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“A view to remember”

Olana State Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 29 things to do in Hudson
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Hudson River School painter Frederic E. Church designed Olana, his family home, studio, and estate, as an integrated environment embracing architecture, art, and landscape. Olana, a National Historic Landmark, is an icon of naturalistic landscape design, with five miles of carriage roads and a Persian-inspired house at its summit, embracing unrivaled panoramic views of the vast Hudson River Valley. Today, visitors can experience an array of activities, from meandering through the 250 acre artist designed landscape, to taking a tour of the house and surrounding landscape, to viewing the changing exhibitions both in the main house and a gallery devoted to contemporary photography. They can see a 17 minute award-winning video on the property and a permanent orientation exhibit. They can also participate in a variety of educational programs in the Wagon House Education Center, including a free backpack program that includes a variety of projects for children.
Reviewed October 26, 2017

My wife and son and I went a few days ago to visit. Unfortunately I did not make a reservation to tour the interior of the house , wish that I had. We did however take the coach ride with our guide DAVID. He was wonderful and had interesting background information about the grounds and answered all our questions. If you are going hope you get David as a guide and do make reservations to see the interior of the house.

Thank Mike B
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Reviewed October 25, 2017

I took the "electric carriage" tour. There are many great picturesque views. The electric carriage was a GEM neighborhood electric vehicle that sits 6 (5 tourists plus the tour guide/driver). The ride is a little rough because this is a vehicle meant for smooth streats and not off-roading, but not too bad. The tour guide seemed knowledgeable, but a little stuck up. Complaining about the single radio antenna in the distaance ruining the view and noise from the bridge. Overall it is a great place to visit and take pictures.

Thank iLOV3F00D
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Reviewed October 23, 2017 via mobile

Gorgeous welcoming historic Olana; a charming respite from the busy streets of Hudson. I am planning another longer visit. Darling accommodating staff such a special place!

Thank Susan P
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Reviewed October 20, 2017

I'm not really a fan of the Hudson River School of art, though there are individual paintings I like a lot. This house and the grounds around it however are like being inside one of the paintings and are fantastic examples of the expansion of art into the natural world. Decades of work are bringing the vision back closer to its source and I admire the way the State of New York is allowing that vision to shape development within view of the house. I highly recommend the carriage tour, even if you're an active walker, because it will take you to places you might otherwise miss, and the effect of the house and grounds is an amazing experience.

Thank Bill W
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Reviewed October 20, 2017

Why? Because here is the only interior where every item of furniture, every painting, every collectible in every room is EXACTLY preserved as shown in interior photographs taken when Hudson Valley artist Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900) and his family lived in this romantic Persian style home.
Add the most superb landscapes, Hudson River overlook and intriguing family history, here is a must see Hudson area gem.

Thank Jim L
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