Autumn in New York

Art Muse Los Angeles New York NYC Hudson River Valley Travel Excursion

New York, Hudson River Valley, & Western Massachusetts 

October 18th - 24th, 2017

Join us for a weeklong visit to New York during the exciting fall season. We'll begin in New York City, where we will tour select special exhibitions at the major museums, visit galleries and private collections, and meet artists in their Brooklyn studios. Colorful fall foliage sets the stage for two nights in the Hudson River Valley to see Kykuit (Rockefeller's estate), Storm King Art Center, Dia Beacon, and Frederick Church's picturesque home and studio, Olana.

We'll cross the border to Massachusetts to visit the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. The Clark's collection is especially rich in French Impressionist paintings and the work of American artists Winslow Homer, George Inness and John Singer Sargent. Nearby, we'll stroll the vast galleries at Mass MoCA, a museum in a converted factory-building complex that's devoted to contemporary art. After a final overnight in the quaint village of Williamsburg, our last day will feature visits to the Norman Rockwell Museum and Philip Johnson's iconic Glass House before evening departures from New York City.

Daily Itinerary

Wednesday, October 18th:
Individual arrivals to New York City.  Check into The Kimberly, an elegant boutique hotel situated in Midtown. Gather in hotel lobby early evening for short walk to Avra, a festive Greek restaurant for a delicious Welcome Dinner.

Thursday, October 19th: 
Begin the day at The Judd Foundation for a private tour of the five-story 19th century cast iron building in SoHo where artist Donald Judd lived off and on for 25 years. The building is now a fully preserved house-museum. Continue to the New York Historical Society, where we'll first enjoy lunch at Storico, the museum's sunny and charming restaurant. After lunch, we'll tour the Historical Society's comprehensive collection of landscape painting by artists of the Hudson River School. End the day with the viewing of a private collection.

Friday, October 20th:
Check out of The Kimberly and depart by motorcoach to Buckhorn, a privately owned art collection and sculpture garden in Pound Ridge, New York.  Enjoy boxed lunches on the grounds before transferring to the Glass House, the iconic International Style home designed by Philip Johnson where he lived from 1949 until his death in 2005.  Our in-depth tour will also include the Painting and Sculpture Galleries.

In the late afternoon, we'll check into the charming Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast in Salisbury Mills, our home for two nights while exploring the Hudson River Valley. Dine in Beacon at The Roundhouse, a farm-to-table restaurant overlooking a beautiful waterfall.

Saturday, October 21st:
This morning, take a guided, in-depth tour at Storm King Art Center, where a collection of more than 100 carefully sited sculptures by today's most acclaimed artists are set in 500 acres of pristine fields, hills and woodlands.  A picnic lunch is planned.

In the early afternoon, transfer to Olana, the home and studio of Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900). Church designed his Persian-inspired house at the summit of his 250-acre property, one with unrivaled panoramic views of the vast Hudson River Valley.

Renew and refresh at the hotel before convening at a local couple's charming weekend home on the Hudson to enjoy cocktails and dinner. View their art collection while mingling with local artists and other members of the community.

Sunday, October 22nd: 
This morning is devoted to exploring Dia: Beacon, a former Nabisco box printing factory on the banks of the Hudson River that now houses an extraordinary collection of contemporary art.

Box lunches will be served on the motorcoach en route to Williamstown, Massachusetts, where the afternoon will be spent privately touring the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, where a renowned collection of American and European art is on view, most notably French Impressionism. The museum completed a major expansion project in 2014 that features a new visitor, exhibition and conference center designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando.
Check into Porches Inn at MASS Moca, a homey, whimsically decorated boutique property in historic North Adams. Dinner on one's own. There are many good options within walking distance of the inn.

Monday, October 23rd: 
Begin the day at the Williams College Art Museum where among the highlights is an important collection of American Modernist works. Lunch will be enjoyed at Pera Bistro, the museum's acclaimed restaurant featuring Mediterranean cuisine.

In the afternoon, tour MASS MoCA, one of the world's liveliest centers for enjoying all forms of art: music, sculpture, dance, film, painting, photography, and theatre. The large-scale art installations on view, by both well-known and emerging artists, would be impossible to realize in conventional museums.  Here, they are placed in soaring galleries with raw industrial character. Relax at the hotel before walking to The Public Eat and Drink, a favorite local spot, for a festive farewell dinner.

Tuesday, October 24th: 
We'll check out and depart early for the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.  This museum dedicated to Rockwell's art will surprise and enchant.  Lunch at the historic Red Lion Inn before making our way back to New York and JFK airport for early evening return flights.

Pricing & Details

Trip Cost
$4,900 per person, based on double occupancy.  Single supplement, add $500. 

Cost Includes:

  • Six nights luxury and superior hotel accommodations, including daily breakfast
  • Six lunches with non-alcoholic beverages
  • Four dinners with non-alcoholic beverages
  • Welcome and farewell dinners (2) with wine included
  • Transportation throughout by private motorcoach and taxi service
  • All museum and admission charges
  • Host gifts to artists and guest speakers 

Not Included:

  • Airfare to and from New York
  • Transportation from the airport to the Kimberly Hotel
  • Dinner on October 19th and 22nd
  • Alcoholic beverages (excluding welcome and farewell dinners)
  • Hotel extras beyond those included above
  • Gratuity for motor-coach driver (optional) 
  • Trip cancellation insurance