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Best Grounds/Gardens: Hudson River Estates

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Best Grounds/Gardens: Hudson River Estates

We'll be driving down from Burlington, VT to NYC and there's so much I want to see along the Hudson River, it's so hard to choose. In Hyde Park, for example, I don't know if we'll have to do FDR Historic site and Vanderbilt estate. Then there are so many others.

Being more interested in the grounds and views than the interiors, does anyone have any suggestions of things not to be missed? Thanks a bunch.

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1. Re: Best Grounds/Gardens: Hudson River Estates

Kykuit, the Rockefeller estate. during the busy times it is a good idea to get a reservation. grounds and house are gorgeous.

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2. Re: Best Grounds/Gardens: Hudson River Estates

I like the Vanderbilt Mansion. Grounds are free and there are some nice walking trails there. There is a ~ 3 mile loop that takes you down to the river, views of the river/Catskills, by the mansion, and through the gardens.

If you are there on a weekday, grab breakfast/lunch at the Apple Pie Bakery at the CIA. Terrific!

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3. Re: Best Grounds/Gardens: Hudson River Estates

For estates you might also consider Olana, the home of Frederic Church (of the Hudson River School of landscape painters). or the Clermont State Historic Site (home of Robert Fulton, of steamboat fame).

You also might want to google the Mohonk Mountain House for excellent grounds, gardens and views. While not an estate, you'd also find excellent scenery and views at Minnewaska State Park.

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4. Re: Best Grounds/Gardens: Hudson River Estates

I was just looking at this topic and thinking Olana. What a magnificent house and fabulous view.

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5. Re: Best Grounds/Gardens: Hudson River Estates

Thanks for all of these recommendations - we may have to extend our trip next week to see everything.

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6. Re: Best Grounds/Gardens: Hudson River Estates

+1for Kykut

There are also some nice wineries: http://www.hudsonvalleywinecountry.org/

http://www.travelhudsonvalley.com/

http://www.hudsonvalley.org/

If you like modern art consider a stop at Beacon: http://www.diaart.org/sites/main/beacon

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