Calling all antiques lovers, historic building appreciators and day-trippers looking for a new adventure: A day-long excursion in the Hudson Valley, hosted by the editors of The Magazine Antiques
, is taking reservations for an outing on June 11. “Hudson Valley Sunday”
includes tours of some magnificent properties — from private homes to a fabulous round barn — along with opportunities to shop (for antiques and otherwise), plus food and cocktails from some of Hudson’s finest purveyors. And one more thing: transportation is provided. But sign up quickly, because there are a limited number of spots.
Greg Cerio, editor-in-chief of the magazine, wanted to bring back the magazine’s tours; in the '80s, it hosted excursions through Europe. As a frequent visitor to Hudson, Cerio has created an appealing itinerary, and, notably, one offering easy access for New Yorkers.
The coach departs from the Hudson rail station and heads to its first stop, Edgewater
[above], an 1825 neoclassical mansion on the banks of the Hudson River. The private home of historic preservationist Richard H. Jenrette, it’s a Greek revival jewel box that Jenrette has furnished with a mix of original and period pieces. Visitors will tour the grounds and a docent will be inside to talk about the art and furnishings.
The second stop is Abby Rockefeller’s Churchtown Dairy
, an 1830's farmstead (now a biodynamic farm) that features a stunning new round barn with a domed roof. If the weather cooperates, lunch will be here. If not, it’ll be at stop number three, the recently renovated Hudson Hall
, formerly known as the Hudson Opera House, which was built in 1855 as City Hall.
Mid afternoon offers a break for shopping in Hudson, with discounts available at many of Warren Street's antique shops, galleries and other stores.
The tour concludes with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres (from Talbott & Arding
) at The Inn at Hudson
, a 1906 Dutch/Jacobean house full of decorative flourishes, stained glass, and a garden that should be in full bloom on the day of the tour.
“It’s a great day trip with the opportunity for shopping, drinks and snacks built in,” Cerio says. “There’s real interest in it — we’ve already heard from people in Chicago, Columbus, Ohio and Virginia who plan to join us for the tour.”
Hudson Valley Sunday, hosted by The Magazine Antiques
Sunday, June 11, $275