This past Saturday, while looking for something interesting and different to do, Dino and I toured Kykuit Estate in Sleepy Hollow, New York. As we started the drive the heavy clouds started rolling in and by the time we arrived we were in the midst of a relentless, soaking rain. Lucky for us, just as our tour was about to begin, the sky cleared up and we were able to enjoy the outdoor settings just as well as inside.
The place is really magnificent, but what I found most interesting is that J.D. Rockefeller was a strict baptist, and requested the home to be built in a modest style. So compared to some of the decadent Newport Mansions, the decor and architectural stylings were relatively sedate. Beautiful, none the less. Our tour guide, Muriel was really great and had a ton of knowledge to share.
Afterwards, we ate dinner at the restaurant where we had our first date back in February, 2005. Totally by chance, the waitress even sat us at the very same table--I wouldn't have remembered that, but Dino pointed it out.
Tomorrow we head off for a quick getaway to our favorite Bed & Breakfast in Flemington, NJ. We visited last year and it was a magical weekend. I'm hoping that this new, cooler weather sticks around--it's so nice to have the windows in the house open again!
Back on Thursday with an update and photos from the trip!