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The nightlife is pretty quiet in the largely rural Upper Hudson Valley. When you tire from all the antiques shops and galleries in Hudson, pay a visit to the Hudson Opera House, housed in the Old City Hall, 327 Warren St. (tel. 518/822-1438; www.hudsonoperahouse.org). It hosts a variety of events, including concerts, theater productions, workshops, lectures, and poetry readings. Check out theater productions, including children's theater, at Stageworks/Hudson, 41 Cross St., Hudson (tel. 518/822-9667) and Walking the Dog Theater, 110 Front St. (tel. 518/755-1716). Productions have included Tony Kushner's The Illusion. Tickets are $22 to $27 for adults, $20 to $25 for seniors, and $11 to $13 for students. In Tivoli, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, 120 Broadway (tel. 845/757-5106), hosts a wide array of performances and events, from ballet to stage readings.

Hudson is home to the greatest number of cafes and lively bar/restaurants in the area. My longtime favorite bar scene on Warren Street is Red Dot, 321 Warren St. (tel. 518/828-3657; see restaurant review above), although a chic new wine bar, (p.m.), 119 Warren St. (tel. 518/828-2833), which serves tapas and has a well-chosen wine list, is equally cool, and quieter. For a pint of northeastern microbrew and a good read, park yourself at the bar at The Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren St. (tel. 518/671-6006).

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