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Historic Mansions on the Hudson River

Program Number: 10477RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/12/2013 - 5/17/2013; 10/12/2014 - 10/17/2014; 5/31/2015 - 6/5/2015; 8/2/2015 - 8/7/2015; 9/6/2015 - 9/11/2015; 10/11/2015 - 10/16/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Warwick, New York
Price starting at: $736.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Homes & Gardens
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Salt; Low Fat; Vegetarian    

Go back in the past to explore the tasteful but opulent grandeur of the Hudson River mansions that belonged to America’s wealthiest families of the Gilded Age. With historians and local experts, explore the grounds, houses and gardens of six mansions, including prominent wealthy names such as Rockefeller, Livingston, Vanderbilt, Roosevelt, Gould and Mills. Journey up and down the beautiful Hudson River Valley, and learn the story of these families and relive the culture of the Gilded Age with artful instruction by local experts.




Highlights

• Discover the magnificence of the estates and gardens of Kykuit, Locust Grove, Lyndhurst, Springwood, Mills, Wilderstein, and Vanderbilt Mansions.
• Delve into the life of a 19th-century “robber baron” and learn their relations with the government, working man and their creation of opportunities and hardship.
• Expert instruction on the music of the Gilded Age and the favorite music of the moneyed.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles over varied terrain; stairs unavoidable.




Date Specific Information

5-12-2013, 10-12-2014

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by The Warwick Center.




Warwick

Warwick lies in a beautiful area at the entrance to the historic Hudson Valley just 55 miles from New York City. With Victorian and rural charm, Warwick and nearby Greenwood Lake attract visitors from near and far.



Accommodations
Comfortable estate lodging amid 500 acres of woodlands, mountain views and walking trails.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Tom Daley

Mr. Tom Daley is an architectural photographer who has spent the last 40 years taking photos of mansions in the Hudson Valley, some of which are no longer in existence. His photos have been used by authors, are displayed in prominent places, and are presented at historical functions.
 
Gloria Norton

Gloria Norton has shared her love for music for more than 40 years in the Fort Lee public schools in Fort Lee, N.J. She has also served as a church musician for over 25 years in New Jersey, New York and Michigan. Gloria received a bachelor’s degree from Hope College in Holland, Mich., and a master’s in sacred music from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She also completed graduate study in music education at Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J.
 
John Pinna

As a teacher of history, John Pinna serves as the director of foundation and government relations at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. He shares his extensive knowledge of government relations and religious history through his roles on the Steering Committee at the International Religious Freedom Round Table and as a representative at the Department of Public Information Non-Governmental Organization at the United Nations. He is a member of the Oxford Round Table in England, and is also an IDEA Fellow, TAFT Fellow and a National Humanities Fellow. John received his B.A. in American studies, M.S. in history and an advanced degree in educational administration from Norwich University.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   The Warwick Center
  Warwick, Ny 5 nights
 The Warwick Center
Type: Conference Center
  Description: The Warwick Center is located on 465 acres of pristine land overlooking the beautiful Warwick Valley. The Center offers 8 miles of beautiful hiking trails, beautiful views, a peaceful setting and access to many wonderful sites in and around the Hudson Valley.
  Contact info: 62 Hoyt Road
Warwick, NY 10990 USA
phone: 845-986-1164
web: www.warwickcenter.com
  Room amenities: Private baths.
  Facility amenities: Outdoor swimming pool in operation from Memorial Day through Labor Day. 8 miles of beautiful hiking trails leading to Wawayanda State Park in NJ.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $72.00 Based on availability.
  Check in time: 5:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $72.00 Based on availability.
  Check out time: 11:30 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration from 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM in the Main Lobby of the East House. You will be staying at The Warwick Center that night.
  End of Program:
Depart after 11:30 am lunch in the East House Dining Hall. You will be staying at The Warwick Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free Parking available.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Warwick, Ny
  Nearest highway: Highway Route 94
  Nearest airport:  Stewart International Airport (Newburgh, NY) and Newark Internationl Airport (Newark, NJ)
  From End of Program
  Location: Warwick, Ny
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Port Authority in New York City

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
New Jersey Transit Bus Line
phone: 800-772-2222

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $14.00 with Senior Citizen verification.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

3 - 4 hours 

   

To arrive in Warwick using public transportation is a 3 step process: 1. Go to Port Authority in NYC (8th Ave. between 40th & 41st Streets). 2. Take the New Jersey Transit Bus Line, Bus # 197 to Warwick, the Oakland Ave. bus stop. Use Senior Pass. Cost: Approximately $14.00 one way. Time: 2 hours. For bus schedule go to www.njtransit.com or call 973 275-5555. 3. Arrange for pick-up from the Bus Stop in Warwick to the Warwick Center. Cost: $5.00/person/one way. Time: 15 minutes.

 

Newark, NJ - Liberty International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Newark Airport Ground Transportation
phone: 800-247-7433

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $14.00 one way plus fare from Port Authority, NYC to Warwick on NJ Transit Bus Line.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

3 - 4 hours at a minimum. 

   

To take public transportation from Newark involves a 3 step process: 1. Take Newark Airport Shuttle to Port Authority in NYC. Upon arrival at Newark Airport go to the Transportation Information Desk to arrange. Time to NYC: 1 hour minimum. 2. Take the New Jersey Transit Line Bus # 197 to the Village of Warwick getting off at the Oakland Ave. bus stop. Cost: Approximately $14.00 one way using Senior Citizen Card. Time: 2 hours. 3. Shuttle to The Center. Cost: $5.00/person one way.

 

Newburgh, NY - Stewart Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Crown Vicky Limousine Service
phone: 800-233-9922
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Price is subject to change. Call the Service to obtain cost.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. 

   

Call Arlene at 845.986.1164 at The Warwick Center to obtain additional limousine services.

 

Croton-on-Hudson, NY

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
The Warwick Center Shuttle
phone: 845-986-1164
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$95.00 per person or traveling pair.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes depending on traffic. 

   

To reserve The Warwick Center shuttle simply complete the Travel Form in the Confirmation Packet and return to The Warwick Center. Pick-up arrangements will be confirmed by phone.

 

Croton-on-Hudson, NY

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Crown Vicky Limousine Service
phone: 800-233-9922
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Price is subject to change. Call the Service to obtain cost.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes depending on traffic. 

   

Call Arlene at 845.986.1164 at The Warwick Center to obtain additional limousine services.

 

Warwick, NY

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
The Warwick Center Shuttle
phone: 845-986-1164

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Cost to Port Authority in NYC is variable depending on point of origin.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

3 - 4 hours minimum. 

   

To arrive in Warwick using public transportation is a 3 step process: 1. Go to Port Authority in NYC, (8th Ave. between 40th & 41st Streets). 2. Take the New Jersey Transit Bus Line, Bus # 197 to Warwick, the Oakland Ave. Bus Stop. Use Senior Pass. Cost: $8.00 - $10.00 one way. Time: 2 hours. For bus schedule go to www.njtransit.com or call 800.772.2222. 3. Arrange for pick-up from the Bus Stop in Warwick to The Warwick Center. Cost: $10.00 both ways. Time: 15 minutes.

 

Newark, NJ - Liberty International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Crown Vicky Limousine Service
phone: 800-233-9922
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Price is subject to change. Call the Service to obtain pricing.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour and 45 minutes depending on traffic. 

   

Call Arlene at The Warwick Center for additional limousine services. Phone: 845.986.1164.

 

Newburgh, NY - Stewart Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
The Warwick Center Shuttle
phone: 845-986-1164
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$60.00 per person or traveling pair.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. 

   

If you wish to reserve The Warwick Center shuttle, simply complete the Travel Form in the Confirmation Packet and return it to The Warwick Center. You will receive a call to confirm your arrangements.

 

Newark, NJ - Liberty International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
The Warwick Center Shuttle
phone: 845-986-1164
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$95.00 Per Person or Traveling Pair
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour and 45 minutes depending on traffic. 

   

If you wish to reserve The Warwick Center shuttle simply complete the Travel Form found in the confirmation Packet and return to The Warwick Center. You will receive a call to assist you in arranging your transportation.

 

Newburgh, NY, Stewart Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
The Warwick Center Shuttle
phone: 845-986-1164
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$60.00 per person or traveling pair.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. 

   

If you wish to reserve The Warwick Center shuttle, simply complete the Travel Form in the Confirmation Packet and return to The Warwick Center. You will receive a call to confirm your arrangements.

 
Driving Directions
  FROM CONNECTICUT Take Rt 84 West to Exit 4E, taking Route 17 East to Route 17A Florida/Goshen Exit. Take Route 17A until it merges with Rt 94 at the first traffic light in Florida. Drive THROUGH the Villages of Florida and Warwick. Stay on Rt 94 South until Pennings Lane. Turn Left onto Pennings Lane. Follow the signs to The Warwick Center.
  FROM NEW YORK THRUWAY/NORTH OR SOUTH Exit at Harriman - Exit 16. Take Rt 17 West to Exit 126 - Chester exit. Look for Route 94 South (or West). Take Rt 94 South toward Florida/Warwick. Continue on Rt 94 through the Villages of Florida and Warwick. Go approximately 2 1/2 miles beyond the Village of Warwick passing Shop Rite, Pennings Orchards and Warwick Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealership, all on your left. Turn left at the next intersection onto Pennings Lane. Follow signs to the Warwick Center.
  FROM SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY Take 287 North to Exit 52B for Rt. 23 North. Take Rt. 23 North to 515 North. Take 515 North to Vernon where 515 North becomes Rt 94 North. Take Rt 94 North to Pennings Lane. Turn right onto Pennings Lane. Follow signs to The Warwick Center.
  FROM WASHINGTON, D.C./PHILADELPHIA AREA Take the New Jersey Turnpike to the Garden State Parkway North to Route 17 North. Approximately 2 1/2 miles past Tuxedo Park you will come to a traffic light. Exit left at the traffic light - Junction 17A. At the stop sign at the top of the hill, make a left hand turn onto Rt 17A (Sterling Forest). Rt 17A will take you directly to Warwick. At the "T" intersection in Warwick, turn LEFT onto Route 94 West. Go approximately 2 1/2 miles passing Shop Rite, Pennings Orchards and Warwick Chrysler Jeep Dodge Dealership, all on the left. Turn left at the next intersection onto Pennings Lane. Follow the signs to The Warwick Center.
  NYC/GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE From the GW Bridge, take Interstate 80 West to Exit 53 for Rt 23 North. Take Rt 23 North to 515 North. Take 515 North to Vernon where 515 North becomes Rt 94 North. Take Rt 94 North to Pennings Lane. Turn right onto Pennings Lane. Then follow signs to The Warwick Center.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration/Orientation
(Sunday, May 12)
   
 Afternoon: Note: All itinerary details subject to change. 5 PM Registration, followed by 6 PM wine and cheese reception.
 Dinner: Dinner served buffet style in the East House Dining Hall at 6:30 p.m..
 Evening: Introductions and Orientation
   
Accommodations: The Warwick Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2:
(Monday, May 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served buffet style in the East House Dining Hall.
 Morning: Expert-led lecture and slides shown of present Hudson Valley Mansions and those which no longer exist. Expert-led lecture on Music of the GIlded Age.
 Lunch: Lunch served buffet style in the East House Dining hall.
 Afternoon: Expert-led lecture of the music that the country estate aristocrats enjoyed at their Hudson River Mansions, New York City townhouses or while traveling abroad.
 Dinner: Dinner served buffet style in the East House Dining Hall.
 Evening: Architectual historian will present lecture and show slides of Hudson River Mansions - past and present.
   
Accommodations: The Warwick Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Locust Grove Mansion and FDR's Springwood, Library and Museum.
(Tuesday, May 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served buffet style in the East House Dining Hall.
 Morning: Experience a docent-led guided walk through Locust Grove in Poughkeepsie, NY, an Italianate villa designed for artist and inventor Samuel F.B. Morse.
 Lunch: Lunch at Locust Grove.
 Afternoon: Travel to Hyde Park, NY and learn from a docent-led guided walk through Springwood, FDR's estate from boyhood and through his White House years. Enjoy a self-guided visit through the FDR Library and Museum.
 Dinner: Dinner served buffet style in the East House Dining Hall.
 Evening: Learn from a musician/instructor about the music of the Gilded Age.
   
Accommodations: The Warwick Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Mills Mansion and the Vanderbilt Mansion
(Wednesday, May 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served buffet style in the East House Dining Hall.
 Morning: Travel to Staatsburgh, NY and experience a docent-led guided walk through the magnificent Beaux Arts mansion of the financier and philanthropist, Ogden Mills, and his wife Ruth Livingston Mills.
 Lunch: Dine at The Culinary Institute of America.
 Afternoon: Enjoy an expert-led visit to the majestic 19th century mansion of Frederick and Louise Vanderbilt along the beautiful Hudson River.
 Dinner: Dinner served buffet style in the East House Dining Hall.
 Evening: Expert-led lecture on the Robber Barons, also known as the "Captains of Industry," and how they influenced each other, their workers, and the government of 19th century America. Hear stories about how they lived and worked.
   
Accommodations: The Warwick Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Lyndhurst Mansion/Kykuit Mansion
(Thursday, May 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be served buffet style in the East House Dining Hall.
 Morning: Enjoy an expert-led visit to Lyndhurst, America's finest Gothic Revival mansion and magnificent Hudson Valley estate of railroad magnate Jay Gould.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Learn about four generations of the Rockefeller family while experiencing a docent-led visit of Kykuit, an American legacy. Enjoy the architecture, remarkable gardens and extensive art collection assembled by art connoisseur, Nelson A. Rockefeller.
 Dinner: Dinner served buffet style in the East House Dining Hall.
 Evening: Free time to peruse to 465 acre Hilltop Estate of the Warwick Center, and make your own sundaes to enjoy as a snack.
   
Accommodations: The Warwick Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6:
(Friday, May 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served buffet style in the East House Dining Hall.
 Morning: Learn from an expert-led lecture about the architecture of beautiful Hudson River mansions and their occupants.
 Lunch: Lunch will be served at 11:30 AM in the East House Dining Hall. Departure immediately after lunch.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Warwick, Ny Borderland Farm
A 230 acre riding facility, indoor ring, lighted outdoor ring, miles of trails. Located at the NY/NJ line. Reservations required. For additional information, visit www.wolfsbane.com/borderland/
  Demarest Hill Winery
28 different wines created from select varietal grapes by a master vintner who learned winemaking in Italy. The wineries' specialties include Warwick Black Pearl and Peach Wine, both from the vineyards at this winery. For additional information, visit www.demaresthillwinery.com
  Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame
Drive a sulky to the finish line in the 3-D simulator. Riveting state-of-the-art and interactive exhibits. Call and judge a race. Theaters tell the fascinating history of America's first sport. Open daily from 10 - 6. For additional information, visit www.harnessmuseum.com
  Pride of the Hudson
Cruise through history and the majestic beauty of the Hudson River on a 2-hour narrated sightseeing cruise For additional information, visit www.prideofthehudson.com
  Washington's Headquarters
Gen. Washington made this fieldstone farmhouse his Continental Army headquarters and spent more time here than anywhere else during the Revolutionary War. At this site, Washington created and awarded the original purple heart badge. In 1850 the property became our nation's first public historic site. Open Wed. - Sat., 10-5. Sun. 1-5.
  West Point Museum
Military uniforms, flags, weapons and military art of both American and European derivation. Museum galleries include History of the Academy and the Corps of Cadets, US Army History, and History of Warfare from Egyptian times to Desert Storm. For additional information, visit www.usma.edu/Museum/
  West Point Tours, Inc.
Enjoy a guided tour of the U.S. Military Academy. Walk the paths of generals and presidents tracing the footsteps of our country's great leaders. Enjoy spectacular views of the majestic Hudson River. Hear exciting tales and fascinating stories. Tour buses depart daily from the West Point Visitor Center. For additional information, visit www.westpointtours.com
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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