Across the Border in Hudson, Wisconsin

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There is a little town right outside the Twin Cities in what  my husband (and his friend Keith)  call “The Promise Land.”

They are Wisconsin boys.  We’ll just let them believe that.

I want to take you  into Hudson.  When you cross the St. Croix River and exit onto Carmichael Road off Interstate 94, you are greeted with the  usual highway stops:  McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Menards, a clinic, some gas stations.  But if you take Carmichael Road North of 94, you have the opportunity to make your way  to Main Street Hudson (also known as 2nd Ave).

While you are in downtown, you will encounter a huge park with a walking path along the river.  You will see the river cruise boats and enjoy a beautiful view.

knokesOn 2nd Ave, you will come across more than a handful of fun shops.  From eclectic, artsy boutiques to anitque stores.  From spas and delis, this little town offers you many choices including the Phipps Center for the Arts.   My absolute favorite place to visit was Knoke’s, where we enjoyed yummy frozen treats.

We also looked through a store called Dilly Dally in the Alley.  I wasn’t sure what to think of this store.  At first I thought it was a toy store.  Then, I decided maybe it was a baby store.  Or a bookstore?  I finally came to the conclusion that it is a gift shop.



We enjoyed every minute of the 2 hours we spent together snooping around Hudson.

  • Hudson is adorable.  The roads go up the hillside and wind themselves into a twisted knot, and you end up unwinding yourself back down.  It’s  a pretty view.
  • Hudson is fun for adults, and it’s fun for families, in the summer or winter.  Bustling activity surrounds Hudson  It’s the perfect way to get away from the city life without driving for hours!

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About the author

Gianna Kordatzky

I am married to the craziest, most awesome man I know. We have four kids--Ranging in ages from 5-10. You can learn more about my life as a mother and wife at .

I love to throw parties and be with friends. I love to read my Bible and grow closer to God. I love to eat and exercise. I have learned to love coffee.
And I could really use a nap.

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