After breakfast at the hotel, you will meet your Hudson River Tour Guide and depart for the Franklin D. Roosevelt National Site. FDR’s lifelong home in Hyde Park contains extensive displays on the life and careers of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. The first presidential library, and the only one used by its namesake while in office, was planned and designed by Roosevelt in the Dutch Colonial style and houses his official papers, books and other memorabilia as well as papers of the First Lady, Eleanor.
Lunch will be at the famous Culinary Institute of America. The CIA, as everyone calls it, resides in an enormous red-brick Georgian colonial building that formerly was a seminary; you will see the old chapel as you come up the drive. Its purpose is to educate around 2000 at a time in the culinary arts and baking and pastry arts, which it does well and thoroughly. Chefs in good restaurants across the country have graduated from here.
You will then tour the Vanderbilt Mansion, a 50 room Classical-style mansion built in l898 by Frederick William Vanderbilt, a grandson of “Commodore” Cornelius Vanderbilt, the shipping and railroad magnate and the richest man in America during his lifetime. The home’s architecture is reminiscent of a French chateau with Italian gardens and has spectacular views of the Hudson River and valley.
The next stop will be the Hudson Valley’s most unique state park, the Walkway over the Hudson. At 1.4 miles, it is the longest elevated (212 feet) pedestrian bridge in the world, linking Dutchess and Ulster Counties.
Dinner this evening will be at a fine restaurant overlooking the Hudson River, which is very near The Walkway over the Hudson.