A variety of restaurants, downtown shops and the St. Croix River are some of the things that make Hudson great-and a new business is working to feature all of them.
Hudson Food Walk provides guided tours through downtown Hudson, stopping at five restaurants, passing by shops and ending the day with chocolate at Knoke's Chocolates and Nuts.
Katie and Brian Elwood started the business in June. Katie said they were inspired after going on a similar tour in North Minneapolis.
"It was a fun way to try some new things and spend our afternoon together," Katie said. "So that's kind of where the seed was planted."
The Elwoods have lived in Hudson for over 15 years, and raised their children here, so Katie said they wanted to show off what a gem Hudson is.
"It's a nice way to share Hudson with other people," Katie said.
On the tour, guests sample dishes at Winzer Stube, Barker's Bar and Grill, Pier 500, San Pedro's and Pedro's Del Este.
"We wanted to have kind of a diverse mix of food," Katie said.
All the restaurants and Knoke's saw the value in the effort.
"They all said yes immediately," Katie said.
The tours are lead by guides, all Hudsonsites, who know the area well.
Since it opened, Katie said the walk has seen a mix of both Hudson and out-of-town guests. For those outside of Hudson, it's a great way to experience all Hudson has to offer. For those who call Hudson home, it's a fun way to spend an afternoon in their town. Katie said the walk is also great for new residents in the area, and some real estate agents have given gift certificates in welcome packets.
"The support has been great," she said. "It's been encouraging."
The walk also hopes to expose other points of interest in Hudson.
"There's so much to do and cover that we can't do it all," Katie said. "It encourages them to come back."
In addition to showing off the Hudson community, Hudson Food Walk and the Elwoods want to support it as well. A portion of each tour ticket cost goes to the United Way John Coughlin Food and Resource Center.
'It's always good as a business to be able to give back to the community that supports you," Katie said.
Currently the season runs from June through September, but Katie said they are looking at expanding.
To make a reservation, visit the Hudson Food Walk at hudsonfoodwalk.com.