New York

Historic Mansions & Significant Sites Along the Hudson River

Explore the Gilded Age mansions of some of America’s wealthiest families and learn about architecture and history as you explore the Hudson River Valley with experts.
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Program No. 10477RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

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 mansions and West Point. 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.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles over varied terrain; stairs unavoidable. Daily bus travels that range from 45 to 80 miles, one-way.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Discover the magnificence of the estates and gardens of Kykuit, Locust Grove, Lyndhurst, Glenview, Wilderstein and Vanderbilt Mansions along with West Point
  • Delve into the life of a 19th-century “robber baron” and learn their relations with the government and the 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.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a single room to yourself for only $100 more (for many programs). This is a program that travels by comfortable, lavatory-equipped coach to historic houses and mansions located in the southern and central sections of New York’s Hudson Valley. The program is based in Warwick, which is located towards the valley’s southern end. Distances traveled each day range from 45 to 80 miles, one way, with a drive time of 1 to 2 hours, one way, depending on traffic. We make every effort to allow time to explore each mansion throughout the program; however, please be aware that time on the bus is necessary in getting you from place to place. This retreat center program does not include a community engagement activity or morning stretch due to long days on the road with early starts every morning.
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Tony Musso
Anthony Musso was born and raised in Brooklyn. After serving in the army, he attended attending Hofstra University and began a 38-year career with the United States Postal Office. A writer and editor throughout his career, working for Postal Headquarters he also served as a media spokesman and editor. Musso also worked for the Times-Herald Record in Middletown, New York and later as a journalist and weekly columnist with Gannett Newspapers. To date, he has published several books on the Catskills and the Hudson Valley.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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John Pinna
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