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“Spectacular”

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 15 September 2017

First of all, it is a miracle in the making. This classic historic home, belonging to Frederic Church, was almost lost to us. Church was one of the most important artists of the Hudson River School. Through monumental effort, the house, its grounds and most of the artwork and furnishings were preserved and Olana is for the most part intact and just as it was when Church lived there. Truly Amazing! The Persian style home itself is exceptionally beautiful inside and out. The tours are about an hour long and most interesting and informative. There is a senior discount available. Spectacular works of art and precious objects abound inside. This should be a destination for an lover of art, architecture, landscape, scenic views, and history. One of the most wonderful tours we have ever had. I would suggest the first tour of the day and get there early (grounds open early) to stroll around the estate without anyone being there. The house, the gardens and the scenic vistas are so beautiful in the early morning light. Pick a sunny day, if at all possible, as this will illuminate the interior of the house also. We made reservations well in advance, as tours sell out quickly especially during the summer and when the fall foliage peaks. Well worth the trip.

Thank jer b
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Reviewed 11 September 2017

The grounds alone are worth the trip to this historic site, but the interior of the house is full of wonderful history and family memories. After the tour, explore the grounds with knowledge of what the property meant to family members.

Thank Betsy M
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Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

So much to do here. Grounds are incredibly beautiful. Lots of dogs enjoying big walks. Carriage rides and walking trails. Church's home is interesting, especially when you get a good tour guide. Always a treat!

Thank kathleen s
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Reviewed 20 August 2017

Not fat from the NY Thruway.Good place to stop if you want to break up your trip. Interesting house modeled after Moorish architecture. The outside of the house is very distinctive. The inside not so much. Art lovers will love all the art inside the house. Nice grounds and carriage trails.Call or email ahead for reservations.

Thank lovinretirement2015
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Reviewed 18 August 2017

Purchased map from Olana store very helpful in following carriage trails. Great scenery and not too strenuous.

Thank Lisa A
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