Helsinki Hudson is one of the greatest attractions in Hudson, New York. It houses two performance spaces, a gallery space, outdoor dining, a full-service restaurant, artist green rooms with showers and lounge space, recording facilities, offices and more. We highly recommend a visit to Helsinki Hudson during your stay at Mount Merino Manor. Read on to find out why…
It all started back in 1995, when Helsinki Tea Company and Club Helsinki were founded. Deborah McDowell was looking to share her love of tea, community, good food and music with the Berkshires. She had a family of artists, and her grandfather spent many years operating the Hotel Helsinki in Finland.
McDowell was joined by Marc Schafler in 1997. His family owned Camp Natchez. This is when Club Helsinki was born!
The finest musicians, activists, poets and lecturers from around the world soon began flocking to Hudson. Over the years, Helsinki Hudson has played host to Guy Clark, Shawn Colvin, Patty Griffin, Ralph Stanley, Pete Seeger, Leo Kottke, Norah Jones, Levon Helm, Mike Gordon of Phish, The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Tom Tom Club, Odetta, Steve Earle, Butch Hancock, Burning Spear, Michael Wex, and many more.
California producer and visionary Cameron Melville joined the collaboration after they moved to a more permanent home. Helsinki Hudson now sits in a restored 1800s industrial building complex. It’s just 45 minutes from the former club and two hours from New York City, straight up the Hudson River. The team at Helsinki believed that the historic nature of the riverside town deserved some renewal. That’s why the building was reworked using green architectural techniques and creative reuse.
Now right at home in Hudson, the same spirt and vision that had a profound impact on the Berkshires in amplified through the community of artists, poets, activists and music lovers. The venue stays committed to contributing to the quality of the Hudson community. It does so by cultivating connections between all ages and ethnicities, striving to reflect the culture and human spirit through innovative programming.
In addition to the performance spaces, Helsinki Hudson is home to a great restaurant. Carrying on a 15-year tradition that started in Massachusetts, The Restaurant boasts a menu of creative homespun seasonally-select food in a welcoming atmosphere. Executive Chef Hugh Horner offers affordable comfort food like you won’t find anywhere near. The Restaurant is open seven days a week for dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Walk-ins are encouraged, but they also take reservations. Call (518) 828-4800 to secure your table!
There are so many events taking place at Helsinki. It’s the right fit for any occasion. Click here for a full list of events or to browse the historic walls of Helsinki Hudson.
We at Mount Merino Manor are dedicated to ensuring you have a memorable getaway in Hudson. Innkeepers Rita and Patrick Birmingham invite you to share in our tranquil surroundings and enjoy the Hudson Valley that is so rich in history, culture and natural beauty.
Mount Merino Manor is located in a private, country setting, just minutes from Hudson, New York. Our luxury bed and breakfast sits on a lush hilltop, with magnificent views of the Catskill Mountains and Hudson River. The Inn is home to seven spacious guest rooms and suites. Find your perfect room here!
Photo courtesy of: Helsinki Hudson