Thursday, January 29, 2009

Roosevelt's and Vanderbilt's

Last Saturday, Kellen and I took an amazing day trip 90 miles north of Manhattan to Hyde Park, NY. It's so great to hop in the car and be in beautiful, mountainous New York state in a matter of minutes. Being the thrifty "recessionista's" that we are, we packed a delicious lunch and headed upstate.

Our first stop was a rest spot off the Palisades Parkway. Amazing view of the GW Bridge

Hyde Park is the location of FDR's childhood home and one (of 46) mansions once owned by the Vanderbilt family. First stop, Sringwood... the home where Sarah Delano gave birth to the infamous former President...and it's rumored that her ghost still haunts the wooded trails surrounding the glorious estate.

Kellen took a step away from our tour group to take one last photo before they banned our cameras!

I never can resist striking a sassy pose in an unconventional locale... this time, FDR's stoop! Nxt stop... Scandal, Fortune and History at the Vanderbilt Mansion

We arrived at the stately Vanderbilt Mansion an hour before the next tour was to begin, so we walked the grounds through the fresh snow, along the half mile of Hudson River waterfront that flanks the mansion 
As we came up from the rose gardens, the lighting from the late afternoon sun was perfect to capture the essence of why the Vanderbilt's chose to retreat here.

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