"Visiting the house and landscape at Olana transports you to the world of Frederick Church, a core member of the Hudson River School. You can feel the painter’s hand and eye—and his love for this place—in every inch of the house and the landscape, which he created with the help of Calvert Vaux. His sensitivity for that Hudson Valley light we still treasure and his tremendous sense of place are a constant inspiration. Plus, we love those striped awnings!! Bring a picnic and stay a while."
"Wethersfield was the country home of Chauncey Stillman, who created and left the 1,200-acre estate to the Wethersfield Foundation after his death in 1989. It is now open to the public for open space and scenic enjoyment. The main house and formal gardens are situated at 1,200 feet, making it the highest point in the area and providing panoramic views of the Catskills and the Berkshires."
"In Garrison (a short drive to the Magazzino Italian Art Warhouse) is a wonderous home and collection created by the industrial designer Russel Wright. In the early 20th Century Russel Wright purchased a defunct quarry. He spend the next decade turning the land into a wondrous garden and the quarry into the pool. Built onto and into the rock is his home where he lived with his wife and daughter."
"The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, so if you’re ready to take a break from contemporary art and brush up on your American history, this presidential library is another museum well worth the drive over to Hyde Park."
"Thomas Cole house and studios, which is well worth a visit. On the outskirts of Hudson is the Oliver Bronson house, undergoing a slow restoration and only occasionally open, but an architectural orgasm of fantastic mid 19th century details. In my town, Claverack, there is a wealth of early Dutch architecture starting with the Dutch Reform Church at the center of town. Other period houses line the Main Street, route 9H/23B, so it’s worth taking a slow drive or walk through town."
“My favorite museums are always situated in the houses of the artists or collectors (Frick Collection, Sir John Soane Museum, Luis Barragan house). Cedar Grove will transport you to the world of romanticism of the Hudson River School.”