May 3 - 8, 2017
Admire the celebrated landscapes that inspired the Hudson River School artists on a delightful sojourn in the historic Hudson Valley. Discover important contemporary art set amid bucolic scenery. Tour the spectacular gardens, splendid mansions, and historic homes of Revolutionary War heroes, former presidents, famous artists, and Gilded Age financiers. Enjoy award–winning farm–to–table dining as well as private invitations for meals and receptions at the homes of local residents and art collectors. See Kykuit, the magnificent estate of John D. Rockefeller, and Lyndhurst, summer home of railroad magnate Jay Gould— both National Trust Historic Sites.
Day 1 | New York City/Rhinebeck (L, R)
Meet in Manhattan to drive north through the Hudson Valley. In Pocantico Hills, visit Union Church, adorned with windows designed by Matisse and Chagall. After lunch explore Kykuit, home to four generations of Rockefellers. The mansion and surrounding grounds are a National Trust Historic Site. Continue to Rhinebeck and check in at the Beekman Arms and Delamater Inn for a five-night stay. Gather for a welcome reception this evening.
Day 2 | Hudson Valley (B, L)
Enjoy a guided tour of Staatsburgh, an elegant Beaux-Arts mansion, before lunch at the Culinary Institute of America, which has set the standard for excellence in professional culinary education for over six decades. Then stroll amidst the splendor of the Gilded Age at the Vanderbilt Mansion at Hyde Park, one of the valley’s oldest estates. Return to Rhinebeck for dinner at leisure.
Day 3 | Hudson Valley (B, D)
Today is devoted to the historic upper Hudson River Valley. Tour Olana, the hilltop Moorish fantasy created by Calvert Vaux for painter Frederic Edwin Church. There will be free time to explore downtown Hudson, the country’s first chartered city, for quality antique shopping and lunch at leisure. In the afternoon, see artist Thomas Cole’s former residence at Cedar Grove. After dinner, attend a performance (pending schedule) at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, designed by Frank Gehry.
Day 4 | Hudson Valley (B, L)
This morning, drive to Storm King Art Center for a guided tour of its outdoor sculptures and site-specific commissions by dozens of artists including Alexander Calder, Mark di Suvero, and Richard Serra. Following lunch, visit Dia: Beacon to admire Dia Art Foundation’s collection of art from the 1960s to the present. Continue to the lush hillside of Marlboro for a taste of Hudson Valley wine at Benmarl Winery, the oldest vineyard in America.
Day 5 | Hudson Valley (B, D)
In New Paltz, explore the Dutch-style stone architecture and historic church along Huguenot Street. Lunch is at leisure. You may wish to enjoy the restaurant at Mohonk Mountain House, a charter member of the National Trust’s Historic Hotels of America program. This afternoon drive to Locust Grove, an 1851 Italianate villa designed for artist and telegraph inventor Samuel F.B. Morse. A guided tour of its early 19th-century furnishings and paintings by the Hudson River School artists is followed by our farewell dinner.
Day 6 | Hudson Valley/Tarrytown/New York City (B)
Drive south through the scenic Hudson River Valley to Lyndhurst, a Gothic Revival mansion first owned by New York City mayor William Paulding and now a National Trust Historic Site. After lunch at leisure in Tarrytown, return to Manhattan in the afternoon.
Beekman Arms and Delamater Inn
A member of National Trust’s Historic Hotels of America program, The Beekman Arms is the country’s oldest continuously operated hotel. It is conveniently located in the center of the Village of Rhinebeck in the historic Hudson Valley. Pleasantly old fashioned, yet unobtrusively modern, the hotel offers guests charming accommodations in several different buildings, all with private baths, television, telephone, and a decanter of sherry. Room sizes and styles may vary.
From $3,990 ($725 single supplement )*
*Tour price is per person, based on double occupancy with a minimum of 15 paying participants. Land prices are subject to change.
Tour price includes the expertise of architectural historian and study leader Grace Gary, five (5) nights hotel accommodations as per itinerary, meals as indicated in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, R = Reception), bottled water and coffee / tea with all meals, house wine at lunches and dinners, enrichment program of lectures and special events, escorted sightseeing by private motor coach and entrance fees for included visits, taxes, service, and porterage charges, and gratuities to local guides and drivers
Tour price excludes airfare, meals not specified, alcoholic beverages other than wine at lunches and dinners, personal items and expenses, airport transfers, trip insurance, and any other items not specifically mentioned as included.