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“Stunning views of the Hudson River Valley”

Olana State Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 26 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 10 January 2014

This is a must see when you come to the Hudson Valley. Painters throughout history have loved the views here - that's why Fredrick Church built this amazing home and then sculpted the landscape to provide further inspiration. Go online before you come to reserve a space to tour the inside of the home, however. I've been a number of times and haven't been able to get on the tour as it was already filled.

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Reviewed 8 December 2013

There is, perhaps, no need to convey that this historic site is beautiful. This is the way it was designed to look. It does carry a feeling of being in the middle of the world. The house is... eclectic. It appears much more harmonious on the outside and slightly disjointed in its mash of Victorian and "international" styles. Frederick Church was no doubt a financially successful artist. I am not an art critic, but his good taste in art did not exactly translate into making masterpiece paintings. Olana offers two kinds of tours: full and abridged. Although abridged tour is limited to the first floor, these 50 minutes provided us ample time to see what it offered to see.

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Reviewed 25 November 2013

nothing to say except you should just go you only have to pay if you go in which is not necessary to enjoy the beauty of this site

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Reviewed 25 November 2013

Even if the tour schedule doesn't work, do walk the grounds and take in Church's 'center of the universe.'

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Reviewed 9 November 2013

This hidden gem is a MUST see. It is so unusual and so unexpected. Lots of hiking trails and great views of the Hudson River.

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