Travel Tour: Hudson Valley and Mountains

Tuesday, September 17 – Friday, September 20, 2019

Pricing details forthcoming. For more information, please feel free to contact Cindy Boyer at cboyer@landmarksociety.org or 585.546.7029 x12.

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In September we will enjoy the “highs” and “lows” in this two-part trip to the southeast part of our state. We’ll journey to the Hudson Valley, staying in the storied village of Tarrytown, visiting some truly spectacular homes. After indulging in architectural grandeur and fine Hudson Valley cuisine, we’ll spend the last part of our trip at Mohonk Mountain Resort.

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En route to the Hudson Valley we’ll visit Olana, a State Historic Site, the home and studio of eminent Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church. It’s a unique mixture of Victorian architectural elements and Middle-Eastern decorative motifs, inspired by the artist’s trips to Europe and the Middle East. You’ll just know it’s a feast for the senses, and truly unlike any other house in New York State – or America, for that matter.

Our home for two nights will be The Tarrytown House Estates. In the heart of “Sleepy Hollow Country,” Tarrytown House Estate has long been a cornerstone of the historic Hudson Valley of New York. First as a country home for affluent families of the tobacco and railroad industries from the mid 1800’s through after the turn of the century, the Estate is where the wealthy hosted countless galas and events. In 1964, founder Bob Schwartz, the New York Bureau Chief with Life Magazine, revolutionized the executive training and meetings industry with the creation of Tarrytown House – the nation’s first commercial conference center, with the addition of guest room wings and meeting spaces. We’ll stay in the comfortable guest wings and dine in the Tarrytown House.

In the Hudson Valley, we explore the two biggest influences on this part of the world: Washington Irving and The Rockefellers. Experience both with visits to Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, a charming home on the banks of the Hudson, and two sites influenced by the Rockefellers. Sunnyside will give insight to the creator of the Headless Horseman in “”The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and Rip Van Winkle.

The Union Church is a repository of awe-inspiring art by Matisse and Chagall, commissioned by the Rockefeller family. Kykuit Estate is a majestic paradise with sweeping river views, and home to four generations of Rockefellers. It opened to the public at the end of the 20th century, and displays all of the opulence and taste you would expect from a family whose name is synonymous with “wealthy.”

One more architectural wonder is on our list. Overlooking the Hudson River is Lyndhurst, one of America’s finest Gothic Revival mansions. Designed in 1838 by Alexander Jackson Davis, its architectural brilliance is complemented by the park-like landscape of the estate and a comprehensive collection of original decorative arts, with a spectacular view of the river and access to the Hudson River Walk. Our final night will be up in the mountains, at Mohonk Mountain Resort.

You’ll think we’ve magically transported you to the Swiss Alps. This Victorian castle resort and spa has many activities, gourmet dining, invigorating trails, and relaxing lodge sitting rooms and library. The last time I took a group to Mohonk, the guests threatened to mutiny and refuse to leave the site!

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