The trip to visit Locust Grove, the home of Samuel F. B. Morse, and the Storm King Art Center with a gourmet lunch at the Canterbury Brook Inn was an outstanding success. Thanks to Mel Klugman for his effort in organizing the trip and special thanks to Mel for treating the group to their first glass of wine.
Overlooking the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie New York, the 200-acre Locust Grove Estate includes an Italianate villa designed in 1851 for artist and inventor Samuel F. B. Morse by architect A. J. Davis.
Begining in 1895 new owners William and Martha Young redecorated the mansion with their vast collection of art and antiques, and added new gardens. Mr. and Mrs. Young’s daughter, Annette, lived at Locust Grove until 1975, preserving the estate essentially as her parents had used it. Today Locust Grove, with miles of carriage roads, landscaped grounds, historic gardens and Hudson River views, is an independent not-for-profit museum and nature preserve established by Annette Innis Young.
Inside the historic mansion, step back in time to the early years of the 20th century; the Young family’s collection of Hudson River School paintings, early 19th-century American furniture, and personal possessions are still in place after more than a century.
Storm King Art Center
Widely celebrated as one of the world’s leading sculpture parks, Storm King Art Center has welcomed visitors from across the globe for fifty years. It is located only one hour north of New York City, in the lower Hudson Valley, where its pristine 500-acre landscape of fields, hills, and woodlands provides the setting for a collection of more than 100 carefully sited sculptures created by some of the most acclaimed artists of our time.
Chef and Owner Hans Baumann serves authentic Swiss and American Cuisine nightly from Tuesday through Saturday. Now approaching it’s 20th year in the historic location, Canterbury Brook Inn offers diners traditional Swiss Cheese Fondue, Wienerchnitzel, Bratwurst with Rosti, all artfully crafted in a quaint country setting. From the rustic dining room, dark wood beamed European tap room, multiple fireplaces or the ‘al fresco’ patio overlooking the Idlewild Brook diners find an ambiance suitable to all seasons.