This past weekend I went to New York for the last time in probably a while (dare I say it, hello West Coast!) The highlight of the weekend was definitely the Sunday day trip suggested by and shared with my Kathy to Kykuit, the Rockefeller estate in the Hudson Valley in Westchester County. The day was clear, the house and grounds were beautiful, and our tour guide of 2+ hours (whom we thought we pissed off by losing our tickets before boarding the bus) was a dear old retired schoolteacher who had fun trivia and way too much Rockefeller gossip to go around. Just the kind of docent I want to be! No pictures were allowed in the house, but I went to town on the grounds. The front of the house faces East and is full of classical Italian symmetry. The back, facing west, is a party of modern sculpture, streams-a-gurgling, and awesome Hudson River views. Get it? East west? Old new? Neato burrito.
All pictures of Kykuit except the first, which is of the Phillipsburg Manor, which is not actually a manor and also where we started our tour.