Activity note: The Activity Level for this program is Active and requires enjoying walking up to two miles a day, climbing a few flights of stairs, walking on uneven surfaces, and getting on and off a coach bus multiple times during the day.
Afternoon: Note: All itinerary details are subject to change. Arrive at The Warwick Conference Center in late afternoon for check-in beginning at 4:30 p.m. Enjoy a Wine and Cheese Reception at 6:00 p.m. and introduce yourself to fellow participants.
Dinner: Dinner is in the East House Dining Room. Enjoy a bountiful buffet with entrées varying from turkey, pork, chicken, beef, and fish. Dinner will include a fresh salad bar, vegetables, potatoes, rolls, and dessert. All meals at The Warwick Conference Center include a vegetarian option.
Evening: Following dinner there will be a time of introductions and an orientation session to familiarize everyone with The Warwick Conference Center and the week's activities. Also enjoy an expert-led lecture which will introduce you to the Country Mansions on the Hudson River with Tom Daley and lay the foundation for your visits to these beautiful homes.
Activity note: Be prepared to walk up to a mile and climb a flight of stairs in order to see the mansions today.
Breakfast: Wake up to a hearty breakfast buffet. Daily entrées will rotate, but you 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.
Morning: Board the charter bus for Tarrytown, NY. Enjoy a docent-led visit to Lyndhurst, America's finest Gothic Revival mansion and magnificent Hudson Valley estate of railroad magnate Jay Gould dressed for the holidays. Board the charter bus to a local restaurant for lunch.
Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
Afternoon: Board bus for Garrison, NY. Enjoy 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. Board the charter bus for the return to The Warwick Conference Center.
Dinner: A plentiful buffet dinner will be served buffet style in the East House Dining Room.
Evening: After a relaxing dinner enjoy an expert-led lecture and view slides on Hudson River mansions from our architectural historian 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. Conclude the evening with a Christmas Dessert Reception in the East House Dining Room.
Activity note: Be prepared for lots of walking inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art which encompasses an entire city block.
Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty country breakfast served buffet style in the East House Dining Hall.
Morning: Board the charter bus for New York City and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the United Sates and one of the 10 largest in the world. You will be provided with your own personal audio guide that offers hundreds of hours of content from curators, conservators, and art-historical experts to create a personal, self-guided experience for you as you select the exhibits of your choice. Be sure to visit the Angel Tree which is one of The Metropolitan Museum of Art's most cherished treasures, its installation each year heralding the beginning of the Christmas season.
Lunch: Lunch on your own at one of the restaurants at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Afternoon: Enjoy the wonderful exhibits at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Board the bus in the late afternoon for transport to The Lincoln Center.
Dinner: Dinner on your own near Lincoln Center.
Evening: Enjoy the performance of "The Nutcracker Ballet" at Lincoln Center. After the performance board the bus for the return trip to The Warwick Conference Center. On our way home enjoy a bus ride down Fifth Avenue to view the beautiful sparkling lights and a look at the beautifully decorated tree at the Rockefeller Center.
Activity note: Plan for increased walking today and standing as docents lead us through these beautiful mansions.
Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty country breakfast served buffet style in the East House Dining Room.
Morning: Board charter bus for Poughkeepsie, New York. Enjoy a guided visit of Locust Grove, the home of Samuel F.B. Morse and Poughkeepsie's prominent Young family from 1895 to 1975.
Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
Afternoon: Board charter bus for Rhinecliff, New York. Enjoy a docent-led visit to Wilderstein, the Queen Ann mansion of the Suckley family, home of Daisy Suckley, FDR's cousin and friend. Board the bus for Staatsburgh, New York and visit Mills Mansion, a Gilded Age mansion and country home of Ogden and Ruth Livingston Mills. Both mansions will be elegantly dressed for the holidays.
Dinner: Enjoy a late dinner served buffet style in the East House Dining Room.
Evening: Enjoy a relaxing evening with other participants as you discuss the mansions and beautiful decorations seen during the day.
Activity note: Be prepared to walk several miles as you explore the New York City streets and shops dressed for the holidays.
Breakfast: A hearty country breakfast will be served buffet style in the East House Dining Room.
Morning: Board the charter bus for New York City. Destination: The Radio City Music Hall for the performance of the Rockettes 89th Christmas Spectacular.
Lunch: Lunch on your own at one of New York City's great restaurants.
Afternoon: After lunch you will have several hours on your own to explore the beautifully decorated Fifth Avenue store windows, Rockefeller Center, grand hotels, as well as shopping. Several independent walking tour maps and other interesting sites will have been distributed prior to your visit.
Dinner: Dinner on your own in NYC. A list of restaurants and delicatessens will be provided.
Evening: Board the charter bus at a predetermined location for the early evening return trip back to The Warwick Conference Center.
Breakfast: Breakfast served buffet style in the East House Dining Hall.
Morning: End this week with a Lecture on the Sacred and Secular Music of Christmas. Enjoy the festive sounds as you anticipate the Christmas holiday ahead.
Lunch: Lunch will be served at 11:00 A.M. in the East House Dining Hall. Departure and farewells immediately after lunch.