This is an absolutely lovely place to visit if you are in the Hudson River Valley. The artifacts in the house are interesting and will give you a glance into an interesting lifestyle. Frederic Church was a student of Thomas Cole's.
The owner of Olana was a wealthy student of the artist Thomas Cole, founder of the Hudson River School. The Hudson River is the focal point of many landscape paintings of both men. There are several Coles in the Olana mansion, which was built to evoke a Middle Eastern style, a result that is quite eccentric. Hudson, NY is quite an up and coming but still rough around the edges art and antiques center, attracting young people with money to spend from Manhattan. It's on the Amtrak line and an easy weekend trip.
Olana is just South of the town of Hudson on the Hudson River in New York. It is a beautiful home with an amazing view of the Hudson River valley. It is about an hour north of Poughkeepsie. Looks like you are in Conn. so it should not be far from you. I highly recommend going there if you have not been. The Firefighters Museum in Hudson is really worth a visit also and is only about 10 minutes north of Olana. I am not a big Firefighter groupie, but that museum (especially the second floor and all of the antique fire fighting equipment and techniques was actually really interesting and cool. I highly recommend both. There are a lot of nice B&Bs in that part of the Hudson River valley, so a trip there would be really wonderful, even in the winter. Hope this helps.
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