Monday, October 5, 2015

Looking Back at My Travels

Here are a few photos from the recent journey to the Hudson River Valley in New York state with a quick side trip to Massachusetts to see Edith Wharton's home . . .

Flowers at the FDR Historic Site in Hyde Park. 
Wilderstein, the family home of FDR's cousin and companion, Daisy Suckley (1891-1991).
Wilderstein is out in the country near Rhinebeck, and I found it so peaceful to sit on a bench and listen to the wind rustle the leaves while enjoying this view of the Hudson River.
We took a side trip to the beautiful Berkshires to see The Mount, once the home of one of my favorite writers, Edith Wharton. It's a wonderful home, planned by Wharton herself.
I enjoyed strolling through the gardens at The Mount.
Wise words.
Next, it was on to Austerlitz, New York, to Steepletop, home of Edna St. Vincent Millay.
The front door of the farmhouse where Millay and her husband lived.
 The grounds at Steepletop are so beautiful. It's easy to see how Millay loved her retreat.
A view of Millay's writing shed. She had a white cloth that she'd hang in the window as a signal to her husband that she needed something.
A rear view of the farmhouse from the vegetable garden.
Another view of the farmhouse.
On our last day, we had a chance to visit Olana, in Hudson, New York, the home of Hudson Valley School painter, Frederich Church (1826-1900). Although it was a little hazy that day, the views didn't disappoint. But I'm not sure my camera did the view justice.
The house is a mixture of Victorian and Middle Eastern influences.
I really loved our time in New York state and our quick trip to the Berkshires. 


  1. Thanks for sharing these beautiful literary locations! I must get out to the Mount one day.

  2. So very beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us!

  3. Beautiful photos, Monica! I've ben to them all, except Steepletop. Will get there one of these days...

  4. Wow! Awesome trip and great photos. And you got to see Edith Wharton's house! I'm so jealous. :)