VISITING THE KYKUIT- ROCKEFELLER ESTATE
By Anthony Gadaleta
Looking to discover a true historical gem in the Hudson Valley? Head to the Kykuit Rockefeller Estate in historic Sleepy Hollow, a town notably known for the Headless Horseman and a revolutionary past is now a quaint community with a walkable tree-lined main street and the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery where you can find the famous Old Dutch Church and plenty of ancient gravestones for those who have a keen interest in generations of past American history.
Kykuit, The Rockefeller Estate is a prestigious and grand destination that offers a glimpse into the four generations of Rockefellars that have resided there. The property is located in the charming town of Sleepy Hollow set atop a hill overlooking the Hudson River with breathtaking views to be explored inside in its grand majesty and outdoors in its ornate gardens. As the leaves begin to change and fall foliage draws closer this autumn season, you will be able to witness a wide array of colors splashing across the natural landscape as this sophisticated landmark oasis aims to impress it’s visitors time after time.
The property was owned by the Rockefeller family over four generations during the 18th and 19th centuries. They are long known as the founders of standard oil which were a major boom during the Industrial Revolution which took them to new heights of wealth and fortune and purchasing and constructing this incredible property that is now named Kykuit. It is now under the National Trust for Historic Preservation and has been maintained by this organization for over 100 years.
The property is comprised of a total of 40 rooms, an outdoor garden, and even an art collection owned by the Rockefellars during their travels across the globe that they returned with them to Kykuit. The property is modeled in a European classical architecture resembling Greek and Roman aspects that showcase wealth and power. Meander its impressive rooms and corridors or admire the flora and artistic impressions in its outdoor gardens where you can find one-of-a-kind sweeping views of the Hudson. Be sure to bring along a camera for landscape, architecture, art, and nature photographs!
You can tour this incredible estate through a Classic, Grand, or Landmark Tour depending on what experience you may choose during your visit there. For more information and inquiries visit hudsonvalley.org.
During your fall travels throughout the Hudson Valley, be sure to make a visit to this architectural marvel and be blown away by the grandeur, prestige, and majesty of this once famous aristocrat estate. Among many things, fall foliage, spectacular river views, and impeccable art and history await you!
Once you finish your visit be sure to head into town and to Bridge View Tavern, a personal favorite of mine, serving up classic pub cuisine with mouthwatering cheeseburgers, bbq sandwiches, and plenty of appetizers! The atmosphere is casual and the prices are moderate. Any seat offers a great view of the Hudson beyond you. A bar is also on-site for those who love craft beers and other alcoholic beverages. For reservations or general inquiries be sure to visit bridgeviewtavern.com
Another beautiful spot can be found at Philipsburg Manor, a colonial home and museum modeled in 18th-century architecture dating back to the first settlers who claimed the land. The home features special reenactments and demonstrations on select weekends so be sure to visit their website on hudsonvalley.org for details. Tours are by appt and time slot so be sure to reserve in advance for a one of a kind experience!
If you’re looking for a place to stay for an overnight or even just for the weekend, head to the Tarrytown House Estate on the Hudson, in nearby Tarrytown, a 4-star hotel offering upscale accommodations and comfortable furnishings in a historic space. Be sure to book in advance as these rooms sell up fast especially during early autumn when lots of fall festivities and activities are in full swing! For reservations or inquiries be sure to visit tarrytownhouseestate.com.
Visiting this unique community has endless possibilities and lots to see and explore! Whether you’re here for the day or decide to make it a weekend trip with family or loved ones, making a visit to Sleepy Hollow to discover the history, great food, and an array of fall foliage that will leave you captivated and want to return time and time again!