Relaxed glamour in Upstate New York.

By Travel + Leisure
September 11, 2012
© Kathleen DeVito

Gilded Age magnates used Hudson Valley to escape the tumult and grime of New York City. The price of admission has gone down, but the ease and beauty of the region never change. Best of all, the scenic drive between Hudson’s historic sites and top-notch restaurants is just as enjoyable as the destinations.

Culinary Institute of America

Aspiring chefs and food lovers should experience the gourmet craftsmanship of the wunderkinds studying at the CIA at Hyde Park by stopping in their Apple Pie Bakery Café, the last class for gifted pastry students.

Vanderbilt Mansion

The Beaux-Arts Vanderbilt Mansion crowns a 212-acre parkland with river panoramas.

Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt Historic Site

Tour Springwood, the lifelong home of four-term U.S. president Franklin D. Roosevelt, plus acres of gardens, landscaped lawns, and some of the remaining half-million trees FDR had planted himself.

Inn at Twaalfskill

Soak up the woods and the sounds of a nearby creek while reclining on the porch of the tidy and tranquil property.