The morning following Tropical Storm Elsa, I took a chance to walk the grounds and see the view at Olana State Historic Site. Should the rain have continued, my contingency would have been an inside tour of the house (for those who know me they’re smiling now as I am known for my contingency planning 🙂
A bit about Olana per their website:
Frederic Church is well-known as a painter, but he was also a world traveller, a family man, and a self-taught architect, farmer and landscape designer. He and his wife Isabel were pious, wellread, and funloving. They raised four children at their estate overlooking the Hudson. Tours are available of the home and or the grounds. I chose to walk the one mile River Road walk which was perfect and had beautiful views.
The landscape and carriage roads at Olana State Historic Site are free to visit and open to all every day of the year from 8AM to sunset.
I stopped at this look out and had a picnic bite while overlooking the view. Please note that Olana is a Carry-In, Carry-Out, tobacco-free environment. Dog are welcome and must be leashed at all times.
They had lovely murals around the property at the head of different path entrances.
The short visit was a worthy and rewarding stop. I highly recommended this short loop if you have only a small amount of time. Looking forward to my return!
Below is the link for a visit, your options and more background on the venue.