A Historic Road Trip Through New York’s Hudson Valley | #vacation | #seniors | #elderly
While the library and museum serves as a repository for Roosevelt’s papers, it also houses more than 34,000 objects and artifacts chronicling the lives and careers of both the President and his spouse, Eleanor Roosevelt, including a robust assemblage of artwork. “We present art as part of the larger story we’re trying to tell here, which is the story of the Roosevelts,” says Herman Eberhardt, supervisory museum curator. “FDR was a collector — he had the collector bug. It was something he spent his lifetime doing long before he was president, and he continued acquiring things over the course of his life.”
Don’t miss Roosevelt’s collection of naval and maritime art and historical items, including drawings, paintings, prints and more than 400 ship models. “It’s actually one of the finest collections of naval and maritime art in the United States,” says Eberhardt.
Other important holdings include ancestral portraits of the Roosevelt family, such as a Gilbert Stuart painting of Isaac Roosevelt, FDR’s great-great grandfather; New Deal drawings, paintings and prints; sculptural pieces created by artists employed by the Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression; and one of the country’s largest collections of World War II posters.
Next Stop: Rhinebeck
Continue north on Route 9 for 12 miles to the charming village of Rhinebeck. After a late lunch at Bread Alone, a local institution that for more than 20 years has been serving a hearty array of delicious soups, salads, sandwiches and sweet treats, stroll through the picturesque downtown. Be sure to stop into Winter Sun & Summer Moon, another longtime Rhinebeck favorite, to browse its gorgeous selection of globally inspired clothing, handcrafts and jewelry. Step back in time across the street at A.L Stickle, a classic, family-owned five-and-dime or check out the artfully curated home wares at the nearby Hammertown Barn.
From Rhinebeck it’s a picturesque 25 miles north on Route 9 to Hudson, your home base for the next two nights. A good lodging option: The Wick, Hudson, a 55-room boutique property by Marriott with a stylish industrial vibe in a refurbished candle factory overlooking the river. Rooms from $140.