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Olana State Historic Site, Hudson

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Former home of American landscape painter Frederic Edwin Church, Olana State Historic Site, features a Persian-inspired mansion replete with art exhibits and wide-open views of the Hudson River Valley. Nestled in 100 hectares (250 acres) of natural landscape, the mansion boasts brick, wood, slate, and ceramic exterior of an asymmetrical and irregular silhouette. Take a guided tour of the house and grounds--thought to be among the most intact art designed landscapes in the United States--to admire its striking design, including amber-boarded windows and golden natural lighting. You'll have the opportunity to follow 8 km (5 mi) of garden roads, which will lead you through native woodlands, meadows, orchards, and a lake setting. Start your trip to Hudson by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.
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  • The house is amazing....1880's "trapped in time". The grounds are spectacular. We took the 1-hr electric bus tour of the entire property which was absolutely worth the time and money. All in all... 
    The house is amazing....1880's "trapped in time". The grounds are spectacular. We took the 1-hr electric bus tour of the entire property which was absolutely worth the time and money. All in all...  more »
  • We were only able to walk the grounds and see the mansion from the outside, but from just that brief visit, it was pretty awesome! The details on just the exterior are amazing, and the views of the.....  more
    We were only able to walk the grounds and see the mansion from the outside, but from just that brief visit, it was pretty awesome! The details on just the exterior are amazing, and the views of the.....  more »
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  • A beautiful and strange and scenic and sublime window into a magnificent view of the Hudson. The park is clean and winding and expansive, with dog walkers and families and couples and friends. Ample parking as you get toward the stunning Olana house. The tour of the house is fun and educational and lively. The store is full of books and snacks and gifts and the lovely things you’d expect. From the spot by the house, looking down at the river and seeing the rolls in the land, at the right angle on the right time on the right day, you could be seeing a live painting, created decades ago and still thriving, a living portrait still growing an image from the past.
  • Gorgeous house, I think the most well preserved art space I've seen so far! The views are indeed breathtaking and a great spot for painting, photography and inspiration. The tour of the house felt a bit expensive for my budget. 20 dollars for just the first floor, 10 extra for the top floor. They're both 45 min I think. To me, it felt short and I could have done both floors in one tour. I didn't do the top floor or grounds tour. The grounds tour looked cool, you get to ride around in a cart. The gift shop was really nice, if not a bit crowded and tight. Packed with lots of cool stuff and a wide range of items and prices. There's also a 12 min video you can watch about the property in case you want to learn more before buying tickets.

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