Getting on/off a motorcoach several times; driving about 45 miles, approximately one hour, to Tarrytown, NY; driving about 30 miles, approximately 45 minutes to Garrison, NY. Walking up to a mile throughout the day; climbing a flight of stairs.
In the East House Dining Hall, we’ll start the day with a hearty breakfast buffet. Daily entrées will rotate, but we can look forward to a variety of breakfast foods including scrambled eggs, pancakes, French toast, ham, bacon, oatmeal, toast, muffins, yogurt, cold cereal, and hot coffee, tea, and orange juice.
We’ll hop on a charter bus for Tarrytown, NY. With a docent, we’ll visit Lyndhurst, America's finest Gothic Revival mansion and magnificent Hudson Valley estate of railroad magnate Jay Gould, dressed for the holidays.
We’ll reboard the motorcoach and head to a local restaurant for lunch.
We’ll get back on the motorcoach once again and head to Garrison, NY for a docent-led visit of Boscobel Mansion. Boscobel is a glorious example of Federal domestic architecture that is furnished with fine American decorative arts and antiques from the Federal period. The house has been exquisitely preserved over the years, along with gardens and extensive grounds facing the beautiful Hudson River. We’ll then return to the Warwick Conference Center for dinner.
Dining hall buffet.
We’ll hear an expert-led lecture from our architectural historian and view slides on Hudson River mansions in preparation for our visits to the remaining mansions this week. After a short break, we will resume with an overview of New York City to prepare you for your independent exploration of Fifth Avenue, Rockefeller Center, and other spectacular sites. Independent walking tour handouts with maps and a list of possible Manhattan eateries will be distributed. We’ll wrap up the evening with a Christmas dessert reception in the East House Dining Room.