About Us

Ray and Vanessa
Ray and Vanessa

Our goal is to partner with homeowners to generate passive income.

We are also passionate about creating local jobs and driving visitors to small businesses, makers and farms.

Four years ago, we took a leap. Going from a cramped apartment on Smith Street in Brooklyn to a 2,400 square foot home in the Hudson Valley was exciting! Finally having the rooms we dreamed to decorate, countertops to cook on and living space to host our friends and family was fantastic. But, it was also overwhelming. All of that space was WAY more than we needed.

For years we travelled using Airbnb’s for work and pleasure. And then we thought… could we do that? Short-term renting–whether on Airbnb, VRBO or a slew of other sites–made perfect sense for us.

We took a small apartment connected to our home and renovated it. We invested in high-end finishes that made the small space still feel luxurious. Yes, we were nervous at first. Would anyone book? Would guests like the space? And more importantly, do people really want to stay in our one stop light, hippy town of Rosendale?

We quickly learned the answers to these questions. Yes, they would. Yes, they did. And, YES, they love Rosendale!

We received our first booking within 45 minutes and lots of bookings soon after. Then, we had some more questions. Who was going to clean the space between reservations while we were busy traveling for our real jobs? Were we pricing it correctly? And, is there an app we can just download to answer guest messages about how to start a fire at 1am while we’re traveling around Italian wine country?!

Fast forward to 2018 and we took another leap. We founded Home Sweet Hudson with the goal of helping other homeowners to manage their homes as short term rental properties. We strive to generate income for folks just like us–freeing them of the time and energy it takes to make it all happen. From housekeeping to pricing strategies and 24/7 guest support–we’re your on-the-ground, local team of hospitality experts and we look forward to hearing from you.

Since then, we’ve curated a portfolio of luxury properties that meet the wants and needs of a very specific target consumer. We specialize in homes with a story and properties that offer unique ways for guests to experience the best of the Hudson Valley.


Who Are We?

Ray is a New Paltz native with a background in new business development and digital advertising. He has worked with various media companies in Miami and NYC for more than ten years. In his free time, Ray trains Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and teaches beginner classes at Fighting Spirit Karate in Gardiner, NY.

@reinaldorvargas
Vanessa is a Brooklyn-born, Hudson Valley transplant. She spent ten years working in communications and marketing for international wine importers and wine and spirit brands. Vanessa spends her free time in the kitchen trying new recipes and exploring new restaurants across the Hudson Valley.

@girlplusglass

We'd love to connect with you.

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See What Our Guests Are Saying!

Jo’s place is really clean

Ivan Richmond
5star rating
January 10, 2022
Jo’s place is really clean. It is more than what we expected. Everything that we need is in the house. Jo was also very responsive and always check if we need something. We will definitely book this place again.

Great spot!

Ashley
4star rating
October 4, 2021
Great spot! Close to Woodstock and Saugerties. Very private from the main road, filled with natural light and every thing you need for a stay. Beds were comfortable and place was clean. Jo and her team were incredibly helpful and communicative thr...

Always a great stay!

Ying Yu Tousignant
5star rating
December 9, 2020
I’ve stayed at this lovely house many times and there’s always a reason for coming back. I love the town, the restaurants nearby but most of all we love this house. Since my last stay there have been a few upgrades and some nice touches with decor...

We had a wonderful stay in this beautiful, secluded, sp

Emily
5star rating
September 30, 2021
We had a wonderful stay in this beautiful, secluded, spacious house. The kitchen was incredible and perfect for cooking and hosting large family meals. The swimming hole and woods out back were offered great outdoor activities. I'd definitely come...

Amazing home and location

Danie
5star rating
September 20, 2021
Amazing home and location. Very responsive and kind hosts, too. This place made for a truly amazing weekend that was above and beyond my expectations. Thanks!

Lovely stay at Kathleen’s house. We’ll definitely be ba

Harrison
5star rating
April 4, 2022
Lovely stay at Kathleen’s house. We’ll definitely be back!

Beautiful house!

Lindsey
5star rating
October 13, 2021
Beautiful house! The host was very quick to respond and very helpful! Definitely will stay again!

White Tail Farmhouse

Maria Schwab
5star rating
January 3, 2021
I hate to leave this review because I would love to keep this house all to myself. Our stay was just perfect. Family of 5 adults, being able to be together and enjoy each other in this beautiful home was just what we were all looking for. Home Swe...

Perfect place for summer family fun

Trish Craine
5star rating
August 27, 2020
My family and I had an incredible stay at the Hillside Escape for a week this August. There was plenty of room for me, my husband, and our 4- and 6-year olds. We enjoyed all of the amenities: pool, hot tub, cabana with fire pit, jacuzzi, grill and...

The house is extremely private and is just like the pic

Pedro
5star rating
March 14, 2022
The house is extremely private and is just like the pictures. It is the perfect place for a getaway from city life. Very quiet and no light pollution. The kitchen is well equipped and has everything you may need for cooking.

What a wonderful home base for our family weekend!!

Maura
5star rating
March 21, 2022
What a wonderful home base for our family weekend!! The house is so beautiful, stylish and comfortable. It was spotlessly clean and provided everything we could have needed. And the grounds are gorgeous. We couldn’t have asked for a better spot.

This is a great house.

Edward
5star rating
February 21, 2022
It has a lot of character and tons of space, plus the property it's on is beautiful. I was only there for two nights with my group but we all loved it. I'd love to come back in the summer when I can use the pond!

See What Our Guests Are Saying!

This is one of the best airbnbs we have ever been to.

Joan & Fanglu
5star rating
October 9, 2021
This is one of the best airbnbs we have ever been to. The house is a really good size that can fit up to 6 people comfortably. Large bedrooms with very comfortable beds (sometimes hard to find in airbnb) including a crib and highchair!; the kitche...

Home Sweet Hudson was clean, spacious, and adorable

Keanna
5star rating
August 30, 2021
Catherine’s home hosted by Home Sweet Hudson was clean, spacious, and adorable. Located north of Minnewaska State Preserve, it was a solid place for traveling around to the trails. It’s quiet during the night- but the backyard has lights and a hot...

Hudson Woods

Michael McGinn
5star rating
September 12, 2022
A terrific home and property to get away from it all.

We stayed at the cabin for the second time

Emi
5star rating
November 2, 2021
We loved sitting by the fire pit and, and when it was raining, tried catching up with our Netflix shows inside. We also used the wood stove without any problem. The kitchen is fully functioning and easy to use. They provide salt, pepper, olive oil...

We had a fantastic girls weekend away in the woods.

Lauren
5star rating
January 31, 2022
We had a fantastic girls weekend away in the woods. The house was full of supplies to cook and relax and the hot tub was amazing! The house is spacious and beds were very comfortable. We would definitely stay here again!

Terrific House

Ally Goltz
5star rating
January 17, 2023
We really enjoyed our stay at La Casita. It was three couples & a pup and we had a terrific time! The house was clean and beautifully decorated. We especially loved the wood burning fire place :)

We had a great stay at Jo’s house which is conveniently

Samantha
5star rating
February 22, 2022
We had a great stay at Jo’s house which is conveniently located between Windham and Hunter ski mountains! Jo was responsive throughout the weekend and super helpful! We will definitely be back!

Just beautiful. Better than the pictures convey. Clean,

Sarah
5star rating
February 27, 2022
Just beautiful. Better than the pictures convey. Clean, comfortable, and had everything we needed. We didn’t want to leave!

Nice Private Retreat

Jay Singh
4star rating
September 27, 2022
Place is very spacious. The hosts were very accommodating. My only issue with the place was that a few of us got wood splinters. The wood floor in the main bedroom is not smooth. However, besides that, the hosts provide almost everything that’s ne...

Nice home-clean, comfortable,and smartly renovated.

Jonathan
5star rating
September 5, 2021
Nice home-clean, comfortable,and smartly renovated. Host was timely responsive as well

late summer vacation

Kristoffer Diaz
5star rating
September 9, 2022
We had a great time on the property. There were a few minor issues (some power problems in the bathrooms, a non-functioning Jacuzzi), but the overall feel and design of the home was exactly what we needed. We'd be likely to visit again.

amazing place to stay!

Danielle
5star rating
October 25, 2021
amazing place to stay!

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