Hudson River Valley – Artistic Legacy & Splendid Estates

Hudson River Valley – Artistic Legacy & Splendid Estates



The beauty, vitality and commercial value of the Hudson River combined to establish a region of uncommon allure & opportunity. It was here, in the mid-19th century that the artists that formed the Hudson River School, came to capture a young nation’s exuberant spirit & abundance of nature. The area also beckoned the city’s financiers to make their grand summer homes here during the Gilded Age as well as a noted political dynasty’s multiple family dwellings. In contemporary times, the region now displays modern art collections in unconventional settings. Tour National Trust sites Kykuit, the magnificent estate of John D. Rockefeller, & Lyndhurst, summer home of railroad magnate Jay Gould, Olana, & Thomas Cole at Cedar Grove.

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Trip Type
Closer to Home, Group Travel Tour
Departure Dates
Sep 26, 2021 - Sep 30, 2021


Balancing wellness with indulgence, the Mirbeau combines Old World Parisian chic with modern comforts. Enjoy accommodations in their Signature Rooms, with a variety of features including a fireplace and a large bathroom equipped with a walk-in shower, soaking tub, and double sinks. Relax in the spa, with its aqua terrace and 12 treatment rooms in the lower level. This hotel’s location is in the heart of Rhinebeck and within walking distance of numerous shops and restaurants.


If you would like to arrive the night before and stay nearby Central Park, our best recommendation would be The Surrey. This 5-star hotel that has never failed to impress and it is just a 15 minute walk through iconic Central Park from the New-York Historical Society.



Through April 15, 2021, when you make a new reservation for any 2021 trip, your payments to Arrangements Abroad will be 100% refundable until 60 days prior to departure.


  • day Sept. 26


    Arrive independently this morning (by 11am) in Manhattan and gather at New York Historical Society for a curator-led visit. A boxed lunch will be provided on the coach during the drive up through the Hudson River Valley. On the way, stop at The Armour-Stiner House and marvel at the only known fully domed, octagonal residence in the United States built in the form of an ancient temple. Continue to Boscobel House and Garden, which commands an impressive view of the Hudson River. Then transfer to Rhinebeck and check in to the hotel for a four night stay. Enjoy a welcome dinner this evening.

  • day Sept. 27


    This morning visit one of the grand estates of the Gilded Age – the Beaux-Arts Mills Mansion, remodeled in 1895 by the architectural firm of McKim, Mead and White. Visit the opulent interiors many of which have undergone extensive restorations returning this home to its former elegance and grandeur. Then have 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 Franklin D. Roosevelt’s beloved Springwood, his lifelong home and site of the first US Presidential Library. Stay in Hyde Park for dinner at a local favorite, the Eveready Diner, an American classic. Return to Rhinebeck and the hotel.

  • day Sept. 28


    Spend the day in the historic upper Hudson River Valley. Begin with a tour of artist Thomas Cole’s former residence at Cedar Grove. Afterwards, drive to the historic town of Hudson, a once bustling 18th-century river port and now home to design-forward boutiques, antique shops and art galleries and enjoy some free time and lunch at leisure. Then drive to Olana, the residence of Hudson River School artist Frederic Edwin Church, who chose Calvert Vaux to design this Persian-styled house with Moorish accents. Set on 250 acres of pristine landscapes, glimpse the Hudson’s valley vistas as Church captured them in his paintings. Before returning to the hotel, stop for a tasting of spirits and ciders at the Hudson River Valley Distillery Return to Rhinebeck and later have dinner is included.

  • day Sept. 29


    Drive to Val-Kill, Eleanor Roosevelt’s beloved cottage and the only National Historic Site dedicated to a First Lady. Then, enjoy stunning views while visiting the Walkway over the
    Hudson. Later stroll amidst the splendor of the Gilded Age at the Vanderbilt Mansion at Hyde Park, one of the Valley’s oldest estates. Visit the historic St. James Church where
    President Franklin D. Roosevelt worshiped and where several family members are buried. Return to Rhinebeck for an evening at leisure.

  • day Sept. 30


    Drive south back through the scenic Hudson River Valley to Kykuit, home to four generations of Rockefellers and take a guided tour of the house and expansive terraced gardens, a National Trust Historic Site. Later we will have a special visit to another fabulous National Trust property, Lyndhurst, in Tarrytown, NY. Lyndhurst, also known as the Jay Gould estate, is a Gothic Revival country house that sits in its own 67-acre park beside the Hudson River. Enjoy a boxed lunch on the coach as we make our way south to New York City, arriving in the mid-afternoon.

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