Our Daytrip began at Westbury House, the 23-room Charles II-style mansion, built in 1906 on 160 acres, by John Shaffer Phipps (1874–1958), heir to a U.S. Steel fortune, for his British wife, Margarita.
The glassed-in porch was everyones favorite room.
The stunning dining room was take whole from the family house in Manhattan.
The painting on the left is a John Singer Sargent commission.
The house is filled with exquisite paintings.
Even the private parts of the house are just as Mr. and Mrs. Phipps left them at the end of the 1950's.
old westbury gardens
The Garden experience begins just outside the mansion's glassed-in porch at the top of grand staircase
that leads you into carefully designed and planted gardens and garden features.
Along the way trippers enjoyed flowers carefully chosen for shape and color.
The garden was especially splendid in a perfect late summer/early autumn sunshine.
The Garden experience culminates at an elegant lily pond with pagoda.
Cafe Citron, sited on the town pond, was a perfect spot to relax, recharge, and socialize
with a menu of savory French specialities and crepes, followed by dessert and coffee.
Dressing in style and color is a big part of the fun.
There is always time for shopping. A quick shopping trip between courses, along Roslyn's quaint main street just outside the restaurant, yielded a bag with up-to-the-minute edgy panache.
Nassau County Museum of art
We capped off our travels at this small but engaging art museum housed in the former Childs Frick mansion.
We took in a provocative exhibition of Photo Realism (left) from the Yale University collection. Tiffany's Orient, romantic and exotic watercolors from Louis Comfort Tiffany's travels, includes one that could be seen as anticipating Photo Realism.
Forty sculptures, thoughtfully sited on the 145-acre grounds, make dramatic use of the ever-changing light and natural environment. Wood Duck, 1979, painted steel, 15 x 15 x 1, by Allen Bertoldi, is seen in an overcast and in a sunny moment - with ducks swimming nearby.