Mansions of the Hudson Valley- June 20-22, 2022

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Embark with us on a journey to the Hudson Valley.  Here we will discover the Gilded Age lifestyles of the rich and famous, as we visit the grand historic mansions up and down the Hudson River. View vistas of beautiful landscapes that have inspired artists, writers, and presidents. 


$679 - Double

$629 - Triple

$599 - Quad

$845 - Single

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Day One - Monday, June 20: Your first stop will be Olana - the stunning Moorish mansion of Frederick Church, overlooking the Hudson River. Frederic Church is well-known as a painter, but he was also a world traveler, a family man, self-taught architect, farmer and landscape designer. The home is stunning on its own, yet the estate’s greatest masterpiece is the artful landscape which Church refined over four decades and is continually preserved today. The Best Western Plus, Kingston, will be your hotel for the next two nights. This evening, enjoy a delicious dinner at the hotel, while being entertained by Theater on the Road’s performance of Murder at the Mansion!  The year is 1897 and the Vanderbilt family is hosting a summer garden party. You'll mingle with the Vanderbilts and their wealthy neighbors while being fussed over by loyal butler Horace, and fortune hunting maid, Charlene. Katherine Kerry, a reporter on the scene, observes much more than glitz and gaiety when she witnesses a murder!

Day Two – Tuesday, June 21: Wake up refreshed and enjoy a full hot breakfast, then meet your local guide for a full day of touring. The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library and FDR Home are located nearby, along the Hudson River in Hyde Park. This morning you will tour the grounds, his home Springwood, and spend time in the library, which includes many excellent exhibits chronicling the many incredible events he presided over. Lunch will be on your own nearby at a classic American diner. In the afternoon we will visit The Vanderbilt Mansion - built by of one of the first families of wealth in America. The Vanderbilt Mansion is a home built expressly for the aristocratic lifestyle for a family whose name is the very definition of wealth and privilege. The interiors spared no expense and are richly appointed with exotic wood paneling, imported marble, lush velvets, French tapestries, and, as was the custom, antique building components salvaged from the great houses of Europe.  After our tour we will stop at Millbrook Winery – the NY Times dubbed it the “Hudson Valley Flagship” winery, and today you’ll see why. Enjoy the 'Portfolio Tasting' of 6 wines! The day concludes in the ideal Hudson River town of Rhinebeck where you will have time for dinner on your own before returning to the hotel for the evening. There are 15 restaurants within a 2-block radius! 

Day Three – Wednesday, June 22: The next morning enjoy breakfast, then checkout and travel to the Staatsburgh State Historic Site - the elegant country home of Ogden Mills and his wife Ruth Livingston Mills. Overlooking the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains, Staatsburgh is a fine example of a great estate built by America's financial and industrial leaders during the Gilded Age (1876 - 1917). We will enjoy a unique Downton Abbey themed tour – filled with gossip and innuendo regarding the owners and staff. Then we depart for home. We will make a comfort stop along the way for lunch on your own.

  • Group: Scenic Excursions

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