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.
What I liked about the restaurant was that it featured my go-tos like oysters and calamari to start and a beef fillet for an entree, but each had an interesting twist. The beef filet for instance was topped with shallot jam, which was amazing and the potato puree was mixed with pesto. The menu also featured an organic chicken and wheat pasta for the more health conscious. Another interesting item on the menu were the two ounce wine tastes, which are nice if you just want to try something new without committing to a full glass.
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.)