This enjoyable day trip will be sure to keep your holiday spirits high. Richly decorated with garland, poinsettia, and historic holiday cheer, the 250–year-old Clermont Estate is filled with the stories of the Livingston family who lived there from the 1740s to the 1960s. The Livingstons were noted for their critical role in the American Revolution and the forming of the new nation. Seven generations have lived in the Clermont mansion and have left their mark on the home.
We’ll head into the Village of Rhinebeck for lunch at The Beekman Arms, America’s oldest continuously operated hotel, where we’ll dine in their cozy Tavern, a Colonial Tap Room. Your meal (chosen in advance) will include: Salad, Bread Basket, Choice of Roasted Chicken Breast with Lemon Beurre Blanc or Tournedos of Pork Tenderloin with Apple Chutney or a Vegetarian entrée of Pasta Primavera. Dessert, Apple Strudel with Crème Anglaise Sauce, Coffee, Iced Tea or Soda is also included.
We’ll spend the remainder of the afternoon at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College. The museum’s collections chart the history of art from antiquity to the present and are comprised of over 19,000 works of paintings, sculptures, textiles, photographs and ceramics. The center has a wide range of European and American twentieth century painters that include an important group of Hudson River School paintings.
Fee: $99 per person. CHS members receive a $5 discount.
From East Hartford: depart commuter lot at 500 Main Street at 7:30 a.m., return at 7 p.m.
From West Hartford: depart Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Drive, at 8 a.m., return at 7:30 p.m.
Please call Friendship Tours at (860) 243-1630 to reserve your spot!