About Us

Ray and Vanessa
Ray and Vanessa

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

Three 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

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See What Our Guests Are Saying!

Great place to stay! Would definitely recommend.

Carrie
5star rating
September 6, 2021
Great place to stay! Would definitely recommend.

Place was great and we had a great experience

Eren
5star rating
October 19, 2021
Place was great and we had a great experience

Toymaker Farm

Robert Toscano
5star rating
September 20, 2022
Lovely place, wonderful to bring a pet, hard cement floors for easy clean up. High ceilings. 8 foot windows for a nature view, nearest house farm next to you, 1/2 mile to a mile. No manicured lawn, but the pond is sufficient for skating in the w...

We loved staying in this home!

Valerie
5star rating
October 5, 2021
We loved staying in this home! It is spacious and has so many windows that you feel like you're outside even when you're curled up reading a book on the couch. The hot tub is glorious and the fire pit areas are nice relaxing spots. We loved using ...

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Donna Nevel
5star rating
August 12, 2020
It was absolutely perfect in every way!!!!!!!!!!!

Beautiful secluded cabin in a great area.

Marley
5star rating
September 27, 2021
Beautiful secluded cabin in a great area. The cabin is clean, comfortable and very stylish. We loved Arrowwood farms a close drive away and highly recommend checking out Stony Kill Falls (a 10 minute walk from the house!). We will be back!!

Great location and great communication

Rick
5star rating
October 16, 2021
Great location and great communication. The house is large and comfortable, with everything you need for a long weekend.

Great cozy place

David
5star rating
September 20, 2021
Great cozy place. Perfect for medium group. Has everything you need for get away weekend. Bring bug spray though.

Wonderful house for a weekend getaway

Emily
5star rating
September 27, 2021
Wonderful house for a weekend getaway

Where Time Slows

Brandon Nygård
5star rating
March 20, 2020
When winter has stretched, and you long for a getaway, this upstate home truly delivers. Nestled between nature, historic houses and quaint towns, overlooking a teeming water inlet, this home is full of charm. The biggest standouts for us were the...

A beautiful house, immaculately clean with a remarkably

Patricia
5star rating
January 24, 2022
A beautiful house, immaculately clean with a remarkably well-stocked kitchen!! Beds are extremely comfortable. Heated floors throughout. Hot tub was spectacular in the 10 degree weather outside! My only note to guests: in the winter, be sure to ta...

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...

See What Our Guests Are Saying!

This is a lovely cabin

Tamara
4star rating
November 1, 2021
It is more rustic than it appears in the photos. The primary bedroom is an amazing oasis. We used all four bedrooms for guests and everyone said their sleep was comfortable. The hot tub is actually very nice and we took advantage of the serenity o...

amazing place to stay!

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

Book this property!

Morgan
5star rating
November 22, 2021
Set back on a quiet country road this lovely home awaits a weekend of cozy yet stylish memories. Kitchen was fully stocked with everything you could need to make a dinner in.

Very clean and comfortable.

Shir
5star rating
February 14, 2022
5 Very clean and comfortable. The house is well stocked and and was great for our weekend stay. Would highly recommend for anyone looking to stay in this area!

Great place, very close to downtown Hudson and kitchen

Elisha
5star rating
November 29, 2021
Great place, very close to downtown Hudson and kitchen is fully stocked!

This house was fantastic in every way

Eli
5star rating
November 1, 2021
The hot tub on a cold fall night was SUBLIME! Also, being in walking distance from the Hudson walkway was a real treat. Would definitely come back!

Love the place! Honestly better than expected.

Johnson
5star rating
March 25, 2022
Love the place! Honestly better than expected. Very spacious and hosts were very accommodating. Love how the place was furnished and kitchen had all the things needed to cook.

Gorgeous property, wonderful stay!

Caitlin Fusco
5star rating
February 27, 2021
If you want to stay at a spectacular Hudson Valley property, this is it! The home is nestled in the mountains, with acres of space sprawling on all sides. We love the open and airy downstairs level, with enormous windows of light spilling in. High...

This was a fantastic property with plenty of space for

Tyler
5star rating
September 13, 2021
This was a fantastic property with plenty of space for outdoor activities. It has a very cool aesthetic and I would highly recommend.

Definite in love with this place!

Carrie
5star rating
March 19, 2022
We enjoyed our stay, definite in love with this place! Everything’s perfect!

Plus: The place looks very nice. It’s one of those plac

Darko
4star rating
January 18, 2022
Plus: The place looks very nice. It’s one of those places that actually looks better in reality than on pictures. Very homey, clean, lots of space, very well equipped kitchen. Hot tub is great. Minus: Heating was impossible to control. It’s either...

We had a great weekend in the Catskills

Jody
5star rating
November 16, 2021
Kitchen dishware was well stocked, and the open kitchen layout allowed for a very social experience. Lots of toys and board games there for the kids. Host was super responsive. Location is excellent for all kinds of hiking and exploring. House was...

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