In times like these, particularly after the frozen standstill of the polar vortex we’re just defrosting from, sometimes I think that everyone in Hudson should turn their homes into B&B’s and move into FEMA trailers –placed perhaps around the parking lot of Lowe’s. Whatever the weather, plenty of people still love coming to Hudson, and even with the addition of the Barlow Hotel and the numerous lovely B&B’s already out there (see our business section for a complete list), there’s still a dearth of pleasant accommodations for them.
Kim and Jennifer Arenskjold, the dynamic duo of Arenskjold Antiques, didn’t have to move out of their own home and into a trailer, but they’ve joined the tourist fray by buying a 1950’s cottage at 827 Union Street and turning it into a B&B of their own, calling it the Upper Union Street Guest House. (This is an area of town not known for its historic attractions, so its gussying up a bit is a welcome civic improvement.) Formerly a two-family home with a one bedroom apartment upstairs and a larger downstairs apartment with two bedrooms and a study, it’s gorgeously decorated with the handsome, mostly 19th and 20th century Danish furniture, art, and accessories that their store is filled to the brim with (the sofa set pictured above is actually by De Sede, a Swiss firm—but who’s counting?) An oversized early 19th century Danish pine secretary, pottery by Kahler, paintings by local artist David Paulson and 19th century Danish artists, a Danish walnut coffee table, Turkish kilim rugs, and lush dining room with a Swedish farm table, six grand Edwardian leather chairs, and an alabaster chandelier from the early 20th century also grace the rooms. Jennifer says that the whole enterprise began because Kim is “looking ahead to the future. He’s a creative genius and likes to have a project to work on.”
Quickly agreeing with Jennifer’s assessment, Kim adds that “ I liked the property because it has a 2,500 square foot garage in the back that has a lot of possibilities.” The couple were so proud of their efforts that they produced a Rizzoli-quality hardcover coffee table book with images of the rooms, not available at your local bookstore. (Go into the store and ask to look at a copy.) For per night or temporary rentals, contact Kim or Jennifer at 518-821-9840 or 518-828-2800 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Prices are (for now) as follows: $175 per night (two night minimum); $900 weekly; $2,900 per month. As for the breakfast part: there’s no Danish but complimentary coffee, tea, and croissants from among Hudson’s best, Bonfiglio & Bread Café Bakery . – Scott Baldinger