Autumn on the Hudson
The Strand is partnering with a fellow independent bookstore, Politics & Prose in Washington, DC, to invite you to join a small group of like-minded travelers to enjoy one of the loveliest parts of our country. We’ll take a short five-day break from our busy lives to visit the historic and beautiful upper Hudson River Valley. National Geographic Traveler has named it one of the top 20 must-see destinations in the world.
The region played a major role in the founding of our country. Many illustrious families whose homes we’ll visit — think Roosevelts, Livingstons, Vanderbilts — helped shape the face of our country as it developed. And for lovers of art, we’ll visit the homes and studios of artists from the Hudson River School of Painting and see the vistas they painted. For food lovers, we’ll tour and eat at the world-renowned Culinary Institute of America, as well as visit a working farm for a tasting of wine and locally-produced cheeses. For book lovers, remember that writers like Edith Wharton and Washington Irving set stories and novels along the banks of the Hudson.
We’ll be based in the historic village of Rhinebeck, staying at the Beekman Arms and Delamater Inn, which has been welcoming visitors since 1766. The village and hotel are just minutes from an Amtrak station should you choose to travel by train. From there we’ll travel a short distance each day to visit the homes, admire the scenery and soak up the culture. It will be early fall in the Hudson River Valley, a bit before prime “leaf-peeping” season.
As with all our trips, you’ll have two experienced trip leaders with you at all times. The trip is limited to no more than 18 people, so you’ll never have to walk around in a huge group, or be driven around in a big tourist bus. Arrangements will have been made at all the popular sites in advance, so you won’t stand in long lines to get tickets. And there’s no single supplement, so there’s no need to share a room unless you want to.
We’ll get together each evening before dinner to sip wine and talk about our days and have an optional discussion of some of the books on the trip book list that we’ve read. Afterwards, we’ll break into small groups to walk to nearby restaurants.
Highlights will include:
- See the lifelong home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and visit the FDR Library, along with Val-Kill, the first national Historic Site devoted to a First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt.
- Enjoy a meal at one of the world-renowned restaurants at the Culinary Institute of America, and enjoy a very special cheese and wine tasting at Lime Kiln, featuring a variety of farm animals and an historic 1790 Dutch farmhouse.
- Visit the artist residences of the Hudson River School, experiencing the architectural and personal quirks of these influential artists, and comparing their magnificent vistas with the paintings they made of them.
- Visit the Gilded Age mansions of the Vanderbilt and Mills families, designed by the iconic and influential firm of McKim, Mead & White, and inspirations for the setting of Edith Wharton’s House of Mirth.