New York
Enjoy Christmas in NYC and at Country Mansions on the Hudson River
No place does Christmas like New York City. Attend the Nutcracker, explore Radio City Music Hall and enjoy an excursion to festively decorated mansions along the Hudson.
Rating (4.75)
Program No. 6913RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Enjoy the seasonal delights of New York City amid the festive store windows of Fifth Avenue, and get a glimpse of the holiday celebrations of the fabulously wealthy at the grand country mansions on the Hudson River. Enhance the spirit of the season with performances and analysis of the sacred and secular music of Christmas.
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Walking up to two miles. Standing for more than one hour and climbing stairs during visits to Hudson Valley Mansions.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • An architectural historian who grew up on the Astor estate presents slides and lectures on the mansions of the Hudson River and leads narrated visits to these historic homes decked out for the holidays.
  • Explore the famed collection at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, with audio technology provided to enhance your experience.
  • Enjoy a live performance of “The Nutcracker” at Lincoln Center, as well as “The Christmas Spectacular” at the Radio City Music Hall.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: The unique 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). Distances traveled each day range from 45 to 80 miles, one-way. We make every effort to allow time to explore each mansion throughout the program; please be aware that time on the bus is crucial in getting you from place to place. This retreat center program will not include a community engagement activity, morning stretch, or farm to table meal because each day has an early start and late return to the conference center from field trips.
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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.

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

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Gloria Norton
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