10 reasons to love Hudson

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10 reasons to love Hudson

Located on the beautiful St. Croix River and just minutes away from the Twin Cities, Hudson draws in visitors from near and far for its stunning sights, great location, fabulous food and top-notch shops. The Discover Wisconsin crew loves visiting Hudson, and here are the top 10 things we love about it:

1. The St. Croix River

This gorgeous river is what separates this part of Wisconsin from Minnesota, and it can be enjoyed in so many ways. Climb aboard a sail boat, lay out on the beach, or enjoy a delicious meal or fun cocktail while taking in the gorgeous St. Croix River on an Afton*Hudson River Cruise.

2. The Scenery

From rolling hills and beautiful countryside, to river views and city streets, the Hudson area is stunning in every direction. Explore the area’s beautiful scenery and rustic roads on two wheels – Hudson is great for both biking and motorcycling!

3. Willow River State Park

This breathtaking site brings in locals and world travelers alike. Hike one of Willow River State Park’s numerous trails or enjoy beautiful Willow Falls.

4. The Art Scene

While Hudson’s downtown shops offer plenty of events and opportunities to take in local art, guests are able to see dozens of artists in action during Hudson’s annual Plein Air event. “Plein Air” refers to a 19th-century style of painting outdoors.

5. The Shops

Spend a day browsing through Second Street’s many shops, including Grand Fete, a kitchen store that offers cooking demonstrations, plus dozens of clothing and shoe stores, art galleries, and so much more.

6. The Holidays

With wreaths and twinkle lights adorning drees and light posts throughout downtown Hudson, the city offers one of the most dazzling holiday displays in the state. Take in the holiday spirit and gorgeous, historical homes on Hudson’s Christmas Tour of Homes!

7. Hot Air Affair

You’ve never seen anything like this. Brave winter’s chill and watch hot air balloons take flight and light up the night at the Hot Air Affair, and enjoy the evening Torchlight Parade, plus a pancake breakfast, craft fair, ice carving, and so much more.

8. The Food Scene

Experience one of Wisconsin’s most impressive food scenes at one of Hudson’s spectacular restaurants, including Winzer Stube, Barker’s, Pier 500, San Pedro Café, and Agave Kitchen. Or, try a little bit of everything on the Hudson Food Walk!

9. The Wineries

Sip and sample your way through the Hudson area’s many wineries, including 65 Vines, Cracked Barrel Winery, Madison Avenue Wine & Spirits and Belle Vinez.

10. Historic Casanova Liquor

Whether you’re a wine person or you like to branch out a bit more, discover an entirely new way to enjoy your favorite beverage at one of Historic Casanova Liquor’s cave events, including Wine Cave Fest, Beer Cave Fest, or Bourbon Fest.

There you have it: Hudson has something to offer everyone, from winter festivals to stunning scenery. Do you have something to add to this list? Share with us on social media using #DiscoverWisconsin!

Kristen Finstad is a member of the Discover Wisconsin crew. Having grown up in River Falls, attending UW-Stevens Point and now living in Madison, she’s a Wisconsin girl through and through. Watch Discover Wisconsin TV Saturday mornings at 10 on Fox Sports Wisconsin. (Twitter: @DiscoverWI)