Overlooking the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie New York, the 200-acre Locust Grove Estate includes the 1851 Italianate villa of artist and inventor Samuel F. B. Morse. We saw 25 rooms on three floors furnished with American and European furniture and paintings in period-room settings, the summer glorious nearby gardens and, of course, the view of the Hudson River.
Our fashion shot of the day, a tripper enjoys finding a spectacular necklace in the wonderful gift shop.
Our hosts, John and Cynthia, opera singers in their former life, now specialize is period meals and historic teas.
They live on the grounds of Locust Grove.
Cynthia is a also buyer for the Estate's fantastic gift shop.
John Chamberlain, Michael Heiser, Dan Flavin, Richard Serra and Louise Bourgeois sculptures in the expansive 240,000 square foot exhibition space in a former Nabisco factory next to the Hudson.
The meditation garden
is one small part of the gardens which are a landscape work of art
We also enjoyed the
great cafe and
Trippers dressed in their finest for a unique feast, specially prepared by Chef "Franco" of Pasticceria Bruno on Forest Avenue, to celebrate another year of DayTrip fun and camaraderie. Christina's "Ducklings" demonstrated once again, they will follow her anywhere.
"I had a great time at the luncheon . . . what a great group of ladies. I'm so glad I discovered you. !!!
-- Phyllis Bergman