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The Majestic Hudson River Valley, New York

The Majestic Hudson River Valley
Sunday, Sept. 23 – Wednesday, Sept. 26

The Hudson River is an ancient river that goes back 75 million years and cuts its valley between the Catskill and Taconic mountains, continuing down the Hudson Highlands and flowing into the Atlantic Ocean. Its beauty is rarely surpassed.

Day 1
After boarding the bus and on the way to the Hudson River Valley, we will stop at the home of Frederick and Louise Vanderbilt. This glorious mansion was designed by Stanford White and is an excellent example of “The Gilded Age.” The Beekman Arms in historic Rhinebeck, N.Y., will be our home for three nights. First established as a traveler’s inn in 1704, the Beekman Arms has hosted a wide range of guests, from George Washington and Alexander Hamilton to Nicole Kidman and Billy Joel. A continental breakfast will be included every morning. One of the highlights of the Hudson River Valley is the Franklin Delano Roosevelt National Historic Site and Val-Kill Cottage, the retreat of Eleanor Roosevelt.

Day 2
This will be a busy day that includes guided tours of both Springwood, FDR’s birthplace and home, and Val-Kill Cottage, the only National Historic Site dedicated to a first lady. Lunch will be at Coppola’s which has been a fixture of Southern Italian cuisine in Hyde Park for 55 years. Dinner Monday night will be at the renowned Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and there will be a guided tour preceding dinner. The CIA is the premiere culinary school in the United States whose students graduate to jobs at the top kitchens all over the world.

Day 3
Our morning begins with a tour of Staatsburgh, which was the elegant country home of Ruth and Ogden Mills. This grand masterpiece was enlarged and remodeled by the prestigious architectural firm of McKim, Mead and White. It is an outstanding example of the country estates that were built by industrial leaders in the late 1890s. Lunch will be in the town of Kingston, which was the first capital of New York in 1777. This trip would not be complete without a boat ride on the beautiful Hudson. Enjoy both indoor and outdoor seating on the Rip Van Winkle Cruise Boat while hearing the history of the mighty Hudson River. Dinner that night will be at Terrapin Restaurant in historic Rhinebeck.

Day 4
On the way home, we will be stop at Locust Grove, a villa designed for artist and inventor, Samuel F. B. Morse. The group will enjoy a box lunch as we travel back to Virginia with fond memories of the majestic Hudson River Valley.

Activity No. 7001.318
$1,345 per person, double occupancy/$1,320 MCC district residents. Single Supplement: $1,712/$1,687 MCC district residents. Fee includes deluxe motor coach transportation, three nights at the Beekman Arms Hotel, three continental breakfasts, three lunches, three dinners, admission for guided tours and boat ride, snacks, taxes and gratuities. Please arrive at location (TBD) at 6:45 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23. Bus departs promptly at 7 a.m. Bus returns to location TBD* on Sunday, Sept. 26, at approximately 7:30 p.m.

A $500 deposit is due as soon as possible to reserve preferred rooms. The balance of the trip is due by Friday, June 15. Please make checks payable to Excursionaire.

Questions? Contact Maureen Cyron at 703-323-9040 or  cyronfam@aol.com.

Online registration is not available for tours and day trips. Please contact the registrar at 703-744-9365, TTY: 711, for registration options.