cabaret and Dance Party; and the Hudson Pride Tea Dance the next day.
Hudson Gay Resources
Additionally, local gay bars, as well as gay-friendly restaurants, hotels, and shops, will attract plenty of LGBT folks throughout Pride weekend. A helpful resource for learning more about the gay scene (as well as gay-friendly businesses) in the region is BigGayHudsonValley.com. Also, take a look at the visitor site produced by the region's Columbia Country Tourism office for general travel advice.