Archive for the ‘Hudson Valley’ Category

Frederick W. Vanderbilt Mansion

January 4, 2010

Damn girl, this house is fine.

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Olana

January 4, 2010

Montgomery Place

January 4, 2010

Locust Grove

January 4, 2010

Clermont

January 4, 2010

Wilderstein

January 4, 2010

Lyndhurst

December 8, 2009
Lyndhurst in December.  If you squint you can just make out the tiny French hunchback they keep locked in the tower for “atmosphere”.
Why’d you wake me from my nap?

Lyndhurst is a total gem:  a Gothic Revival castle about 30 miles north of New York City, with full year round tours, beautiful grounds and entirely original furnishings and few modernizations since 1911.  Plus, in December all the rooms are decorated in fairy tale themes so if you love historic mansions and dropping acid, this is your Nirvana.

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Kykuit

December 5, 2009

The 40-room Rockefeller mansion before the murders …

What the heck’s a Kykuit?
Kykuit (rhymes with “die-cut”)  is a 40-room estate built by one of America’s most storied family dynasties,  the Rockefellers.  I went in the early summer and for $18,  my luffer and I (hi Chris!) took a 2 hour tour of the main house, the formal gardens and the garage.  The tour guide was a tetchy old queen straight out of central casting:  Tommy Bahama button down, linen slacks and a James Lipton goatee.  His first “moment” involved hissing at someone in our group who was taking pictures, “what don’t you understand about ‘no photographs’?!”  Meee-ow.

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