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Timeless Charms

HUDSON, NY
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I moved to Hudson 7 years ago after living in New York City all my life. In fact I was born in the city. I am still tied to New York and go there regularly, on average once a week. So I have the best of both world’s…you can’t beat NYC and Hudson rivals most country towns. There’s nothing rural about what Hudson offers culturally year round. Theatre, avant Garde films, music, Met Opera & National Theatre by satellite.  Off-beat festivals, like the Ramp Festival Featuring the ramp interpreted by 20 chefs from the City and the area. Although they should, few people come to Hudson because of its fascinating History. The story of Hudson mirrors the ups and downs of many small towns. As a former public relations executive at a large pr firm, I continue to be amazed that this tiny town, just 2.5 square miles with a population of 7,500 without a formal pr program  continues to be featured In such publications as NY Times, Travel & Leisure, The Boston Globe, the Wall St. Journal and many others.

Of Hudson (NY), an issue of Travel + Leisure says "Despite a somewhat checkered past, a New York river town has undergone a renaissance since artists, gallery owners, poets, and other big-city émigrés have discovered its timeless charms."

 
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THEATRE TOURS

SUMMER THEATRE FESTIVAL TOUR

2015 dates to be announced when summer theatre schedules are available - Our 2014 schedule below is a good indicator
of what our 2015 tour will be.

Two Venues:
1…SUMMERSCAPE AT BARD IN THE HUDSON VALLEY (New York)
2…TANGLEWOOD, FAMOUS MUSIC VENUE IN THE BERKSHIRES (Massachusetts)

This tour also includes:
…Hudson, small town with fascinating history, and Olana, its most famous site, the home of Frederic Church, one of leaders of Hudson River Art Movement.
...Stately home & gardens: Edith Wharton’s The Mount, Staatsburgh & Wilderstein


SUMMER SIGHTS & SITES
Top: Saratoga Raceway; Stately homes: Staatsburgh, Wilderstein, OlanaFarmer’s Market Veggies, Warren St. in Hudson
 The lawn at TanglewoodFrank Gehry’s Performing Arts Center at Bard

No other tour offers you such wonderful summer entertainment…the opportunity to experience two of the country’s best summer festivals, Bard College’s Summerscape and Tanglewood, music at its best ranging from  pop to the classics.

Bard College’s Summerscape in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York has film, opera, theatre, concerts and, each year, an in-depth look at one renowned composer.  The 2014 focus is on Schubert.  All on a magnificent campus on the Hudson River and with a Frank Gehry-designed performing arts center.

Tanglewood in Lenox, Masssachusetts has been wowing concert goers for decades. Tanglewood is better than ever featuring the world’s greatest performers.  Our seating preference is a lawn chair with a picnic, a glass of wine and music wafting around us (totally relaxing).  But we’ve been rained out so we will probably opt for covered seating.

Theses tour are especially appropriate, if you would love to sample the best summer music and theatre festivals in the country but don’t have a way of getting to these diverse locations. We arrange transportation.

Day 1…
Arrive in Hudson, NY, check into out hotel*. Schedule for day determines how early you can arrive. Visit Olana, home of Frederic Church, one of the most prominent members of the Hudson River School of Painting, the first American art movement. The landscape and views of the Hudson River magically remain intact just as Church painted them. Historic Hudson Walking Tour: I give this tour that  focuses on the fascinating history of the city of Hudson dating back to 1784. Evening…Dinner in Hudson. We will attend a play at a local theater or another event locally.

*Hudson B&B's are charming, expensive, and always booked. We opt for a hotel that is less expensive and easier to book. My family recently stayed there at a family reunion and was pleased. The continental breakfast is adequate but uninteresting. We will deliver a fresh bakery pastry to your hotel each morning or you can opt to go to one of the many excellent nearby breakfast spots on your own.

Garden at Bard Overlooking Hudson River

Frank Gehry-Designed Arts Center at Bard

Day 2…
Visit Rhinebeck where Chelsea Clinton was married a couple of years ago. Fun to stroll the small town, then visit two stately homes on the Hudson: Staatsburg, gilded age mansion, Wilderstein not a mansion but it is the lovely Home of Daisy Stuckley who was a good friend of FDR and who was with him when he died. Pre-theatre dinner in Rhinebeck before performance at the Frank Gehry designed Performing Arts Center at Bard College. Each year at its Summerscape Bard presents a dramatic play that receives rave reviews. This year's play is "Love in the Wars". The Queen of the Amazons obsession with Achiles, a tragicomedy. Check Bard Summerscape 2014 for more info.

Lenox MA

The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home

Day 3…
Morning visit to The Mount, Edith Wharton’s beautiful house and gardens in Lenox, Mass. Time for a stroll through town. 1pm. Picnic at Tanglewood . I will prepare something special. 2:30 wildly popular Boston Pops Orchestra with Jason Alexander, Tony Award winner and Seinfeld regular.

Day 4…
Return home or take the hour long Amtrak to Saratoga Springs for racing.

Cost: $1350 3 nights hotel* single occupancy, no single supplement, continental breakfast, Bard & Tanglewood tickets, entrance to historic houses, possibility of play at local theatre company, one dinner .Hudson Walking Tour, Edith Wharton’s The Mount, Olana, Fredrick CHurch's Moorish Home.

Getting to Hudson - New York. Fly to Albany or one of the New York area airports. From New York City, Penn Station, 2 hour ride along the Hudson River to the city of Hudson. It’s a beautiful ride. From Albany, taxi service to Hudson.