The Hudson Valley is known for its great estates. Up and down the mighty Hudson River are an amazing variety of historical homes and estates with incredible history, architecture, gardens, and views.
From Westchester, through Putnam and Dutchess counties, into Columbia County you can visit the history of New Amsterdam and early New York. The Hudson Valley offers Gilded Age mansions, Dutch colonial homes, Victorian treasures, family estates, and even the unusual.
Starting just north of NYC, the towns of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow offer the great estates of Sunnyside, home of Washington Irving; the gothic castle of Lyndhurst; the Dutch-style stone farm of Philipsburg Manor; and the art-filled Beaux Arts granite mansion Kykuit, the Rockefeller estate.
Moving north along the Hudson River, in Garrison the federal-style masterpiece Boscobel delights with its comprehensive period furnishings, rose garden, and majestic Hudson River views.
The great estate region continues into Dutchess County and includes the Roosevelt family estate including Springwood, ancestral home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt; Val-Kill, the Dutch colonial cottage that was the home of Eleanor Roosevelt, and Franklin's private retreat Top Cottage. Just up the road is the Vanderbilt Estate, the neoclassic gilded age mansion with one of the most amazing views of the Hudson River and the Catskills in the area. Then just a few miles further up the road is another gilded age monument - Staatsburgh, the Beaux Arts home of Odgen Mills and Ruth Livingston Mills.
The Roosevelt and Livingston families homes are dotted all along the Hudson River and include Wilderstein, the stunning Victorian home of Daisy Suckley, FDR's cousin and friend; and Montgomery Place, the federal mansion and elaborate gardens of the Livingston family decendents.
Great estates continue north into Columbia County and include Martin Van Buren's home Lindenwald in Kinderhook; the Livingston family home of Clermont in Germantown, and the Hudson River painter Frederic Church's magnificent Persian palace in Hudson.
Believe it or not, there are more estates to see in the area - but this is just a small sampling of the great estates you can see on your travels to the historic Hudson Valley.
Hi, we are Valerie Valente and Eric Miller, owners of the Journey Inn Bed & Breakfast. After a lifetime in Brooklyn Heights, NY, we so enjoyed our own excursions to the beautiful Hudson Valley, we decided to make it our home – and to share with others our love for this wonderful part of the world. We are fortunate to also have Val’s parents, Victor and Victoria here to help us show you a warm and welcoming stay in our beloved Inn. We can’t wait to meet you.