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Hudson River Valley – Artistic Legacy & Splendid Estates

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  • May 13, 2018 - May 18, 2018

TOUR RATES FROM: $4,259

 

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Hudson River Valley – Artistic Legacy & Splendid Estates

Springtime in New York’s Hudson River Valley, when azaleas, dogwoods, and roses dazzle with color and fragrance, is irresistible. Next May, please join us on a six-day sojourn amid the lush gardens and lovely mansions of this historic region. Tour the homes of celebrated artists and Gilded Age financiers; view major collections of contemporary art; and enjoy fine dining and exceptional accommodations. See Kykuit, the magnificent estate of John D. Rockefeller, and Lyndhurst, summer home of railroad magnate Jay Gould— both National Trust Historic Sites. Special meals at Philipsburg Manor, an 18th-century farm on the Pocantico River, and at the Culinary Institute of America are additional highlights.


Elihu Rubin is Associate Professor of Architecture, Urbanism, and American Studies at Yale University. He received a doctorate in architecture and a master’s in city planning from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor of arts from Yale. His first book, Insuring the City: The Prudential Center and the Postwar Urban Landscape (Yale Univ. Press, 2012) was awarded the Kenneth T. Jackson Prize from the Urban History Association and the Lewis Mumford Award from the Society of American City & Regional Planning History. Mr. Rubin’s work focuses on the making and meaning of the built environment; architectural preservation and the politics of “heritage planning.” An enthusiastic lecturer, Elihu has also made documentary videos relating to urban history, the politics of public spaces, urban redevelopment, architectural modernism, and street life.

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THE BEEKMAN ARMS & 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.

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Itinerary

SUNDAY, MAY 13: NEW YORK CITY / RHINEBECK
Meet in Manhattan for a morning drive north along the Hudson Valley. Visit 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. After a picnic lunch, continue to Putnam County and Boscobel, States Dyckman’s elegant 1808 Federal mansion, for a tour of the important collection of Federal period furniture and decorative arts. Transfer to Rhinebeck and check in at the Beekman Arms Delamater Inn for a five-night stay. Enjoy a welcome reception this evening. L, R

MONDAY, MAY 14: HUDSON VALLEY
Following a lecture at the hotel, depart for a visit and lunch at the Culinary Institute of America, which has set the standard for excellence in professional culinary education for over six decades. In nearby Hyde Park, tour Springwood, the lifelong home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, America’s only four-term president. B, L

TUESDAY, MAY 15: HUDSON VALLEY
Today is devoted to the historic upper Hudson River Valley. Begin with a tour of artist Thomas Cole’s former residence at Cedar Grove. There will be free time in downtown Hudson, the country’s first chartered city, for first-tier antique shopping and lunch at leisure. In the afternoon, visit Olana, former home of Hudson River School artist Frederic Edwin Church, who selected Calvert Vaux to design this distinctive home’s mix of Victorian architectural elements and Middle-Eastern decorative motifs. Return to the hotel in Rhinebeck for dinner nearby. B, D

WEDNESDAY, MAY 16: HUDSON VALLEY
Attend a morning lecture before driving east of Springwood to Val-Kill, Eleanor Roosevelt’s residence and the place most associated with her. After lunch, stroll amidst the splendor of the Gilded Age at the Vanderbilt Mansion at Hyde Park, one of the valley’s oldest estates. View the galleries of leading Hudson River School artists at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College before returning to Rhinebeck for an evening at leisure. B, L

THURSDAY, MAY 17: HUDSON VALLEY
Drive south through the scenic Hudson River Valley to Lyndhurst, a Gothic Revival mansion once owned by former New York City mayor William Paulding and now a National Trust property. Continue to Union Church adorned with windows designed by Matisse and Chagall. After lunch at Philipsburg Manor, explore Kykuit, home to four generations of Rockefellers. The mansion and surrounding grounds are a National Trust site. Attend a farewell dinner at the hotel this evening.B, D

FRIDAY, MAY 18: HUDSON VALLEY / NEW YORK CITY
Following breakfast and morning check out, visit 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 is followed by a visit to Dia: Beacon to admire the Dia Art Foundation’s collection of art from the 1960s to the present. After a boxed lunch, drive back to Manhattan, arriving in the mid afternoon. B, L