Woodstock, Kingston, New Paltz, & Rhinebeck
Four-day, three-night tour.
Available for groups from 4 to 40.
Dates available in July, August, and September.
Contact us for more
lovely town with lots to explore and Staatsburgh, a Gilded Age Mansion
Historic Kingston: Visit Stockade area with its fabulous stone houses, old
Dutch Church, 18th century museum. Senate house. Cruise on the
Paltz: A day at the glorious Mohonk Mountain House
Staatsburgh, a Gilded Age Mansion
Arrive at Rhinebeck hotel, our base for the next few days.
Rhinebeck is reachable by Amtrak from New York City or Albany to the Rhinecliff
station, just 2 miles from Rhinebeck. If you arrive early, there is time to
explore the town.
Afternoon visit to Staatsburgh, a magnificent mansion with a beautiful view of
the Hudson River.
Woodstock gets credit for hosting the famous 1969 Woodstock Festival
that was actually held in Bethel, some 60 miles away. We don’t know why
Woodstock’s name is synonymous with this rock ‘n roll concert and we don’t
care, just be glad that Woodstock’s today defines itself as an arts community.
have every right to do so by virtue of Byrdcliffe, the first arts and crafts
colony in the United States founded in 1902 by Ralph Radcliffe Whitehead, an
Englishman who studied under John Ruskin. Byrdcliffe flourished briefly until
roughly just before World War 1 as a commune, a haven for artists to work, and
produce furniture, pottery, metalwork, etc. Artists described as egoists balked
at Whitehead’s restrictions and rules and moved on, many of them elsewhere in
Woodstock. Today we can visit White Pines, the former home of Whitehead and see
the some 30 artists cottages that dot the landscape around White Pines.
selection of the following determined by interest, concert, and exhibit
Byrdcliffe is a must. Byrdcliffe visit and tour of White Pines
40, close to Woodstock, is an intriguing sculptural destination on a 6 acre
site of an abandoned bluestone quarry. This amazing structure built by one
man, Harvey Fife over 37 years, is a maze of platforms, ramps and bridges
marked by a 15 foot monolith. The catskill, Overlook Mountain, is your
vista. (For more information on Opus 40,
click here to see an article from the New York
Maverick Concert Hall, opened in 1916, was built from trees on the
grounds. This National Historic Site, a rustic venue is the longest continuous
summer music festival in the United States. All chamber music concerts.
to art galleries and an artist’s studio whose work we love.
stops at Woodstock Artists Association Museum and the Center of Photography,
home of nationally-recognized photography workshops and exhibits.
to visit the shops of Woodstock.
Stone House in Kingston
Overnight in Rhinebeck at Beekman Arms or their sister inn.
Kingston was important in the
early development of our young country. After the British drove our government
out of New York City, Kingston became the capital of New York. In October 1777,
the British invaded Kingston and burned more than 300 homes. We visit some of
the remnants of this early Revolutionary period. We’ll walk through the
historic Stockade District, an area that gets its name from the large wall that
the early settlers built to protect them from marauding Esopus Indians.
plenty to see:
Old Dutch Church; the original was built in 1661. The present church dates
from 1852 and boasts a Tiffany window.
Senate House, where the original 5 senators met.
Fred J. Johnstone Museum boasts fine furniture of the 18th century.
Washington was a visitor.
Street is my personal favorite. 21 original stone houses still exist in
Kingston, many of them clustered on Crown Street. Some of them have been
expanded and remodeled but they still retain their original charm.
Rondout is the waterfront district of Kingston, once a thriving port. This
small area also is home to the Maritime Museum, the Trolley Museum, several
restaurants and antique shops
Hudson River Mansion on our Cruise
board a small cruise ship for a two-hour tour on the Hudson River. One guide
book describes this trip as “achingly beautiful.”
Rest of day can be spent
exploring Rhinebeck, a lovely town with lots of fun places to explore.
Overnight in Rhinebeck.
Paltz, a day at Mohonk Moutain House
Relax and Enjoy the View of the Catskills
at Mohonk Mountain House
Mountain House, a mega-resort built on 2200 acres, dates from 1870. Declared a
National Historic Landmark, it’s still going strong, thanks to the management of
the original family, the Smiley Brothers. A new spa, just two years old, and
the addition of air conditioning to all the rooms last year, are just some of
the reasons that make this resort still a very favored destination.
around 11 a.m. We’ll take a behind-the-scenes Kitchen Tour, followed by their
magnificent luncheon buffet. Alter lunch, take a hike, visit the greenhouses,
or plop into one of the many veranda rocking chairs and survey the glorious
views of the lake and the Catskills. Optional spa treatments are available.
$1,675 per person includes hotel for 3 nights (single occupancy), transportation by private
limousine 3 of the days, 2 dinners, all activities mentioned in itinerary. Price
does not include breakfast, lunch, 1 dinner, alcoholic beverages, coffee breaks.
Some price adjustments will be made for double occupancy, more participants.