The City of Hudson Common Council Tourism Committee has awarded Hudson Business Coalition [HBCi] a $2,500 grant to launch a new event series that the HBCi ‘Community & Events Committee’ is developing, to be held initially beginning in July.
Our new event series will offer shuttled, themed tours beginning and ending in Hudson, and stopping at several noteworthy, unique, and beloved destinations within Columbia County. These destinations will offer participants the opportunity to enjoy our region’s unique agricultural, culinary, and artistic and cultural businesses and locations.
The series will launch with a distillery tour, giving participants the opportunity to sample spirits from four or five different producers all roughly within 30 minutes of Hudson.
Tour event participants will register in advance via the VisitHudsonNY.com website. On the day of the tours, participants will be picked up from one of several predetermined lodging providers and other meeting points within Hudson, and be shuttled between the four and five destinations throughout Columbia County. At the conclusion of the tour, participants will be returned to their starting locations in Hudson.
“I’m pleased the Council recognized the opportunity that HBCi brought us to try new, creative ways to connect tourism from around our amazing County,” said Ryan M. Wallace, City of Hudson Common Council Minority Leader & 3rd Ward Councilmember, and Chair of the Council Tourism Committee. “We’re a stronger community when we can work with our neighbors and partners to package all of the amazing things in and around Hudson for people near and far to enjoy.”
“These new tours we’re producing will mark the third event series Hudson Business Coalition has successfully launched— the other two being Design Hudson and our beloved Hudson for the Holidays Home Tours,” continued Alexandre J. Petraglia, Hudson Business Coalition Board President. “The grant from the Common Council’s Tourism Committee will help us to successfully incubate a new program that will not only attract overnight visitors to Hudson, but will help to showcase the incredible destinations around Columbia County where visitors can enjoy one-of-a-kind experiences. In this way, we start to position Hudson not just as the destination, but instead, as the locus of the surrounding communities and environments within our region.”
In addition to the $2,500 awarded to Hudson Business Coalition, the following organizations received grants from the Tourism Committee for their own events and initiatives:
- Hudson Flag Day: $5,000
- Juneteenth: $8,300
- OUT Hudson Pride: $5,000
- Waterfront Wednesdays: $10,550
- Hudson Hall’s Winter Walk: $5,000
Congrats to all our fellow grant recipients on their awards.
Stay tuned for more details on our tour series!
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Photo credit: Cooper’s Daughter Spirits at Olde York Farm in Claverack, NY